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Feel free to edit any of my tables or other notes to clarify or correct them. --NE2 04:54, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

List of lines[edit]

Name from 1930 and 1950 maps # on 1897 map Current From To 1950 route 1930 route Notes
2 Bergen Street 38 B65, roughly Smith Street and Sackett Street, Carroll Gardens (1950)
Sackett Street and Hamilton Avenue, Red Hook (1930)
Ozone Park? Smith Street, Bergen Street, Utica Avenue, St. Johns Place, East New York Avenue, and Liberty Avenue Sackett Street, Hoyt Street and Smith Street, Bergen Street, Buffalo Avenue, St. Johns Place, East New York Avenue, and Liberty Avenue
3 Sumner Avenue 8 B15 Rockaway Avenue and Hegeman Avenue, Canarsie Depot Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Hegeman Avenue, 98th Street, Ralph Avenue, St. Johns Place, Utica Avenue, Bergen Street, Troy Avenue, Fulton Street, Marcus Garvey Boulevard (Sumner Avenue), [unknown cutoff to Broadway between DeKalb Avenue and Myrtle Avenue], and Broadway
5 St. Johns Place 3 B45 Civic Center Rockaway Avenue and Hegeman Avenue, Canarsie Depot Court Street, Livingston Street, Flatbush Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, Washington Avenue, Sterling Place, Rogers Avenue, St. Johns Place, East New York Avenue, and Rockaway Avenue
7 Tompkins Avenue 27 part of B43 Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Park Essex Street Station Empire Boulevard, Kingston Avenue, Fulton Street, Tompkins Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Division Avenue, Roebling Street, and Williamsburg Bridge
8 Church Avenue N/A B35 foot of 38th Street, Greenwood Heights Rockaway Avenue and Hegeman Avenue, Canarsie Depot 38th Street, 2nd Avenue, 39th Street, 13th Avenue?, 37th Street?, 14th Avenue, Church Avenue, 98th Street, and Hegeman Avenue became 35 June 1, 1949
9 Rockaway Parkway N/A B42 Canarsie Landing loop at Canarsie Canarsie Road, St. Jude Place, and Rockaway Parkway private ROW
10 Ralph-Rockaway Avenues N/A no longer exists Rockaway Avenue and Hegeman Avenue, Canarsie Depot Essex Street Station Rockaway Avenue, East New York Avenue, St. Johns Place, Ralph Avenue, Broadway, Havemeyer Street and Roebling Street, and Williamsburg Bridge
11 Ralph Avenue? 11 part of B47 Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Rockaway Avenue and Hegeman Avenue, Canarsie Depot Broadway, Ralph Avenue, 98th Street, and Hegeman Avenue
13 Gravesend-Church Avenues N/A no longer exists loop at Kensington Rockaway Avenue and Hegeman Avenue, Canarsie Depot McDonald Avenue (Gravesend Avenue), Church Avenue, 98th Street, and Hegeman Avenue N/A
14 Wilson Avenue N/A B60 Williamsburg Bridge Plaza loop at Canarsie [one way: Johnson Avenue, Broadway, Havemeyer Street, South 4th Street, Meserole Street, Bushwick Avenue], Johnson Avenue, Morgan Avenue, Wilson Avenue, Cooper Street, Rockaway Avenue, and Rockaway Boulevard Broadway, Johnson Avenue, Morgan Avenue, Wilson Avenue, Cooper Street, Rockaway Avenue, and Rockaway Boulevard
15 Crosstown 24 B61 Richards Avenue and Van Dike Street, Red Hook Commercial Street and Box Street, Crosstown Depot Richards Avenue, Columbia Street, Atlantic Avenue, Court Street, Willoughby Street, Adams Street, Myrtle Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Wythe Avenue, South 8th Street, Kent Avenue, Broadway, Driggs Avenue and Bedford Avenue, Manhattan Avenue, and Commercial Street and Box Street Richards Avenue, Columbia Street, Atlantic Avenue, Court Street, Willoughby Street/Adams Street and Court Street/Myrtle Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Wythe Avenue, South 8th Street, Kent Avenue, Broadway, Driggs Avenue and Bedford Avenue, Manhattan Avenue, and Commercial Street and Box Street
