180th Street–Bronx Park station

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 180th Street–Bronx Park
 
Former New York City Subway station
West Farms IRT stub jeh.JPG
Stub of demolished spur
Station statistics
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleWest Farms
Coordinates40°50′33.5″N 73°52′41″W / 40.842639°N 73.87806°W / 40.842639; -73.87806Coordinates: 40°50′33.5″N 73°52′41″W / 40.842639°N 73.87806°W / 40.842639; -73.87806
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT White Plains Road Line
ServicesNone (demolished)
StructureElevated
Platforms1 island platform
2 side platforms
Spanish solution
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedNovember 26, 1904; 115 years ago (1904-11-26)[1]
ClosedAugust 4, 1952; 67 years ago (1952-08-04)[2]
Station succession
Next north(Terminal)
Next southWest Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue (connection severed after demolition)

180th Street–Bronx Park was the former terminal station for the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway.

History[edit]

The current intersection where the station used to be.

The initial segment of the IRT White Plains Road Line opened on November 26, 1904 between East 180th Street and Jackson Avenue. Initially, trains on the line were served by elevated trains from the IRT Second Avenue Line and the IRT Third Avenue Line. Once the connection to the IRT Lenox Avenue Line opened on July 10, 1905, trains from the newly opened IRT subway ran via the line.[1][3][4]

The line was originally intended to extend farther north but was changed into a terminal during construction due to protests stating that the trains running over Bronx Park would be bad for animals in the Bronx Zoo. The line's extension is the reason for the S-curve north of the West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue station. After the line's extension to 238th Street in 1917 and then Wakefield–241st Street in 1920, the Bronx Park spur was considered redundant, but was not closed and abandoned until August 4, 1952. The station and associated elevated structure were later torn down.

Station layout[edit]

The station had two tracks and an island platform and two side platforms (i.e. Spanish solution). The tracks ended at bumper blocks at the north end of the platforms. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Discuss Signs In 18th St. Station; Engineer Parsons and Mr. Hedley Inspect Advertising Scheme. Bronx Viaduct Works Well Delays There Only Those of Newness -Lenox Avenue Service Makes Fuss Below Ninety-sixth Street" (PDF). The New York Times. November 27, 1905. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Notice to Passengers". Flickr. New York City Board of Transportation. 1952. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Kahn, Alan Paul (January 1, 1973). Tracks of New York /. New York : Electric Railroaders' Association.
  4. ^ "Subway Trains Running From Bronx To Battery; West Farms and South Ferry Stations Open at Midnight. Start Without A Hitch Bowling Green Station Also Opened -- Lenox Avenue Locals Take City Hall Loop Hereafter" (PDF). The New York Times. July 10, 1905. Retrieved September 4, 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to 180th Street–Bronx Park (IRT White Plains Road Line) at Wikimedia Commons