Massapequa 

MASSAPEQUA: ORIGINALLY OPENED AS SOUTH OYSTER BAY BY THE SSRR c. 1867. LOCATED WEST OF THE HICKSVILLE RD. CROSSING. RENAMED "MASSAPEQUA" IN MAY, 1889. (Art Huneke data)
2ND, RELOCATED DEPOT BUILT: MAY-JUNE/1891, EAST OF HICKSVILLE ROAD CROSSING. RAZED: 1/1953 WITH GRADE ELIMINATION.
TEMPORARY STATION RELOCATED WEST OF FORMER LOCATION IN SVC: 1/12/53. ELEVATED STRUCTURE IN SVC: 12/14-18/1953

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South Side Rail Road - South Oyster Bay Station 
c.1867 Archive: Art Huneke
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Emery Massapequa MP27-28 pre-1953
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Emery Massapequa MP27-28 7/1958
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Massapequa Station 1896  View N
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Massapequa Station - Massapequa Hotel Carriages 
Winter c.1900 View NE 
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Massapequa Station c.1900 Summer  View NW
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Hicksville Road Grade Crossing 1920 View N west of station
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RR STOP RR - Warning street barrier close-up at Hicksville Rd., Massapequa Grade Crossing 1920
Note: The sign on the Crossing Signal mast: RXR BARRIER to indicate this barrier (below left). 
The smaller signs at the tracks read: "Caution - Electric Rail".  The Signal Control box cabinets are open in this photo; 
perhaps a LIRR employee took this photo?

RXR BARRIER close-up
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Massapequa Station 1930 View W
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LIRR 1966 Massapequa map Page 31
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Massapequa station view NW - 1966 
(Dave Keller photo and archive)
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Massapequa station view NW - Baggage/express elevator at far right - 07/1987 (Dave Keller photo and archive)
      Massapequa Park     

MASSAPEQUA PARK: ORIGINALLY EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND PLATFORMS ONLY. IN SVC: 12/3/33 (G.O. 121-2) SHELTER SHED ON EACH PLATFORM ADDED: ? TICKET OFFICE BUILT INTO CORNER OF WESTBOUND SHELTER SHED. TRAILER INSTALLED AS TICKET OFC: 8/3/65 (Brad Phillips data) REPLACED BY TEMPORARY STATION DURING GRADE CROSSING ELIMINATION PROJECT: 12/21/77. TEMPORARY STATION ON ACCOUNT OF GRADE CROSSING ELIMINATION IN SVC: 12/21/77. OUT OF SVC: 12/13/80 AND RAZED. ELEVATED STRUCTURE IN SVC: 12/13/1980. AGENCY CLOSED: 8/19/2009

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Emery Massapequa MP28-29  pre-1953
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Emery Massapequa MP28-29  8/1958
Archive: Dave Keller

 

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Massapequa Park Station - Opening 12/03/1933
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Massapequa Park Station Shelter - North Side 1939
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Massapequa Park 1944 View E
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Massapequa Park Station c.1950s View W
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Massapequa Park station shelter shed with integral ticket office on west end and temporary ticket office trailer beyond - View NE - 1966 (Dave Keller photo and archive)
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 A westbound M1 train at the Massapequa Park temporary station facilities during the grade elimination project, photographed on 12/30/77  (Wm. Madden photo, Dave Keller archive)
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Massapequa Park station under construction for grade elimination project.  View E - Temporary tracks and station at far right.  Stanchions for elevated station in center and concrete beams loaded on trailers at far left - 4/29/79 (Jeff B. Erlitz photo, Dave Keller archive)
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Massapequa Park station under construction for grade elimination project.  View W - Temporary tracks and station at far left.  Stanchions for elevated station in center.  Girder bridge segment in center background - 4/29/79 (Jeff B. Erlitz photo, Dave Keller archive)
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Massapequa Park station under construction for grade elimination project.  View E - Temporary tracks and station at right and center.  Permanent tracks set on new elevated structure.  High level platform in position and stanchions in place to support platform roof.  5/26/80 (Wm. Madden photo, Dave Keller archive)
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Massapequa Park station with eastbound M1 train making station stop.  View NW - Ticket office in separate structure below station name.  7/1987 (Dave Keller photo and archive)

I was the first ticket clerk to be assigned to the “new” trailer ticket office in August of 1965. Before the trailer opened, tickets were only sold on Monday mornings from a small “closet” in the northwest corner of the westbound shelter.  The tickets, dater, etc. were kept in a travelling box at Massapequa which was picked up by the assigned extra early on Monday mornings, similar to several other Monday-only offices around the railroad (many of which I worked over the years).

I was assigned effective on a Monday.  I picked up the ticket box and proceeded to sell tickets from the corner closet.  After closing down that day at about 10 am, per the official schedule, I started setting up the new ticket office in the trailer. A major plus was air conditioning!

Being the enthusiastic guy that I am, I stayed late into the night getting everything set up to be able to start selling tickets the next day (Tuesday).  I must have worked until 7 or 8 that night, but was ready to go at 6 am Tuesday. No visits by any officials on that Monday (Tom Merkel was agent stationed in Massapequa and the division super was …. Harold Remple?? (I can’t be sure of his name or the spelling).

I opened to the surprise of many commuters at 6 am Tuesday.  Later in the day, Mr. Remple (or whoever) stopped by to see how things were going and was surprised to see everything set up and tickets being sold.  In discussing how this happened, I mentioned my heroic (!!) efforts of the previous day.  I was young and naďve and didn’t even think of a: asking to work OT, or b: getting approval for said OT.  Happily, Mr. Remple was very pleased that things had proceeded well and authorized the time I worked as OT, which was a bonus for me as I had no intention of asking for payment.  I just enjoyed being able to set up the office.

About a week later, I was unceremoniously bumped from this nice, close to home, job and assigned to Southampton, which is a whole ‘nuther story.  (This guy followed me around the railroad bumping me from place to place, why I never did find out.) Brad Phillips