Amagansett   

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             Amagansett Station c. 1909


Station Agent / Block Operator Ira Baker and Family c.1912-13. 
Photo courtesy of Arlene Girvin, Dave Keller archive

Ira Baker LIRR Station Agent:  A Railroad Biography

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A postcard rear view of Amagansett Station when new (1911). While this postcard view was of the station when new, it wasnít mailed until a year or two later as is evidenced by the cancellation on the back (see next image) George G. Ayling collection, Dave Keller archive

Back of same postcard, sent by Amagansett LIRR agent Ira Baker to LIRR block operator George Ayling at Central Islip and postmarked with an RPO cancellation in what looks perhaps like 1912 (cancellation is poor and hard to read). George Ayling spent some time working at Quogue and also under Ira Baker at Amagansett in 1910 and remained friends for many, many years. Ira Baker was a well-liked man and was the agent in charge in 1942 when the Naziís landed on the beach at Amagansett and attempted to take the train into New York City. George G. Ayling collection, Dave Keller archive

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When the LIRR opened out to Montauk in 1895, very few trains terminated there. Most of them terminated at Amagansett, hence the terminal facilities. Many LIRR men boarded out there at a very popular boarding house within walking distance of the terminal. The woman who ran the house took good care of the men who stayed there, even providing them lunches to bring with them to work.

Some old timers upon marrying bought houses in Amagansett and East Hampton because their runs originated and terminated at Amagansett.

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Amagansett School house, station in background postcard c.1905+

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A valuation photo for the Public Service Commission by LIRR trainman Irving Solomon shot in September, 1958 when the idea of closing the agency and removing the building was proposed. This station was built in 1911 to replace the original one-storey structure that was destroyed by fire. The only photo Iíve ever seen of the original depot was a color postcard view shot from the rear. The 1911 Dutch Colonial structure with gambrel roof was demolished in 1964. Irving Solomon photo, Dave Keller archive

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Amagansett color postcard c. 1930

This postcard view shows the 1905 four-room addition ("two up, two down") that was built on the front of the 1881 building. The slightly narrower original 1881 structure is just visible to the rear in this view. 

The 1881 structure, which as you can see had a simple gable roof. The site is now occupied by tennis courts owned by the Amagansett Village Improvement Society.

The school (it was the second school here -- the first was a one-room structure that stood in the middle of Main Street) was built in 1881 by George Eldredge of East Hampton, from plans drawn by P. Bergen Maryotte. It cost $$1,986 to build. The lot on which it stood was purchased for $500 from Captain Joshua B. Edwards.

That building soon became overcrowded (larger families then!) and a 4-room addition was built onto the front of the structure in 1905 by Everett W. Babcock at a cost of $4,900.

It was demolished after the third school was built in 1936-37 (nine classrooms and an auditorium) on the south side of Main Street. That structure cost $155,000. Research compliments: Peter Garnham, Amagansett Historical Association


LIRR RS3 #1551 passing siding AG Block Limit Signal at Amagansett 6/17/1973 Photo: Madden, Archive: Dave Keller
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Emery MP 103-104 (showing the station facilities and sidings)
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Emery map MP 104- 105 (showing the old railroad terminal, engine house and coaling/watering facilities east of the station area.)
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LIRR Freight Sidings 1966 map #43

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View westbound
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2008 View east
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View NE January 1966 Photo: unknown
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Photos 1/01/2010 courtesy of  Stephen D. Rothaug unless noted.
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  03/21/08 View NE 
Photo/Archive: Mike McDermet