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Buried / Abandoned Trains Found Beneath NYC Streets

In NYC it is not uncommon for abandoned train cars (sometimes even whole tunnels) to be abandoned, forgotten and then rediscovered years later.  


One example is the Beach Pneumatic Subway:


In 1869, Alfred Eli Beach built a short demonstration subway tunnel under Manhattan's Broadway, across from City Hall. The piston shaped rail car was propelled through the cylindrical tunnel alternately by compressed air and vacuum forces.

After a short time, it was abandoned largely due to political opposition from Tammany Hall- what they could not control, could not exist.
 
In 1912, Beach's tunnel was rediscovered and found intact, complete with a passenger car, and the hydraulically powered "shield" used to construct the tunnel.

True to form, the City's contractor took some photographs, and immediately destroyed the prototype subway car and the tunnel. However, small sections may yet exist under City Hall park, and under Warren Street.

 


More coming soon . . .


Also see our Buried Steam Locomotives Webpage


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