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1930s Bmt Nyc New York Subway Sign Vellum Brooklyn Myrtle Av Brighton Beach For Sale

1930s Bmt Nyc New York Subway Sign Vellum Brooklyn Myrtle Av Brighton Beach

The sale of this sign will result in a 25% donation of the sale price to the Shoreline Trolley Museum to benefit the Elevating the Collection campaign.
  • If you're interested, please make us an offer - every one will be carefully considered!

  • All Trains to Coney Island!
  • You are offerding on a unique, antique New York BMT (Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit) side route sign section. This sign came from the AB Standard cars of the BMT subway, which were built in three waves by Pressed Steel Car Company and American Car and Foundry between 1914 and 1924. There were over 700 built. The last of them were retired and scrapped in the 1960s. A few still exist as part of museum collections, including the New York City Transit Museum and the Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven, CT.

  • Each car had one "signbox" in each side of the car. Inside the signbox of each AB resided two full rollsigns. The top was a destination sign, while the bottom one displayed the route. The larger side faced the outside of the car while the smaller side faced inward. When we say It's from an AB, you can be sure that's what it's from!

  • The section is made of black cloth with white printed lettering.
  • The same exact thing is printed on both sides of the cloth.
  • This section measures 18 inches wide by 74 inches long.
  • The readings on this sign are as follows:

  • CULVER EXP.

  • CULVER L'C'L.

  • WEST END EXP.

  • WEST END L'C'L.

  • SEA BEACH EXP.
  • SEA BEACH L'C'L.
  • VIA BRIDGE
  • VIA TUNNEL
  • NASSAU ST.
  • BRIGHTON EXP.
  • BRIGHTON L'C'L.
  • FOURTH AV. AV. EXP.
  • MYRTLE AV. L'C'L.
  • BROADWAY B'KLYN EXP.
  • BROADWAY B'KLYN L'C'L.
  • JAMAICA EXP.
  • JAMAICA L'C'L.
  • 14TH ST. L'C'L.
  • 14TH ST. EXP.
  • 14TH ST. LINE
  • The Culver Line splits away from the 4th Avenue Subway in Brooklyn just south of the 36th Street station. It then heads east to McDonald Avenue, then south along the elevated above McDonald Avenue to Coney Island.
  • From the time the Nassau Street Loop opened, until 1954 when the IND took over the main portion, BMT Culver trains ran between Stillwell and Chambers Street in varying configurations as both local and express service – both via bridge and tunnel. Due to a shortage of steel cars, during weekday rush hours Culver trains from Manhattan would terminate at Kings Highway. Shuttles composed of wooden elevated cars – either BUs or C types – would operate between Kings Hwy and Stillwell. Until the IND took it over, the Culver did not operate into midtown Manhattan, operating instead only to the Nassau Loop.


  • Once the IND connection was made, the service was reduced to the Culver Shuttle, between 36th Street-4th Avenue and Ditmas Avenue.
  • When the BMT first opened in 1913, their only service to Manhattan was over the Williamsburgh and Manhattan Bridges. Trains came in and terminated at either Canal Street or Chambers Street. However, in 1931, the Montague Street Tunnel was completed under the East River, establishing a loop. The Montague Street tunnel trackage reconnected with the main line just north of the DeKalb Avenue Station. After this station, the trains split off on their respective routes - either the Sea Beach, Brighton, Culver, or West End lines to Coney Island or the 4th Avenue Local to Bay Ridge.
  • This sign is in excellent condition.
  • There were a couple of small tears, fixed from behind with 3M gaffer tape. There's no material missing.
  • From being in a roll for so many years, the printing got a bit stuck to the material, resulting in "ghosting."
  • Please check out the high-resolution photos.
  • This sign would be great for bar or restaurant decoration, dorm room, den, etc. Also makes that one of a kind gift - you can't find this at Sears or Target. Have fun touring old New York. Own a piece of New York history!

  • Item shipped for free via USPS Priority Mail within the United States. Please check out our other sales for great subway items, like DVDs and other subway signs. Thanks for looking and good luck!


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