ANSWERS TO SUBWAY QUIZ #1
- 1. What date and time did the first official subway train operate in
10/27/1904 at 2:45 PM
- 2. What route and stations did the first line follow?
City Hall - via Park Ave South (4th Ave) to Grand Central
Grand Central to Times Square (today's shuttle)
Times Square to 145th St Broadway
- 3. What is the friendliest station in the subway?
High St - When you enter it, it says "High, High, High"
Jose A. La Salle suggested 46-Bliss
Peter Cafiero suggested Wavecrest
- 4. Name the only IND station which has been closed, the line to it
abandoned, and both station and line demolished.
Branch and station to the 1939 World's Fair. The line was an extension
from the Jamaica Yard. It was abandoned after the fair closed in
The lower Level of 42/8th Av is not correct, since the 8th Ave
line is still intact, only one track was removed from service.
- 5. What is the western most station in the subway system? This does
not include the SIRT (on Staten Island).
95th St/ Fourth Ave in Brooklyn. Check it on a geographic map on
- 6. What is the funniest station in the system?
York St - When you enter it says "York, York, York"
Suggested by Steve Okonski: Broadway-Lafayette it says, 'Laf, Laf,
- 7. What was the name of the only private subway car ever in New
The Mineola - circa 1904
In the collection of the Shoreline Trolley Museum East Haven Ct.
BERA Web Page
August Belmont - Financier of the IRT Subway
- 9. There were a number of other subway cars which had names. Name at
least two of them.
States of Kansas, Vermont, Missouri, Rhode Island and Commonwelth of
Massachusetts. Also BMT experimental trains Green Hornet, Bluebirds, and
Zephyr. Also IRT cars August Belmont and John MacDonald.
Fleets like the
R-32 Brightliners and the Redbirds (real = R-33 and some R-36 - phoney = any
other R-class painted red after overhauls) do not count.
- 10. In the days when the old elevated lines (Els) operated through
out Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, There were three (3) locations
where transferring passengers walked DOWNSTAIRS from a SUBWAY train to catch an
EL train. Name one of these locations.
Ninth Ave, West End (Down to Culver El)
Gun Hill Road, IRT, down from 241st Line to 3rd Ave El
Broadway Junction BMT, down from Canarsie subway to Fulton St El.
Queensboro Plaza BMT-IRT, down from upper level El trains to IRT and
BMT Subway trains.
This was suggested by Jason R. DeCesare. QBP had a
second double level structure to the north of the existing one today. The
existing section was all IRT with 2nd Ave trains from the Queensboro Bridge and
the #7 Flushing line. The demolished section was all BMT with el trains on both
levels going to and from Astoria and Flushing connecting with the BMT subway
from the 60th Street tunnel. Passengers arriving on the upper level BMT had to
go down to the lower level if they wanted a BMT train to Flushing. The BMT
subway trains relayed at a stub track near the Rawson St station.
- 11. How many main tracks are there between Brighton Beach and Ocean
Two main and four Yard tracks.
- 12. What is the most religious station on the system.
Cathedral Parkway, Church Ave
- 14. Why is the SEVENTH Ave and 53rd St station unique?
Two levels Upper is Downtown - Downtown 6th Ave trains are going East;
Downtown 8th Ave trains are going West
Lower is Uptown - Uptown 6th Ave trains are going West; Uptown 8th Ave
are going East
- 15. What do ATLANTIC Ave (IRT), PENNSYLVANIA Station (IRT) and 34TH
St-EIGHTH Ave (IND) have in common?
These stations have side local platforms and Island Express
Connect with Railroads is wrong, since Atlantic Ave Brighton, 34th/6,
and Grand Central are not included in the list, but I'll give 1 point for that.
- 16. What is the tastiest station?
From Steve Hoskins: Knickerbocker Avenue (beer)
From Rev. Constantino Tobio: Courtlandt Street (apples)
Peter Cafiero suggested Sheepshead Bay (I gave him 1 point for his
Bill Ried suggested Frank Ave in Rockaway
- 17. What is the widest elevated station in the system?
Stillwell Ave - Coney Island - eight tracks four platforms
- 18. What stations are part of a good poker hand?
Jose A. La Salle picked 5 stations for a full house: Queens Plaza,
QueensBourough plaza, Kings Highway, Kingston-Throop, and Kingsbridge
Suggested by Jason R. DeCesare: 42, 34,W4 and Canal Streets. All have
A,C,E trains stopping there.
Suggested by Roberto DiPrisco: Fulton St, having the A,2,3,4,5 stopping
on various platforms.
- 19. What is the must unusual station in the system?
Wilson Ave - L train - Canarsie bound is outside - Manhattan bound is
- 20. What is the only line (letter or number) that operates in all
four boroughs of the system?
'C' train from Bronx, through Manhattan and Brooklyn to Queens until
1992 cut back to Euclid Ave.
- 21. The station where the J, L, A and C meet in Brooklyn has a number
of names, name one.
Broadway Junction, Eastern Parkway, Broadway-ENY
- 22. What is the longest single trip you can take without changing
207th St - to Far Rockawy
- 23. What is the longest one way trip you can take with one change of
241st St IRT change for A train at Park Place for Far Rockaway
- 24. Before the IND and BMT lines were connected at the Manhattan
Bridge, where did the tracks that now go to BROADWAY lead?
South via Nassau St to meet the J and M trains
- 25. What rush hour trains operated on those tracks?
Bankers' Specials - from Coney Island and Bay Ridge to Wall St Area.
The trains operated via bridge and returned via tunnel or operated via tunnel
and returned via bridge. The line was called the Nassau St Loop.
- 26. There are stations named for AVENUES from First to Ninth
throughout the system. For one point each name the cross street or line name
and the train service that stops at each.
Some of the service letters or numbers may have changed over the
years, credit is given for any correct answers from any time period.
||6th Ave-Houston St
||9th St - IND
|42nd - Flushing
|60th St BMT
||53rd - IND
|Ninth St - IND
|Flatbush Ave - Brighton
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