Welcome to part two!
As the journey continues, we are pulling into…
view facing north on
visible next to the smaller building at right (June 15, 1927).
a quaint notion to see
Then again, this photo was taken in 1928.
By 1935, there was suddenly a
1935 view of the original
This photo was taken shortly before
grade crossing elimination began.
crossing sign at
grade crossing elimination in October,1935.
construction of the new
temporary platforms above in December, 1936.
continues on the new
during grade crossing elimination.
A view from the newly upgraded
S.I.R.T. workers place the temporary shoo-fly
tracks (left) during grade crossing elimination.
taken from the
same scene shows
Two trains at the near complete
pedestrian walkway of the
“new and improved”
again from the
In April 2005, I ventured to the
…and just like the little critter who comes out on my birthday,
I see my shadow. Therefore we will have six more weeks of winter.
As our sojourn continues, we pull into our next station…
This station was added in 1937 during grade crossing elimination.
A year- or so- before grade crossing began.
site of the future
grade crossing elimination on
construction of the
seen from the
The abandoned Lake Avenue station
in 1964 and again in July, 1968.
in July, 1968. All the stairways which led to these
depressed grade stations have been removed.
1999, “Forgotten New York’s” Kevin Walsh found his way onto the ROW and snapped
this photo of the dead
In April, 2007, my brother Brian and I
Continuing westward, we now pull into…
At the left, we see the original wooden
The “new and improved”
in 1964 and June, 1973.
playing on the deteriorating pedestrian overpass at the abandoned
From the same day in April 2007 that
my brother Brian and I went on a north shore line adventure.
views from the
view from the
2005-2006- just beyond the silent
As we roll down the line, we see that our next stop is…
before grade crossing elimination began (October 5, 1934).
We are coming to the end of our journey...or so we think…
We are now rolling into…
It was the terminus for the S.I.R.T. north shore line.
The station was razed sometime during the mid-late 1950’s.
Here is the
A St. George bound train begins it’s journey at
A St. George bound train stopped at
a train to make the return trip from
Gearing up for the journey back
to St. George in October, 1952.
Note the apartments being built in the background.
similar views at the
Staircase leads to South Avenue.
freight engine at
more views at
But wasn’t this the end of the line?
At certain times of the day, the S.I.R.T. would make one
extra stop which takes us to…
Port Ivory station (6.1 miles) was provided for the workers at the Proctor
& Gamble plant which manufactured Ivory Soap products. It was only used during
morning and evening rush hour. The station may have closed around 1950- a few
years before the S.I.R.T. suspended service on the north shore line on
Rail-Fan train arrives at
The Port Ivory complex (circa 1947).
A westbound train approaches
the Port Ivory factory complex.
And a view of the Port Ivory complex.
is a rare photo of an S.I.R.T. train with an “
The brick building to the left still stands today.
A St. George bound train awaits it’s
departure from the Port Ivory station.
A train leaving the Proctor & Gamble plant.
so, a few hours after the sun set over Port Ivory and
George at on
The last passengers wave goodbye to sixty seven years of service.
So there you have it.
My little tribute to Staten Island Rapid Transit’s north shore
line. Now read it in reverse and you’ll end up back at the St. George
ferry. But our journey back in time does not have to end there. You can simply
run across the platform and hop on a train bound for
Just click on the link and we will be on our way:
Thanks to the following generous people and sites:
And of course,
Captain Red Dog!