Brooklynrail.net - New & Updated web pages
(Date Posted in Brackets)
NEW! (10.1.2021) Birthday Vigil for Bob Diamond on October 6th NY - 6 to 10 pm on at the enterance to the Atlanic Avenue Tunnel . Bring a candle to leave lit if you wish. On the corner of Courrt St and Atlantic Abenue (near the Trader Joes)
NEW! (9.17.2021) Streetblog NYC article: The Unabridged, Warts-and-All Saga of a Brooklyn Trolley King
NEW! (9.17.2021) NY Times Article on the life of Bob Diamond and the BHRA's projects
NEW! (9.17.2021) NY Daily News Article on Bob's life
NEW! (9.1.2021) Stonewall Veterans Commemorate Bob Diamond - see Aug 21 and 27 entries
NEW! (8.24.2021) We regrettfully announce that Robert Diamond has passed away. RIP Bob. Donations to cover his funeral expenses are needed and appreciated. The outdoor funeral will be held next week. Checks can be made out to Shermans Flatbush Memorial Chapel and mailed to us at 599 E. 7th St., Suite 5A, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11218.
NEW! (3.17.2018) BHRA's ALL NEW TAKE On The Moribund "BQX Streetcar" Project (42mb PDF)
NEW! (2016) New Streetcar Possibilities for Brooklyn - Presentation (8.7mb PDF)
NEW! (2016) New Red Hook Brooklyn Streetcar Study by BHRA (large file: 38.9mb PDF
NEW! (11.11.2016) Brooklyn Community Board 8 Light Rail Subcommittee Report, 10-8-16 (eternal link)
NEW! (11.11.2016) MTA's Lower East Side Light Rail Study, Circa 1999 (MESA) (external link)
NEW! (10.27.2016) Presidential Candidates Pledging Big Money For Mass Transit (eternal link)
NEW! (10.26.2016) Presentation: Brooklyn Community Board 8 - Light Rail Subcommitte (external link)
NEW! (8.26.2016) The return of trams to New York (pdf article from a Czech magazine)
NEW! (8.26.2016) The only tram in New York (pdf article from a Czech magazine)
NEW! (8.26.2016) Owner of Red Hook waterfront terminal asks city to consider his site for Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar railyard (external link)
NEW! (8.26.2016) Red Hook industrialist wants to host train yard for de Blasio streetcar (external link)
NEW! (5.15.2016) New BHRA MegaProject - A Comprehensive Rail system for SI, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Short Youtube movie w/ new maps
NEW! (4.20.2016) Bob Diamond Is Giving A Talk About Streetcars For NYC - Register now for the free May 19th event at the waterfront alliance.
NEW! (4.20.2016) The Map That Made Manhattan a BBC Radio Special on the Manhattan Street Grid System. Bob Diamond featured: - BBC Radio 4
UPDATED! (3.29.2016) New Streetcar Video featuring BHRA published materials & maps and a great vintage streetcar promotional video (at 1:13) (external link)
NEW (3.29.2016) NYT Article: Red Hookers like streetcar idea but have concerns about rent hikes due to gentrification
NEW (3.29.2016) Urban Visionary Robert Venturi says he has all these ideas but also doesn't get paid
NEW! (2.18.2016) New article on the BQX Streetcar Project by J.M. Calisi in Trains Magazine (.3mb small PDF)
NEW! (2.11.2016) Updated and expanded BHRA staff page
NEW! (2.11.2016) New BHRA mini -book that includes the following chapters (3mb PDF):
part I -Why Streetcars Were Removed From New York City & Why It Is Time To Bring Them Back.
part II - The true environmental costs of the CNG Bus / natural gas industry.
