The Brighton Line
These photos are a mix of pre-and post Chrystie St along
the Brighton Line. Some of them were taken from my bedroom widow in Luna Park.
I lived there from 1966 to 1975. My folks till 1997.
Some of the highlights are:
the original Brighton M train Bankers' special
R-16's on the QJ
on the D
Work Trains and R-11's
The Kings Highway tower
The beginning of graffiti and my photo taking hiatus
2001, the D stopped operating on the Brighton line for the final (???) repairs
to the Manhattan Bridge.
Two Q trains (circle and diamond) were started (ah
the old days! - almost). Photos added 7/30/2001.
In February 2004, the
Manhattan Bridge was returned to four track operation. The Brighton Line now
hosts the Q 24/7 between Brighton Beach and 57th/7th and the weekday only B
Express in Brooklyn and local north of 59th St to 145th or Bedford Park Blvd
In May 2004, the new Stillwell Station re-opened and the Q operates from
there 24/7 (photos added 6/27/2004).
Avenue H station
The Ave H station on the
Brighton line was built in 1905 and achieved landmark status in 2004. The
Transit Authority will be renovating the station in the near future. On
12/31/2004 I ventured out to document the current condition of the building.
Also see the link to
The Third Rail for more on the history of
Retiring the R-40 and R-42
The R-40 and R-42 cars are began to reach the end of the
line in 2008. With the deliveries of the R-160's going to the Eastern BMT
lines, more of R-40/42 cars are being taken out of service. I ventured out on
the Brighton line on April 24, 2008 to track some down.
Ocean Parkway Work
I noticed that even with the
2002 to 2004 reconstruction of Stillwell, with Ocean Parkway closed too, the
southbound platform was being replaced in 2008. Watch and listen to the
jackhammers at the end of the movie.
Brighton Movie 20 minutes - 35 MB
Local Station reconstruction 2009-2010
On September 14, 2009 construction began on the complete
rehabilitation of the local stations on the Brighton line between Newkirk and
Kings Highway. The work on Neck Rd and Ave. U had begun earlier. In order to do
this, the northbound express track was removed from service, though is still
connected. The southbound express and local tracks are now connected with a
hard rail crossover just south of Cortelyou
Temporary platforms are built over the northbound express track
at Kings Highway and Ave. J.
At Ave J an overpass was built connecting the
temporary platform with the original southbound platform for exiting and
changing directions. I wasn't sure why a track level ramp across the SB local
at Ave J wasn't built. The way it is set up, passengers must go up down, down
and up to get to the Manhattan bound side.
After this was published, I
found out that the entire southbound platform at Ave J was demolished and a
temporary fare collection area was built on the north side of Ave J where the
exit only control was for the southbound passengers. It is now impossible to
change directions at Ave J. I stopped there on December 4th to get photos of
the temporary exit.
The temporary platform at KH is connected directly to the
northbound platform to allow across the platform transfers between directions.
At Kings Highway, there were a number of pieces of road/track trucks, so I
wonder if the SB local can be used by the equipment. Because parts of Newkirk
are in short tunnels, they couldn't build a full length paltform between the
Movie 12 minutes - 30MB
For the first time in a long time a TA
employee questioned me about
April 14, 2010 - after the snow and rain of the
winter, I got out to Avenue U and
photograph the newly opened southbound
It turns out that although the platforms are in
service, the stairs and entrance ways are not completed.
I also stopped at
Sheepshead Bay, where I
noticed the temporary overpass between the platforms to aid NB passengers from
Ave U and Neck Road to change to NB trains.
Train service has been
modified with all trains operating on the northbound express track between
Brighton Beach and Kings Highway. All southbound trains use the local track.
The temporary platforms at Ave J and Kings Highway remain in
The May 2010 issue of the ERA NY Division Bulletin had photos
of the abandoned
stairway at Neck Road. I was in Brooklyn May 23, and took photos of my own.
LIRR service operated between Ave H at the Bay Ridge Branch to the
Bay Race Track located east of Ocean Ave at about Ave X. Service ended in
1924. Houses have been built in the space that was the LIRR tracks. Their back
yards, get great views of the passing subway trains.
On November 12, 2010 I ventured out on the line again to document
the changes for the Work on Northbound Platforms at Ave M, Ave, J, and Ave H.
To do this, the temporary platforms at
and Ave J were
moved to cover the southbound express track and all northbound trains
operated on the express track between Kings Highway and
Ave. At Newkirk a temporary hard rail connection was made between the
northbound A4 to A2 tracks, just north of the station. The previous connection
of the southbound side was restored to its normal configuration.
With local platform work done by
2012, I got out on the line May 18. The Ave
H photos have some side-by-side comparison photos between 2004 and
As I came down from the northbound platform to photograph the
station building, the RR Porter told me that the RR Clerk in the booth said I
wasn't allowed to take pictures. I showed them both the web pages from the TA
saying that photography was permitted. He insisted, so I told him to call the
police to straighten out the issue. While he called, I took photos outside and
in the underpass outside the fare controls. I waited about twenty minutes for
the police, but they never came. Then the agent told me I could take pictures
inside, I guess someone called him to tell him the correct
The completion of
Ave M and Ave J
are also included on a separate index.
- The JoeKorNer