Title: New York's Forgotten Substations: The Power
Behind the Subway
For almost a century, the 125,000 pounds rotary converters and related
equipment of the substations remain largely unchanged, but in 1999 the
last manually operated substation was shut down.
Since then they have been systematically dismantled and sold as scrap.
In 1997, Christopher Payne was introduced to the substations by the
NYCTA's Power Department and began to photograph, draw and write the
history of these amazing buildings and their machines before a part of
the industrial America and an other landmarks of New York are
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