A close-up view of the East New York tunnel. Notice the portal design differences between the four portals. The far right portals have a larger arch because they share the East New York station platform, located in the middle of the portal support beams.
One of the freight-only portals does not have any railroad
tracks or railbed. It appears the NYA maintenance equipment use this portal
to service the tunnel. There are no lights in the tunnel, and travelling
within the tunnel is extremely dark, dusty, and smelly! The diesel fumes
from the engines have nowhere to go when the train is halfway through the
"City of New York Long Island Rail Road Grade Crossing Elimination 1917" is the text that is written across the top of the tunnel portal. Both the City of New York and the LIRR paid for the Grade Crossing Elimination project.
NYA freight train with the Canarsie Elevated in the background.
Engine #261 emerging from the East New York tunnel.
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