Bronx Park East (2,5)

Bronx Park East is located just north of East 180th Street and the junction where 2 and 5 trains separate, The 5 train's Viaduct, which doesn't fallow one street, but cuts it's way through the neighborhoods of Van Nest and Pelham Parkway is viewable about 1 block east of the station. There are no nearby stations, since the 5 runs on the former Right Of Way of The New York Westchester and Boston Railway, and the stations are much farther apart. There is <5> service at this station, which are the 13 peak direction rush hour specials that run to up to Nereid Avenue (They terminate 1 stop short of Wakefield-241 Street) for better access to the 239th Street yard, which is located between 241 Street and Neried Avenue.
The station itself is located on the White Plains Road, and is a typical station with two side platforms over the 3 track line, and a mezzanine with fare control. The current state of the station is rebuilding and rehabilitating, just like the rest of the line between Gun Hill Road and East 180th Street. Currently the station is being rebuilt, when I was there in December 2004: all Wakefield-bound trains were running on Track M, and stopping at the station using temporary wooden platforms built over the normal Wakefield-bound local track. When I was there in February 2004, it was the opposite, Manhattan-bound trains were using the temporary platform. The temporary platforms are great for photography trains, since there no windscreens and you get the shot of the train looking like its running express.

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(bpe21) A Staircase down to the Mezzanine at Bronx Park East on the Wakefield-bound platform. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 10 February, 2004 (bpe22) A downtown R-142 2 train stops on the temporary platform at Bronx Park East. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 10 February, 2004 (bpe23) Looking down the railing of the temporary wooden platform, that has been moved to the Wakefield-bound side at Bronx Park East. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004 (bpe24) A downtown R-142 2 train approaches Bronx Park East. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004
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(bpe25) R-142 #6436 on a downtown 2 train stopped at Bronx Park East, viewed from the temporary wooden platform. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004 (bpe26) During the construction to reach the staircases to the mezzanine the normal Wakefield-bound platform is open, but only near the mezzanine to provide access to the temporary platform. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004 (bpe27) A column sign at Bronx Park East. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004

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