partIII -The Reasons why Streetcars are Preferable to Busses
part IV - A 'shovel ready' "BQX" streetcar project: prior BHRA permits & approvals already in place for the project
part V - Suggestions for creating a user friendly streetcar system with faster boarding times, and fewer problems with traffic congestion
Part VI : Speeding up a streetcar system: ROW configurations for higher speed streetcar system
NEW! (2.5.2016) New York Times Article: "A Trolley Enthusiast on DeBlasio’s Streetcar Plan: Sign Me Up"
NEW! (2.4.2016) New York Times Article: "A Waterfront Route to Serve the Poor, Not Just the Wealthy"
NEW! (2.3.2016) New York Times Article: "Mayor de Blasio to Propose Streetcar Line Linking Brooklyn and Queens"
NEW! (11.2.2015) NY City Council Trying Hard to Bring Streetcars to New York City (external link to transportation committee meeting info)
NEW! (10.13.2015) Cuomo, Di Blasio Reach NYC Mass Transit Deal (external link to AP article)
NEW! (10.8.2015) A great new book on the Rail transit pioneering inventor G.T. Woods by David Head (with a 2 page introduction by Bob Diamond) (ext. link)
NEW! (9.30.2015) 1982 Brooklyn Heights Press article: "Is there really a locomotive under Atlantic Avenue? Robert Diamond determined to find out soon..." (PDF)
NEW! (9.30.2015) Brooklyn Eagle Op-ed article: "Brooklyn-Queens waterfront streetcar line, an idea whose time has come" (external link)
NEW! (9.30.2015) The Unbreakable U.S. High-Speed Rail System: Without federal funding, HSR projects across the country have gotten creative. (external link)
NEW! (9.25.2015) Daily news article "maybe light at the end of the tunnel", on that same webpage there's also a slide show showing subway expansion c.1920s -1930s
NEW! (9.25.2015) BHRA's new "Tunnel Museum Plan" (112.7mb PDF)
NEW! (8.31.2015) The Strange (and Sad) Life of Bob Diamond, part III (external link)
NEW! (8.4.2015) Gothamist Article: Is It Maybe, Possibly, Actually Time For A Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront Streetcar? (external link)
NEW! (7.8.2015) Biographical essay recently published: Part II The Strange (And Sad) Life of Bob Diamond - also here is part 1
NEW! (7.2.2015) Researchers from Yale are analyzing the insanely high cost of U.S. rail projects. Hint: its NOT the unions (external link)
NEW! (6.28.2015) Slide Show - Streetcar / AA Tunnel - full show with embedded videos , narrated by Bob Diamond (huge pdf file - 355mb)
NEW! (6.28.2015) BHRA Museum Plan (3.6mb PDF)
NEW! (6.10.2015) Gothamist Article: 1930s Trolley Map Shows How Connected Brooklyn Was (external link).
NEW! (3.14.2015) Interactive map of the Brooklyn streetcar system, circa 1930. It works just like a modern Google street map (external link)
NEW! (2.15.2015) BHRA's Narrows Tunnel Plan - (subway to SI and freight service to L.I.): Full Report w/ Documentation (large file: 40mb PDF)
UPDATED! (2.13.2015) BHRA's Narrows Tunnel Plan - (subway to SI and freight service btw NJ and L.I.) - also BHRA's critique of the PANYNJ's plan. (1mb PDF)
NEW! (2.9.2015) BHRA's saga since 1980: a tunnel, streetcars, developers, film shoots, and Brooklyn politicians: The Strange (and Sad) Life of Bob Diamond
NEW! (1.24.2015) Original construction plans for the "Narrows Tunnel" btw Brooklyn and Staten Island - added to the Narrows Tunnel page!
NEW! (1.11.2015) Can Streetcars Make A Comeback In The Bronx & NYC? (external link)
NEW! (1.11.2015) Will Streetcars Make a Comeback in the Bronx? (external link)
NEW! (12.6.2014) The prophetic 1946 pamphlet E. J. Quinby wrote regarding the conspiracy to destroy America's urban mass transit systems. (small pdf)
NEW! (11.29.2014) NY Daily News article on a rail tunnel between Staten Island and Brooklyn
NEW! (11.29.2014) MTA Reinvention Report - 100 year plan - PDF of complete document. Note the streetcar (light rail) component (external link to MTA)
NEW! (11.28.2014) Bronx Times-Reporter article: Bob Diamond's streetcar presentation in the Bronx
NEW! (10.4.2014) Bob Diamond on BBC Radio: The Map That Made Manhattan (Bob is featured at: Intro, 14min, 18min)
UPDATED! (10.4.2014) New Red Hook Brooklyn Streetcar Study by BHRA (large file: 38.9mb PDF)
