East 143rd Street Station, Port Morris Branch

The Port Morris Branch is an abandoned railroad trench that passes through the South Bronx and under St. Mary's Park.

The Port Morris Branch does not have a direct connection from the northbound NYCRR Line but instead passes under the NYCRR and travels parallel to it on the East up to the Oak Point railyard. Accordingly, there would need to be some kind of messy junction to connect subway trains coming in from Randall's Island to the Port Morris Branch headed northwest, while making it possible for freight traffic to continue north into the railyard.

The IRT Pelham Line (#6 train) arrives from the east under 138th Street, turning north at Bruckner Boulevard, crossing under the Port Morris Branch and continuing north under Southern Boulevard into a narrow trench. This would, obviously, be a desirable location for a direct transfer between lines. The Port Morris Line trench passes between buildings west of Southern Avenue. Building platforms and a station would require demolishing portions of these buildings including a very formidable-looking warehouse on the northwest corner of Southern Boulevard. The platforms (and, possibly, a surface level station) would need to extend into the sliver of land between Bruckner and Southern Boulevards. Then a pedestrian tunnel would need to run a north (and/or down) to reach the 143rd Street IRT platforms.

Con Ed has a large building in the triangle between Bruckner Boulevard, Southern Boulevard and 144th Street, just north of the Port Morris Branch. The facade facing Bruckner Boulevard tries to give the illusion of old rowhouses, but it's all a lie covering something electrical and modern.

The Port Morris Line winds its way diagonally across the street grid to the southeast corner of St. Mary's Park. The trench is flooded and/or overgrown and passes tightly between large warehouses along the entire path.

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Railroad tracks under Bruckner Boulevard
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Trench headed north under Southern Boulevard
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Dry trench southeast of Southern Boulevard
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Southeast side of Southern Boulevard Bridge
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Flooded trench northwest of Southern Boulevard
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Flooded trench northwest of Southern Boulevard
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Northwest side of Southern Boulevard Bridge
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Northwest side of Southern Boulevard Bridge
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East 143rd Street IRT Station
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East 143rd Street IRT Station
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East 143rd Street IRT Station
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Woman's butt = auto alarms: corner of Southern Boulevard and Buckner
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K and B Wholesale Furniture Warehouse - Southern Boulevard
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Southern Boulevard south to the Bruckner Expressway
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American Self Storage
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Tuck-it-Away Self Storage
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Looking north on Southern Boulevard from the rail line
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Con Ed
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Con Ed
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Con Ed
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Con Ed
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Con Ed
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Con Ed
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Con Ed
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Con Ed
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Northwest side of Southern Boulevard bridge
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Flooded trench
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Post in trench for sign or electrification?
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Flooded trench between Wales Avenue and Southern Boulevard
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Southeast side of Wales Avenue Bridge
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Wales Avenue crossing the rail line
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Vegetation and crumbiling concrete
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Vegetation and crumbling concrete between Wales Avenue and Concord Avenue
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Flooded trench between Wales Avenue and Concord Avenue
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Northwest side of Wales Avenue Bridge
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Old warehouse - corner of Wales Avenue and East 143rd Street
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Graffiti on trench wall
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Fan duct from building into the trench
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Trench between Concorde Avenue and Wales Avenue
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Space for lease
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East 143rd street crossing Concord Avenue - rail line passes under intersection
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North side of Concord Avenue bridge
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South side of Concord Avenue bridge
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Trench passing under west side of Concord Avenue Bridge
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Flooded trench, debris and retaining wall
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Flooded trench, debris and retaining wall
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Trench and retaining wall
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Debris in the trench
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Trench running behind an East 143rd street apartment building
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Industrial area - 144th Street at Concord Avenue
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Trench running south from Jackson Avenue
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Trench wall and debris - 143rd Street at Jackson Avenue

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