2006-05-19 / Community

Fiftieth Anniversary Of Rockaway Subway Service

The C train was once in service in the Rockaways, with full-time service at the Beach 116 Street/Rockaway Park station.The C train was once in service in the Rockaways, with full-time service at the Beach 116 Street/Rockaway Park station. When the "Subway to the Sea" first started service in the Rockaways on June 28, 1956, Ronald Weinfeld was 17 years old. Back then, he says, the E train provided rush hour service while shuttles to Euclid Avenue moved locals to Manhattan utilizing the original R1-9 trains. Weinfeld said that he began working in Manhattan on June 29 and took a rush-hour E Train from the Wavecrest (Beach 25 Street) station to Manhattan, a run that he believes was the first rush hour train out of the east end of the peninsula. Full-time service from the Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway did not begin until 1958, the two-year delay due to work stoppages and ongoing labor problems. In 1974, Weinfeld started a 30-year career with MTA NYC Transit as a conductor, retiring as a schedule manager. Weinfeld told The Wave that when the subway first opened in Rockaway, E trains provided rush hour service to Manhattan while shuttles to Euclid Avenue moved locals to the city during non-rush hours. A train service was introduced in September of 1956, but older trains were reintroduced and full-time A Line service was stopped until 1967. Pictured is an A train in the Beach 116 train yard.

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