LIRR Timetable printed in local Newspapers 6/22/1844

LIRR Timetable opening to main line Medford Station 6/26/1844

Bedford: c.1836-1861, discontinued as station stop 1905.

Brushville: On timetable of 11/27/1837. Renamed "Queens". Discontinued 10/19/1871 with opening of "Inglewood" station one mile east at Creed Ave., Springfield  Ave. per ETT #3, eff: 6/1897.

Branch: 1837 As "Hempstead." this was  the stage connection to Hempstead. Station does not appear on timetables of 1838. Depot  probably opened in July 1839  with opening of LIRR branch to Hempstead. Depot named  "Branch" as a result. Later  named "Hempstead Branch." renamed “Mineola” on timetable of June 4, 1862.

Thompson: 6/24/1842 with opening of LIRR to that point. "Thompson" on timetable of
10/24/1862. Closed: 12/1869 and station stop relocated to Brentwood.

Suffolk Station: 7/14/1842 at Islip Ave. Appears as "North Islip" on 1861, 1862 and 1867 timetables (Art Huneke data). Closed: 1873 when Central Islip station opened further east at
Carleton Ave., Central Islip

Fire Place: 6/26/1844 or Carman's River (6/26/1844-6/1845).  Renamed Yaphank 1846.
Research: Dave Keller's Station History


Long Island Rail-Road Company Summer Arrangement Schedule
 5 /01/1847 David S. Ives, Superintendent

Long Island Railroad Co., Official Pocket Time Table 12/04/1873.
5 x 3 3/4 inches unfolding to 5 x 12 1/4 inches. A very early LIRR pocket time table,
 including timetables east and west bound for Sag Harbor Branch, Flushing Railroad,
Long Island Railroad, Brooklyn Central Railroad, Hempstead & Glen Cove Branches
LIRR Timetable - 6/06/1861 LIRR Timetable - 11/01/1862

Suffolk Station was a stop from the very start.  It appears on a newspaper timetable of 11/01/1844 and remains listed until the timetable of 6/06/1861 (above) which has it's name changed to North Islip.  It remains North Islip for a period of time and gets changed back to Suffolk station around 1880 (per Art Huneke data). Holbrook also appears on the 6/06/1861 and 11/01/1862 timetable (right).
Archive: Art Huneke  Research: Dave Keller 
LIRR Timetable - 10/04/1867 LIRR Timetable - c.1870

Benedicts' Time LIRR published timetable 11/04/1867 Archive: Art Huneke
Note: Main line mileage from Hunters Point, LI City

Thompsons on timetables of 10/24/1862. Closed: 12/1869 and station stop relocated
to Brentwood.  North Islip on 1861, 1862 and 1867 timetables per Art Huneke data.
Closed: 1873 when Central Islip station opened further east at Carleton Ave.  Research: Dave Keller

Woodbury became Cold Spring Harbor on 10/15/1880. This timetable doesn't indicate Cold Spring Harbor, the timetable would be pre-10/15/1880.  The passenger service on the Creedmoor branch ended on that branch on April 30, 1879.  Service is also indicated on the Glen Cove branch, to Locust Valley which was the then end-of-track which began in 1865. The timetable would have to be between 1865 and April 30, 1879.  Research: Dave Keller
LIRR Timetable - 6/01/1882 - Summer Schedule

Summer Schedule - 6/01/1882 Archive: Tom Farrell
LIRR Timetable - 10/1884


Ticket Offices- Connections - Baggage

Rockaway - Port Jefferson Branch

Glen Cove Branch - North Side Division

Main Line

Montauk Division
LIRR Timetable - 9/10/1894
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Main Line
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Oyster Bay Branch
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Hempstead-Mineola Express
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Montauk Division

Timetable Summer Schedule 7/01/1880 cover

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Timetable Manhattan Beach 06/1884


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Timetable 6/29/1889

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Timetable reverse 06/29/1889

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Timetable reverse 6/1892

Timetable 6/1892

Timetable 5/18/1927 - Named Trains are Highlighted

"LIRR Trains operate on Daylight Saving Time, which differs
by one hour from the Eastern Standard shown by clocks in Pennsylvania Station" notice - 5/18/1927

Parlor car Washington-Montauk timetable 6/26/1927

Through Parlor Car Service - Named Trains Hampton-Express and Montauk-Special timetable page 35  5/18/1927

Timetable Form LI-8 7/19/1948 Far Rockaway Branch
Archive: Jeff Erlitz

Timetable Main Line to Hicksville and Hempstead Branch
10/21/1913  Archive: Steve Melrose

