Vintage Video From 1955 Documents the "End of the EL", New York City's Elevated Railroad

The 3rd Avenue Elevated Train ("El") opened with service in Manhattan in 1878. Over the next 77 years, the 3rd Avenue "El" would provide rapid train transit for anybody wishing to go from the Southern tip of Manhattan, down Bowery and Third Avenue, and up into the Bronx terminus. The "El" lines were eventually replaced with subterranean lines that run the same routes, more-or-less, and the 3rd Avenue "El" was the last one to be dismantled in 1955.

This vintage newsreel from 1955 tells the story of the 3rd Avenue "El", the last elevated train line in Manhattan.

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