Harlem River Branch

pattbaa
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Joined: October 29th, 2003, 9:46 pm

October 8th, 2017, 4:23 pm #1

In the  "un-official  Metro-North RR "  "facebook  group " , I posted  a circa  1910 photo of a station  adjacent to the ROW with  one sentence added;  "Guess  the location"

A man named Charles Warren replied with a collection of vintage photos of the HRB.  There  were two photos  of two freight-depots, one at West Farms and one at Unionport Rd. ; has anyone seen these images and has knowledge of these structures ?

I have a section of a 1912 Bronx Atlas  that indicates a NHRR round-house  on the HRB; any photos/ info  on this  structure?

BTW , Rich Abramson  will soon  deliver a lecture at Greenwich Library.
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Statkowski
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Joined: March 5th, 2003, 4:39 am

October 8th, 2017, 8:04 pm #2

pattbaa wrote: A man named Charles Warren replied with a collection of vintage photos of the HRB.  There  were two photos  of two freight-depots, one at West Farms and one at Unionport Rd. ; has anyone seen these images and has knowledge of these structures ?

I have a section of a 1912 Bronx Atlas  that indicates a NHRR round-house  on the HRB; any photos/ info  on this  structure?
I don't recall any vintage photos of the HRB.  Most maps show only one turntable at Harlem River, but there were two, a 75-footer and what appears to be a 67-footer (closer to St. Ann's Avenue).  The 75-footer lasted, and had a roundhouse.  I don't think the smaller one did.  Once the EP-2s came on board, the only need for steam facilities was for the Bay Ridge freights using J-2s, and once that wire was up that was it for the steam facilities.  
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rsullivan
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October 9th, 2017, 1:01 am #3

Mr. Pattbaa. I went to the "un-official Metro-North RR" Facebook page, however your post with the original picture and the reply from Mr. Charles Warren are no longer available. Yet, there are posts as far back as 2012. If you are still interested in someone to identify the station along the right-of-way, you should repost the original picture you have and if possible the ones from Mr. Warren here on the Forum. I'm sure you will get a decent response here on the Forum. I have pictures of all the paasenger stations along the Harlem River Branch except Casanova Station located just west of the intersection of Whitlock Avenue and Leggett Avenue, and on grade level with the tracks at Oak Point Yard. I know the drawings and pictures are in box 222 of the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, but I haven't access to them. Being that Casanova Station was the only one on grade level with hill/retaining slope to the west and north and the steps to Leggett Avenue to the east, it should be easy to identify and great to see a picture available. I know I would like to see and give my opinion on which station is pictured.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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Statkowski
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October 9th, 2017, 11:12 am #4

Unidentified_railroad_station_Pelham_Bay_Park.jpg After much struggle, I did find this at the museum's digital collection.  Unidentified, I'd say it was City Island looking west (Pelham Bay Drawbridge faintly visible in the distance).  Even had a baggage cart on the platform.  Before the wire went up.  Station and platform on track 6 side.

From left to right it would be tracks 6, 5, 4, 2, 1 & 3.  Photo may have been taken from roadway bridge crossing over the tracks.

If it was Baychester the island platform would be in the wrong spot.
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DBrion
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Joined: June 21st, 2006, 1:52 am

October 9th, 2017, 11:18 am #5

What a great railroad the New Haven used to be!  Thanks for digging this out and sharing.
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rsullivan
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October 9th, 2017, 12:53 pm #6

Thanks Mr. Statkowski for that view of Gilbert Cass' Pelham Bay Park area's City Island Station. I didn't have that one. It is also known as Bartow Sation. Here are some of the more current views.
NH RR Bartow Station in Bronx pic 1.jpg
City Island Station (Bartow Station) street side.
City Island Station (Bartow Station) street side.


NH RR Pelham Park Station in Bronx pic 3.jpg
City Island Station (Bartow Station) street side.
City Island Station (Bartow Station) street side.


Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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Statkowski
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October 9th, 2017, 1:59 pm #7

Another one, the S.S. Express, taken at its terminus at Harlem River Yard, long before construction of Hell Gate Bridge was even started. New_York_New_Haven__Hartford_Railroad_Express_Ship.jpg
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