Note: This 1913 timetable covers the long gone line that went from Mineola to West Hempstead.  It cut between NASSAU Tower and Mineola Station and headed south through Garden City, crossing Old Country Road and continuing south crossing Stewart Avenue, to a few hundred feet north (around Chestnut Street) of Country Life Press Station. Heading further south towards the Village of Hempstead, it veered heading southwest starting around Old Main Street in Hempstead. From there, basically straight into West Hempstead crossing Main Street, Franklin Avenue, Intersection Street, Atlantic Avenue, Hilton Avenue, Cathedral Avenue, Saint Paul's Road N, Hempstead Turnpike (Fulton Street), and Hempstead Avenue into the West Hempstead Station. Steve Melrose

Form LI-1 World's Fair Timetable 9/17/1939
General Passenger Agent: A. H. Shaw

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World's Fair Timetable map 9/17/1939

Form LI-1 Timetable 6/22/1941
General Passenger Agent: C. G. Pennington
Archive: Jerome Landesman


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Timetable Montauk and Hamptons - 8/15/1957

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Timetable Montauk and Hamptons back - 8/15/1957


Form LI-2 Timetable 11/15/1948
New York, Brooklyn, Oyster Bay, Hicksville
Asst. GPA: W. P. Eckfeldt
Archive: Brad Phillips

Worlds Fair timetable 5/16/1965 Archive: Kevin Wong

This is among the last editions prior to the establishment of the MTA (originally MCTA) as a quasi-independent state agency and public takeover of LIRR in late 1965. At press time (May 1, 1965) the World's Fair had been open as of Wednesday, April 21, but the 1965 World's Fair schedule (and summer 1965 schedules) appeared on Sunday, May 16. The schedules here are those in effect as of May 1, 1965 (winter/spring 1965 schedules effective September 1964 or December 15, 1964). Research: Kevin Wong

Worlds Fair timetable 5/16/1965 Archive: Jeff Erlitz
Form LI 2 New York/Brooklyn to Jamaica

LIRR Timetable Form LI-1  6/18/1961

LIRR Special Timetable - Pope Francis Papal visit 9/25/2015

LIRR Service 2000 World Series NY Yankees - NY Mets

LIRR Belmont Stakes schedule front 6/07/2014

LIRR Timetable US Open 6/14/2004 to 6/20/2004
Shinnecock Hills Archive: Dave Keller

LIRR Timetable US Open 06/15/2009 Archive: Al Castelli

LIRR 101st PGA Championship - May 13-19, 2019
Bethpage, NY Archive: NRHS-LIST

40 Years of LIRR Branch Timetables 1974-2014

LIRR Branch Line Timetable 50th Anniversary - First Issues Effective May 20, 1974

50 Years ago this month the LIRR issued the introductory set of eleven Branch line timetables.  The format and color coding were based on previously issued Penn Central Metropolitan Region timetables created by the MTA for the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines (which formed MNCR in 1983); Harlem Line-Blue; Hudson Line-Green and New Haven Line-Red.





New Haven Line May, 1974 Timetable: Introducing Our New "Cosmopolitans" (144 M2 dual-mode cars were being built in 1972-1973)

The M2 MU cars were a joint order between the MTA and CDOT - an add-on order for 100 further M2 cars followed to make the fleet number 244.  The M2 cars were built by General Electric and could run on both overhead catenary and third rail.
Harlem and Hudson Line May, 1974 Timetables: 178 "Metropolitans" are now in service (M1a Cars 8200-8377 built 1971-72) Research: Mike McEnaney, Archivist Railroad Museum of Long Island Library (RMLI)

 The LIRR had a team of employees, including LIST's (Long Island Sunrise Trail-NRHS) Bob Sturm and Gene Collora, working behind the scenes to plan and create these new timetables which coincided with major LIRR system wide schedule changes.  The LIRR eliminated their "old-folder" large format timetables in May-June 1972 leaving only the smaller TDI station timetables for about an 18 month period as the only Public timetables issued by the LIRR.  The then-new 1974 Branch timetables filled a need for more informative schedule information.  On the front there is a line map showing stations that were covered in each Branch Timetable.

