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Tracks under grading along Broadway around Lincoln Center

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Hi all. I have a question about the IRT west side line. Was walking down Broadway between 72nd and 66th st stations the other day and came to the center median where there are gratings from which you can see the subway tracks below. I eagerly awaited seeing a train go by underneath me but after maybe 15 minutes heard some and saw some reflected lights from trains on near by tracks reflect off the tracks I could see, but no trains below me. Are these tracks in use? Or did I just not wait long enough? Something else?

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If you were on the median, then you would have been looking down at the express tracks. And if the 2 and 3 were not running, then you have youR answer.

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Got back here saturday and even though I waited for maybe 20-30 minutes no train passed along the tracks under the grating, only those beside it. I am now 90% convinced they do not run trains along these tracks so I am no longer going to try to film them. If anyone knows otherwise I'd love to hear it.

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There's a 5th track just north of and south of 72nd St that's used to crossover between the local and express tracks. 

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3 hours ago, CDTA said:

There's a 5th track just north of and south of 72nd St that's used to crossover between the local and express tracks. 

Great observation. Could be where the OP was standing at. My personal experience on the (2) and (3) back in the day in the afternoon the sunlight would shine through southbound. Depending on the season I could actually see the steel dust floating in the air because the sunlight reflected it so clearly. Carry on.

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