16 Graham Avenue 12 B43, partly Park Row Hunters Point Brooklyn Bridge, High Street/Jay Street and Sands Street, Sands Street, ? and Navy Street, Flushing Avenue, Graham Avenue, Driggs Avenue, and Manhattan Avenue ex-Brooklyn City Railroad Flushing Avenue Line
17 Greenpoint Avenue??? Kent Avenue? 10/11 no longer exists Civic Center Commercial Street between Box Street and Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint N/A [one-way: Myrtle Avenue, Court Street, Willoughby Street, Ashland Place], Myrtle Avenue, [until 1933: Classon Avenue, Kent Avenue][1933-1945: Washington Avenue], Kent Avenue, Franklin Street, and Commercial Street ex-Brooklyn City Railroad Greenpoint Line (used both Classon/Kent and Washington)
21 DeKalb Avenue? 23 B38 Brooklyn Bridge Seneca Avenue near Putnam Avenue, Ridgewood High Street and Sands Street, Jay Street and Adams Street/Myrtle Avenue, Jay Street, Willoughby Street, Gold Street, DeKalb Avenue, and Seneca Avenue
24 Broadway 6 no longer exists Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Crescent Street and Jamaica Avenue, Cypress Hills Broadway, Fulton Street, and Crescent Street
25 Fulton Street 16 B25 Fulton Ferry East New York N/A Fulton Street, Flatbush Avenue, Lafayettte Street, Fulton Street, and [one way: Jamaica Avenue, Georgia Avenue, and Fulton Street] ex-Brooklyn City Railroad East New York Line
26 Putnam Avenue 15 B26 Civic Center Palmetto Street, Ridgewood Court Street, Livingston Street, Flatbush Avenue, Fulton Street, Putnam Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, Halsey Street, Wyckoff Avenue, Weirfield Street, Cypress Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, and [one way: Myrtle Avenue, Palmetto Street, St. Nicholas Avenue] ex-Brooklyn City Railroad Putnam Avenue Line
27 Jamaica 43 Q56 Ocean Hill Jamaica Fulton Street and Jamaica Avenue
28 Erie Basin N/A no longer exists Richards Avenue and Van Dike Street, Red Hook Park Row N/A Richards Avenue, Columbia Street, Atlantic Avenue, Court Street, Willoughby Street, Adams Street, Sands Street and High Street, and Brooklyn Bridge
29 Meeker-Marcy Avenues sort of 31 part of B24 Marcy Avenue and Fulton Street, Stuyvesant Heights Penny Bridge N/A Marcy Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue, Graham Avenue, and Meeker Avenue
30 Eighth Avenue N/A B70 foot of 38th Street, Greenwood Heights 8th Avenue and 86th Street, Bay Ridge 38th Street, 2nd Avenue, 39th Street, and 8th Avenue
31 86th Street N/A no longer exists? 65th Street Depot, Bay Ridge Stillwell Avenue Terminal 3rd Avenue, Bay Ridge Avenue, 5th Avenue, 86th Street, 14th Avenue, Bath Avenue, private ROW, Cropsey Avenue, and West 17th Street
32 5th Avenue 2 B63 Fort Hamilton foot of Atlantic Avenue, Cobble Hill 4th Avenue, 5th Avenue, Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue, and Atlantic Avenue
33 Hamilton Avenue 20 no longer exists 65th Street Depot, Bay Ridge Hamilton Avenue and Sackett Street, Red Hook N/A 3rd Avenue and Hamilton Avenue ex-Brooklyn City Railroad Hamilton Avenue Line; continued south to Fort Hamilton
34 Bay Ridge Avenue N/A part of B1 65th Street Depot, Bay Ridge loop north of Coney Island 3rd Avenue, Bay Ridge Avenue, 13th Avenue, 86th Avenue, 25th Avenue, and Cropsey Avenue
