Gun Hill Road is an extremely high above the ground subway station and the only express stop on the upper White Plains Road elevated. The stop is extremely high above the ground because of its now abandoned and removed lower level that were used by the Third Avenue Elevated's Bronx Branch (called the 8 on subway maps when all subway lines received letters/numbers in 1967 but the trains themselves were simply signed Shuttle ) that remained in operation until April 28, 1973. Within the station itself there is no evidence of the former line but the width of the tracks and skeletal remains of two former tracks rising up between the three existing tracks can be clearly distinguished when walking north of the station up Westchester Avenue. The station was completely rebuilt between 2004 and 2006 and the two island platforms are canopied in their midsections and exposed at there ends. Most of the remains inside the station of the Third Avenue el were removed at this time. The canopy is the standard green color and there are green and cream decent sized mini-windscreens at various locations for waiting riders.
Fare control is in a headhouse deep beneath the tracks at street level in a brief section of White Plains Road when traffic splits into two different streets and the subway runs over a plaza between them. Access is from the north sidewalk of Gun Hill Road and two other sides in the wide median of White Plains Road to sidewalks. The station house has lots of light due to the cathedral vaulted ceiling (maybe thirtdy feet high) with lots of glass windows. Passengers first pass a newsstand when entering through the station doors before reaching the token booth and its turnstiles. Immediately after the turnstiles are two separate elevators that run directly up to each platform. These elevator cars have two doors on two perpendicular sides of the cars. Passengers than reach an escalator/stairwell that is the almost the width of the entire building (actual walls enclose it, do to non-public rooms beyond in the station house that extends even further back behind the stairs. This access structure has two escalators in the middle and staircases to either side of them and rises maybe thirty feet to a narrow upper mezzanine that does have a bench for waiting passengers now one story beneath the platforms. From here two staircases lead up to each of platforms.
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|(gunhilln21) The downtown platform at Gun Hill Road is currently closed, all trains are currently using the uptown platform, downtown trains are operating via the middle track, and stopping at temperary platforms at all other stops. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 4 April, 2004||(gunhilln22) A platform sign at Gun Hill Road. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 4 April, 2004||(gunhilln23) Looking down the closed temperary platform at Gun Hill Road. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 4 April, 2004||(gunhilln24) A downtown service sign still their on the closed southbound platform. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 4 April, 2004|
|(gunhilln25) Looking down a staircase to fare control and the mezzanine at Gun Hill. The station is much higher above street level then it needs to be because it used to have a lower level used by the 3rd Avenue el. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 4 April, 2004||(gunhilln26) A Manhattan-bound R142 2 train enters Gun Hill Road on the center track because of construction. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 4 April, 2004||(gunhilln27) R142 #6386 leading a Manhattan-bound 2 train enters Gun Hill Road. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004||(gunhilln28) R142 #6485 leaves Gun Hill Road. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004|
|(gunhilln29) R142 #6531 at Gun Hill Road. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004||(gunhilln210) The new station house under construction at Gun Hill Road. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 27 February, 2005||(gunhilln211) Looking up at R33 ML #9017 entering Gun Hill Road on a fan trip. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 27 February, 2005||(gunhilln212) Looking across Westchester Avenue at the elevated at a train of redbirds on a fan trip. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 27 February, 2005|
|(gunhilln213) Looking up at R33 ML #9068 stopped at Gun Hill Road on a fan trip. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 27 February, 2005||(gunhilln214) R33 ML 9068 at Gun Hill Road on a fan trip, viewed from street level. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 27 February, 2005||(gunhilln215) The Museum train of R33s at Gun Hill Road on a fan trip, viewed from street level. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004||(gunhilln216) R33 ML #9068 on a Fan Trip Leaves Gun Hill Road, viewed from street level. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 18 December, 2004|
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