Station: Atlantic Avenue (Canarsie Line)

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BMT Canarsie Line

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Opened: 12/28/1906

Atlantic Avenue station is a model of the Dual Contract architecture, and a must-see photo opportunity. The station dates back to the construction of the Fulton El, which opened through Atlantic Avenue on June 13, 1889. The Canarsie extension was opened December 28, 1906, and the station was reconfigured to accept the connection from the 14th Street-Eastern Dual Contracts subway line. In its heyday there were three island plaforms and six tracks. The station was arranged with four tracks and two island platforms over Van Sinderen Avenue and two tracks and one island platform over Snediker Avenue.

Today, the Atlantic Avenue station architecture is much as it was then, with some modern touches, such as flourescent light in the mezzanine, a new token booth and new turnstiles. Much of the period woodwork and ironwork is intact. The mezzanine features high, rounded windows. The original 1916 platform lamps are still in place, some of them still retaining their heavy, iron shades, typical of the Brooklyn BMT lines.

Over the years, the reduction of elevated service led to changes at Atlantic Avenue. The station once had six tracks; the first reduction was the removal of the easternmost northbound track over Snediker Avenue, leaving five. Cessation of Fulton El service caused the center island platform (over Van Sinderen Ave.) to become redundant along with its trackways (these occasionally used for train storage). As described on the Sutter Avenue station page, the early 2000s project to reduce further the elevated structures in this area has eliminated all service by the Canarsie line on the Snediker Avenue portion of the el, which will be totally removed along with the disused Fulton El platform over Van Sinderen Avenue.

North of Atlantic Avenue, a complex junction once had tracks leading north to the BMT subway (upper level of Broadway Junction), the BMT Jamaica line leading west to Manhattan ("lower level" of Broadway Junction), onto the Fulton El leading west toward downtown Brooklyn, and into the East New York Yard. In fact remnants of the Fulton El connection can easily be seen at Broadway Junction. The tracks leading north from Atlantic Avenue still have access to the Jamaica line to the west and to the East New York Yard but service is only run via the upper level of Broadway Junction into the BMT subway. (Through service from the Jamaica line to the Canarsie line hasn't been run since 1968 although this connection is occasionally used by work trains and in the case of construction along the lines.)

Photo Gallery

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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: Doug Grotjahn
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: Fred Guenther
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: Willie Rosenberg Collection
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: Steve Zabel
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: Chris Leverett
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: Professor J
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: John Barnes
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: Filip Matuska
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: Joel Shanus
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: David-Paul Gerber
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: David-Paul Gerber
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Collection of: George Conrad Collection
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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Photo by: Mr. Railfan
Location: Atlantic Avenue

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