The West End Line was opened on October 5, 1863 as a steam dummy road[1], the Brooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Rail Road (BB&CI), to serve the communities between the Brooklyn city line and Bath Beach. At 11:00 on June 8, 1864, the extension to Coney Island was opened to the public, making it the first steam railroad to bring beachgoers from downtown Brooklyn. At the Brooklyn end, the steam line ended at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue, where the BB&CI's own horsecars ran to a connection with horsecars of the Brooklyn City Railroad at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue. The odd double transfer was made necessary by Brooklyn's refusal to allow the line to operate steam cars within its city limits.


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