137th street Subway Yard

Published on: November 17th, 2015 | Last updated: November 20, 2015 Written by:

The 137th street subway yard is one of the few subway yards built in NYC that is entirely underground.

Located along the 1 line between 137th street and 145th street stations, this yard consists of 5 tracks bracketing the ‘main line’ center 3 tracks where regularly scheduled subways run. 2 of the yard tracks are located east of the ‘main line’ tracks, while the other 3 are on the west wall. Each track can hold 2 10-car subway trains, for a total capacity of 10 trains.



This is a very narrow yard – the tracks are close together, and there is no catwalk / bench wall in between. There are no crew rooms or facilities within the tunnel (some are located at 137th street station). If a train needs servicing, it has to be moved to a yard (usually 207th street). This yard is used exclusively to store trains during off-peak hours.



While it was narrow and cramped, it was nice to visit and knock off my list…


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