NEW VIDEO! (7.4.2014) Steam train running in the London Underground (5 mins in shows what it must have been like inside the Atlantic Ave Tunnel in the 1800s)
NEW! (6.30.2014) Newsweek article featuring BHRA : The Fight to Find John Wilkes Booth’s Diary in a Forgotten Subway Tunnel (text only PDF) or (full 6m PDF)
NEW! (6.30.2014) Newsweek article featuring BHRA : America's Invisible Trolley System (text only PDF) or (3m jpeg w/ pictures)
NEW VIDEO! (5.13.2014) Video on the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel that was accepted to the Brooklyn Film Festival. (external link)
NEW! (5.12.2014) Epoch Times - "Finding the Lost Atlantic Avenue Tunnel"
NEW! (5.12.2014) Brooklyn Eagle Article - "New Streetcar Plan Re-ignites old Red Hook Controversy"
NEW! (4.4.2014) Info on the Kickstarter project for the Red Hook Streetcar Study
NEW! (1.14.2014) Other Recent Streetcar News Reported in the National Press: Streetcar operations cost $1.50 per ride, while the bus costs $2.82
NEW! (1.14.2014) Other Recent Streetcar News Reported in the National Press: Funding a $140 million streetcar project without any federal grant money
NEW! (12.23.2013) Brooklyn Eagle Article - "De Blasio gives Diamond hope for Red Hook trolley plan" (PDF)
NEW! (12.23.2013) Article from Second Avenue Sagas - "Is light rail right for Red Hook?" (external link)
UPDATED! (1.14.2014) Deputy Mayor & Prominent Urban Planners / Developers Enthusiastically Endorse BHRA's Brooklyn Streetcar Project
NEW! (8.7.2013) Recent Articles on the Current Resurgence of the Red Hook Streetcar Project
NEW! (5.27.2013) Some of the Comments posted on the "Petition to Restore the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours"
NEW! (3.11.2013) New Streetcar Possibilities for Brooklyn - Presentation (3.3mb PDF)
NEW! (1.16.2013) The legend of the 1830s locomotive buried in tunnel is true! Here is recent media coverage
NEW Video! (1.2.2013) News 12 coverage of the pre- Civil War era locomotive known to be within the Atlantic Avenue tunnel
NEW! (12.18.2012 New (Dec 2012) Proposal for A Streetcar Line For Manhattan's 42nd Street!
UPDATED! (11.10.2012) FOUND - 1830's LIRR Locomotive Buried Under Atlantic Ave - New link to Full Scientific Report
UPDATED! (11.2.2012) FOUND - 1830's LIRR Locomotive Buried Under Atlantic Ave - New Scientific Proof of Buried Locomotive and Tunnel Status Update
UPDATED! (9.14.2012) The Great Transportation Conspiracy - National City Lines & related corporate conspiracies to destroy America's electrified transit systems
NEW! (9.11.2012) Photo Montage of Bob Diamond speaking at a Forgotten NY tour in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge) on Sept 9 2012 (PDF)
NEW! (9.4.2012) BHRA Before Red Hook: The “DUMBO” Streetcar Project - 1985 to the Present
NEW Video! (8.29.2012) NYC Planning Commission approves the extension of BHRA's streetcar line onto Red Hook Streets (1999).
NEW Video! (8.29.2012) The MTA's Transit-Transit TV show (1995) featuring BHRA projects
UPDATED Video! (8.29.2012) Volunteers from Summer Youth Program in Brooklyn assisting with BHRA's Red Hook Streetcar Project
NEW Video! (8.17.2012) NY1 TV News (2002) illustrating BHRA projects from that period: track construction, streetcar fleet and streetcar restoration work
NEW Video! (8.17.2012) "Cities Betting Big On Streetcars" - Wall Street Journal Video.
NEW Video! (8.10.2012) Red Hook Streetcar Documentary, Depicting BHRA's c. 2000 Operation
NEW! (6.13.2012) Bob Diamond's recent Atlantic Avenue Tunnel presentation at the Greater Astoria Historical Society (visuals only) 12m PDF)
NEW! (5.2.2012) Internet podcast called "ABC Gotham" about the Atlantic Ave Tunnel- it's made by people who were on the tours (external link).
UPDATED! (4.16.2012) FOUND - 1830's LIRR Locomotive Buried In The Atlantic Ave Tunnel - Newly added: Bob's Magnetomer Image Interpretation
NEW! (4.14.2012) Bob's next public presentation (external link)
NEW! (3.14.2012) Atlantic Ave Tunnel- NY City Council Says Open It :)
NEW! (3.14.2012) BHRA Revenue Ad in Red Hook Star (PDF)
NEW! (2.11.2012) Bob is a cartoon now - from "Brooklyn: A State of Mind" (PDF 3.5mb)
NEW! (1.24.2012) FOUND - 1830's LIRR Locomotive Buried In The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel !!!
