Discussion relating to the past and present operations of the NYC Subway, PATH, and Staten Island Railway (SIRT).

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  by F40
 
Will the Sea Beach express be restored in the near future? One track is taken out, but the other IIRC is used sporadically. Also, what is the history of this "super express" to CI?

  by orangeline
 
I think the "Super" express was called the NX and it ran only one year, 1966 or 67, more or less non-stop along the Sea Beach line to 59 St in Brooklyn and then regular express to 57th St & 7 Ave in Manhattan. Trains ran super-express to Manhattan in the AM and to Brooklyn in the PM. If memory serves, poor ridership caused its end.
  by dj_paige
 
I came across this video on YouTube

http://youtu.be/Bbg5ksSLirw" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

showing a railfan ride on the "newly rebuilt" Sea Beach express track. Why was it rebuilt? When was it rebuilt? Is there anything different about it after rebuilding? Are there plans to use it, other than for railfan trips and emergency re-routes?

Are there any plans to use the "other" express track, which appears not to even have a third rail in the video? Was it ever used?
  by Adirondacker
 
dj_paige wrote:I came across this video on YouTube

http://youtu.be/Bbg5ksSLirw" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

showing a railfan ride on the "newly rebuilt" Sea Beach express track. Why was it rebuilt? When was it rebuilt? Is there anything different about it after rebuilding? Are there plans to use it, other than for railfan trips and emergency re-routes?

Are there any plans to use the "other" express track, which appears not to even have a third rail in the video? Was it ever used?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMT_Sea_Beach_Line" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://nycsubway.org/wiki/BMT_Sea_Beach_Line" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by Jeff Smith
 
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  by trainbrain
 
No NX service can be added in the next 2-3 years because the express track is being used in regulars service. It is now being used daily since the northbound local track is out of commission to rebuild the stations. Once the northbound local track is back in service, the southbound local track will need to be taken out of service to rebuild the southbound platforms. After that work is complete, the temporary platforms at 8th Avenue and Bay Parkway can be removed and the express track will not be used in any regular service. Only local service will operate, as in years past, using the outer tracks.

It makes little sense to rebuild the other Sea Beach express track to do express service to Coney Island on summer weekends. They can just use the West End Line express track, but with no stops as the southbound track and the Sea Beach express track as the northbound track, or use the Brighton Express tracks, with or without stops for express Coney Island service. The B-Train runs weekdays only to Brighton Beach, so maybe it should just run weekends in the summer. On weekends when it runs, it should be able to be extended to Coney Island using the Q tracks since terminal space isn't as much of an issue on weekends.
  by Passenger
 
The NX originated at Brighton Beach went south to Stillwell and then Sea Beach super express.

So it was really a Brighton Beach super express, never mind what tracks it used.
  by bklynkenny
 
I really don't see the need/demand for it. It'll save a few minutes for people going to Coney Island in the summer?
  by gprimr1
 
I was there Tuesday scouting the stations in that trench for photo opportunities. Needless to say, with all the construction, it was a no-go.