New York City Subway yards
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The New York City Subway has a number of rail yards. There are 10 active A Division yards (one yard has been demolished) and 11 active B Division yards. Of these yards, rolling stock are assigned to seven A Division yards and seven B Division yards.
- 1 A Division Yards
- 2 B Division Yards
- 3 Yards in both divisions
- 4 Other yards
- 5 References
- 6 External links
A Division Yards
137th Street Yard
The 137th Street Yard is an underground rail yard located just north of 137th Street – City College on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line, hence the yard's name. It is composed of five tracks surrounding the three mainline tracks. Three tracks are to the west of the line (downtown side) and two are to the east (uptown side). The yard is used to store trains for the 1 train during rush hours.
239th Street Yard
The 239th Street Yard is the northern most rail yard in the system, located at 4570 Furman Avenue in Wakefield section of the North Bronx, and is home to the R142s assigned to the 2 train. There is considerable fleet interchange with the R142s at East 180th Street Yard used for 5 service. The car wash at 239th Street is used for both services. A wheel truing machine was installed here to minimize damage to rail cars and tracks caused by flat wheels. This shop was also used as a facility to retrofit all R26s, R28s, R29s, R33s (except single unit Worlds Fair cars) and R36s (both Mainline and Worlds Fair types) married pairs IRT type cars with the installation of new Stone Safety 10 ton Air Conditioning systems between 1976 and 1981. Also during this period all cars assigned to the 2 train were inspected and maintained at the East 180th Street Shops shared with the 5 trains. It re-opened as an inspection and maintenance facility for the 2 train in 1982.
The yard consists of a seven-track inspection shop and 38 layup tracks. The layup tracks are arranged on two levels; the only other yard in the system to share this trait is the East New York Yard. Access to the 239th Street Yard is located between Wakefield – 241st Street and Nereid Avenue on the IRT White Plains Road Line.
On February 3, 1998, two out-of-service trains collided at the yard lead after the motorman of one train passed out at the helm and his train crashed into the one in front of it.
240th Street Yard
The 240th Street Yard, also known as Van Cortlandt or VC Yard, is located at 5911 Broadway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, serving the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line. The yard consists of six inspection tracks in the shop and 15 additional layup tracks. The yard is presently home to the R62As and the 20 R62s assigned to the 1 train. The shop was built in 1906 to support the original IRT subway. The yard and shops are entirely on an elevated structure.
Corona Yard opened in 1928 and has seen various models of cars, including Steinway Low-Vs, World's Fair Lo-Vs, BMT Qs, R12s, R14s, R15s, some R17s from 1961 thru early 1965 to enable operation of 11 car trains, and were often mixed with R15s. Some R26s, R28s, R29s were temporarily assigned from 1978 to 1985 due to its assigned fleet of World's Fair R33s, and World's Fair R36s being air conditioned (the World's Fair R33s did not receive air conditioning), and overhauled. A new fleet of World's Fair R33s, and World's Fair R36s in 1963 and 1964. Also R33s from 1989 to 1996 and 2002 to 2003 to temporarily fill in due to light overhaul work on all WFR36 cars done between 1990 and 1996, and also as a fill in due to retirements of many Westinghouse equipped WFR36's during 2002 and 2003. This yard is currently maintaining the R62As, as well as the single set of R188s, used on the 7 service. It also contains the Casey Stengel Bus Depot.
On August 16, 2006, the original 1928 shop building was demolished, and was replaced by a new, modern shop.
East 180th Street Yard
The East 180th Street Yard is situated at 1145 East 180th Street in the Bronx, just east of the Bronx Zoo. The yard consists of eight storage tracks and an adjacent 12-track shop building with a connection to the nearby 19-track Unionport Yard, which lies to the northeast of East 180th Street Yard. The yard is currently home of the R142s for the 5 train. There is also some equipment interchanged with the 2 train. All new car engineering's acceptance testing for newly delivered IRT type cars are performed from here. A new shop building replacing the original 1918 vintage shop building opened in 1999, just in time for acceptance testing of new R142/142A's.
Jerome Avenue Yard
The Jerome Yard, also known as Mosholu Yard, is located at 3191 Jerome Avenue in The Bronx. This yard is home to all R142s and R142As for the 4 train. It is one of the three yards in the system to be under a housing complex (Pitkin Yard and Lenox Yard are the others). Rail access to the yard is by a pair of tracks that branch off of the elevated IRT Jerome Avenue Line just north of Bedford Park Boulevard – Lehman College station. The riveted steel pylons that support the elevated branch tracks give way to stone pylons just north of 205th Street before they enter the yard. The yard is surrounded by a wall and covered by a parking deck used by residents of the Tracey Towers housing complex.
Lenox Yard is located near 148th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, New York. It has no maintenance facility and is only used as storage of the R62s that operate on the 3 service. It was the first overhaul shop for the IRT and opened with the subway in 1904. Two tracks were taken from the yard in 1968 for Harlem – 148th Street station, which is the northern terminal for the 3 train.
