Urban Exploring at 174th Street Subway Yard

The LTV Squad could possibly be one of the City's first modern-day urban explorers. For the past several decades, they have been sneaking into abandoned areas all around the City, then sharing photos of their explorations.

For a recent article, LTV Squad member Control posted tons of great shots from within the 174th street subway yard.

The 174th street subway yard is a cavernous space under Washington Heights that is currently used to store C trains. The subway was originally built by the IND, which was a forward thinking company plotting on building numerous subway routes that never came to fruition. It has been long said that this yard was actually built as a provisions for a subway route that was suppose to go over the George Washington Bridge.

Check out the full writeup for more on the 174th Street Subway Yard.

C train in the yard
C train in the yard
Photo: LTV Squad
Track Map of the Yard & surrounding tracks.
Track Map of the Yard & surrounding tracks.
Photo: LTV Squad
Coming north from 168th street, the two center tracks ramp upward, allowing the southbound A tracks to pass underneath. Due to the limited space within this yard, at least one train is often laid up on the yard lead tracks
Coming north from 168th street, the two center tracks ramp upward, allowing the southbound A tracks to pass underneath. Due to the limited space within this yard, at least one train is often laid up on the yard lead tracks
Photo: LTV Squad
C train on the Yard Lead
C train on the Yard Lead
Photo: LTV Squad
Looking back towards the yard leads / 168 street
Looking back towards the yard leads / 168 street
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“The Cavern Crossover”
“The Cavern Crossover”
Photo: LTV Squad
Some impressive historic SaneSmith graffiti can be found here.
Some impressive historic SaneSmith graffiti can be found here.
Photo: LTV Squad
The only exit close to the yard
The only exit close to the yard
Photo: LTV Squad
Abandoned Tower
Abandoned Tower
Photo: LTV Squad
The walls, of course, are all covered in graffiti – much of it historic in nature.
The walls, of course, are all covered in graffiti – much of it historic in nature.
Photo: LTV Squad
Historic Tags from when kids came here to paint trains in the 1970s and 1980s
Historic Tags from when kids came here to paint trains in the 1970s and 1980s
Photo: LTV Squad
There’s also some worker graffiti, in official MTA maintenance paints.
There’s also some worker graffiti, in official MTA maintenance paints.
Photo: LTV Squad
Parked Trains
Parked Trains
Photo: LTV Squad
Parked Trains
Parked Trains
Photo: LTV Squad
At the very end of the yard, the tracks dead end at the wall.
At the very end of the yard, the tracks dead end at the wall.
Photo: LTV Squad
At the very end of the yard, the tracks dead end at the wall.
At the very end of the yard, the tracks dead end at the wall.
Photo: LTV Squad
There’s a tiny utility room here, stocked with some subway car cleaning materials. I’m not sure why this room exists – car cleaners usually perform their duties in terminal stations, not deep into dark layup yards where there aren’t even bench walls to provide easy access.
There’s a tiny utility room here, stocked with some subway car cleaning materials. I’m not sure why this room exists – car cleaners usually perform their duties in terminal stations, not deep into dark layup yards where there aren’t even bench walls to provide easy access.
Photo: LTV Squad
“A5” track
“A5” track
Photo: LTV Squad
Revolt
Revolt
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Min
Min
Photo: LTV Squad
MUL Goonz
MUL Goonz
Photo: LTV Squad

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