Design

A Straight Line

I talked yesterday about elegant designs versus kludges; here’s an example of what I consider to be an elegant design from the same era as the elevated trains’ third tracking. The Detroit Publishing Company’s title for the 1905 photo above is “Where the subway is an elevated, New York City” and that’s spot on. This …

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Moveable

I’ve got questions about the 1899 Amory-Bigbee Bridge over the Tombigbee River in Mississippi that will likely never be answered. This is, to date, the demolished bridge presented here that I most wish still existed. It was demolished around 1960, after a new bridge was constructed nearby, and the brief description in a HAER report …

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A Remnant, Now Gone

The New York subway system seems like a mess because it is three systems, that were competing more than they were cooperating, forcibly welded together. The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (the IRT) opened the first subway in Manhattan in 1904, competing with the already well-established elevated trains; the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Company (under its old name, …

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