*The New BMT Coney Island Terminal.. After 80 years of service, the huge Stillwell Avenue terminal in Coney Island, host to four rapid transit main lines, is being replaced. This article traces the terminal's history, and illustrates its startling new look by Paul Matus
The Interborough Strike of 1919. The Brotherhood of Interborough Rapid Transit Employees, launched an amazing 100% percent effective strike against the entire IRT rapid transit system. The story in xontemporary news accounts, researched, compiled and written by Gregory J. Christiano
Staten Island Rapid Transit, The Essential History. The rural rapid transit line that was Commodore Vanderbilt's first railroad venture by Irvin Matus and Paul Matus
Acknowledgement , Book Notes and Links
Fallen Transit: New York's Second Avenue el was torn down amid political pressure during WWII, leaving a hole in East Side transit service ever since, by Alexander N. Cohen
History of the Long Island Rail Road to 1925 Part II. The nation's largest commuter railroad is also its oldest Class I railroad, by Felix Reifschneider
History of the Long Island Rail Road to 1925 Part I, by Felix Reifschneider
The Road to the Transit Museum: the Lines, the equipment, the 1965 New York World's Fair and the genesis of the Transit Museum by Irvin Matus and Paul Matus
25 Years Ago in The Third Rail, Cover
State of the Art Car Visits New York, by IIrvin Leigh Matus
The First National Light Rail Conference, by James Seamon
Politics and History of the Transit Fare as the fare rises against the background of New York's Fiscal Crisis in 1975, by Paul Matus
The BMT Culver Shuttle Closes, by Paul Matus
Lght Rail Plans in Dayton Ohio Stymied, by Paul Matus
Our Spring Number, Special Spring Cover and Poem
When National City Lines Came to Philadelphia: Three Critical Years for one of Americas's Largest Traction Systems, by S.L. Hackbridge
What Is It? A Mystery Bus from the Archives, by Paul Matus
The Third Century: Rebuilt Again, Brooklyn's Historic Franklin Avenue Shuttle Reopens, by Douglas Diamond
Back to the Future. Since municipal ownership, New York has had one of the most conservative transit managements in the U.S., but it once had one of the most aggressive and advanced in Brooklyn's BMT, by Paul Matus
The Little Station in the Woods. It began life as a real estate office deep in the woods of Flatbush. Now it is one of the New York's oldest original subway stations, by Paul Matus
Before it Was the "W". The West End Line began life as the first little steam road to reach Coney Island. This is a story of its early days, by Morton Morris
American Ground Transport. Remembering U.S. vs. National City Lines, highlighting the role of highway-based businesses in the rapid decline of the U.S. street railway industry.
The Brooklyn Grade Crossing Elimination Commission was created by the New York State legislature on May 9, 1903 to accompish the goal of providing fully grade separated rights-of-way for the BRT's Brighton Beach Line and the Bay Ridge and Manhattan Beach lines of the LIRR.
BRT Excursion Train to Rockaway
This was the "mystery photo" for August 2000. Includes some hints of sleuthing the location of old photographs. Bill Mangahas figured out the photo's secret first.
The Sea Beach Line has two, usually unused, express tracks--with no stations? Why?
The New York Subway is run by MTA New York City Transit, or is it?
The Atlantic Avenue (Cobble Hill) Tunnel in Brooklyn now sees only the ghosts of antique steam engines.
A turbulent year in New York, and national history, described in analysis and contemporary articles by Gregory J. Chrisiano.
Where "the Gangs" Lived
Historical articles describing New York's Five Points neighborhoodin the mid-19th century, real home of the gangs described in the movie Gangs of New York, compiled and written by Gregory J. Christiano.
Vitagraph Company in Brooklyn
Illustrated history of one of the pioneers of motion pictures by Irvin Leigh Matus
On November 1, 1918, a five car wood-bodied elevated train of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Co. smashed into the wall of a recently opened tunnel, killing about 100 people.
A Few Historical Errors in Cudahy's The Malbone Street Wreck, by Alan D. Glick
Capsule Review, by C.K. Leverett
A political history of the transit system in one of the nation's most political cities, with focus on the building of the first subway.
Tracks of the New York City Subway
Where does that track go? A detailed and fascinating study of the trackage of the vast New York City subway system.
The Underground Guide
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