Wentworth Avenue station

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 Wentworth Avenue
 
Former Staten Island Railway station
Station statistics
Borough Staten Island
Coordinates 40°35′21″N 74°04′11″W / 40.589028°N 74.069861°W / 40.589028; -74.069861 (Wentworth Avenue Station)Coordinates: 40°35′21″N 74°04′11″W / 40.589028°N 74.069861°W / 40.589028; -74.069861 (Wentworth Avenue Station)
Line South Beach Branch
Services none
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Other information
Opened 1925; 93 years ago (1925)[1]
Closed March 31, 1953; 65 years ago (1953-03-31)
Station succession
Next north South Beach
Next south (Terminal)

Wentworth Avenue was a station on the demolished South Beach Branch of the Staten Island Railway. It had one side platform served by one track and was located at Oceanside Avenue and Wentworth Avenue (which is currently an empty area with weeds).

History

This station was the last stop on the South Beach Branch, and was the smallest and eastern-most Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station.[2] The South Beach Branch was planned to continue past this point to Prominard Street at Oakwood Beach, but was not built beyond Wentworth Avenue because the family farm of the Vanderbilt's would have been crossed.[2] This station was built in 1925, when the South Beach Branch was electrified.[2][3] This platform was only a door's length, and had to be keyed open by the conductor.[2][3][4] The platform's length was 20 feet 11 inches.[4] The station had electric lights, but there was no electrical switch for them at the station.[3] The lights were controlled by the ticket agent at South Beach.[3] This station was abandoned when the SIRT discontinued passenger service on the South Beach Branch to Wentworth Avenue at midnight on March 31, 1953 because of city-operated bus competition.[3][5][6][7] All traces of the stations have been eliminated, which includes the adjacent streets and access road.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Gary Owen SIRT Page Part Two". Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bommer, Edward (2003). Stations and Places Along the Staten Island Rapid Transit. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Gary Owen SIRT Page Part Two". Gary Owen Land. April 20, 1937. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Wentworth Avenue Station Plans
  5. ^ Pitanza, Marc (2015). Staten Island Rapid Transit Images of Rail. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4671-2338-9. 
  6. ^ Drury, George H. (1994). The Historical Guide to North American Railroads: Histories, Figures, and Features of more than 160 Railroads Abandoned or Merged since 1930. Waukesha, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing. pp. 312–314. ISBN 0-89024-072-8. 
  7. ^ "The Old Order Passeth: Rails Surrender To Roads: Passenger Runs on Two Lines of SIRT Will End at Midnight". Staten Island Advance. March 31, 1953. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
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