Brooklyn Outdoors

Much of the old BMT Brighton, Sea Beach and West End lines are outdoors in Brooklyn, as is a stretch of the IRT New Lots line.  The photo was taken along the F Line at the 4th Ave. station in Brooklyn.  This fairly short stretch outdoors -- necessary for a massive bridge across the Gowanus Ship Canal -- was the only permanent non-subway portion of the Independent System as it was originally constructed.  Later on the IND took over operation of the BMT Culver line's long elevated stretch. 

Despite appearances, the G train is not running express, but rather is in the process of switching directions for its return journey to Queens.  Two very different models of subway cars are in view.

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Canarsie, 1960s F Train N Departs Coney
At Coney Island From the Front Brighton Beach Line
Stairway to the El Culver Remnant Levels, History
Under McDonald Ave. D Train Leaving Amusement Park
Myrtle Line Approaching Myrtle G Train and Bridge
Brooklyn View Broadway Jct. Girders
Buildings Behind G Train Switching Once to Broadway Ferry
Church Ave., Brighton Line Tracks Curve, West End Stillwell Side View
At Coney Island Quiet Station on the F Sea Beach Line
A Distant Bridge Playfield and Graves