I once thought until last year only one road access on East 150th Street existed. Photographic evidence quickly demonstrated another one existed on the service road parallel to 149th Street bridge near the pier.
Then Chris revealed last week a third one in front of the station on East 150th Steeet. That made a lot of sense. However, as fellow modeller Jérôme tolf me when he visited, the trucks would have a hard time to turn around the team track concrete ramp. The problem is I didn't fudge the dimensions to fit my need. I followed the prototype and I'm pretty sure I'm not far from reality there.
But Armand Isip, another fellow modeller from New York City, was kind enough to contact me this week and provide links to archives documents available online at NYC Department of Records website.
Among the photos, a very precise city map emerged... and guess what? The grade crossing are drawn... not only three of them, but four!!!
As you may have guessed, the fourth crossing/access road was located right in front of the concrete ramp, eliminating the need for complex truck movements.
Harlem Station Map
Among the nice find are also a set of color pictures from 1983-1988 showing the freight station elevation on East 150th Street intersection. Now, there's absolutely no reason not to start working on this project. And once again, a big thanks to Armand for pointing out these interesting informations and it's a pleasure to share it among other Harlem Station modelers as he requested.
Harlem Station Freight House
Harlem Station Gantry Crane