36 Sea Gate (Surf Avenue) N/A parts of B36 and B4 Surf Avenue and West 35th Street? Emmons Avenue and Ocean Avenue, Sheepshead Bay Surf Avenue, West 8th Street?, Neptune Avenue, and Emmons Avenue
37 Third Avenue 18 and 22 B37 Fort Hamilton Brooklyn Bridge N/A 4th Avenue, 99th Street?, 3rd Avenue, Flatbush Avenue, Livingston Street, and Smith Street/Jay Street/Sands Street and Livingston Street/Adams Street/High Street ex-Brooklyn City Railroad Greenwood Line No. 2 north of 24th Street; Greenwood Line No. 1 used Court Street and Hamilton Avenue instead of Flatbush Avenue
38 West End (New Utrecht Avenue) N/A no longer exists loop north of Coney Island New Utrecht Avenue and 39th Street, Sunset Park Cropsey Avenue, private ROW, Bath Avenue, 18th Avenue, and New Utrecht Avenue
41 Flatbush Avenue 17 B41 Marine Park Willoughby Street and Court Street, Downtown Brooklyn Flatbush Avenue, Livingston Street, Livingston Street/Court Street and Adams Street/Willoughby Street ex-Brooklyn City Railroad Flatbush Line
41N ? N/A B41 Civic Center (1950)
Bay Ridge Branch crossings, Flatbush (1930)
Bergen Beach [one-way: Livingston Street, Court Street, Villoughby Street, Boerum Place], Livingston Street, Flatbush Avenue, and Avenue N [one way: Nostrand Avenue and Flatbush Avenue], Flatbush Avenue, Avenue N, Veterans Avenue, ?, and Avenue V
42 Holy Cross Cemetery no # no longer exists Tilden Avenue and Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn Avenue and Beverley Road, Holy Cross Cemetery Tilden Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue
43 Nostrand Avenue Shuttle N/A no longer exists Midwood? Bay Ridge Branch crossings, Flatbush Nostrand Avenue and [one way: Nostrand Avenue and Flatbush Avenue]
44 Nostrand Avenue 35 B44 Midwood? Essex Street Station Nostrand Avenue, Lee Avenue, Roebling Street, and Williamsburg Bridge
46 Utica-Reid Avenues 7 B46 Utica Avenue and Avenue N, Flatlands Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Utica Avenue, Fulton Street, Reid Avenue, and Broadway
47 Franklin 33 no longer exists Park Circle, Prospect Park South Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Parkside Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Empire Boulevard, Franklin Avenue, Wythe Avenue, South 8th Street, and Roebling Street
48 Lorimer Street no # B48 Park Circle, Prospect Park South Nassau Avenue near Henry Street, Greenpoint Parkside Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Empire Boulevard, Franklin Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Lee Avenue, Lorimer Street, Driggs Avenue/Manhattan Avenue and Lorimer Street/Nassau Avenue, and Nassau Avenue
49 Ocean Avenue N/A B49 Ocean Avenue and Emmons Avenue, Sheepshead Bay Rogers Avenue and Bergen Street, Crown Heights Ocean Avenue, Farragut Road, and Rogers Avenue
50 Bushwick Avenue 25 no longer exists Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Ridgewood [one way: Johnson Avenue, Broadway, Havemeyer Street, South 4th Street, Meserole Street, Bushwick Avenue], Bushwick Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, and [one way: Myrtle Avenue, Cypress Avenue, Weirfield Street, and Wyckoff Avenue] Havemeyer Street, South 4th Street, Meserole Street, Bushwick Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, and [one way: Myrtle Avenue, Cypress Avenue, Weirfield Street, and Wyckoff Avenue]
