LIRR ANECDOTES

TICKET CASE

One story about the ticket cases. I had worked at both Flatbush and Jamaica. We got a new clerk who had just finished posting at Jamaica and she got used to the way the tickets were set up in the case. Her next assignment was Flatbush which of course, had the tickets set up differently. She decided to re-arrange every ticket to the way it was in the Jamaica cases. Unfortunately, when she cut the case, every ticket she listed was wrong. The bookkeeper was pulling his hair out when we realized what she did and when she came in she had to put everything back the way it was. Just one of those little experiences from a long time ago.  Info: Kevin F.

 

 

 

 


Long Beach Station interior - Ticket case -zoom 7/12/1972 Photo/Archive: Dave Keller

HOOPING ORDERS

I can give one story on myself for this. As a young extra agent covering Mastic on the AM, I had to get orders ready for the westbound. As I am writing and finishing up the orders and card, I hear a man telling someone that I will have to go outside and give the papers to the engineer so he can go further. When I look at the ticket window, I see the man and a young boy about 7 years old.

Now I decide I am going to be Joe Cool and do this right. I wave to him and tell them I have to close the window to go outside. I go through the whole thing of locking the ticket case, window, etc and wait for the engineer to acknowledge the order board. As I hear him, I lock up the office, really taking this too far, and go outside to hoop up the order and cards. As the the train gets closer, I see the engineer motioning that he wants both sets up on the engine. I get the sticks together and just as the engine gets to me, a gust of wind comes up and blows the orders off the sticks and down towards William Floyd Pkwy. I didn't tighten them too well.

Now I have the engineer pissed at me since he has to wait for me to get the orders and the poor kid is standing on the platform while his father explains that this is not how it done. I could only laugh and shrug my shoulders. I never played Joe Cool again. Info: Kevin F.

More LIRR Hooping Orders

LIRR #113 H10s at DIVIDE Tower, Hicksville - Engineer Robert Creighton Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

CAPTREE FISHING

Captree_State-Park_Special_Fishing-Trip_1970.jpg (172814 bytes)Home to the largest public fishing fleet on Long Island, Captree State Park is a fishing haven and a picnicker's delight, located on the eastern tip of Jones Island at the end of the Ocean Parkway. Open and charter boats are available for saltwater fishing. No license or equipment is necessary as the boat staff provides everything you'll need for a day on the Great South Bay or the Atlantic Ocean.
If you are unfamiliar with that Park, its main function is to serve as one of the largest places on the Island (save perhaps Montauk) to grab a "party" boat to go fish. Also a great spot for crabbing and fishing off a dock. Just watch the tide, it just whips through there except at slack water. The only way I could think of is that the LIRR offered a package to go to Babylon and then a bus to Captree.

The Fish trains were once a big deal, a very early express train to go out East to drop off fishermen. A box car loaded with ice was provided for the trip home for the angler and his catch. Must have been a fun train for the CAMs (Car Appearance Maintainer = Coach Cleaner) to clean back in Richmond Hill. I didn't know they also made a stop at Canoe Place (seen from your page), that's great. Once a fantastic place for fish such as Winter Flounder and Weakfish (Sea Trout), and a easier walk than what you find at Montauk. I believe before the hurricane of 1938 (LI Express), the bulk of the fleet docked near the older station in the area called Navy Dock, so picking up the party boats was much easier then.

Unfortunately, the fishing is a pale shadow of what it once was, but at the time it must have been great to have an express train take you out there and then a short walk to the fleet. Still some interesting fishing out there, including some great fresh water fishing a short walk away (don't mind the blue-green algae). The fleet now lies in present day Montauk Harbor near Gosman's and the main surf fishing is nearly 10 miles at the Point, so taking the train now isn't as attractive as it used to be. Unless you're sitting in the usual traffic on Rt. 27, which is almost enough at times to brave the Hipster parade and unruly teens from the Boardy Barn found today.   

 

More LIRR Fishing

 

 

 Fisherman's Special Fare Flyer  - May 28th thru September 7th, 1970

LIST  NHRS -  FOILS A JAILBREAK

LIRR206_LIST-Greenport-viewE-Semaphore_Fall1774_ EdKoehlerJr.jpg (76859 bytes)For many years it was the practice of the Chapter to have an annual dinner; in the fall of 1974 this event was held aboard the Sunday round trip train to Greenport with a buffet style meal being served during the train’s layover in Greenport station. Most of the Chapter members boarded the train at Mineola; as was the practice at the time, member Gene Collora had organized this trip. The usual consist of this train was one of the Alco 2000 horsepower road switchers with three P72 coaches. To provide for the Chapter members, two of back to back observation cars were added to the east end of the train with a former Boston and Maine coach converted to a bar car (used for food service) between the Chapter’s reserved cars and the regular train consist. The picture above shows the train in question standing in Greenport station after the Chapter members attending had enjoyed their meal. Dinner and layover time over; the train departed on its westbound run, the fall sun having already dipped below the horizon. The train proceeded making all of its scheduled local stops; the trip was uneventful as far as the Yaphank station stop. Going west from Yaphank, the Long Island Rail Road climbs a slight grade known as the ‘Yaphank Hill’; on the south side of the tracks is a Suffolk County government complex which in 1974 included the county jail’s farm. Our Alco Product's L1 began to accelerate hard out of the Yaphank station stop in order to climb the hill. Suddenly the train had an emergency brake application and came to a sudden stop. The jail’s farm herd of cows had thought that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence and had crossed onto the Long Island Rail Road right of way to feed. Suddenly several of the cows came into the glow of the accelerating locomotive’s headlight. As the locomotive came to a stop several of the cows were deceased and others were mortally injured under the locomotive. The LIRR Police was summoned to the scene and made attempts to euthanize the wounded bovines with their .38 Police Special sidearms. The train was delayed at the location for about two hours that evening as the line was cleared. Six cars back in the rear observation, none of the Chapter members were injured in the sudden stop; and up to that point it had been a great day out on the line.  By: Ed Koehler, Jr., Semaphore January 2017