The Grand Union Canal is actually not one single canal at all, but an amalgamation of ten that were brought together under one management in 1929.The most important of these was the Grand Junction canal, built to facilitate the rapid movement of freight from the Midlands to London, as a direct rival to the Oxford Canal, (whose route was long and winding).Original rolling stock at the original downtown local terminus of the 8th Avenue Independent Subway. Feinman Saturday, September 10th, 1932 marked a major milestone in the continuing evolution of the New York City Subway.Car R-1 381 and contemporaries are seen on a fan trip in 2004. Without fanfare, or any major city ceremony, the Independent City Owned Rapid Transit Railroad (the Independent) opened at midnight that weekend.
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Hylan, wasn't even in office to see his plan reach fruition.
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