52 Greene & Gates Avenues 14 B52 Civic Center Ridgewood N/A [one-way: Willoughby Street, Court Street, Myrtle Avenue, Jay Street], Willoughby Street, Gold Street, Fulton Street, Greene Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Gates Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, and [one way: Palmetto Street, St. Nicholas Avenue, and Myrtle Avenue] ex-Brooklyn City Railroad Gates Avenue Line
53 Metropolitan Avenue 36 Q54 Williamsburg Bridge Plaza (1950)
Grand Street and Kent Avenue, Williamsburg (1930)
Metropolitan Avenue and Jamaica Avenue?, Jamaica [one way: Marcy Avenue, Broadway, Havemeyer Street, South 4th Street], Marcy Street, Grand Street, and Metropolitan Avenue? Grand Street and Metropolitan Avenue?
54 Myrtle Avenue-Court Street 19 and 13 B54 Court Street and 9th Street, Carroll Gardens Ridgewood [one way: Court Street, Hamilton Avenue, 9th Street], Court Street, Willoughby Street, Adams Street, Myrtle Avenue, and [one way: Myrtle Avenue, Cypress Avenue, Weirfield Street, and Wyckoff Avenue] [one way: Court Street, Hamilton Avenue, 9th Street], Court Street, Willoughby Street/Adams Street and Court Street/Myrtle Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, and [one way: Myrtle Avenue, Cypress Avenue, Weirfield Street, and Wyckoff Avenue] ex-Brooklyn City Railroad Myrtle Avenue Line east of downtown
55 Richmond Hill N/A Q55 Ridgewood Union Turnpike and Metropolitan Avenue?? [one way: St. Nicholas Avenue, Palmetto Street, Myrtle Avenue], Myrtle Avenue, and Union Turnpike??
56 Union Avenue (Knickerbocker) part of 46 no longer exists Greenpoint Ridgewood [one way: Driggs Avenue, Manhattan Avenue, Nassau Street, Lorimer Street], Lorimer Street, Throop Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Knickerbocker Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, and [one way: Myrtle Avenue, Palmetto Street, and St. Nicholas Avenue] [one way: Driggs Avenue, Manhattan Avenue, Nassau Street, Lorimer Street], Driggs Avenue, Union Avenue, Throop Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Knickerbocker Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, and [one way: Myrtle Avenue, St. Nicholas Avenue, and Palmetto Street]
57 Flushing Avenue 12 and part of 46 B57 Park Row Mount Olivet Cemetery Brooklyn Bridge, High Street/Jay Street and Sands Street, Sands Street, ? and Navy Street, Flushing Avenue, and Grand Avenue
58 Flushing-Ridgewood N/A Q58 Ridgewood Flushing [one way: St. Nicholas Avenue, Palmetto Street, Myrtle Avenue], Palmetto Street, under Myrtle Avenue Line, Fresh Pond Road, 61st Street, Flushing Avenue, Grand Avenue, unknown [one way: St. Nicholas Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Palmetto Street], Palmetto Street, under Myrtle Avenue Line, Fresh Pond Road, 61st Street, Flushing Avenue, Grand Avenue, unknown
59 Grand Street 32 parts of Q59 and Q72 Broadway between Bedford Avenue and Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg North Beach Broadway, Driggs Avenue and Bedford Avenue, Grand Street, Grand Avenue, unknown
63 Coney Island Avenue 30 B68 West 5th Terminal, Coney Island Bartel Richard Square, Windsor Terrace N/A Seabreeze Avenue, Brighton 1st Road?, Brighton Beach Avenue, Coney Island Avenue, and Prospect Park Southwest
67 Seventh Avenue 5 B67 7th Avenue and 20th Street, Windsor Terrace Park Row 7th Avenue, Flatbush Avenue, Livingston Street, Smith Street, Jay Street, Sands Street and High Street, and Brooklyn Bridge
68 Smith Street-Coney Island Avenue 28 B68 and B75 West 5th Terminal, Coney Island Park Row Seabreeze Avenue, Brighton 1st Road?, Brighton Beach Avenue, Coney Island Avenue, Prospect Park Southwest, Prospect Park West, 9th Street, Smith Street, Jay Street, Sands Street and High Street, and Brooklyn Bridge
