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They were connected via the 42st Shuttle. Back then, the two sections of track were connected with this short piece. Today, it is no longer connected because track 2 was demolished and the connections to/from either line were demolished to convert that short piece of track into a shuttle.

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They were connected via the 42st Shuttle. Back then, the two sections of track were connected with this short piece. Today, it is no longer connected because track 2 was demolished and the connections to/from either line were demolished to convert that short piece of track into a shuttle.

 

Ah, that makes sense. Never thought about that. Thanks. :P

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Actually, Seventh Avenue and Lexington Avenue are connected; Just not in a way that would allow train service.

 

Tracks 1 and 3 are connected to each other and the Lexington Avenue southbound local track, Track 4 is connected to the northbound Seventh Avenue local track. Where Track 2 was, there is platform space at Grand Central and at Times Square. Track 2 and its third rail have been removed between these stations.

 

At Times Square, the walkway that crosses the northbound local track is actually a bridge that can be lifted.

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I always wondered why they built the original IRT line like that in the first place. If I'm correct, there's only 15 years or so between opening of the line (1904) and the opening of the "H"-system. The direct connection between the Broadway section of today's Seventh Avenue line and the Lexington Avenue line below Grand Central only functioned as such for a short time. Seems like a wasted effort (though the present shuttle tracks are being put to good use).

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Actually, Seventh Avenue and Lexington Avenue are connected; Just not in a way that would allow train service.

 

Tracks 1 and 3 are connected to each other and the Lexington Avenue southbound local track, Track 4 is connected to the northbound Seventh Avenue local track. Where Track 2 was, there is platform space at Grand Central and at Times Square. Track 2 and its third rail have been removed between these stations.

 

At Times Square, the walkway that crosses the northbound local track is actually a bridge that can be lifted.

How does that connect the Lexington and 7 Avenue lines?

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How are Seventh Avenue and Lexington Avenue connected?

 

When the 42d Street Shuttle was created in 1918, the former southbound local track became Track 1 and it merges with the Lexington Avenue Southbound local track.

 

The former southbound express track became Track 2. It and its' third rail have since been removed between Grand Central and Times Square and platforms cover where it was in those stations.

 

The former northbound express track became Track 3. It has a connection to Track 1 and a train can merge southbound onto Lexington Avenue local.

 

The former northbound local track became Track 4 and it merges with the Seventh Avenue local track. The walkway which covers this track at Times Square is actually a bridge which is lifted when needed.

 

While the 42d Street Shuttle connects Seventh Avenue with Lexington Avenue, there is no connection between Tracks 1 and 3 and Track 4 which makes it impossible for a train to go from Seventh Avenue to Lexington Avenue or from Lexington Avenue to Seventh Avenue using the Shuttle tracks as they now are.

 

By the way, Times Square was a local station, and that's why the shuttle platfprms are wall platforms (plus the platform where Track 2 once was). Grand Central was an express station and features the original island platform between Track 4 and Track 3 and a widened island platform between Track 3 and Track 1 (this would've been lost if the new Grand Central shuttle platform had gone into use - today it's a passageway between the Lexington Avenue and 42d Street Shuttle stations).

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How are Seventh Avenue and Lexington Avenue connected?

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While the 42d Street Shuttle connects Seventh Avenue with Lexington Avenue, there is no connection between Tracks 1 and 3 and Track 4 which makes it impossible for a train to go from Seventh Avenue to Lexington Avenue or from Lexington Avenue to Seventh Avenue using the Shuttle tracks as they now are.

 

 

Precisely...this means that 7 and Lex Avs are not connected!

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