NEW! (1.7.2012) The City of New York's sister city, Moscow, Russia also has a long and illustrious Streetcar History. Sergey, an avid member of the like- mind Moscow Tram Society, gives us a webpage full of historical Moscow transportation photos (external link).
NEW! (1.3.2012) The General Motors (NOVA Bus) / Fuel Company / Tire Company "National City Lines" Anti- Streetcar Conspiracy Is Alive And Well- In New York City Today!!
NEW! (12.31.2011) New Other Video Section added to the Streaming Video Page - featuring 2 videos shown on WCBS-TV's 60 Minutes back in the 1980s: One video about the General Motors Conspiracy To Destroy The American Streetcar System (Circa 1930-1960), and another video about the bad old days of the NYC subway system (circa 1980's): graffiti coated subway cars, gangs mugging riders, - and the famous NYCT Transit Police "Entrapment" Decoy Squad!
NEW! (12.31.2011) BHRA Tumblr
NEW! (12.12.2011) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Streaming Video Page - 2 New Videos Added Near Bottom of webpage
UPDATED! (12.7.2011) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Streaming Video Page - 2 New Videos Added at Bottom of webpage
UPDATED! (12.4.2011) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Video Page Improved & Reformatted with Better Resolution Streaming Video
NEW! (11.26.2011) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Project Video Collection (Many New Streaming Movies and Documentaries)
NEW! (8.19.2011) the very first tunnel proposal to connect Brooklyn with New York City, ca 1833!
NEW! (8.19.2011) Documents from the 1830s on Railroad Engineering and the building of the LIRR by Major D.B. Douglass
NEW! (8.8.2011) The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Alternative Design (open cut alternative design c.1832) by Major David Bates Douglass
UPDATED! (5.03.2011) Rebuttal to the Derailed URS/NYC DOT Red Hook Streetcar Feasibility Study (PDF)
NEW! (4.12.2011) Streetcar Vs. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) - results of an award winning DC streetcar study
NEW! (3.23.2011) Solar Power Streetcar System? The possibility of creating a solar powered streetcar system for Brooklyn?
NEW! (1.22.2011) Historic Mystery Locomotive: Still Lurking Under Atlantic? (Brooklyn Eagle article, external link)
UPDATED! (11.27.2010) Streetcar Project Update - Notes from the Dec 13th Brooklyn Streetcar Study Advisory Committee (CAC)
NEW! (12.4.2010) Abraham Lincoln's Assassin, John Wilkes Booth, Really Was In Brooklyn - Why?
UPDATED! (11.21.2010) Buried Steam Locomotives Rediscovered (new pics /info regarding NYC elevated RR locomotives unearthed in NC)
UPDATED! (11.18.2010) Streetcar Vs. City Bus Cost Comparison (Includes Official FTA 2007 Operating Ratios Spreadsheet) (PDF)
UPDATED! (10.25.2010) Additional Info on Passenger Boarding Islands / Areas for Streetcars
NEW! (10.23.2010) Bob Diamond's Notes from the Oct 18, 2010 Brooklyn Streetcar Study Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
NEW! (10.23.2010) Other Materials from Prior Plans / Studies for Brooklyn Streetcar Lines
NEW! (10.23.2010) Earliest View of the LIRR's Greenport Terminus and Intermodal Transfer, circa 1844- 1847
NEW! (10.17.2010) Rail Freight Service For New York City? - Federal Money May Now Be Freed Up! (PDF)
NEW! (10.15.2010) NY Daily News Article: "Tunnel Gets Love: Guinness World Record for 1844 LIRR Relic"
NEW! (10.7.2010) the Atlantic Avenue tunnel is now recognized as the World's Oldest Subway! (According to the Guinness World Records, 2011, pg 203)
UPDATED! (10.3.2010) Why The LIRR Was Built (PDF) - slightly revised text in "foreword" section & new pic added on page 2
UPDATED (9.30.2010) The New BHRA Brooklyn Streetcar Proposal (new sections: "project updates")
UPDATED! (9.30.2010) Why The LIRR Was Built . . . In Response To A "Micro Ice Age" That Blocked Steamboat Navigation 100 Days A Year! (PDF)
NEW! (9.23.2010) Articles from the Brooklyn Paper, August 2010 - Sept 2010
NEW! (9.11.2010) NYC DOT Announces Study To Determine Feasibility Of Streetcars In Brooklyn
NEW! (9.11.2010) NY Post Article: "City revamping plan for Brooklyn streetcar line" (PDF)
NEW! (9.11.2010) NY1 TV News Report & article: "City Considers Plan To Revive Brooklyn Trolleys" (external link)
NEW! (9.11.2010) The Wall Street Journal: Red Hook’s Desire for a Streetcar Gets a Boost
NEW! (9.11.2010) Cobble Hill Association: Street Cars from the Past in Brooklyn's Future?
