-A NYW&B CENTENNIAL DAY -
-for discussion and reaction:
PART ONE: AM- Touring the Line. Ideally with a bus, but a couple of vans might do.
1. Start: Meet at 180th st. Station. Tour renovated station. Ride the Dyre Ave. line up to Dyre Ave. and back. Photo stops at Pelham Parkway and then walk to Morris Park on the way back. Return to 180 St.
2. Drive to Kingsbridge Road abandoned station. Contact with local preservation group. Look at remains.
3. Drive to E. Third street, view 3rd St. Station front and rear. photograph the remains from street.
4. Drive to Columbus Avenue. See what you can. Drive to Willson's Woods park, Leave vehicles, walk over to climb and photograph NYW&B abutment west side of parkway.
5. Drive to Pelham, view Highbrook Avenue Bridge. Contact with local preservation group, Highbrook High Line - go for a walk on right of way.
DO WE NEED LUNCH? Rockwell's in Pelham, Wolf's Lane, just south of NH line station (free parking Pelham RR sta if a
PART II PM:
6. Additional touring --head north toward White Plains. Possible stops to look at:
Wykagyl remains from parking lot
Stroll through Ward Acres Park
Photograph Quaker Ridge Station
Photograph Heathcote (restored) station
Hike the White Plains Greenway
Pit Stop and Coffee while viewing NYW&B display, at The "Westchester" Mall.
(There are also a few spots of interest on the Portchester line, --such as the Portchester terminal or the 1906 New York & Portchester Bridge , assessible from the High School parking lot. -- but not a lot left)
PART III -- IF we could get free or economical use of a venue -- we might manage a meeting, a viewing of the NYW&B film, discussions, displays of models and artifacts etc. (try New Rochelle Public Library?) Perhaps this centennial business would require a two day celebration. Or it could be done that evening. Or we could book a room for a dinner with after dinner activity. If sufficient visitors were staying overnight at a hotel, perhaps we could get the use of a room for meetings and display where visiting participants would be staying?
It is getting very very very late to arrange all this. Parking at 180th is usually tight. Other areas are managable, especially on a weekend. There is no way to walk the whole line, as Roger Arcara once did, and modern suburban trains are not close enough to visit the sites. We would have to organize transportation.
By now, 100 years ago, the tracks are finished from 180th to Larchmont Junction. The Stillwell cars, shiny new and green, have been delivered. They are being tested on newly strung wire in New Rochelle. Workmen are finishing steelwork on the 174th St. viaduct, and laying the foundations for 180th St. Station and Westchester Avenue Station in White Plains. People up and down the line are looking forward to Opening Day. Folks up in White Plains are planning a big parade. (1912)
What are we doing?