69 McDonald-Vanderbilt Avenues partly 37 partly B69 West 5th Terminal, Coney Island Fulton Ferry Neptune Street, West 6th Street, McDonald Avenue, Prospect Park West, Vanderbilt Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Navy Street and ?, Sands Street, [one way: Pearl Street?, Prospect Street, Jay Street]
71 Union Street N/A partly B71 9th Avenue Depot, Windsor Terrace Hamilton Avenue and Sackett Street, Red Hook N/A [one-way: Prospect Park West, 20th Street, 10th Avenue, 19th Street], Prospect Park West, Union Street, and Hamilton Avenue
72 Smith Street N/A B75 9th Avenue Depot, Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Bridge [one-way: 19th Street, 10th Avenue, 20th Street, and Prospect Park West], Prospect Park West, 9th Street, Smith Street, Jay Street, and [one-way: Myrtle Avenue, Adams Street, High Street, and Jay Street]
73 Norton's Point N/A roughly B74 Sea Gate Stillwell Avenue Terminal private ROW
77 Fifteenth Street N/A very roughly B77 Richards Avenue and Van Dike Street, Red Hook 9th Avenue Depot, Windsor Terrace N/A Richards Avenue, Hamilton Avenue, 15th Street, Prospect Park West, and [one-way: Prospect Park West, 20th Street, 10th Avenue, and 19th Street]
83 Nortons Pt Shuttle N/A no longer exists Sea Gate Sea Gate Manhattan Avenue and Surf Avenue?
Sixteenth Avenue N/A part of B23 ? ? N/A 16th Avenue is shown from New Utrecht Avenue to McDonald Avenue, with a merge into McDonald Avenue; it's possible to reverse direction after merging.
65th Street Ft. Hamilton (2nd Avenue) 42 no longer exists Fort Hamilton 2nd Avenue and 38th Street, Greenwood Heights N/A 4th Avenue, 99th Street?, 3rd Avenue, 65th Street, 2nd Avenue
Bergen Beach Shuttle N/A no longer exists Avenue N and Utica Avenue, Flatlands Bergen Beach N/A Avenue N, Veterans Avenue, Avenue U, and Bergen Avenue
Avenue C (Cortelyou Road) N/A part of B23 Cortelyou Road and Coney Island Avenue, Kensington Flatbush Avenue south of Church Avenue, Prospect Park N/A Cortelyou Avenue and Flatbush Avenue
Cypress Hills Cemetery dummy no longer exists Ridgewood Cypress Hills Cemetery N/A [one-way: St. Nicholas Avenue, Palmetto Street, Myrtle Avenue], Myrtle Avenue, and Cypress Avenue
Calvary Cemetery Line (Greenpoint) 15 part of B24 foot of Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint Calvary Cemetery N/A Greenpoint Avenue
Manhattan Bridge Three Cent Line N/A B51? Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street Manhattan N/A Flatbush Avenue and west side Manhattan Bridge
Metropolitan Avenue Shuttle N/A no longer exists Kent Avenue and Grand Street, Williamsburg Metropolitan Avenue and Grand Street, East Williamsburg N/A Kent Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue
Montague Street Cable Car 41 no longer exists foot of Montague Street Montague Street and Fulton Street N/A Montague Street
New Lots Avenue N/A part of B15 Hegeman Avenue and Rockaway Avenue, Brownsville New Lots N/A Hegeman Avenue and New Lots Avenue
Park Avenue 47? no longer exists Brooklyn Bridge Trinity Cemetery N/A [one-way: Jay Street, Sands Street, Brooklyn Bridge approach, Park Avenue], Park Avenue, Locust Street?, Beaver Street, Bushwick Avenue, Jefferson Street?, Wilson Avenue
N/A 21 no longer exists Fulton Ferry Hamilton Ferry N/A N/A abandoned early, ex-Brooklyn City Railroad Furman Street Line along Furman, Columbia, and Sackett Streets