The Livonia Yard is in East New York, Brooklyn on an entirely elevated structure at the east end of the IRT New Lots Line. One of the smaller yards in the system, it is home to the R62s on the 3 train and the ten R62As used for the 42nd Street Shuttle.
The yard consists of four inspection tracks inside the shop and thirteen layup tracks. Many 3 trains are stored in the Lenox Yard in Upper Manhattan, as Livonia is not very large, and a notable amount of space within Livonia is used for the storage of some cars assigned to the 2, 4 and 5 trains.
Unionport Yard is associated with the nearby East 180th Street Yard, used primarily as a lay-up facility for the 2 and 5 trains. It is named after Unionport Road which lies just east of the yard. There are no shop or wash facilities at this yard, which was expanded in the 1990s from five tracks to its present 19. All but one track ends in bumper block. The newly-expanded yard was fully operational in 1997. The yard connects to the IRT White Plains Road Line to the south and the IRT Dyre Avenue Line to the north.
West Farms Yard (demolished)
The Westchester Yard, also known as the Pelham Yard, is located in the Bronx. It has 45 layup tracks and it holds the R142As and R62As for the 6 <6> trains as well as Maintenance of Way diesel trains for both the A Division and B Division. It is connected to the IRT Pelham Line in both directions between Westchester Square – East Tremont Avenue and Middletown Road stations.
There is a four-track inspection shed for electric trains and a two-track diesel repair shop. Pelham Yard also has a car wash used by the entire A Division.
B Division Yards
174th Street Yard
The 174th Street Yard is an underground rail yard on the IND Eighth Avenue Line, used to store trains for the C service. It is composed of five tracks to the east of the two mainline passenger service tracks. The yard is located six blocks north of 168th Street and adjacent to 175th Street. The inner tracks at 168th Street lead towards the yard and are used by terminating C trains. This yard can hold only three full-length trains despite having five tracks.
The Canarsie Yard (also known as AY Yard from its telegraphy letters) is located on the south end of the BMT Canarsie Line adjacent to Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway. It is the primary layup yard for the L train and hosts the only car wash for the entire BMT Eastern Division, washing trains for the J, L, M and Z services.
Church Avenue Yard
The Church Avenue Yard is an underground rail yard on the IND Culver Line, used to store trains for the G service. It is composed of four tracks directly under the four main line tracks above. This yard is directly connected through the IND Church Avenue station which presently is the terminus for "G" service. At least one of the yard's inner-most 4-tracks is in continuous use to turn-back equipment to the opposite direction. There are two ramps between each local and express track south of Church Avenue station for access. Each track can hold one full-length train between the bumper blocks and the crossovers.
Coney Island Complex
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The complex was built in 1926 on former marshlands that, along with Coney Island Creek, formerly separated Coney Island from the main body of Brooklyn. Much of this land had originally been proposed for use as a ship canal and port facility.
Regular scheduled maintenance is performed here for a fleet of nearly 800 cars of R68s, R68As, and R160s, serving the B, G, N, Q, and the southern branch of the R, as well as the Franklin Avenue Shuttle trains. However, trainsets for the D service are also stored here. The shop facility along with 207th St. does heavy maintenance and overhaul for every one of the approximately 6,000 cars in the subway system, including the Staten Island Railway.
In addition to heavy maintenance facilities and track facilities for cars undergoing maintenance and overhaul, the complex includes three related railroad storage yards. The main yard facility, known as "Coney Island Yard," includes direct connections to the adjacent BMT Sea Beach Line (N train) and a two-track elevated structure to the BMT West End Line (D train). The main yard also serves trains on the BMT Brighton Line (B Q trains) via tracks C & D (aka 3 & 4) of Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue station. The adjacent but separate Culver (or "City") Yard connects to the IND Culver Line (F train) at the eastern border of the yard complex. Another yard, "Stillwell Yard," used mainly for off-peak train storage, is located across the Sea Beach Line from the main yard complex in a "V" between the divergent Sea Beach and West End Lines.
In addition to the maintenance shop and yards, there is a Health Center (gym) for Transit Authority employees and a firing range for the New York City Police Department (NYPD). The range was originally built for the New York City Transit Police Department, which was merged with the NYPD in 1995.
Coney Island Yard Gatehouse
Coney Island Yard Gatehouse, May 2009
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Coney Island Yard Gatehouse is a historic gatehouse located at the Coney Island Complex. It was built about 1929 and is a small masonry building with prominent clay tile roof with deep overhanging eaves.
East New York Yard
East New York Yard (also known as DO Yard from its telegraphy letters) is primarily used to store and repair trains assigned to the J, L, M and Z trains. Subway equipment is inspected and maintained there on a regular basis.
It is located at the junction of the Canarsie and Jamaica Lines near the intersection of Broadway and Jamaica Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn. A separate part of the facility houses the East New York Bus Depot, formerly a trolley depot. The yard is entirely equipped with hand-operated switches. Only the Fresh Pond Yard and 36th–38th Street Yard share this characteristic.
Portions of the yard date back to 1885 and the Lexington Avenue Elevated and the yard predates the rebuilding of nearby Broadway Junction, which was formerly known as Manhattan Junction or East New York Loop.
