Tracks of the NYC Subway has been published continuously since 1995, and is now released yearly. It’s a 160-page spiral bound book depicting the entire track and station network of the NYC subway system. It consists of 55 main map pages that show how tracks and lines interact and shows the placements of stations, tracks and signals along with some to-scale details of certain interlockings. More complex interlockings have their own pages in the back of the book, along with 20 pages of to-scale yard track maps.
In addition to the NYC Subway system tracks, it also encompasses tracks at Grand Central, Penn Station, the underground portions of the PATH network, and the JFK AirTrain.
There’s also a 54 page introduction that contains details on how the signaling systems work, both conventional and the new CBTC system that’s being expanded throughout the network, along with three color pages of signs and signal definitions.
The new PDF version is interactive, allowing the reader to easily jump throughout the book from the line maps to detailed inset maps or yard diagrams (and back again).
The book also includes details on abandoned tracks and stations, radio frequencies, whistle and buzzer codes and many other useful goodies. It's a must for any serious subway buff, railfan or straphanger who loves to know about the operations of the world's largest subway system.
WHAT’S IN THE BOOK
Here are four sample pages that represent how the information is displayed. You can open a PDF image to your computer for viewing.
Two typical map pages, vertically arranged for the Bronx and Manhattan, horizontal for Queens and Brooklyn. There are 55 of these map pages in the book. These maps are not to scale, however they do show
co-relation between adjacent lines, rights-of-way, diverging route home signals and other important line features.
Interlocking closeups: This page is a typical example of a close-up map page. Its view is closer to scale than normal map pages and it shows diverging route home signals.
Maps like this also show the commonly-used routings for each route.
Also of note, this particular page was originally printed in 1998 for the Second Edition. Many of the tracks shown here are long-since gone, when the 10-MPH Snediker Avenue curve was eliminated in 2003 as part of the pre-CBTC alignment.
Closeup detail of the IND 207th Street Yard. This page is typical of the mostly-to-scale yard maps, providing a description of the yard, the services it provides, the class(es) of cars it services and a short description of the routes it serves.