Companies[edit]

[1] is useful. So is [2][3].

Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company reorg 1896 from Long Island Traction Company
unknown

--NE2 23:46, 25 December 2006 (UTC)

Routes on 1897 map[edit]

--NE2 03:43, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Openings of lines to downtown Brooklyn[edit]

--NE2 07:07, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Here's an article that may be useful: [27] --NE2 11:34, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

This ca. 1872 map has several interesting lines. --NE2 00:21, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

All lines into downtown Brooklyn (generally Fulton Ferry or Brooklyn Bridge)[edit]

From the south
From the east

Downtown Brooklyn traffic patterns[edit]

[28] has some useful information. --NE2 15:26, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

New trackage on Livingston Street, opened 1907:

Remaining on Fulton Street between Borough Hall and Flatbush Avenue

So eventually only the Fulton Street Line was on Fulton Street there.

New streetcar platforms at Sands Street, opened 1908; can be seen on Image:Brooklyn Bridge rail approaches 1936.jpg with the connection to Fulton Street underneath the elevated connection:

Later all these lines, as well as the following, were cut back to Borough Hall:

The Erie Basin Line came off the bridge onto Adams Street, using Willoughby Street to reach Court Street.

The following continued to run to or use the bridge:

Turning cars from Fulton Street onto Jay Street: "To Take Many Cars off Fulton Street". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 27 February 1898. p. 1. , "To Stop Car Blockades". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 6 April 1898. p. 12. , "To Relieve Fulton Street". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 23 May 1898. p. 16. 

Removals from Myrtle Avenue: "Business Men Complain". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 2 July 1898. p. 2.  - Ralph Avenue Line placed on Myrtle

Connection between Sands Street and Washington Street: "Cars on the Old Routes". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 11 December 1899. p. 18.  formerly bridge cars could only turn off Sands onto Fulton or Adams; DeKalb moved to Washington; also see the map on Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 13 July 1900. p. 9.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

Bad crossings: "Bad Trolley Crossings". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 27 August 1899. p. 8. 

Suburban lines disconnected: "Will Give Transfers Between L and Trolley". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 27 October 1899. p. 1. , "Union Depot Connection". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 29 October 1899. p. 5. 

Ninth Avenue Line along Flatbush: "Local Stocks and Bonds". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 28 March 1897. p. 29.  - contract made in 1877; not done between early 1890s and 1899

[29] and [30] confirms the double track in Gold north of DeKalb, which I haven't seen evidence of elsewhere except for the BAHN layout. It supposedly also connected to Fulton; it was used by DeKalb Avenue Line cars as well as apparently the Greene and Gates Avenue Line branching off from Fulton. In conjunction with the Livingston Street and Lafayette Avenue trackage, this took all cars but those of the Fulton Street Line off Fulton between Boerum and Gold. Also note [31], which shows three tracks on DeKalb just east of Fleet; I don't understand this, unless the southernmost track was one of the Fulton tracks. --NE2 16:39, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

[32] (1938) shows how the Putnam Avenue Line and St. Johns Place Line cars turned around at Washington and Tillary - via a loop (?) under the end of the elevated structure. In 1931 the tracks continued north on Washington; these were once used to take some lines to the bridge (see Talk:Brooklyn Bridge trolleys#Routings to the bridge), but only the DeKalb Avenue Line used the tracks there by 1916, and was rerouted via Gold, Willoughby, and Jay. --NE2 17:24, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

Unused tracks

From [33]:

...Railway franchise, in The Bronx; certain extensions of the Union Railway Company's system, in The Bronx; two extensions of the Bronx Traction Company's system, in the Bronx; one small extension of the New York and Queens County Railway, in Queens; the New York and North Shore Traction franchise, in Queens; The South Shore Traction franchise, in Queens; the New York and Long Island Traction franchise, in Queens; one Ocean Electric Railway extension, in Queens; the Livingston and Lafayette sts. extension of the Nassau Electric Railroad, in Brooklyn; the Bush Terminal Railroad franchise, in Brooklyn, and a few unimportant extensions and connections at various points in the City.

