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Consumers Park
     Leaving Botanic Garden on our way to the southern terminal, Prospect Park, we passed an area that I viewed off to the left (east) that I found a bit peculiar. There was an open patch of embankment that looked like there was once a station or rail spur going off toward what looked like an old warehouse-type structure. I later found out that the area I saw was in fact the old Consumer's Park station location. In the late 1800's the location was a brewery outlet that included a small station. It was a flag stop, meaning trains only stopped if an on-board passenger notified a conductor, or if someone was waiting on the platform.. The Consumer's Park Brewery lasted only into the early years of the 20th Century, but the original building that housed the brewery facility and the remnants of the rail-spur facing the shuttle ROW are still there.
     A few hundred yards outside of Prospect Park, the R-68 made the switch onto the old northbound track of the Brighton local to its connection with the Brighton mainline at Prospect Park. It was eerie passing the tunnel wall that was the location of the infamous Malbone Street disaster of 1918.

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The Old Consumers Park Brewery building still stands at this location just yards from the tunnel portal where motorman Luciano's five-car elevated train met its fate at Malbone Street (now Empire Boulevard). The clearing for the former northbound station platform and spur is clearly visible. The little-used station was closed when Botanic Garden station was opened.
     It probably wouldn't be accurate to say that Botanic Garden "replaced" Consumers Park. The stations are not very near each other. Consumers Park is a short distance from Prospect Park station and might have served Ebbets Field except that it could not reasonably handle the huge crowds at game time. Douglas Diamond photo

The folks who made it happen. Without the commitment of the community and the active work of elected officials, the Franklin Shuttle would have gone the way of the Culver Shuttle, the Myrtle Avnue Line, and other services abandoned over the years.

Here, a "test run" is enjoyed by (clockwise, from left) City Council member Mary Pinkett, Assemblyman Al Vann and Borough President Howard Golden

Certainly one of the scarcer Brighton Linr souvenirs, this bottle from the Consumers Park Brewery is in the collection of Bob Diamond, who also take this photo. The sharp-eyed can make out the bottle inscription "CONSUMERS PARK BREWERY BROOKLYN N.Y."


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