The scene is under Broadway and West 58th Street. Workers pause while a company photograph records their progress in building New York's first subway.
At left, a subway car from the original Interborough order. Unlike subsequent orders made of steel, this group was made of wood and steel. These composite cars were transferred to elevated railway service when City officials expressed concern about the possibility of fire in the subway.
This is what the interior of the first Interborough subway car looked like in 1904. Later, when the center door was added to speed the flow of passengers, the cross-seats were removed.
Former composite subway car shown on Third Avenue El. Note addition of center door.
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