WESTBURY    

1ST DEPOT APPEARS ON TT OF 9/3/1838, UTILIZING THE TRACKSIDE J. P. KELSEY'S BRANCH STORE (G. Brainerd photographic provenance.)
2ND DEPOT BUILT: APR-JUNE/1883
3RD DEPOT BUILT: 1914, GREATLY REMODELED: 1972. PER RAY MUNTZ, ANOTHER REMODELING BEGAN IN APRIL, 2001 BUT POSSIBLY DUE TO A DISCOVERED STRUCTURAL DEFECT, UPPER PORTION OF EXISTING 
BLDG. WAS LEVELED AND NEW DEPOT CONSTRUCTED ATOP LOWER LEVEL OF OLD DEPOT (Ray Muntz photographic provenance.)




Westbury Station - View W  Kelsey's Store on the NW corner Post Ave. 1878 (Brainerd-Morrison)
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1837 Brooklyn Advance: LIRR notice as of March 1st, 1837 Brooklyn to Hicksville rail service in effect. Archive: Ray Muntz
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Looking south along Post Avenue towards the railroad crossing in 1890. The platform for the 1883 depot is visible to the left of the crossing diamond sign. A partially remodeled Kelsey's Store still stands trackside. Archive: Ray Muntz
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Emery map - Westbury MP21-22 pre-1914 Grade Elimination
Archive: Dave Keller

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Westbury Station 1903 Archive: Dave Morrison

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Fournier's Locomobile Smashed NY Times 10/31/1901
Archive: Ray Muntz

 

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Westbury - Artist Peter Helck interpretation of  driver  Henri Fournier 1901 accident Archive: Ray Muntz

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Westbury crossing accident -1911 Archive: Ray Muntz
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Westbury Crossing To Go - NY Times 8/08/1906
Archive: Ray Muntz
Westbury is the first documented site of a train/auto crash - the drawing is from an old Railroad magazine and the wreck photos are from 1911 (Westbury Historical Society collection). Ray Muntz

Henri Fournier (14 April 1871 – 18 December 1919) was a French racing driver. Born in 1871 in Le Mans, Fournier began his career on motorcycles and tricycles. In 1901 he came to the Mors racing team and was the most successful driver of this year, as he won both the Paris–Bordeaux and Paris–Berlin races Wikipedia

THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND IT’S PROMOTION OF LONG ISLAND, 1900-1930 by Sean Kass 
The railroad organized and hosted promotional events. LIRR Special Agent Hal B. Fullerton, the single most important figure in the railroad’s massive promotional campaign, spent thirty years in the railroad’s Passenger Department “promoting and advertising events, activities, or plans that would bring public attention to the Island’s potential for sport, recreation, business and residential development for both the middle classes and the urban elite.” These events included lectures delivered by Fullerton (1897-1929), the Vanderbilt Cup automobile races (1904-1910), the Mile-A-Minute Murphy Challenge (1899), and experimental farms at Wading River (1905-1910) and Medford (1910-1927)..."

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Westbury Station post card 1907 
Archive: Dave Morrison
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Westbury Station Model  Model/Photo/Archive: Ray Muntz

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Westbury Station 1907 Archive: Dave Morrison

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Westbury Station colorized post card 1914 
Archive: Dave Morrison
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Westbury 10/01/1910 Vanderbilt Cup Archive: Dave Morrison
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Westbury Station colorized post card 1914 
Archive: Dave Morrison
Thee last cup race was held on October 1, 1910 with the Winner:  Harry Grant, USA -  Car built by: ALCO
ALCO Automobiles
The company diversified into the automobile business in 1906, producing French Berliet designs under license. Production was located at Alco's Rhode Island Locomotive Works in Providence, Rhode Island. Two years later, the Berliet license was abandoned, and the company began to produce its own designs instead. An Alco racing car won the Vanderbilt Cup in both 1909 and 1910 and competed in the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, driven on all three occasions by Harry Grant. But, ALCO's automotive venture was unprofitable, and they abandoned automobile manufacture in 1913.[8] The Alco automobile story is notable chiefly as a step in the automotive career of Walter P. Chrysler, who worked as the plant manager. In 1911 he left Alco for Buick in Detroit, Michigan, where he subsequently founded the Chrysler Corporation in 1925.
WESTBURY - POST-1914 GRADE ELIMINATION
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Westbury Station colorized post card View NE c.1918 
Archive: Dave Morrison
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Westbury Station - View NE c.1918 
Archive: Dave Morrison
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Westbury Station post card View W c.1918 
Archive: Dave Morrison
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Westbury Station post card 1925 
Archive: Dave Morrison
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Westbury 1926 (Ray Muntz-Dave Morrison)
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Westbury Freight Yard View W 1932 
Photo/Archive: Ray Muntz
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Westbury Station 1930 Archive: Dave Morrison
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Westbury 1932 (Weber-Morrison)
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Westbury - One Oak Dairy 1938 (Munro-Muntz)
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Westbury aerial view Hicks Coal Yard c.1950 
Archive: Ray Muntz

