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Brooklyn trackless trolley 3074 on the B65 route at Hamilton Ferry. Joe Testagrose collection.

Trolley Coach Roster

NumberBuilderYear
1000American Car & Foundry1930
1001Twin Coach1930
1002-1007Pullman Standard1932
Coaches 1000-1007 were retired and scrapped in 1948
after being replaced by coaches of the 3000-3199 series.
3000-3199St. Louis Car Co.1948

Operations

Route 23 - Cortelyou Road

  • July 23, 1930: Avenue C trolley service replaced by combined trackless trolley and gas bus operation on an experimental basis. The route ran along Cortelyou Road between Flatbush and Coney Island Avenues. It was decided to continue trackless trolley service and six additional coaches were purchased in 1931.
  • May 27, 1932: 16th Avenue trolley service operating along Church, Gravesend, and 16th Avenues to 62nd Street was terminated at 16th and Gravesend Avenue and the line was renamed Gravesend-Church. Cortelyou Road trackless trolley service was extended from Coney Island Avenue through Cortelyou Road to Dahill Road and along 16th Avenue and 62nd Street to New Utrecht Avenue.
  • October 31, 1956: Trolley coaches replaced with gas buses.

Route 45 - St. John's Place

  • August 24, 1947: Buses replace trolley cars.
  • September 14, 1948: Trolley coaches replace buses between Boro Hall and Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • May 1, 1954: Trolley coach service discontinued between Pennsylvania Avenue and Ralph Avenue.
  • March 25, 1959: Trolley coaches replaced with gas buses.

Route 47 - Tompkins Avenue

  • August 24, 1947: Buses replace trolley cars.
  • November 19, 1948: Trolley coaches replace buses.
  • July 27, 1960: Trolley coaches replaced with gas buses.

Route 48 - Lorimer Street

  • December 14, 1947: Buses replace trolley cars.
  • March 23, 1949: Trolley coaches replace buses.
  • July 27, 1960: Trolley coaches replaced with gas buses.

Route 57 - Flushing Avenue

  • November 21, 1949: Buses replace trolley cars.
  • November 14, 1949: Trolley coaches replace buses.
  • September 1, 1954: Terminus changed from Browne Place & Grand Avenue, Maspeth, to Flushing Avenue and 61st Street.
  • September 21, 1955: Western terminus changed from Pearl and High Streets to Kent and Flushing Avenues.
  • February 13, 1957: Western terminus changed from Kent and Flushing Avenues to Flushing Avenue and Navy Street.
  • January 27, 1960: Western terminus changed from Flushing Avenue and Navy Street back to Pearl and High Streets.
  • July 27, 1960: Trolley coaches replaced with gas buses.

Route 62 - Graham Avenue

  • December 21, 1948: Buses replace trolley cars.
  • December 11, 1949: Trolley coaches replace buses.
  • September 22, 1954: Section between Box Street and Long Island City discontinued.
  • September 21, 1955: Western terminus changed to Kent and Flushing Avenues.
  • February 13, 1957: Western terminus changed to Flushing Avenue and Navy Street.
  • January 27, 1960: Western terminus changed to Pearl and High Streets.
  • July 27, 1960: Trolley coaches replaced with gas buses.

Route 65 - Bergen Street

  • July 20, 1947: Buses replace trolley cars.
  • October 17, 1948: Trolley coaches replace buses.
  • July 27, 1960: Trolley coaches replaced with gas buses.

Wire Map

Brooklyn Trackless Trolley Map

Photo Gallery


Image 153285
(153k, 1024x686)
Collection of: Joe Testagrose

Image 153287
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Collection of: Joe Testagrose

Image 153292
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Collection of: Joe Testagrose

Image 153300
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Collection of: Joe Testagrose

Image 153304
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Photo by: Joe Testagrose
Location: Flushing Ave. & 61 St.

Image 156106
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Collection of: David Pirmann
Location: Williamsburg Bridge Plaza

Image 156107
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Collection of: David Pirmann

Image 156113
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Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Atlantic Ave & Georgia Ave

Image 156114
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Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Nassau Ave/Manhattan Ave

Image 156120
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Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Flushing & LIRR Montauk Line

Image 156121
(159k, 1024x686)
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Hamilton Ferry

Image 156335
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Photo by: Brian J. Cudahy

Image 156368
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Collection of: David Pirmann

Image 157010
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Photo by: Brian J. Cudahy

Image 157016
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Photo by: Brian J. Cudahy

More Images: 1-48

Page Credits

Operations/timeline information from press release prepared by the Public Information and Community Relations Department, New York City Transit Authority, May 1965.









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