Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wallet card revisits the IND and BMT

In 1953 the three New York subway lines, the IND, BMT and IRT, merged into one unified line, rendering the old acronyms obsolete. Yet over 60 years later you can still find a reference to the Independent (IND) in the Herald Square subway station:
Even better, another sign lists the BMT along with the H&M and Penn R.R. Penn R.R. refers to Penn Station back when it was owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad, and H&M, which refers to the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad, which was renamed the PATH train in 1962. Ironically a clothing store called H&M, no relation to the old railroad, opened in Herald Square last year, lending new significance to this old sign.

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