Built by New York & Manhattan Beach R. R. Co. as a narrow gauge, single track line in 1877, from Ocean Avenue to the Oriental
Double tracked: 1878, as a narrow gauge line.
1st passenger train from Greenpoint to the Oriental Hotel: 1878. 1st passenger train from Bay Ridge to the Oriental Hotel: 1878
Standard gauged and double tracked: 1883
N.Y. & M.B.R.R. became New York, Brooklyn and Manhattan Beach R.R. in 1885, and leased to the LIRR.
Last passenger train from Bay Ridge to Manhattan Beach: 5/13/24
Last passenger train from Greenpoint to Manhattan Beach: 1882
1st passenger train from Long Island City to Manhattan Beach: 1883
Last passenger train from Long Island City to Manhattan Beach shown in timetable effective October, 1923 and lasting until May, 1924.
No signals on entire line east of “MJ” after grade crossing elimination. Trains were operated only one at a time, “MJ” to Manhattan Beach via either
No 1 or No 2 tracks.
Grade crossing eliminations and relocation of main tracks started in1908 and lasted all during 1909, finishing in March, 1910.
“Bay Ridge Improvement” began on 5/19/05 at Parkville Yard:
1st work: Depressing of Main Line: 7th Ave. to Avenue G: 4 ˝ miles. Elevating of Main Line: Avenue G to New Lots Road: 2 ˝ miles.
2nd work: Depressing of Main Line: Liberty Avenue to New Lots Road: 1 mile.
3rd work: Tunnel of Main Line north portal to south portal: 1 mile.
4th work: Elevating Main Line North portal to “FN” cabin: 1 ˝ miles.
5th work: Widening of cut, 7th Avenue to floats: 1 ˝ miles.
Work completed: 3/1/1918 at Bay Ridge Yard.
Elimination of BRT EL trains crossing LIRR at grade:
Gravesend Avenue eliminated: 9/19/06
New Utrecht Avenue eliminated: 7/16/07
Bath and Brighton Beach R.R. (at “MJ”) eliminated: 1/17/08
Marine Railway operated storage battery cars #s 1-5, built by Beach Car Co., over the LIRR from Sheepshead Bay Station to Oriental Blvd: 8/7/1913 to 4/1/21
LIRR was abandoned east of Oriental Blvd. c. 1908.