NEW! (9.11.2010) RIP Robert Amson Olmsted P.E., F.ASCE He was a longtime friend of BHRA and Former Planning Director of the MTA -
contact for info on memorial services
NEW! (9.11.2010) Portraits of Former Presidents of the LIRR (1835 -1862)
UPDATED! (9.11.2010) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page (new pictures & formatting for introduction section)
NEW! (9.8.2010) Cobble Hill Association's new Blog about the tunnel and streetcar proposal (external link)
UPDATED (9.8.2010) The New BHRA Brooklyn Streetcar Proposal (index added at top & new sections added and updated).
NEW! (9.5.2010) "People Who Wouldn't Ride A Bus Will Ride A Streetcar"- (Michael T. Burns, quoted in Railway Age, May, 2001) - (1mb PDF article)
NEW! (9.4.2010) STREETCAR BASICS - a brief overview of the benefits of a streetcar system (with new pics from a recent visit to Portland, OR)
NEW! (9.4.2010) NEIGHBORHOOD BENEFITS OF A STREETCAR LINE: (excerpts from the book: Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities Design Strategies for the Post- Carbon World (2010)
NEW! (9.4.2010) Charts & Data on Environmental and Economic Advantages of a Streetcar line (vs. other transit modes)
NEW! (9.4.2010) The Basic Principals of Transit Oriented Development
NEW! (9.4.2010) Objectives of Transit Oriented Development (excerpts from TCRP Report 95)
NEW! (8.30.2010) Pre-Existing Design and Governmental Approval Documents, 1996- 2001, Pertaining to the Red Hook To Boro Hall Streetcar Project.
NEW! (8.19.2010) The New BHRA Brooklyn Streetcar Proposal (with new map)
UPDATED! (8.19.2010) The New BHRA Brooklyn Streetcar Proposal Map added to "MAPS" webpage
UPDATED! (8.5.2010) The Urban Underground Tunnel - An Illustrated History from Antiquity to the 20th Century (3.9MB PDF File)
(note: works best by downloading it and opening it w/ adobe acrobat - otherwise the math symbols may not read properly)
UPDATED! (7.11.2010) The Science of Railway Locomotion - The Physics Behind Transportation Efficiency (new section at top of page)
UPDATED! (5.30.2010) Revised Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours webpage
UPDATED! (5.26.2010) New Images added to Historic Brooklyn Webpage
NEW! (5.18.2010) NY Post Article: "Trolley good news for Red Hook rail plan"
UPDATED! (5.18.2010) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page (expanded introduction section)
UPDATED! (5.8.2010) Why Rail Has 20X Energy Saving Advantage Over Rubber Tire Road Vehicles - The Science of Locomotion
New Pic: Early Wood Burning Locomotive Exhaust Partially Covering White Washed Tunnel Roof.
NEW! (5.8.2010) C. 1836 "A practical treatise on locomotive engines upon railways" (LIRR employees likely utilized this book to learn about their first locomotives)
UPDATED! (5.7.2010) Why Rail Has 20X Energy Saving Advantage Over Rubber Tire Road Vehicles - The Science of Locomotion
(new image showing "Vehicle Footprints")
UPDATED! (5.3.2010) The Science of Railway Locomotion - The Physics Behind Transportation Efficiency (new section at bottom of page) titled:
Rail Has 20X Energy Saving Advantage Over Rubber Tire Road Vehicles: The Physics Behind Transportation Efficiency
NEW! (4.22.2010) The Science of Railway Locomotion - The Physics Behind Transportation Efficiency
NEW! (4.20.2010) The Lost (Last) Words of John Wilkes Booth - article in American Airline's magazine:"The American Way"
UPDATED! (4.17.2010) The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (updated intro & part 1 section)
NEW! (4.15.2010) Why The LIRR Was Built - Its Not Why You Think ! (PDF)
UPDATED! (4.15.2010) The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (updated info on: the "Tunnel Act" and Litchfield vs. Vernon)
UPDATED! (4.9.2010) The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (new intro, expanded & edited text)
UPDATED! (4.9.2010) What the LIRR trains that ran through the Atlantic Avenue tunnel in the 1840s looked like
UPDATED! (4.6.2010) The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (expanded & edited text)
NEW! (4.4.2010) The Origins of Brooklyn's Cobble Hill- and Its Ghosts !
