Otto Vondrak wrote:When was the Bay Ridge branch first de-energized? I know only a few years later they realized electric operations were cheapter and bought second hand E33's from Virginian Ry. Was this 1964 when they re-energized the line? I assume it was Penn Central that de-energized the line for good in 1969?
Electric operation over Hell Gate Bridge on tracks 5 and 6 enroute to/from Fremont and Bay Ridge ended in 1959 and the
wires were de-energized between Bowery Bay Substation and Bay Ridge at that time. Most of the wires in this area
remained intact although they suffered from no maintenance and also they differed from actual track and switch locations
as changes were made during the period following 1959. I do not have an exact date when the power was restored to Bay
Ridge but my best guess is very early in 1964. The Virginian motors were running to Oak Point in vary late 1963 but it took
a bit longer to restore the wires to Cedar Hill and Bay Ridge. I think Cedar Hill was restored before Bay Ridge was.
Bowery Bay Substation was located at the Queens end where the tracks to Harold and Fremont separted.