The slight curve of the platform at Spring Street

Ever notice that the subway platform at the Spring Street 6 train station has kind of a curve?

Instead of a straight platform from end to end, it’s shaped like a slight C, so when the train cars pull in, they almost curl a bit against it.

Is it an IRT thing on the entire East Side line? In any case, it makes the station feel a little less cold and grimy—a little more bouncy.

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11 Responses to “The slight curve of the platform at Spring Street”

  1. Paul Payton Says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the platforms conform to the street above. This is on the first subway line; they tried to keep straighter platforms later, because they were safer for boarding.

  2. Mykole Mick Dementiuk Says:

    Haven’t been there in many years but I recall the curve of the Astor Place station, the curve of the IRT on 14th street, and I’m sure there are many others

    • petey Says:

      what’s fascinating about 14th street (and times square and grand central) is that you can still make out the layout of the original stations.

  3. kevinwalsh309 Says:

    Lafayette Street above the subway curves a bit there.

  4. Jerry Harrison Says:

    keep this continuing,,,,wonderful memories….lived in B’Klyn for 26 years before moving to Pennsylvania..but still B’Klyn in my blood!

  5. Tom B Says:

    We would take #6 to Spring St. all the time when going to Little Italy. You would exit and walk right by 55 Spring St., the last scene in “The Pope of Greenwich Village”. Thanks for pointing out that curve, I wasn’t aware.

  6. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I didn’t realize the street above curves there too, thanks all for pointing that out!

  7. BoFiS Says:

    There are also BMT stations and platforms that are curved, especially Beverley Road on the Q-line, since the tracks curve after Church Ave to run straighter between the houses and streets on its way to Coney Island.

  8. Paul Payton Says:

    Wasn’t that section of BMT part of an early steam railroad? — Also, the old Mount Vernon Station on Metro North (ex New Haven) was on a curve. They solved that problem by closing both New Haven-era NHRR stations (Columbus Avenue being the other) and making a new one.

  9. Kiwiwriter Says:

    Curved platforms on the “Original 28” were pretty standard. Check out 14th Street-Union Square and Times Square on what is now the Shuttle.

    Those stations are the last stands of the moving platforms, which were installed in 1923, when the IRT had to upgrade its cars to having more doors, to accommodate increasing ridership. The problem was the gaps at Union Square, Times Square, City Hall, and South Ferry.

    They never solved the problem at City Hall, which was closed in 1945. That was also one of the few stations on the system that did not accept tokens.

    The moving platforms at 14th Street are the same ones from 1923: it’s fairly standard American machinery. But Times Square is getting a massive makeover even as we speak.

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