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The H Train Rides Again in the Rockaways

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 05:04 PM

(For the full NYC subway map, go here.)

The H train is rolling where the A train can't.

Starting Tuesday, residents of the storm-battered Rockaway Peninsula will get a free subway shuttle known as the H train. To connect Beach 67 Street to Beach 90, the train will incorporate a piece of rarely-used track known as the Hammels Wye.

Currently, A train service to Queens terminates at Howard Beach. According to a press release issued by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the tracks over Jamaica Bay were "almost completely destroyed by the storm." Residents have been using shuttle buses to connect to mainland Queens as well as navigate the peninsula.

There are no estimates yet as to when full A train service will be back up and running.

(Note: according to the MTA, the appellation "H" is unrelated to Hammels. Shuttle service began on the Rockaways in 1956; by 1962, it was called the "HH." )

To get subway service out to the Rockaways, the MTA loaded subway cars onto flatbed trucks in Ozone Park, Queens, drove them over the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, and lifted them back on the rails at the Rockaway Park-Beach 116 station. That work can be seen in the below video.

The H still exists on the rolls of the MTA -- as captured in the 2008 photo below.

An H train, spotted in 2008 (photo by SaikoSakura via flickr)

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Comments [3]

jrl@nyc.us from nyc@usa

They sure make it look easy...

"Move some trains? Across the bay? Overnight? Sure. No problem. This is New Yawk."

May. 31 2013 12:22 AM
411 New York

Can we copy the first paragraph then provide a link back here to this article for our readers/members?

Jan. 07 2013 10:38 PM
pbug56

Amazing footage of great work at a level that few of us have ever expected by any unit of MTA. Great job!

Nov. 21 2012 11:26 PM

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