Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A spine-chilling eyewitness account

One reader-turned-G train spotter sent in this spooky eyewitness account. Names are withheld at her request, but her words are quoted directly in the interest of accuracy:

I was waiting on the Manhattan-bound platform of the R and V train at 46th Street and Broadway in Queens. It is technically the local track for the R, V, and G train, but having never seen a G train before I assumed it was some typographical error on the sign. It was roughly one-thirty in the morning on a chill October evening last year, I believe it was during regular weekday service, but it may have been early weekend. I had been at a party, and had a few drinks, but I was not drunk and had all of my senses about me.

I watched two R's and a V train pass on the Queens-bound track, and before long I began to hear the metallic strumming of an approaching train. I stood up from the subway bench to welcome an R or V train, or perhaps the odd local E or F that uses this track late at night and on some weekends, when I saw that the sign at the front of the train was colored an unusual green. I squinted to see what train it was--perhaps the color was really a faded blue, and this was a wayward E train--and as it loomed closer to my view I saw it was a mythical G train! I was standing at the front of the platform, and stood frozen in place as the train pulled into the station. Almost as if to taunt me, it stopped short at the middle of the platform, a full three normal car lengths away.

I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought perhaps I had fallen asleep on that platform bench and I was having some kind of nightmare. But as the doors opened up and people actually got off, I realized I was having a special kind of experienced that many people never do. I began to walk towards the train, preparing to get on the G train and see the fantastical places it would go, but due to my hesitance to begin, I didn't make it to the truncated train in time, and the doors closed before I even neared the solemn motorman. Before I could even register what was happening, the G train pulled out of the station and was gone.

I ran to the station clerk, desperate to have some kind of corroboration for this incredible event. I stammered, "I just saw a G train! I actually saw a real G train!" The clerk rolled her eyes lazily towards me, and without any expression whatsoever, pointed to a schedule advisory posted on the wall behind her: "NO G TRAIN SERVICE TO THIS STATION, Sept. 2006 - February 2007".

"No! I saw it! I saw the G train!" I asserted, "I don't care what that poster says, the G train just pulled into this station!"

The clerk looked at me, the slightest trace of disdain creeping on her otherwise emotionless pan, then shook her head slightly and went back to reading her newspaper. I looked around for someone to support my allegation, but there was no one. I was completely alone, doubting my own personal experience.

It reads like that old yarn about the guy who stayed in a remote inn, only to discover the next day that the inn burned down twenty years ago to the night. Did this person actually see a G train? Or was she the victim of her own late-night exhaustion? Without any evidence, it is impossible to say. I encourage all readers to submit their own personal experiences, pictures, videos, or other evidence about this elusive and mysterious subway line.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

NYCTV cable channel tacitly admits existence of G train

I just saw an episode of the Emmy Award-winning cable television program, Secrets of New York about the unknown underground mysteries that lay beneath the sidewalks of New York City. In a section about the abandoned City Hall station, an expert (whose name I unfortunately missed) said, "Every subway line, with the exception of the G, runs in Manhattan." (emphasis mine)

Is this an admission by NYCTV that the G train actually exists? Or that they merely subscribe to the theory that the G train actually exists? I do not know for certain, but I found the way it was surreptitiously slipped into the show to be very intriguing.
If anyone can provide the name of this expert, or a clip from the show, please contact me at legendofthegtrain@gmail.com.

Does the palatial and abandoned City Hall station hide the secret of the G train?

Monday, October 15, 2007

G Train: Fact or Hoax?

The New York City subway is one of the most massive in the world, with over seven-hundred miles of track and over twenty separate subway lines. These lines are signified by their own color code and number or letter, the former detailing the general track on which they run and the latter detailing the specific kind of service they provide. For example, the red number 1 line in Manhattan is a local train, while the red numbers 2 and 3 in Manhattan run express.

The elusive G train staying almost out of frame, as usual

Every subway line in New York City spends some time in Manhattan, except for two: the little-known but well-documented shuttle S line that serves the Rockaway extension of the blue A train*, and the mythical and legendary G train that purportedly runs between the Smith/Ninth Street station in Brooklyn and the 71st Street/Continental Ave. station in Queens. I say purportedly because very few have ever seen this elusive train. Many people who have used the subway for their entire lives never encountered this train. Though the line shows up on New York City subway maps and is listed on signs as stopping in various stations, the reality of this train is in question, and there is a growing segment of the straphanging population of New York that believes this train does not exist.

The line upon which the G train supposedly runs

This blog will serve to verify all facts and dispel all myths surrounding the G train. If you have seen a G train, have pictures or video of a G train, or if you just want to discuss this fascinating and confounding legend, you are requested to send an e-mail to legendofthegtrain@gmail.com. Please note that all correspondence and pictures may be used on this site, and your e-mail will not be published unless you request otherwise.

The best existing image of a G train; many G train hunters believe it to be a hoax

It is not the intention of the blog owner to confirm or deny the existence of the G train, but to create a running dialog with interested parties about this secretive subway line. If you have any information concerning the G train, please use the e-mail address above or comment on this blog.

*Yes, there is another S train that serves as a shuttle between Grand Central Terminal and Times Square, but that is irrelevant.