148 Street/Lenox Terminal is the northern terminus of the 3 train. The station is located at street level at the bottom of a hillside, meaning the station feels like it is in a trench. The station platform is at the south side of the 3 train's Lenox Yard, which is clearly visible through the fence that at the northern side of the platform that has barbed wire on it. The station and yard are inside what looks like a concrete shed with high ceilings and lights hanging down. This is becaus buildings have been built above the station and yard on giant platforms. Just after leaving its terminal the 3 cures onto Lenox (the Harlem River can be seen briefly) and dips underground.
The exit of the station is at the bumper end of the revenue tracks and yard tracks. There is a short stairway that leads up to a small head house at street level at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (7 Avenue). Here there are three turnstiles and the token booth as well as real windows that have the ability to open and close. The head house has doors at booth its street side and station side.
The station is also much newer then the rest of the Lenox Line (including 145 Street) opening on 13 May, 1968 the rest of the Lenox Avenue line from 145 Street to 96 Street opened on 23 November, 1904. The station was originally built to be a replacement for the 145 Street station which is why its platform was never extended to be ten cars from the six cars that currently can platform (although only 5 cars open there doors, just the front section of the train), unfortunately once Lenox Terminal opened there were major protests from an apartment building at 145 Street, whose residents didn't want to walk the three measly regular blocks and single cross-town block to the new Lenox terminal station (slightly over a quarter mile). Another unusual feature is the 3 train service information signs hang down from cables from the very tall ceiling of the station and are right at top of train level as is standard.
Late Night Service: Since the station opened 3 trains have run from 148 Street-Lenox Avenue to Brooklyn either New Lots Avenue or Flatbush Avenue (in 1983 to New Lots Avenue for good), 4 trains have always made local stops and served the 3 trains terminal in the middle of the night when 3 trains aren't running. This means that 148 Street and 145 Street are the only two stations only served by the 3 train (with no lines to be rerouted ot serve them during late nights). From the station's opening in 1968 until 1995 a Shuttle train operated from here to 135 Street to connect to the 2 train. In 1995 the shuttle train was discontinued and the station (along with 145 Street) was closed overnight. Passengers were directed to take the M7, M102 or Free Shuttle Buses to 135 Street to connect with the 2 train. On July 27, 2008 24 hour subway service to the station was restored with a new late night 3 service operating from here to Times Square-42 Street via the express track.
Looking down the staircase from the station house at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal, a R62A 3 train (that is a rare single car on the line-notice the railfan window) terminates in the station. A bunch of R62 3 trains spend there weekend in the yard there
The outside of the headhouse at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal viewed form Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
The head house and only entrance to 148 Street-Lenox Terminal Station viewed from accross Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
A close up of the four doors that lead into the 148 Street-Lenox Terminal Station and the gates that can close the head house off during late nights when the 3 becomes a shuttle bus.
The three turnstyles that lead into the subway system at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal.
Station side at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal and the sign above the turnstiles for the exit the turnstiles lead to.
R62 #1460 at what will become the back once it leaves the station of a 3 train terminating at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal, viewed from the staircase to the platform down from the station house.
A view down the island platform at 148 Street-Lenox terminal from the staircase down from the station house.
A close up of a sign hanging from the cieling at 148 Street-Lenox terminal to board the first 5 cars of train for 145 Street. Other then signs in 3 train cars this is the only other place where the oddities of 145 Street are mentioned, the 145 Street station is only a walkable third of a mile away.
Looking back up the single but wide staircase at 148 Street-Lenox terminal towards the three turnstiles in the head house.
Looking down the island platform at 148 Street-Lenox terminal the usual cleaning equipment is visilbe like most terminals.
A close up of a 148 Street-Lenox Terminal platform sing, the station is the newest one on the IRT.
A view from the platform of the 18 steps that lead up to the street at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal.
Another view down the platform at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal, looking towards the end of the station that basically borders the Harlem River as it tightens inward.
Another platform sign at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal with a booth on the platform for the cleaning crews.
A close up of a probably original (from 1968) Next Train sign at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal, it seems to be malfunctioning, both lights are illuminated that tells passengers both trains are next to leave
Another view down the platform as the train crew mingles with one another at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal.
Looking up the staircase to the station house at 148 St-Lenox Terminal, the two buffers are visible
The stop board for a six car train I guess on the platform at 148 St-Lenox Terminal
A 2 train has just arrived to terminate at 148 Street-Lenox Terminal, trains are turning here because of construction at 149 Street-Grand Concourse with Shuttle buses to cross the river
Last Updated: 3 May, 2013
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