2006-07-14 / Community

'I've Been Working On The Railroad'- Circa 1920

Working on Jamaica Bay and the railroad bridge that crossed the bay in the early part of the last century was often hard, cold work. A relative of one of the men who worked on those crews donated a number of photographs from that era to the Rockaway Museum recently. Identifications are sketchy at best. Perhaps you can help us by identifying a worker or two.

A tug boat on the bay works nearby a bay wall on the Rockaway side of the bay. The pilings may well have been the foundation for Beach Channel Drive. A tug boat on the bay works nearby a bay wall on the Rockaway side of the bay. The pilings may well have been the foundation for Beach Channel Drive. Two men manning the bridge's switching tower pose for the camera. The switches that changed the trains from one track to another are at extreme right. Notice the telephone on the desk Two men manning the bridge's switching tower pose for the camera. The switches that changed the trains from one track to another are at extreme right. Notice the telephone on the desk We hope these men were off duty at the time and judging by their clothing they might have been. Note the switching tower in the rear We hope these men were off duty at the time and judging by their clothing they might have been. Note the switching tower in the rear Boats such as this were used to ferry supplies and personnel from the mainland to Rockaway at a time prior to the building of Cross Bay Boulevard and a bridge from Broad Channel to Rockaway Boats such as this were used to ferry supplies and personnel from the mainland to Rockaway at a time prior to the building of Cross Bay Boulevard and a bridge from Broad Channel to Rockaway

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