Yaphank Station 1879 Photo: George Brainerd Archive: Brooklyn Museum

YAPHANK: 1st Depot appears on timetable of 6/14/1845 as “Milleville” probably replacing the temporary Carman’s River/ Fire Place station opened at or near the site in 
June, 1844 with temporary end of track. Renamed “Yaphank”: 1846.
2nd Depot built: 1875. Agency closed: 1958, razed: 1961
3rd Depot built with hi-level platforms: 2000-01   Research/Material/Archive: Courtesy Dave Keller except as noted

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Emery map Yaphank MP58-59 - 10/1957

Emery map Yaphank MP58-59 - 10/1957

Emery map Yaphank MP60-61 - 10/1957

Emery map CU Jct. MP62-63 10/1957
 Emery Yaphank maps: Archive: Dave Keller 

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Yaphank depot c.1890 view SE

The baggage wagon on the platform reads "Long Island Express"  that was in business from 1882 to 1913.

Emery map Supp ML-2 Brookhaven National Lab 10/1957 Archive: Dave Keller

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Yaphank depot c.1890 view SE close-up 

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LIRR map - Yaphank 6/1966 Page 70

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LIRR map - Yaphank 1986 Page 56 Archive: Jeff Erlitz


Ticket LI City to Yaphank 10/05/1889 
Archive: Dave Keller

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Yaphank depot c.1900 view SE 
Archive: Dave Keller

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LIRR valuation photo  1921 Yaphank depot
 view E Archive: Dave Keller

Yaphank Station - View E c.1947 (Smith-Morrison)


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Special train to Camp Siegfried, Yaphank 
View SW c.1930's 

During the early to mid-1930's, the German-American Bund met at Camp Siegfried, Yaphank for outdoor events and speeches made by Nazi-American leaders followed by picnic lunch and traditional German music.  Yaphank had a rather large German community and the streets near the camp had Nazi-related names during this era. Photo right.

Special trains ran to Yaphank carrying Nazi-Americans from other parts of Long Island and the metropolitan NY area.  The photographer appears to be standing on the old baggage wagon as he captured this elevated image looking southwest as one of those specials arrived at the station, being welcomed by many followers of Herr Hitler. Photo left. Research: Dave Keller

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Adolf Hitler Strasse (street) c.1930's 
Camp Siegfried, Yaphank 

BLOCK LIMIT STATION SIGNAL IN SVC: 9/2/58  Research: Dave Keller

YA block signal - View E c.1947
Photo: Harold Smith Archive: Dave Morrison
Note: Western Suffolk Produce Potato House
on team track at far left

Western Suffolk Produce Potato House - View NE c.1952 (Emery-SUNY-Stony-Brook)

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Ex-Western Suffolk Produce Potato House  View N 4/03/2018 Photo/Archive: Steve Rothaug

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RS-1 #463 YA, Yaphank View NE at Accent Flooring
1970 Photo/Archive: William H.  Birkholz
Note: Rear engine unit truck derailed

Sperry #130 YA, Yaphank - View NE 2/2020 Photo: MTA/LIRR

The Sperry Rail Car, a bright yellow, self-propelled train car equipped with ultrasonic and induction test equipment that detects internal rail defects not visible to the naked eye, has been a longstanding and crucial component of our efforts to ensure the continued safety and reliability of the rails. This scene was captured in Yaphank, back in 1992, during a snowy winter season, and depicts the Sperry Rail Car having moved to a siding to let a westbound train pass. Photo by Paul H. Espersen, courtesy of our friends at the Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

AQUEBOGUE westbound at Yaphank
8/1971 Photo/Archive: William H. Birkholz

B&A #74 west of Yaphank c.1973 Photo/Archive: William H. Birkholz

Shelter Island Express LIRR #213 westbound at Yaphank
c.1973 Photo/Archive: William H. Birkholz

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Historic LIRR Fence comes to the RMLI  - Fall 2015 Postboy pages 4-6 Courtesy: Yaphank Historical Society

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"Yaphank" by Arcadia Press
Courtesy: Yaphank Historical Society
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LIRR Yaphank Fan Trip 11/05/61 
Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips

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Yaphank shelter c.1960's
Archive: Dave Keller

Yaphank 10/08/2006 Photographer: Unknown

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Yaphank 001/03/2013
Photographer: Unknown

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Conrail - High or Wide Load Hold form to Georgia-Pacific, Yaphank 12/21/1981 Archive:  Bob Bender

"High and wide" or out-of-dimension (OOD) cars are cars that exceed certain dimensions that can be allowed within a specific portion of that railroad. I don't know how it's figured out now but there used to be a guide from the AAR called an equipment register and it had to fit within the dimensions of a certain size to be classified Plate A, B or C, if I recall. That specific one you posted listed "C. Hill" and I'm guessing thats Cedar Hill in New Haven, CT. Cedar Hill was the old New Haven RR's big freight yard just before hitting what used to be the limits of their catenary, so it would've been vital to them that the rail car wasn't high enough to arc to or strike the wire. They also couldn't be too wide so you wouldn't have a sideswipe in two or more track territory, again the NH had a few curves that were notorious for tight clearances, such as the Jenkins Curve in Bridgeport. Any exceptions of this would either be moved in the middle of the night with no adjacent traffic, on another route or not at all.

Certain portions of the LI have height restrictions, for example the Atlantic Branch west of Dunton, under the subway bridge at Pond, etc. So a move with a OOD car would be done very carefully and are often associated with parts of electric company parts, such as tranformers, etc. Another thing mentioned is "lading", which is how things are loaded into a car such as a gondola, such as railroad ties, etc. The loaded car must fit within the limits set by the railroad the car is coming into, and the employees are taught to watch out for lading that has shifted out of the dimensional limits. An example of lading that has shifted is when Nassau Tower got struck back in the 1920's which gave the tower a haircut, I'm sure many of you have seen that picture somewhere...

Photos: Steve Rothaug

Yaphank Station View E

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LIRR Yaphank Station sign





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Yaphank Station View W

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Yaphank NYA #151 on passing siding with M1s
stored on team track - View E
Yaphank NYA passing siding - M1s team track View E 4/03/2018
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Yaphank NYA #151 passing siding 4/03/2018

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Yaphank NYA #151 passing siding - View W  4/03/2018

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Yaphank, River Rd. bridge View N
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Yaphank, River Rd. bridge View S