Article From the Fall 2002 Issue of


The Journal of the New York Museum of Transportation


Substation construction is about to begin, but preliminary work has been underway during the past few weeks. The former sanding room has been mostly cleaned out for conversion into the substation room, and the old wood walls have been removed. The windows and light fixtures for car 161 have been moved into the main car house for further work and the type M control system for car 157 has been moved into the parts storage area.

At a meeting held on October 8, 2002, the construction plan for the substation was determined. Work is to proceed from the inside to the outside. First, the substation room will be created by replacing the former wood and plastic interior walls with floor to ceiling cinder block walls. A large steel door will be provided about where the former door was located. To minimize condensation problems, all electrical apparatus will be located on the new interior walls of the substation room. A propane furnace will heat the substation room to at least 40 degrees F throughout the winter. All necessary conduits for the A.C. and D.C. cables will be run out of the substation room laid in the former manure chute, a concrete lined trough under the exterior wall. Trenching for the conduits will extend from the manure chute in a direct line toward the last Niagara Mohawk pole about 150 feet to the south. Initial construction will extend the conduits only as far as just beyond the loop track pending final determination of how our system will tie into the Niagara Mohawk line.

Most of the substation components, including switches and the rectifier, are on hand. Although many hours of work lie ahead, construction of this final piece of the electrification puzzle will permit routine operation of trolley cars at NYMT. An optimistic schedule might include testing of the system as soon as next summer, with public operation late next year.