NEW! (4.4.2010) What the LIRR trains that ran through the Atlantic Avenue tunnel in the 1840s looked like
UPDATED! (4.4.2010) The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (New Pic of E.B Litchfield)
UPDATED! (3.30.2010) Ignatius Donnelly's Astrophysical Writings
NEW! (3.27.2010) Ignatius Donnelly's Astrophysical Writings
UPDATED! (3.18.2010) The Horrors of Steam Powered Travel (from Harper's Weekly, 1865)
NEW! (3.16.2010) Unexpected Connection: The LIRR's E.B. Litchfield and the Author of "Atlantis: The Antediluvian World"
NEW! (3.11.2010) Why the LIRR Wasn't Completed Before 1837?(PDF)
UPDATED! (3.5.2010) The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861
UPDATED! (3.2.2010) Tunnel Tour / Events Page
NEW! (3.2.2010) Early Writings About The Tunnel By The American Society of Civil Engineers
NEW! (3.2.2010) The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Gets 4 Star Rating From The New Yorker Magazine's "Talk of the Town"
UPDATED! (2.24.2010) The Closing Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (Greatly Expanded Text regarding:
The Circumstances Surrounding the Closing of the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel )
NEW! (2.13.2010) Green Streetcar Track For Brooklyn? - New Greenscape Rail Construction Page
NEW! (2.9.2010) NBC News: Secret NYC Subway Tunnel: Oldest in the World
NEW! (2.3.2010) CBS News "Secrets Of Brooklyn: Atlantic Avenue Tunnel" (video on right side of that page)
UPDATED! (2.1.2010) Updated Tunnel Page Section on : Major David Bates Douglass, the railroad's original Chief Engineer
NEW! (1.25.2010) NY Times News Article: "President Obama Funding Streetcar Projects, Revises Transit Funding Rules"
NEW! (1.17.2010) NY Daily News Article: "10 questions for a tunnel guide"
NEW! (1.13.2010) References To The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel As Written In The Cosgrove Report (the book that inspired the Tunnel's discovery)
NEW! (1.10.2010) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Maps / Drawings / Surveys / Studies
NEW! (1.10.2010) Early LIRR Rolling Stock 1830's - 1861 (pdf)
UPDATED! (12.29.2009) Antebellum Brooklyn Cops
NEW! (12.24.2009) Artifact Proves Folklore About "Bootleggers" In the Tunnel
NEW! (12.8.2009) Birds Eye Map of Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (1851) added to Tunnel Page
NEW! (12.2.2009) 1851 Birds Eye Map of NYC / Brooklyn added to Historical Maps Page
NEW! (11.27.2009) Buried / Abandoned Trains Found Beneath NYC Streets
UPDATED! (11.22.2009) Tunnel Tale Author G.J.A. O'Toole Was Real Life CIA Spy Master
NEW! (11.22.2009) "Bob Diamond's Ups and Downs Trying To Bring Trolleys Back" Brooklyn Heights Press, Nov 19th
NEW! (11.22.2009) Pratfolio Pratt People: Bob Diamond
UPDATED! (11.22.2009) - New Pic & Video- 19th Century Folklore Surrounding The Tunnel: Brooklyn's Notorious "Smoky Hollow" Slum
UPDATED! (11.17.2009) The Source 19th Century Folklore Surrounding The Tunnel: Brooklyn's Notorious "Smoky Hollow" Slum
NEW! (10.31.2009) Is the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Haunted? (link to Brooklyn Eagle)
NEW! (10.28.2009) Four Events That Led To The Creation Of The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel- The World's First Subway (PDF)
NEW! (10.20.2009) The LIRR's Actual And Planned Through Routes (Brooklyn To Boston) Ca. 1844- 1847
NEW! (10.12.2009) The Huffington Post Rates the Atlantic Ave Tunnel # 4 (out of 350) Open House NYC Attractions
NEW! (10.12.2009) LIRR - 1845 Report to Stockholders (1.25Mb PDF file) George B. Fisk, President of LIRR, 1845
UPDATED! (10.12.2009) The Truth Behind The Failure Of The LIRR's Brooklyn To Boston Route, Ca. 1844-1847
UPDATED! (10.4.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page: New LIRR goes to Sea Section - LIRR Steamboats
UPDATED! (9.30.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page: Drawings & Engravings of Early LIRR Locomotives
UPDATED! (9.22.2009) Locomotive Roster from the beginning of LIRR to end of operations in the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
NEW! (9.08.2009) Red Hook Trolley Idea Picks Up Support: Velázquez Requests $10 Million (link to Brooklyn Eagle)
NEW! (8.22.2009) Three different transportation studies for the Brooklyn Trolley Project
NEW! (8.22.2009) $10 million in Federal Funds to build the Brooklyn Trolley Project