The eleven timetable forms along with their color in order are:
Form 1 - Port Washington Branch (Scarlet Red): Woodside, Elmhurst, Shea Stadium, Flushing to Port Washington
Form 2 - Port Jefferson Branch (Medium Blue); New Hyde Park and Hicksville to Huntington and Port Jefferson
Form 3 - Ronkonkoma Branch (Purple) Grumman and Bethpage to Ronkonkoma
Form 4 - Oyster Bay Branch (Lime Green) East Williston to Oyster Bay
Form 5 - Hempstead Branch (Beige) Union Hall Street, Hollis, Queens Village and Bellerose to Hempstead
Form 6 - Far Rockaway Branch (Brown) Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale and Valley Stream to Far Rockaway
Form 7 - Babylon Branch (Turquoise Green) Covers 26 stations: Rockville Centre to Babylon; Bay Shore to Patchogue and Bellport, Mastic-Shirley, Center Moriches and Speonk
Form 8 - Long Beach Branch (Orange) Lynbrook and Center Avenue to Long Beach
Form 9 - West Hempstead Branch (Light Blue) St. Albans, Springfield Gardens and Westwood to West Hempstead
Form 10 - City Terminal Zone (Gray) Jamaica to New York Penn Station, Hunterspoint Avenue, Long Island City and Jamaica to Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn
Form 11 - Eastern Long Island (Turquoise Green 1974 only; Black begins in 1975) covering rail and Road N' Rail Bus: Montauk Branch - Westhampton and Montauk; Main Line - Holtsville, Riverhead and Greenport

The LIRR Branch timetables would eventually end up being issued for 46 years 1974 to 2020.  The last issues to the General Public were dated March 19 to May 17, 2020.  May 18 to July 12, 2020 were printed but not distributed.   Research/Timetables: Mike McEnaney, Archivist Railroad Museum of Long Island Library (RMLI)


Over time there were changes to these Branch Timetables, for example:

October 7, 1974 - Bellport to Speonk moved to the Eastern Long Island timetable.
1978 - Bay Shore to Patchogue moved to the Eastern Long Island timetable.
1983 - Montauk Branch timetable was created and the Ronkonkoma to Greenport service was placed in the Ronkonkoma Branch timetable.
January 1988 - New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue and Mineola were placed in the Oyster Bay Branch timetable (until 1992?).

In the 1980s, in particular, the LIRR began to regularly print special branch timetables for track work and other LIRR projects and additionally beginning during the late 1980's Special Timetables began to be issued, for example  the NY Mets Shea Stadium and Belmont Park races.  During the early to mid 1990's the LIRR experimented with different printing and formats in the Branch Timetables and by the late 1990's the current format with black and white printing and some use of the line color became standard.  During these years the Montauk Branch timetable began to use teal as its color replacing black and the folder numbers were shifted between the Montauk Branch (becoming Form 10) and the City Terminal Zone (becoming Form 11).

The TDI Station Timetables (TDI Publications, Inc. 16 East 42nd Street, NY prior TDI Publications, Inc., Grand Central Terminal, NY) have also underwent changes of their own:  Back before December 1968 they were issued quarterly with seasonal colors: Blue-Winter; Spring-Brown; Summer-Green and Fall-Red and with the December 1968 issues Dashing Dan was dropped for the MTA M logo and all issues from that point until sometime in 1974 - when they began to be issued in the matching Branch Line timetable color - they were all in blue - and for about a two year stretch beginning in mid 1972 - when the older LIRR timetable folders were discontinued - these were the only timetables that were available to the public.   Research: Gary Farkash


Woodside Timetable 6/22/1952

Woodside Timetable back 6/22/1952

Freeport Timetable 6/22/1952

Valley Stream Timetable 6/22/1952

Valley Stream Timetable back 6/22/1952

Freeport Timetable back 6/22/1952
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Bay Shore Timetable back 5/1962
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Bay Shore Timetable 10/1978
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Bay Shore Timetable back 10/78

Garden City-Country Life Press Timetable 6/1952

Garden City-Country Life Press Timetable back 6/1952

Gibson Timetable  6/22/1952

Gibson Timetable back  6/22/1952

Rockville Centre Timetable  6/22/1952

Rockville Centre Timetable back  6/22/1952
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Patchogue Timetable 6/22/1952
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Patchogue Timetable back 6/22/1952

Lakeview-Malverne Timetable  6/22/1952

Lakeview-Malverne Timetable back  6/22/1952

Hempstead Timetable  10/15/1956

Hempstead Timetable back  10/15/1956

Mineola Timetable 3/16/1961

Mineola Timetable back 3/16/1961
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Patchogue Timetable 12/15/1961
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Oyster Bay Timetable 12/15/1962
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Oyster Bay Timetable back 12/15/1962
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Patchogue Timetable back 12/15/1961
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Islip Timetable 10/13/1979
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Islip Timetable back 10/13/1979
Babylon Branch - Form 7- October 7, 1974  

