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The Elevated Railways of Manhattan Second Edition
The Elevated Railways of Manhattan Second Edition

The Elevated Railways of Manhattan Second Edition

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Eric R. Oszustowicz

Electric Railroaders Association, 2016, 2nd Edition

The first edition of Eric R. Oszustowicz's epic 372-page book sold out in less than one month! Due to overwhelming demand for this incomparable reference, the ERA is proud to announce that a second edition of The Elevated Railways of Manhattan is now available.

Many New Yorkers rushing through the streets of Manhattan today are completely oblivious to the fact that at one time there was an extensive elevated railway system that traversed most of the island from the Battery through Midtown, Harlem and on into The Bronx and later into Queens. Certain narrow downtown streets, such as Pearl Street, were shrouded in darkness by the elevated structure, even on the sunniest of days.

But without these elevated railways, it would not have been possible for New York City to develop as fast as it did. Development would have been delayed about 25 years until the first subways opened since there was no other way to move the massive crowds through the City. Partially due to the constant expansion of the underground subway lines and to a great extent real estate interests, the elevated lines that ran into southern Manhattan were all torn down from 1938 to 1955.

Although New York has its own unique and extreme dynamism and is one of the great cities of the world, one could only wonder what New York would be like today if one or more of the elevated lines were still standing.

Three years in the making, this massive endeavor is a wonder to behold. It is full of rare photographs, many in color, and never-before-seen rosters of incredible detail. Researched and written by Eric with the help of numerous ERA volunteers, the second edition incorporates several important edits throughout.

Electric Railroaders' Association, softcover, 372 pages, 8.5 x 11 x .75 in., B&W and Color photographs and illustrations.

5 Stars
Top Ten book
Out of the 200+ railroad books I have in my library, The Elevated Railways of Manhattan is definitely one of my all-time Top 10 favorites. The photographs are outstanding. They reflect a fan's view of the cars and infrastructure. They communicate a "you are there" fans view of the elevated's structure and trains plus the setting which often dwarfed them. The quality of the photographs is enhanced by the book’s large pages, the layout which provides plenty of white space, and the quality of the printing on premium coated paper. The photographs provide a platform-level view of the trains, plus a street-level view of the elevateds in relationship to the buildings which surrounded them. One of the characteristics I hadn’t appreciated until studying this book was the vertical scale of the Manhattan elevated’s structure. Although we often think of Manhattan’s elevated in terms of a single level of track, there were actually miles of two-level elevated trackwork. Many lines had, or added, a third, or center, track for express rush-hour service. (Southbound in the morning, northbound in the afternoon.) Because of limited street width, however, the express stations, where riders could transfer to local trains, were located above the local tracks and stations. This necessitated huge ramps where the express trains could access the top-level platforms, and return back to the local level. Another aspect of Manhattan elevateds that I hadn’t previously appreciated was the complexity of the track work, especially at the numerous junctions where lines intersected, often adjacent to the East River bridges or ferry terminals. The amount of detail it contains in terms of track plans, schedules, and rosters is as impressive as the photographs. Compromise and efficiency are hallmarks of today’s economy, where craftsmanship is often sacrificed to budget-driven expediency. The Elevated Railways of Manhattan is the welcome exception. Whether judged from the point of view of writing, photographs, page layout, or glossy paper, The Elevated Railways of Manhattan reflects a labor of love on the part of everyone involved. The fact that the first printing sold out within 30 days of publication is proof of the book’s quality and long-term value.
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