Beach 60 St-Straiton is a standard Rockaway Line elevated station. It has two side platforms on the concrete elevated viaduct. The station four entrance staircases one along the eastern corners and the other just beyond the corners of Beach 59 Street and the Rockaway Freeway just north of Rockaway Beach Blvd. Beach 60th Street ends at a T intersection at the western end of the station at Rockaway Beach Blvd. These lead up to standard Rockaway Line Station house mezzanine that leads out to pairs of staircases up to each platform at almost their western ends. This is also where the canopied and windscreen portions of the platform are, from the western end to a bit before the centers. The eastern ends of the platforms are bare with just a low-fence, although towards the other (eastern) end of the Far Rockaway-bound platform there is a small area that has canopy coverage again and a closed High Exit Turnstile (or iron maiden, so the second required token for travel to the Rockaways could be paid before 1975 when it was required) that is completely surrounded by a chain-link fence, closed off and abandoned.
Rebuilding: The station was completely rebuilt between 2009 and 2011 along with every other stop on the Rockaway el. This rebuilding included replacing the original windscreens with green and cream full-height ones beneath the platform canopies and unfortunately replacing the original low fences with modern full-height mesh windscreens towards the ends of the platform. The former closed off exit staircase at the end of the Far Rockaway-bound platform has been rebuilt although the new exit hasn't opened by 2013. To allow this rebuilding to occur Far Rockaway-bound trains skipped the station from February 22, 2010 to June 28, 2010 and Manhattan-bound trains skipped from February 14, 2011 to June 6, 2011.
Approaching the Beach 60 St Subway Station with it off in the distance, from the west.
Looking up towards one end of the station platforms at Beach 60 St from street level as a R38 A train begins to leave the station.
A Manhattan-bound R44 A train approaches Beach 60 St.
A Manhattan-bound R44 A train has left Beach 60 Street, .
A Manhattan-bound R44 train has left Beach 60 Street, and is already approaching its next station stop, Beach 67 Street.
Looking down the Manhattan-bound staircase at Beach 60 Street, by a staircase down to the mezzanine, fare control and eventually street-level.
A small bird pecks at some of the metal on the canopy at Beach 60 Street, it is standing on the top of the subway service times sign.
A Beach 67 St-Straiton Av Station sign within the canopied area of the station's platform.
Another view of the metal sheets that are Beach 60 St's windscreen within the canopied portion of the platform. The uncanopied portion of the station is visible off in the distance.
The conductors stop position on the Manhattan-bound platform at Beach 60 St complete with television monitors to aid them.
Another example of wildlife on the subway, a seagull perched on top of the platform railing at Beach 60 St.
A Beach 60 St-Straiton Av platform sign with apartment buildings off behind it.
Looking back down the platform at Beach 60 St-Straiton Av from east to west, the canopied portion of the platform is off in the distance.
The fenced off high exit gate at the eastern end of the Rockaway-bound platform at Beach 60 St.
A wider view of the small second canopy that covers the fenced over High Exit Gate exit that has been closed for many years at the western end of the Rockaway-bound platform Beach 60 St.
Another view down the long side platforms at Beach 60 Street.
A Far Rockaway-bound A train is visible stopped at the next station Beach 67 Street, from Beach 60 Street.
R42 #4554 serving its last days of operation on a the A line after almost forty years in service enters Beach 60 Street leading a Far Rockaway-bound train.
R42 #4554 about to finish pulling into Beach 60 Street.
An a train of four R42 sets and one R42 M set (the one with the distinctive curve just below the windows in the side of the car) have left Beach 60 Street, making up an almost non-existent on the subway in the present day mixed-consit Far Rockaway-bound A train.
Last Updated: 30 May, 2009
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