The Express Stop That Never Was

Published on: June 2nd, 2015 | Last updated: November 9, 2015 Written by:

The tunnels of the NYC subway system are dark and full of mystery.

This one in particular contains ‘bell mouths’ – which were usually built where a planned subway route was suppose to diverge from a route that was actually built. They were meant to allow for later construction of the planned route without disrupting the now existing, active tracks. Many many subway routes were planned all over NYC, and after WW2, nearly all of those planned routes were never even started.

The bell mouths of this tunnel are different though. They were meant to allow for the eventual reconstruction of a nearby local subway station into one that could accommodate both local and express trains via island platforms. This of course never took place, but the widened tunnel bell mouths remain.

Stop hating.


And face life head on. (note the widen tunnel to the left)

Bell mouth with station in the distance.

That’s a lot of fucking volts.

Another bellmouth.

View of the tracks…

Go the fuck home.

2 responses to “The Express Stop That Never Was”

  1. Brian says:

    If these were taken near the 63rd Drive station, those bellmouths are for connections to an abandoned LIRR ROW. If they were taken near the Woodhaven Station, then yeah the bellmouths are for platform conversions.

  2. Mitch45 says:

    Brian: The nearby station has to be 63rd Drive. Take a look at the white on black sign on the stanchion directly to the right of the train in the last photo. I’m pretty sure that says 63rd Drive.

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