Timetable Form 7 - Zone Fares Babylon Branch
10 /07/1974 Archive: John Cortino
LIRR Weekend Special Tours 1977 Timetable

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Weekend Special Tours back

Hamptons Reserve Cannonball Service 5/2011
Archive: Mike McEnaney

Hamptons/Montauk Reserve Cannonball Service
May 23rd-Sept 1st, 2014 Archive: Mike McEnaney

Hamptons/Montauk Reserve Cannonball Service
May 22nd-Sept 7th, 2015  Archive: Mike McEnaney

LIRR Babylon Branch timetable Form 7-TPSS-152 May 16th-July 12th, 2020 The last timetable of 2020 due to Covid-19.
Archive: NRHS-LIST  Steve Quigley

LIRR Winter Weather Travel 1/2012
Archive: Mike McEnaney

New premium express non-stop "Cannonball East/West" direct from Penn Station to The Hamptons/Montauk and return with Hamptons Reserve Service.  Issue for May 29-September 2, 2013

Timetable Form-12 TPSS-46  Forest Hills & Kew Gardens
Sept 2nd-Noov 16th, 2014  Archive: Mike McEnaney


Timetable Form 12-TPSS-81 Forest Hills & Kew Gardens Jan 6th-Mar 8th, 2020 The last small version timetable of 2020 due to Covid-19. Archive: NRHS-LIST  Steve Quigley

This was the first time in LIRR history that the Cannonball departed from Penn station. Prior to this date on the timetable, the Cannonball had always departed from Hunterspoint Avenue.  The first stop after Penn was Westhampton, it did not stop at Jamaica as in prior years.  I was on that 1st train from Penn in one of the 2 Hampton's Reserve cars. Reserve seating and waiter/waitress service at your seat. No standees in the 2 Hampton's Reserve cars.  The Cannonball was soon becoming  too popular and crowded. One train had 1,800 passengers with 1200 seats! The LIRR had to limit the number of passengers on the Cannonball to twelve cars and two DM locomotives. This year was the 1st time since WWII that the LIRR did NOT run the Cannonball.  Archive: NRHS-LIST  Steve Quigley

Jamaica Signal Modernization Project
Oct 23-24 - Nov 6-7, 2010  Archive: Mike McEnaney

Port Jefferson & Ronkonkoma Special Branch Timetable 
Oct 23-24 - Nov 6-7, 2010  Jamaica Signal Project "Zigzag" Train  Archive: Mike McEnaney

Port Jefferson & Ronkonkoma Special Branch Timetable
Aug 25-26, 2007 bus bridge Mineola to Hicksville for Roslyn Rd., Bethpage  Archive: Mike McEnaney

Summer timetable- Splish Splash Package
5/24/2014 - 9/01/2014

Special Timetable - St. Patrick's Day Parade Extra Service
Port Jefferson Branch 3/17/2015

LIRR "Take the Train to the Plane" NY Area Airports 12/2019


Special Timetable - Greenport Tall Ships Challenge
7/04/2015 Archive: Kevin Wong

Hillside Facility Service Special Timetable June 26-29, 2015
Concrete Tie & Bridge waterproofing
Archive: Mike McEnaney

Hillside Facility - Boland's Landing Service 9/11/2012

Archive: Mike McEnaney

Last paper timetable Hillside Facility 3/06/2021
Archive: NRHS-LIST Steve Quigley
LIRR Boland's Landing digital timetable
June 14 - September 6, 2021 MTA/LIRR
Archive: NRHS-LIST Steve Quigley
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The LIRR discontinued the printing of Branch timetables May 16th-July 12th, 2020. The last issues of all 11 forms to the public were dated March 9th-May 17th, 2020.

With the implementation of the Essential Service Schedules and cutbacks timetable printing was discontinued for all 11 timetable forms and for any special schedule and service changes.

MNCR also discontinued printing their four timetable forms: Harlem, Hudson, New Haven and Port Jervis/Pascack Valley Line timetables around the same time during 2020. However...The LIRR printed - but did not distribute - timetables dated May 18 to July 12, 2020 which would have been the regular Summer 2020 schedule changes. LIST-NRHS has a limited quantity of these rare timetables available. (sale or donation to LIST-NRHS)

This change ended 46 years of LIRR printed Branch timetables...May 20, 1974 were the first issues. Info: Mike McEnaney