The Sea Beach Line
The four track Sea Beach line in Brooklyn was part of
the original BMT Subway that opened in 1915. There was the Sunny Summer Sunday Specials
that operated from Manhattan to Brooklyn, Fourth Ave, Sea Beach Express,
Brighton Express to Franklin Ave.
After Chrystie St opened in 1967, there
was the NX service, which lasted less than a year.
Origianlly the Sea Beach Express
(though local on its namesake route) was the unchanging BMT service: Coney
Island to 57th/7th 24/7. The Brighton, Fourth Ave, and West End trains provided
local service in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
After Chrystie St, the Manhattan
Bridge track closings, and the elimination of the EE Jamaica (IND) to Whitehall
St service, the N train has been
reduced to a shadow of its former self.
Here are some memories.
I learned that the R-160 cars were in
service on the Sea Beach (N) line in early 2007. On March 27th I
ventured out with my Kodak Z710 camera. I made stops at a number of stations
and got an assortment of equipment, including Track Geometry Car #1 (TGC-1), a
W transfer to Coney Island Yard, a northboiund D train routed via the express
track (movie), and R-40, R-68, and R-160 N trains. I also shot some movies with
the camera and included them in the page.
me. I was set up for a movie at the north end of 8th Ave. I heard
some strange sound and thought it was auto traffic. I turned and saw TGC1. I
flipped the camera to photo mode and got a poor shot (right) in the station and
one telephoto shot of it after it passed out of the
- The JoeKorNer