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Remembering the 9th Avenue El

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The 9th Avenue El opened its doors on April 20th, 1871 as the first-ever elevated railway in New York City.

 

At the height of its operation, it spanned all the way from Manhattan's South Ferry to Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx.

 

In its earliest days, the 9th Avenue El was powered by steam locomotives, but in 1885 the El's operator—the Manhattan Railway Company—added an electrified third rail, making it the first electrified railway in New York City. A year later, in 1886, customers would dig into their pockets for a nickel when this line began collecting fares during peak periods.

 

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The 9th Avenue El opened its doors on April 20th, 1871 as the first-ever elevated railway in New York City.

 

At the height of its operation, it spanned all the way from Manhattan's South Ferry to Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx.

 

In its earliest days, the 9th Avenue El was powered by steam locomotives, but in 1885 the El's operator—the Manhattan Railway Company—added an electrified third rail, making it the first electrified railway in New York City. A year later, in 1886, customers would dig into their pockets for a nickel when this line began collecting fares during peak periods.

 

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Read more here.

 

After the line opened wasn't there an accident where a train derailed and fell from the El?

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Ah the 9th Avenue Elevated. To this day I still see the viaduct that connects it to the Jerome Avenue line although it's mostly demolished because of the new Yankee Stadium.

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It happened on September 11th, 1911. Very weird considering that another tragedy would happen on the same date 90 years later.

 

Not really. A lot of things happened on various September 11ths over the years.

 

List of events that occurred on a Sept. 11.

 

We just tend to recognize the date because of the events in 2001.

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Being that it closed in 1940, is there anyone on this board old enough to remember it. My dad was born in 1932 and remembers commuting on the third ave el early during his working career.

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The 9th ave el used to go down 53rd st. The train fell off the tracks at 53 and 9th. You can still see the old substation on 53 st behind the Letterman theater.

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