All roads lead to Queens :-) Because there is a lot on this page to view, I've included the shortcuts below to make it easier.
If you're coming up the I-95 corridor, from say, DE or MD, take exit 13 from the NJT (New Jersey Turnpike) to get on I-278. Look for the sign that says 278 EAST (stay left), and follow. This will take you over the Goethals Bridge and put you on the Staten Island Expressway. After an 8.3 mile ride, you will cross the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. Staying on 278, the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway), will take you up towards Sunnyside.
If you wanna do Sunnyside, take 495 west, and then get off at Van Dam St, and take a right, this will take you up to Skillman Ave, which runs along the southern border of the yard.
If you're going to Flushing or Jamaica, go the other way on 495, east.....
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Sunnyside Yard has it's own page:
Hell Gate Bridge
Hell Gate Brisge also has it's own page:
As does Jamaica:
Queensboro Plaza has to be one of the coolest subway / EL stations around. Period. And, prior to ~1952, the streetcars used to go over the outside lanes of the Queensboro Bridge and you could see them from here.
The station is conveniently located from a number of hotels a few blocks to the north that are considerably cheaper to stay at than those in Manhattan.
Double-decked elevated structure at the west end of the station. Structures leading to the now-demolished northern (BMT) platforms can be seen here.
Photo: Daniel Schwen via Wikipedia
The upper level platform at Queensboro Plaza, serving the IRT's #7 line on the right, and the BMT's N and Q lines on the left.
Photo: Harrison Leong via Wikipedia
None to report on as of yet.... might find some somewhere :-).....
A shot from Google Streetview at the tail end of Sunnyside Yard, adjacent to 53rd Street, kinda under 11th St. I don't know if any of it is active, but there is "exposed" third rail at some of the street crossings here in the neighborhood.
Stations in Queens:
- Hunterspoint Av
- Court Square
- Queensboro Plaza
- 33rd St
- 40th St
- 46th St
- 52th St
- *69th St (used to be 69th St / Fisk Ave) (1 of 2 closest stations to where I lived)
- 74st St/Broadway (transfer to the IND E, F, M, and R lines)
- 82nd St / Jackson Heights
- 90th St / Elmhurst Ave
- Junction Blvd
- 103rd St / Corona Plaza
- 111th St
- Willets Point / Shea Stadium (Mets Baseball)
- Main St
the BMT N and W Lines (Formerly the N and Q lines)
Stations in Queens (all stations serve both lines):
- Queensboro Plaza
- 39th Ave
- 36th Ave
- 30th Ave
- Astoria Blvd
- Ditmars Blvd
the IND E, F, M and R Lines
Stations in Queens:
- Court Square/23rd St: E, M
- Queens Plaza: E, M, R
- 36th St: M, R
- Steinway St: M, R (the F is an express, and goes straight up Northern Blvd, while the E, M and R travel via Steinway and Broadway, meeting up at Northern Blvd)
- 46th St: M, R
- Northern Blvd: E, M, R
- *65th St: E, M, R (1 of 2 closest stations to where I lived)
- Roosevelt Ave/Jackson Heights (transfer to the IRT #7 line): E, F, M, R
- Elmhurst Ave: E, M, R
- Grand Ave/Newtown: E, M, R
- Woodhaven Blvd: E, M, R
- 63rd Dr/Rego Park: E, M, R
- 67th Ave: E, M, R
- Forest Hills/71st Ave: E, F, M, R (end of the line for the M and R trains)
- 75th Ave: E, F
- Union Turnpike/Kew Gardens: E, F (Queens Courthouse - where the Red Bird is on display)
- Briarwood/Van Wyck Blvd: E, F
- Jamaica/Van Wick: E
- Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer: E, J, Z (the J and Z lines join the line for the last station, having "come up" from Brooklyn)
the IND J and Z Lines
Stations in Queens (previous stations in Brooklyn)(all stations serve both lines):
- 75th St
- 85th St/Forest Pkwy
- Woodhaven Blvd
- 104th St
- 111th St
- 121st St
- Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer: E, J, Z (joining the E train for the last stop in the Queens)
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while trying to help others. My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find on the subject in one convenient place.
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My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.
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