The yard and its main lead configuration remained the same before and after the extensive elevated line rebuilding nearby, but additional track and structure was built, so that, at its peak, East New York Yard had direct connections to the Broadway Elevated going west, Jamaica Line going east, Canarsie Line going east, and Fulton Street Elevated both east and west.
Fresh Pond Yard
The Fresh Pond Yard in Middle Village, Queens is located to the back of the Fresh Pond Bus Depot formerly a trolley depot, and is used for storing the R160As that run on the M train. It is located between Fresh Pond Road and Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue on the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line, but is only accessible from the latter station. Trains must first platform there and then reverse into the yard. The yard is entirely equipped with hand-operated switches. Only East New York Yard and 36th–38th Street Yard share this characteristic.
Jamaica Yard is located in Kew Gardens, Queens at the south end of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. It is connected to the IND Queens Boulevard Line at a three-way flying junction. The yard is on surface level, and the four-track approach includes a bridge over the Grand Central Parkway, despite the Queens Boulevard Line being underground. The site upon which the yard sits at the head of the valley of the Flushing River was, during the American Revolution, occupied by British troops after the Battle of Long Island.
The yard was built for the Independent Subway System in the 1930s and served as the south end of the World's Fair Railroad in 1939 and 1940. The yard provides carwash, interior cleaning, grease and minor repair services to the R46s and R160s that are assigned to the E and F trains, as well as the northern branch and the weekend service of the R train. Some R160s for the M train are stored here as well during weekdays.
The Pitkin Yard is located in East New York, Brooklyn. It holds the Pitkin Shops, which maintain the R46s used on the A train and Rockaway Park Shuttle. Some R32s used on the C train are also stored here.
Track connections from the yard connect both railroad north to Euclid Avenue and railroad south past Grant Avenue on the IND Fulton Street Line. This allows trains to be added or removed from service in either direction.
Rockaway Park Yard
Rockaway Park Yard is located in Rockaway Park, Queens. It is a layup yard for the R46s on the Rockaway Park Shuttle and A train, although they are primarily maintained at the Pitkin Yard in Brooklyn.
This yard is adjacent to Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street. Like the IND Rockaway Line itself, the Rockaway Yard was originally a yard for the Rockaway Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. It included a water tower, a roundhouse, and an elevated loop track for Brooklyn Rapid Transit trains.
Yards in both divisions
207th Street Yard
The 207th Street Yard is located in upper Manhattan on the Harlem River north of the University Heights Bridge. It serves as the home yard for the R32s assigned to the C train. The R46s for the A train are also stored here, but are not assigned to the yard. Some R62As for the 1 train are stored here as well.
The 207th Street Shop is one of two heavy overhaul shops in the New York City Subway system (the other being the Coney Island Yard in Brooklyn) and provides overhaul and rebuilding of most A Division cars as well as some B Division rolling stock.
The yard also stores cars that are being retired or awaiting scrapping and restores cars designated for the New York Transit Museum.
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Concourse Yard Entry Buildings
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Concourse Yard Substation
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The Concourse Yard is located in northern Bronx near 205th Street and Jerome Avenue. This yard is home to the 280 R68 cars assigned to the D trains, which are also inspected and maintained at this yard, although some trains assigned to the B and 4 services are stored here as well. Connecting tracks lead north from the yard to the IND Concourse Line and south to the IRT Jerome Avenue Line. Concourse Yard is spanned across its middle by Bedford Park Boulevard West, and at its northern end by a 205th Street viaduct. The Jerome Yard used by the IRT Jerome Avenue Line lies to the north of 205th Street.
The Concourse Yard Entry Buildings and Concourse Yard Substation were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The former consists of two, three-story brick buildings with only the top story visible from the street that are built next to one another to form a gateway to the Concourse Yard. They feature ornamental limestone columns and aluminum doors. The buildings are connected by an iron bridge that retains its original Art Deco balustrade. The latter is a one-story brick building measuring 50 feet by 100 feet and featuring a brick parapet with ornamental limestone and aluminum doors.
36th–38th Street Yard
The 36th–38th Street Yard is located between Fifth and Seventh Avenues in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, adjacent to the Jackie Gleason Bus Depot. This yard is not normally used for revenue-service train maintenance, though some trains for the R service are stored here. Its primary function is to store diesel and electrically powered maintenance-of-way and other non-revenue service rolling stock. It is also used to transfer trash from garbage collector trains to trucks via platforms inside the yard just south of 37th Street.
This southern part of the yard was formerly the center of the South Brooklyn Railway, which extended from Bush Terminal through the north part of the yard, then down Gravesend Avenue and into the Coney Island Yard. The yard is entirely equipped with hand-operated switches. Only Fresh Pond Yard and East New York Yard share this characteristic.
Linden Shops is a track shop, where track switches and other components are assembled. It has track connections to the IRT New Lots Line and BMT Canarsie Line, but no third rail, restricting the facility to diesel-powered trains only. There is also a track connection to the Long Island Rail Road's Bay Ridge Branch. This connection is one of two from the subway to the mainline United States rail network (the BMT West End Line is the other).
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