NEW! (8.21.2009) Williamsburg Courier Article: "Bring Back Trolleys: Candidate Bloomberg" (external link)
UPDATED! (8.12.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page: Historic Photos & Engravings of W. Beard & T. Rogers
NEW! (8.09.2009) Mayor Bloomberg's Proposed Red Hook Streetcar Project (New Web Page)
UPDATED! (7.17.2009) Information on the Locomotive in the sealed off portion of the Tunnel ( new 2nd paragraph)
UPDATED! (7.17.2009) Steam Locomotives Found Buried in Unlikely Places Across the US
NEW! (7.14.2009) Steam Locomotives Found Buried in Unlikely Places Across the US
UPDATED! (7.13.2009) Locomotive Roster from the beginning of LIRR to end of operations in the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
UPDATED! (7.9.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page: Drawings & Engravings of Early LIRR Locomotives
NEW! (7.6.2009) Upcoming Tunnel Tour on August 16th
UPDATED! (7.6.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page: Information on the Locomotive in the sealed off portion of the Tunnel
UPDATED! (7.6.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page (Research Section): Watch the c. 1836 LIRR Locomotive (Hicksville) in Action
UPDATED! (6.25.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page (3 new historic articles / images)
NEW! (6.21.2009) Buried truths in Brooklyn's Atlantic Ave. tunnel (Los Angeles Times)
NEW! (6.21.2009) Articles from Brooklyn Evening Star (1844): "Tunnel Construction Overseer Murdered As Strike Called"
UPDATED! (6.21.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page (2 tunnel pages combined w/ new page index)
NEW! (6.18.2009) Circa 1989 BHRA Preliminary Streetcar Routes (From the BHRA Archives)
NEW! (6.5.2009) New 1860 Map of NYC Railroads added to Historical Maps Page
UPDATED! (5.26.2009) NYC DOT Commish Eyes Streetcars For Brooklyn (new page w/ links to TTC pics)
NEW! (5.21.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Historic Research Page: "Could the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Be Haunted?
UPDATED! (5.7.2009) Historical Maps Page (broken links fixed)
NEW! (5.7.2009) Bob Diamond on the Leonard Lopate radio show (WNYC)
UPDATED! (5.7.2009) CNN Program featuring BHRA
NEW! (4.29.2009) NY Daily News Article
NEW! (4.22.2009) Upcoming Art Event in The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel on May 16th: "RATART"
UPDATED! (2.20.2009) The Tunnel Rats of Atlantic Avenue (New York Times article in .pdf format)
UPDATED! (2.16.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page
NEW! (2.15.2009) The Tunnel Rats of Atlantic Avenue (New York Times article - external link)
UPDATED! (2.14.2009) The BHRA Trolley Fleet Roster Page - updated list of the trolleys in our possession, on loan and the others
UPDATED! (2.14.2009) The BHRA Donation Page has been improved
NEW! (1.12.2008) Courier-Life Article: City Probes Return of the Trolley
NEW! (11.14.2008) Courier-Life Article: Obituary for Elsa Diamond
UPDATED! (11.12.2008) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page w/ 2 new pictures
UPDATED! (8.27.2008) The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel will be featured again on the History Channel show "Cities of the Underworld" - airs on Tuesday September 02 (08:00 PM EST), and again on Wednesday September 03 (12:00 AM EST), The episode title is "New York: Secret Societies"
NEW! (8.6.2008) Courier-Life Article: "Trolleys For Coney Island"
NEW! (7.29.2008) Blog posting (with photos) about a recent Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tour (external link)
NEW! (7.29.2008) Pictures taken during a recent Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tour (external link)
UPDATED! (6.25.2008) The Narrows Rail Tunnel (The Brooklyn-Richmond Freight & Passenger Tunnel)
UPDATED! (6.25.2008) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Historic Research Page recently added: "The Horror at Red Hook"a story involving the tunnel by H.P. Lovecraft
UPDATED! (6.25.2008) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page w/ 2 new pictures
NEW! (6.22.2008) YouTube Videos Made By Visitors To the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (external link)
UPDATED! (5.21.2008) Updated Tunnel Tour Page - we now have improved directions w/ maps and closest subway stops.
