BELLMORE

BELLMORE: SOUTH SIDE RAIL ROAD DEPOT BUILT: 10/1869 LIRR MONTAUK BRANCH 2ND DEPOT BUILT: 1886 (Robert Emery map data) OR ORIGINAL DEPOT REMODELED (?). DEPOT AGAIN REMODELED POST-1925 (photo provenance) WITH STUCCO REPLACING CLAPBOARD SIDING, SPANISH TILE ROOF ADDED AND AN ADDITION TO THE WEST END OF THE STRUCTURE. DEPOT BURNED: 2/18/1968 AND TRAILER TICKET OFFICE PLACED IN SERVICE. DEPOT SUBSEQUENTLY RAZED.
TEMPORARY STATION ACCOUNT OF GRADE CROSSING ELIMINATION IN SVC: 12/4/70. STATION FACILITIES RELOCATED ON ELEVATION 63' NORTH OF FORMER LOCATION AND CONVERTED FROM TWO HIGH-LEVEL OUTSIDE PLATFORMS TO A SINGLE HIGH LEVEL ISLAND PLATFORM, AND TEMPORARY FACILITIES PLACED OUT OF SVC: 6/28/75 (G. O. #216) AND RAZED. ELEVATED STRUCTURE IN SVC: 6/28/75. (G. O. #216) Research: Dave Keller

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Bellmore Station - 1905 postcard View NE Westbound camelback passing the Express House. Archive: Dave Morrison
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Emery Map -Bellmore  MP24-25 8/1958 Archive: Dave Keller

A point of interest: The photo (above) c. 1905 based upon the postmark on the postcard. There's a train order block semaphore signal in place which is still there in the 1907 image but gone from the 1911 image. "BV" were the call letters in the Bellmore ticket office. In the 1925 image the semaphore signals are visible in the distance, having been moved further west. That obviously took place sometime between 1907 and 1911, based upon our photos. Not sure whether the block was still handled in the ticket office or if the signals were operated from a distant location i.e. "PORT" tower in Freeport, two stops further west. Research: Dave Keller

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Bellmore Station - 1907 View N Archive: Dave Morrison
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Bellmore Station 1911 View W (eBay-Keller)
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LIRR D56 #84 Westbound train at Bellmore 1914 (eBay-Keller)
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Bellmore Station "remodeled c. 1925" 
View W Archive: Dave Morrison

Note: When I state "remodeled c. 1925", I'm referring to the mid-rail fence that wasn't installed until electrification came through in May, 1925, the vertical and horizontal slats of contrasting trim on the walls, the removal of or covering over of the clapboard with stucco and the addition of the attached express house on the west side of the depot (See Dave Morrison's 1925 and 1932 views. The 1932 views show the earliest images we have of the attached express house.) 

Also, between 1911 and 1925, the depot got a Spanish tile roof, which remained in place until it burned in 1968.  
Research: Dave Keller

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Bellmore Station - 1925 View W Archive: Dave Morrison
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Bellmore Station - View E 7/09/1932  Archive: Dave Morrison
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Bellmore Station - Zoom view E 7/09/1932  Archive: Dave Morrison
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Ex-Express House -  Bedford Ave., Bellmore View West 1932
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Bellmore Station - View E 3/24/1944 (Weber-Morrison)
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Bellmore Station - View E 9/28/1944 (Weber-Morrison)
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Bellmore Station - View W 9/28/1944 (Weber-Morrison)
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Bellmore Center Ave. - View E 11/01/1947 (Weber-Morrison)
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Bellmore Station 5/14/953  View NE Archive: Dave Morrison
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Bellmore Station View NW 1963 (Lichtenstern-Keller)
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Bellmore Station View NE 1966 (Keller-Keller)
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Bellmore Station View NE 1966 (Keller-Keller)
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Bellmore Station grounds View NE 1967 (Keller-Keller)
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Bellmore Station rear View SE 1967 (Keller-Keller)
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Bellmore Station grounds View E 12/1967 Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison
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Bellmore Station - Post fire with temporary Ticket Office - View NW 2/1968 Photo/Archive: Dave Keller
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LIRR map 1966 Merrick-Bellmore Page 29