Biking

This blog highlights some of my adventures with the focus on railroad history. Originally intended as a blog of my rail trail rides, it now also includes hikes, railroad trips and even stop-and-go car trips if they are railroad history related...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New York Transit Museum

The New York Transit Museum is located in a decommissioned subway station in Brooklyn - conveniently just a few blocks from where I work. I took a lunch hour excursion there to check it out today.

To get to the museum you use a subway entrance and go down two flights of stairs.

Top Floor Exhibits

The museum has the first underground floor devoted to various exhibits. The artifacts and diagrams of how the subways were first constructed were fascinating...
under the river
"cut and cover"
peeling away the streets
In addition, on this "top" floor there are detailed exhibits about all the disasters that befell the subway system through the years and how these emergencies were dealt with.  911, The NYC Blackout,  Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, etc. Its amazing to see the scope of damage from each one of these terrible events and the resiliency needed to get the system running as quickly as possible again.

Subway Cars Through the Years...

But by far the best was the bottom floor - the actual subway stop that was now brimming with transit cars from all the ages..



This was a pump car, housing an enormous pump used to pump out flooded water in the tunnels.

They even had a caboose!

Further Info

Transit Museum
http://www.nytransitmuseum.org

New York Transit Museum (Wikipedia)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Transit_Museum

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