The Brooklyn, Bath and West End Railroad (originally called the Brooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Railroad) was a railroad in Brooklyn, New York, whose route is now incorporated in the New York City Subway system.
The BB&CI originally opened on October 5, 1863 (but with regular service beginning on Oct. 9), beginning at 25th Street and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn (where it was fed by horsecar lines), running (using its own horsecars to 36th Street and Fifth Avenue) over a turnpike road (over the routing of the current 'New Utrecht Avenue) to a terminal in Bath Beach at 18th Avenue and the shore of the Lower Bay, north of Coney Island. At 11:00 on June 8, 1864, the line was extended to Coney Island. The line was operated with steam dummy cars. Some time before the 1880s, the original steam dummy cars, which consisted of a locomotive and passenger car in one railroad-coach-type frame, were replaced by conventional steam locomotives pulling unpowered coaches.
The rairoad was acquired by Charles Godfrey Gunther, and commonly called the Gunther Road. The road was reorganized in 1868, on January 22, 1879, and again on December 1, 1885, the latter time changing its name to the Brooklyn, Bath and West End Railroad, formalizing the use of West End in the line's name. The road took its common name from the area of its terminal on Coney Island, where a hotel of the same name, but unconnected to the railroad, existed. Its terminal was known as West End Terminal, a name which survived upon major rebuilding in 1919 as New West End Terminal before that name fell into disuse.
A series of lease agreements between 1893 and 1899 put the West End in control of a series of other companies, the last putting it under the control of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT) system on April 1, 1899. BRT control paved the way for the line to be connected to the elevated system, and in 1900 electric service began between Park Row, Manhattan, and Bath Beach, Brooklyn. Trains operated by third rail power to a ramp at 37th Street, and from that point, trains raised trolley poles to operate from overhead wire, mostly on streets, to Coney Island.