NEW! (5.4.2008) The "Support BHRA" Donation Page is finally up!
UPDATED! (4.30.2007) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page w/ 4 newly added newspaper articles from 1844 - 1936
NEW! (4.22.2008) Courier-Life Article: "Plunge into Brooklyn's lost subway tunnel" (external link)
NEW! (3.24.2008) Movie trailer for documentary film about the tunnel: What's Behind The Wall (external link)
NEW! (3.24.2008) Courier-Life Article: "Lost Tunnel" makes a splash on the web
UPDATED! (3.24.2008) Upcoming Tunnel Tours
NEW! (11.22.2007) Courier-Life Article: Lights, camera, action in tunnel
UPDATED! (11.21.2007) BHRA VIPs page - a listing of some of BHRA's more famous friends.
NEW! (11.12.2007) BHRA Coney Island webpage
NEW! (11.10.2007) BHRA Coney Island Transportation Plan (2 MB PDF)
NEW! (11.10.2007) BHRA Coney Island Roller Coaster (PDF)
UPDATED! (11.3.2007) Site Update - Broken Links and Missing Images Fixed.
NEW! (11.3.2007) BHRA VIPs page - a listing of some of BHRA's more famous friends.
UPDATED! (11.3.2007) Delivery of PCCs from Buffalo. This page documents how we acquired a fleet of PCC trolleys that were stored in Buffalo. New Documentation added. These Trolleys were stored in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. If you know what happened to these trolleys, please contact us.
NEW! (11.2.2007) New Book Released On Little-Known NYC History, Bob Diamond Only Living Person Cited in Book. Here is a PDF of the first few pages of Unexpected New York (w/ a letter from the author). Also, here is a link to the the website for Unexpected NY.
NEW! (11.2.2007) Hollywood Discovers The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Story (PDF file) (click here for larger format)
NEW! (11.2.2007) Pictures of Cub Scout Tunnel Tour (external link)
UPDATED! (10.31.2007) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Historic Research Page recently added: an article written by Walt Whitman about the tunnel, and a NY Times article from 1893.
NEW! (10.31.2007) Bob Meets with Mayor Bloomberg
UPDATED! (10.10.2007) Link fixed to the Granville T. Woods Page - Inventor and pioneer of electric rail technology
UPDATED! (10.6.2007) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page w/ Photos from Recent Tunnel Tours
NEW! (10.6.2007) Courier-Life Article:
Inside Brooklyn's Lost Tunnel - Subterranean Thrills Await the Adventurous (1.7m pdf )
NEW! (10.6.2007) Courier-Life Article:
City Rediscovers Lost Tunnel - Underground Railway Part of Historic Neighborhood Tour (.5m)
NEW! (10.6.2007) NY_SUN_Article: Under The Streets Of Brooklyn - The World's Oldest Subway Tunnel (.9m)
UPDATED! (8.8.2007) Upcoming Tunnel Tours Page
NEW! (8.7.2007) Supporters of BHRA webpage
UPDATED! (8.7.2007) Maps Page - New Red Hook Alternative Route Map & Coney Island Route Map
NEW! (8.7.2007) 1956 NYC Transit Press Release on the last Day of Trolley Service in NYC
NEW! (8.7.2007) Why PCCs for Brooklyn? Now available in PDF format
UPDATED! (8.7.2007) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Historic Research Page w/ Recent Historical Research by Bob Diamond
UPDATED! (8.6.2007) PCCs in Europe PageUPDATED! (8.6.2007) updated Streaming Video page with 2 new videos
BHRA Staff &
Contact Information page
(7.4.2007) Pictures of BHRA's Trolley's on the Red Hook Waterfront (external link)
New York Post Magazine article:
(6.14.2007) Revised BHRA Events and Tours page
(6.14.2007) Revised BHRA Staff & Contact Information page
(3.11.2007) Revised homepage with index moved from the bottom of the page, to it's own page. BHRA Terminal icon now takes you to the web index (listing of all pages on the web site).
(3.11.2007) Brooklynrail Web Index - the complete index to the web pages of brooklynrail.
(3.11.2007) Brooklynrail is