Vincent F. Seyfried's LIRR History (Volume 6, page 178) indicates the LIRR changing the milk train schedule in 1882 - the farmers went on strike to protest the change - as he wrote: "Westbury was the largest milk station on the Island"  Having grown up in Westbury I never saw a cow. Jean Munro gave me photos from her 1938 Girl Scout trip to One Oak dairy! Info: Ray Muntz

WESTBURY - USA POLO CENTER

Westbury - Polo Ponies unloading 1934 Archive: Ray Muntz
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LIRR #143 at Hicksville hauling PRR Class-B74b 
Horse Pullman 1947 Archive: Dave Keller
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DD1 #340 in Tichy color scheme is pulling a single Brandywine Stables horse car eastbound near Jamaica in 1950, probably headed for Belmont Park. (Dave Keller archive)

In the heyday of American polo during the early 20th century, Nassau County was its undisputed epicenter.

From the 1920's to the 40's, when the gilded clans of the Gold Coast, the Whitney's and the Guests, the Hitchcock's and the Phippse's, played matches in their own lavish backyards, when the Duchess of Windsor or the Maharajah of Jaipur might pop in to present a sterling silver loving cup or knock the ball around for a chukker or two on one of the Island's 50 polo fields.

The sport claimed as many as 30 polo grounds -- each the size of nine football fields -- spread among lavish estates and vast open space. Upward of 30,000 people traveled by train from New York City for weekend matches featuring players almost as well known as Babe Ruth.

"People probably can't believe it today, but polo games, then, were like baseball or college football games," said Dennis Amato, a Port Washington polo historian.

A century later, one of the last remnants of that era operates out of a barn in Old Westbury near one of the few remaining playing fields. Meadowbrook Polo Club, the oldest in the United States, began its 130th season last weekend.  Info: Newsday -  Paul Larocco -  May 23, 2011

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Emery map -Westbury MP21-22  5/1958
Archive: Dave Keller
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Emery map -Westbury MP22-23  5/1958
Archive: Dave Keller
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Westbury Station 1932 Archive: Dave Morrison
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Westbury Station with horse car for Roosevelt Raceway at left. Horse cars used this location for loading/unloading of horses for the racetrack; c.1950. Archive: Dave Keller
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Westbury 1947 (Votava-Morrison)
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Westbury 3/26/1954 Photo: Norman Kohl
Photo (above center) from the School Street crossing, looking west. The train is on the eastbound (#2) track. South of that track is the south siding with an additional siding branching off the south siding to service the white building which sign reads "Westbury Plant." The circuit box at the far left would be to operate the gates and flashing lights at the crossing. And . . if you look VERY CLOSELY to the left of the rear of the train, between the two rows of telephone poles, all the way in the distance, you can make out the express house at the Westbury station (note #3 on Emery's map). Info: Dave Keller
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Westbury Station 1952 Archive: Dave Morrison

 

The depot was two stories:  Ground level at street level and track level was elevated on an embankment.  The depot was heavily remodeled over the past years. You'll see in my 1955 image there were no short covered platforms. Info: Dave Keller  

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Westbury station and express house looking west from the
rear of a moving eastbound train on June 24, 1955 
(William V. Faxon, Jr. photo, Dave Keller archive)
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Westbury - RS3 #1551 east of Westbury 9/06/1959 
Archive: Dave Morrison

 

 

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LIRR map - Westbury - 1966 page 53
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Westbury Station 1968 Photo/Archive: Ray Muntz

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LIRR map - Westbury - 1986 page 39

WESTBURY STATION RENOVATION - 2001
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Westbury Station Renovation 4/2001 Photos/Archive: Ray Muntz

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Westbury Station -  Night snow fall  12/2001 Photo: Ray Muntz

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Westbury Station  10/2001 Photo/Archive: Ray Muntz
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Westbury Station 10/2001 Photo/Archive: Ray Muntz

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Westbury Station 10/2001 Photo/Archive: Ray Muntz
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Westbury Station 10/2001 Photo/Archive: Ray Muntz

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Westbury Station interior 10/2001 Photo/Archive: Ray Muntz

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Westbury Station - View S 6/22/2009
 

 

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Westbury Station View NE 2013 Photo: Jeremiah Cox