NYC it is not uncommon for abandoned train cars (sometimes even whole
tunnels) to be abandoned, forgotten and then rediscovered years
One example is the Beach Pneumatic
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
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
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