Times Square/IRT 42 Street Shuttle
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The Shuttle's platforms at Times Square don't really have a genuine entry area off the large upper mezzanine except the pillars start being the IRT original round shape instead of the basic Square I-beam shape, we are now along what is basically the curved platform to track 1, shorter than the other platforms and on a curve requiring the use of gap fillers (a foot beneath the actual center doors of the cars with about a nine inch step), fencing except where the doors to the train line up, along with signage. A bit farther up along what is really the platform of Track 1 is a bank of turnstiles that lead out to 42 Street & Broadway, that's all the sign says above them. It is out to the SE corner. In this little fare control area history is on display with walls with tiling issues in the original formats and a terra-cotta panel over a sealed door saying Knickerbocker for the former hotel. Continuing beyond the bumper block of track one was pass the open gates (they are closed during midnight hours when the shuttle doesn't operate, passengers can use the 7) that close off the passageway that leads to the other two tracks, two and four. Track two is the next one we come to, its platform is between tracks 1 and 3, in an area where the former track 2 (on the IRT's opening day the original Times Square station was a local stop), and marked by red fencing along it except where the doors are because its also on a bit of a curve. Continuing beyond the end of then platform for track 3 (there is no track 2), we walk over the metal bridge (that covers the end of track 4 and its only connection to the outside world) that leads to the side platform for track 4, and have a good view of the dark tunnels of the IRT 7th Avenue line as they curve to follow Broadway, before passing a high exit turnstile that leads to the exit to at the SW corner of Broadway and 43 Street with two High Entrance/Exit Turnstiles, directly beneath one of Times Square's ads along the small police kiosk in the Broadway pedestrian zone and a good entrance to know about to catch the shuttle quickly from street level. Beyond this entrance is track 4s side platform that now only has a simple tiled wall, with lots of ads plastered not in panels designed for them) on it. There is some original celing molding though along the platform
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(times_sq_s1) A hand-painted home made looking sign informing passengers of the temporary closure of the exit beyond track 4 on the shuttle
6 June, 2004
(times_sq_s2) A close up of #5760 running on the 42 Street shuttle under Centennial celebrations
18 December, 2004
(times_sq_s3) Looking across the shuttle platforms, on closed track 4 is some construction equipment
18 December, 2004
(times_sq_s4) A close up of a flat car parked on track 4
18 December, 2004
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(times_sq_s5) Approaching the shuttle platforms, the only line closed overnight (its service duplicates the 7)
5 June, 2008
(times_sq_s6) Looking down track 3, accessing track 4 is quite out of the way
21 December, 2008
(times_sq_s7) The other exit right on the shuttle platform to the SE corner of 42 St and Broadway, also quite close to the N,Q,R
2 June, 2009
(times_sq_s8) Track 1, the shortest and curviest track, it has the fencing and moving platform gap fillers for the center doors
2 June, 2009
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(times_sq_s9) Looking from the shuttle platforms towards the rest of the station and upper main mezzanine level
2 June, 2009
(times_sq_s10) Passengers navigate the shuttle platforms and the 3 tracks, 1 is easiest to get to
2 June, 2009
(times_sq_s11) A R62 Shuttle train on track 3
2 June, 2009
(times_sq_s12) Approaching the removable walkway to track 4, removing it is the only way to get trains on and off of it
2 June, 2009
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(times_sq_s13) The High Turnstiles out to 43 Street
2 June, 2009
(times_sq_s14) The platform for track 4
2 June, 2009
(times_sq_s15) Track 4 used to have a more substantial exit and name tablets, all removed in the mid-2000s renovations
2 June, 2009
(times_sq_s16) Doors where track 4 used to be wider from the original opening day exit
2 June, 2009
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