Fiftieth Anniversary Of Rockaway Subway Service
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.