Ronkonkoma 

 

Electrification Project Completed Archive 12/1987

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Harold Protects at KO 11/04/2011


Ronkonkoma Milepost 49-50
Emery map 10-57


Ronkonkoma Milepost 48-49 
Emery map 10-57

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LIRR 1966 Ronkonkoma track map page 69

 

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G5s LIRR  #21 Tender taking on water Ronkonkoma 8/1947
Dave Keller archive


Ronkonkoma Track Capacities P-54 Cars

 

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Leased PRR E-6 #230 1/30/1938
Photo: Robert G. Lewis retired publisher of RAILWAY AGE magazine. Archive: Jim Gillin

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 G5s LIRR #39 Tender taking on water Ronkonkoma 06/05/1955 
Photographer unidentified, Dave Keller archive

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Temporary Ronkonkoma Station 1934-37. 
The structure at the left is the eastbound express house. 
Archive: Dave Keller
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Temporary Ronkonkoma Station Depot and 
New Depot View E 1940 (Sommer-Keller)

 

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Ronkonkoma Station view W c. 1940 
Photo: Fred Weber Archive: Dave Morrison

 

This rare image depicts the temporary station building at Ronkonkoma from 1934-1937, replacing the wooden, 2-storey structure which burned remaining in service until the newer brick building was opened.  It continued to be used as is evidenced by this 1940 photo shot by block operator Ted Sommer from the Ronkonkoma Ave. trestle showing the structure located between new 1937 brick depot and the old eastbound express house north of the tracks.  The "RONKONKOMA" station sign is still on the structure and the "KO" block office call letters, along with the Western Union telegraph office and Bell Telephone signs are on the platform lamp post out front.  (Ted Sommer photo, Dave Keller archive)

 


FA1-611-C420-208 Push Pull Ronkonkoma 10-72
Photo: Dave Keller


View Wye South
Photo: Steve Lynch


View Wye North 
Photo: Steve Lynch


L203 Photo: Steve Hoskins c. 1960's


View Wye NE BAR  #60, #72  1998
Photo: Paul Kennedy


View Wye NE Precision  #1702
1998 Photo: Paul Kennedy

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LIRR #1556 Ronkonkoma Shed 12/22/1973 Archive: Art Huneke




 
L1555  Photo: Steve Hoskins c. 1960's

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LIRR turbine car  laid up on the north leg of the wye prior 
to the sheet metal shed being built for the 2nd turbine that 
arrived a couple of years later. View NE  c.12/1966 
Photo/Archive: Tom Harmon Info: Dave Keller



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LIRR turbine car truck detail c.12/1966
Photo/Archive: Tom Harmon



P-GT1_Turbine  
Photo: Steve Hoskins c. 1966

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A severe telephoto view shot from the Ronkonkoma Ave. overpass looking towards the yard and Gould’s Feed silo.  KO Block signals at the far right.  Note the passenger train laying up . . . at least 6 different styles of car in one train.  View NE summer 1965
Photo/Archive: Tom Harmon 
Info: Dave Keller
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BAR #74 PNC #1706
Photo: Brian Woodruff
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BAR #65 #69 PNC #1706
Photo: Brian Woodruff
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LIRR RS-3 #1552 #1557
Photo: Brian Woodruff


1940 T. Sommer photo


1970 Dave Keller photo


1987 Dave Keller photo


KO Storage Seed 1972
Photo: Dave Keller

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"KO" semaphore block signals controlled at this time by the block office in the station ticket office- 1940 (T. Sommer photo, Dave Keller archive)

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"KO" call letters in PRR keystone on Ronkonkoma station ticket office bay window.  Block office at that time was relocated from a cabin at the east end of the platform to the ticket office - View c. 1940s
(Art Huneke archive)

 

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Photos of the newly opened electric yard at Ronkonkoma – filled with diesel-hauled equipment!  A sight you’ll never see again.

Views are looking west in December, 1987. I don’t have an actual date indicated, however the 3rd rail was activated on, I believe, Dec. 17th and I probably shot these the same day as I shot the electrified activation warning sign.  (Photos shot through the chain-link fence.)
Photos/Archive/Info: Dave Keller

 

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LIRR W80 Gould's Feed Silo Ronkonkoma 02/1972 
(closed prior to 1966) view NE Photo/Archive: Dave Keller 
 (see R. Emery 10-57 map above )

George Ayling, the agent at CI, worked a rotation schedule in the late 1940s and part of that rotation was a day or two a week at Ronkonkoma .  He said he was warned by the regular agent to beware of Gould, because Gould was a deadbeat who never paid his bills and was constantly threatened by the LIRR.  He saw a relief agent on duty and would bluster into the depot, figuring the new guy didn’t know of him and DEMAND that his loads of feed be released to him.  Ayling told him he’d be more than happy to release his loads to him ONCE HE PAID HIS MONEY OWED TO THE RAILROAD . . . whereupon he’d bluster some more and storm out.  He’d come back later with money to pay the bill, blustering some more, and his feed would be released to him.      Story told  to Dave Keller, no claim as to accuracy of this story.

His feed business was way up Hawkins Road north of the village of Ronkonkoma , almost on the borderline of Ronkonkoma and Lake Grove.  Info: Dave Keller

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LIRR #W83, FA #602, GP #254 6-29-1985
Archive: McEnery 

 

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KO view west two Home Signals Wash Rack Ronkonkoma Station
Cab View 04/2008

Freight eastbound passing wye 7/1983
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Ronkonkoma Ave. view W from Station overpass 1/17/2015