Specifics of the streets in downtown[edit]

North-south:

Fulton Street
Main Street
Washington Street
Adams Street
Jay Street
Bridge Street
Gold Street
  • DeKalb Avenue Line between Willoughby Street and Front Street, 1862; between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street, 1869; abandoned in 1870s but continued to be used north of Concord Street by the Vanderbilt Avenue Line until 1883
Debevoise Place
  • DeKalb Avenue Line between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street, 1862; abandoned in 1870s
Hudson Avenue
Navy Street
Raymond Street (Ashland Place)
  • Crosstown Line between Willoughby Street and Park Avenue, 1869? by 1871

East-west:

Fulton Street
DeKalb Avenue
  • DeKalb Avenue Line east of Debevoise Place, 1862; between Gold Street and Debevoise Place, 1869; west of Gold Street, 1872
Willoughby Street
Myrtle Avenue
Concord Street
  • Vanderbilt Avenue Line between Bridge Street and Navy Street, 1871; between Washington Street and Bridge Street, 1883
Sands Street
Prospect Street
York Street
Front Street
Water Street
John Street

Track configurations[edit]

In 1926, Main and Front both had two tracks, with no apparent connections: [34] --NE2 18:21, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Wyckoff Avenue Line[edit]

In 1906 there was a Wyckoff Avenue Line from Broadway Ferry to Ridgewood via Broadway, McKibbin Street, Morgan Avenue, Flushing Avenue, and Wyckoff Avenue. The portion along McKibbin and Morgan was a franchise given to the Broadway Railroad in 1893. --NE2 19:37, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

Here's a 1916 description:

WYCKOFF AV.—Ridgewood to Delancey and Bridge Plaza, via Wyckoff av., Flushing av., Morgan av., Harrison pl., Bogart, McKibbin, B'way.
WYCKOFF AV. SHUTTLE—Myrtle av. to Halsey, via Wyckoff av.

--NE2 12:03, 27 February 2007 (UTC)

Split of lines between 1919 and 1929[edit]

The Brooklyn City Railroad split from the Brooklyn Heights Railroad on October 19, 1919, taking 28 lines with it. It's not clear if the Brooklyn, Queens County and Suburban Railroad and Nassau Electric Railroad split. The Brooklyn and Queens Transit Corporation took over operations on July 1, 1929.

Names given here are mostly from the 1916 Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac.

Brooklyn City Railroad

This rough enumeration gives a total of 38 lines from the 1916 list. Presumably some were combined in the count of 28.

Brooklyn, Queens County and Suburban Railroad
Nassau Electric Railroad
Coney Island and Brooklyn Railroad
probable combinations and other companies

--NE2 13:36, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

Trinity Cemetery in Brooklyn?[edit]

The stop at "Trinity Cemetery" wouldn't happen to be this Trinity Cemetery, would it? ----DanTD (talk) 14:47, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

JoeKorNer links[edit]

The existing Joe KorNer Brooklyn Trolley link is a dead one, but I think it has been split between random collections of other people who contributed to his site Here's one, and I'm pretty sure there's one that was made by somebody who died in 1990. ----DanTD (talk) 23:21, 4 August 2012 (UTC)

Another source[edit]

Brooklyn Streetcars, by the Branford Electric Railway Association is a decent source of info. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 17:40, 14 September 2014 (UTC)