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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fast-forward, now, to the early 21st century........

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?54386

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?53750

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think of the many millions, over the course of several decades, who once rode out to this now-gone ballpark to watch "The Amazins" in action, via the #7 IRT and the buses.....LOTS of buses! Wink

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shea_Stadium
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This photo at the IRT Corona yards in 1964, depicts so much that has long since disappeared down the echoing corridors of time......

Here we see new WF "Bluebirds", as well a set of red R-33 "mainline" cars (seems that the roofs of these cars got pretty scruffy, rather quickly!)

The new Shea Stadium can be seen in the right background, towering majestically over the urban landscape, as it would for the next several decades.

Note, also, the IRT interlocking tower (no CBTC, back then!)

The old Corona shop buildings, likewise, have since vanished.......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3888

(sidenote: Just heard on 1010 WINS that "The Amazins" won another game.....nice to hear some POSITIVE news for a change, instead of so much that is just too dang depressing!)Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629 wrote:
This photo at the IRT Corona yards in 1964, depicts so much that has long since disappeared down the echoing corridors of time......

Here we see new WF "Bluebirds", as well a set of red R-33 "mainline" cars (seems that the roofs of these cars got pretty scruffy, rather quickly!)

The new Shea Stadium can be seen in the right background, towering majestically over the urban landscape, as it would for the next several decades.

Note, also, the IRT interlocking tower (no CBTC, back then!)

The old Corona shop buildings, likewise, have since vanished.......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3888

(sidenote: Just heard on 1010 WINS that "The Amazins" won another game.....nice to hear some POSITIVE news for a change, instead of so much that is just too dang depressing!)Wink

"NYO"


Anyone know what those silver things are standing up between the tracks in the foreground are? They don't appear to be signals or switchstands, but I can't be sure...

When I was a yard clerk for the Burlington, we had something that appeared slightly similar in our switching yard, that were 2 way PA speakers...the yardmaster could broadcast over all of them, or you could push a call button, and the yardmaster could converse with you. That was before everyone carried a radio...

These don't look like the same thing...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

I have been wondering the same thing; though I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable on the subways (especially regarding the subways of past years) I, also, am a bit puzzled as to what those posts between the tracks are for.

Something else in this photo that is worth a second glance; note the black-on-white "#7" displayed by ML R-33 #9017.

I've seen photos depicting new "Mainline" 33's running on the Flushing line prior to the arrival of the "Bluebirds", to give the straphangers of that line a glimpse of what would be coming their way soon (of course, the "ML" cars did not have the picture windows that the "WF" Bluebirds were equipped with)........

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corona yard, 2007 (note the old 1964-1965 World's Fair "UNISPHERE" in the left background)

R-62's have replaced the venerable old "Redbirds"; today, the 62's themselves are gone from the Flushing line, replaced by NTT rolling stock.

Change is constant.......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?64614

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

Check out this 1960's view of the IRT's Corona yards:

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/irt01.htm

If you look closely, you can see a number of those silver posts you noted earlier......

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See also:

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?4049

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?142511

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?150162

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?6892

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vintage and modern-era photos at Corona Yard (a few buses can also be found in several of the newer photos).......

https://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Corona_Yard

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The train of R-29's at Willets Point (taken in 1964) is carrying a prominent "COME TO FAIR BY SUBWAY" sign up front.

Note, also, the route sign box is blank........

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?127689

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I type these words, this photo at Corona is now 17 years old; the venerable "Redbirds" were then being phased out by R-62's (transferred from the IRT mainlines).

Today, the R-62's themselves have vanished from the Flushing line, replaced by NTT equipment.

To my eyes, at least, the MTA buses still seem "contemporary".......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?47543

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those silver objects standing at the ends of each track are marker signals for yard bumpers. They are permanently-illuminated red signals warning train operators to stop short of the bumper.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Q65A wrote:
Those silver objects standing at the ends of each track are marker signals for yard bumpers. They are permanently-illuminated red signals warning train operators to stop short of the bumper.


Q65A:

Thanks for the clarification; I, myself, was leaning towards such a signal, but, not being 100% sure, I did not want to hazard a guess.

Thanks for the heads-up! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Q65A wrote:
Those silver objects standing at the ends of each track are marker signals for yard bumpers. They are permanently-illuminated red signals warning train operators to stop short of the bumper.


Yes...thanks for that explanation....I couldn't tell from the photo's...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All:

Just thought that I would post this news here, as this thread was about the buses once seen at Shea Stadium; I just heard on 1010 WINS News Radio a short while ago of the sad passing of "The Amazin' Mets'' Tom Seaver (aka "Tom Terrific"), at age 75, due to multiple health issues. Crying or Very sad

May Tom be hitting homers at that big "Shea" in the sky, forever-and-a-day, with the loyal fans of days past arriving by #7 Flushing line IRT "Bluebirds".

My sincerest sympathies to Tom's family and friends.

You won't be forgotten, Tom!Wink

"NYO"


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