Babylon    


1888  Map  from the archives of  SUNY at  Stony Brook, courtesy of David Morrison

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1888 Hyde Map Turntable 
Collection: Stony Brook, NY

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Emery Map: W. Babylon :  Great East Neck Road Crossing.  <1906  MP34-35
The CRR of  LI crossed the road AND the LIRR tracks at grade on their trek to the Babylon Town Dock.  
Info and collection: Dave Keller


MP36-37 1925

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Sanborn Deer Park Ave 9/1928

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Sanborn Cooper Ave  9/1928


Babylon Track Capacities
 MP 54 Cars - c.1950

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Emery map MP 34-35 1958
Collection and Info: Dave Keller 


Emery map MP 35-36 1958
Collection: Dave Keller

 Babylon-newMP-75MUs-crossingCarllsCreekwestbound-temptrackageduringgradeeliminationJimGillin.jpg (94591 bytes) New MP-75 MUs crossing Carll's Creek on the temporary trackage during the grade crossing elimination.  Fill for new embankment can be seen in background.  9/1963
Photo/Archive: Jim Gillin


Emery map MP 36-37 1958
Collection: Dave Keller

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First train No.66 into new Babylon Station view W from rear car platform 8/26/64 
Photo: Brad Phillips

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Babylon Enginehouse 05-16-1918
Official LIRR valuation photo
Collection: Dave Morrision 


Station 1914  view east from south side platform


1925 BJ Tower almost completed.  View looking west toward depot from Signal bridge.  Track at far right (north side of main) not yet completed.  Track spur off to right to access Heinley Coal Yard.  Knickerbocker Ice & Coal at far left.  James V. Osborne photo, Dave Keller archive  

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REA Freight House 1951 MP35.5
Photo: Joe Hagan


H16-44 #1507 1954
W. J. Edwards photo, Dave Keller archive  


RDC1-2 Babylon Tower 1955
Jules P. Krzenski photo, Dave Keller archive


MU meet 1957
Jules P. Krzenski photo, Dave Keller Archive  

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LIRR #1347 E-6s eastbound Depot Place 1945  Photo: Frank Zahn Info: Ron Zinn Archive: Jim Gillin

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View W Depot St. 1947
Archive: Jim Gillin

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LIRR #2002 eastbound c.1963 Photo: LIRR, Archive: Jim Gillin

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LIRR #2003 TR#9 westbound Babylon 1962 Photo: Jim Gillin

 

 


1925 First MU electric train arrival view east  towards depot from signal bridge.  James V. Osborne photo, Dave Keller archive

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1925 First MU electric train arrival view taken from on top of the electric transmission tower. 
Chester Kelting photo, David M. Morrison collection, Dave Keller archive

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1925 First MU electric train project. 
Chester Kelting photo, David M. Morrison collection, Dave Keller archive

 
1925 BN Cabin (c. 1917 to 1925) located at west end of Babylon station platform, north side.  View looking northwest.  James V. Osborne photo, Dave Keller archive

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BN cabin, located on the north side of the west end of the westbound platform of Babylon station.  In service c. 1917 (Does not appear in the ETT of 1916.  No ETT of 1917 available to check.  Does appear in ETT of 1918) and out of service with opening of BJ tower east of the station sometime after May, 1925.  This view is from a negative shot of the first MU train to arrive at Babylon and the town’s pending celebration with thousands of people in attendance.  Chester Kelting photo, David M. Morrison Collection, Dave Keller archive.


FM 2002 Cannonball at Babylon
Jules P. Krzenski photo, Dave Keller archive

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Babylon station view W 06/1960
Photo: Jim Gillin

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Babylon  Station View E 
c. Winter 1960
Archive: Jim Gillin

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Babylon First Day Grade Crossing Elimination Ceremony 9/09/1964 view E Photo: Brad Phillips

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Babylon new station Souvenir Pass 9/09/1964 Archive: Brad Phillips

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Scoot at Babylon temporary station view W 4/06/1963 Photo: Brad Phillips 

The temporary station, which is visible to the right of this image and at which platform the RDC s are stopped, was placed in service on 4/6/63. 

It was taken out of service on 9/9/64 and razed thereafter, with the new, elevated structure being placed in service that day (9/9/64).

This image shows not only the old tracks and station platforms at the left but the temporary facilities at the right.  The old stuff is still there, so construction has not yet begun, so this image would have to have been taken shortly after the temporary facilities opened.

There are no leaves on the trees, but MAY have been photographed IN April of 1963 because we've had some pretty cold April's on LI that I can recall.

Also, if this were shot during the winter of 1963-64, that means that the old station and tracks were STILL IN PLACE and not touched for demolition from April until year's end.  That would be a VERY long time to do nothing to the area then completing everything in 8 months. 

I say 8 months because I have photos of the temporary station with the new, elevated station in place behind it, shot in August of 1964. (see below) Dave Keller

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This view is looking southeast from the north side of the tracks. 1963 Archive: Dave Keller 

What we have in the foreground is the old station high-level platforms with old pedestrian crossover in the background.

The temporary station facilities are adjacent to this, just south, running right through where the old depot building was once located. 

In the middle-to-right background you will see platform shelters.  You will also see a second, independent, pedestrian crossover.

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The red platform shelters are the temporary station at Babylon in 8/1964. (New, elevated station partially visible in left background.) 

Those shelters on those platforms with THAT pedestrian crossover are the temporary station facilities with a temporary ticket office built on the south side of the tracks.

Once the temporary tracks and station/platforms were established and officially placed into service, the LIRR then began to demolish ALL you see in the foreground, and the elevation took place on the site of this earlier track location.  The temporary tracks were very close to the main.

Research: Dave Keller, LIRR Historian

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MU3-car Mail Express westbound under signal bridge leaving Babylon Station 09/19/1950
The train’s lead car is an RPO/REA car. The middle car is a passenger/baggage/RPO car and at the rear is a combine car. Edward Hermanns photo, Dave Keller archive

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RS1 on eastbound freight, running against traffic, meeting westbound M1 electric train from yard, passing “ BABYLON ” tower and approaching station – Babylon , NY – 7/27/71 (note old coal silo at right background) Archive: Dave Keller 


Babylon/West Islip Coach Yard - view East
Photo: Steve Lynch


Lead Track Siding - East of
Cooper St. c. 1985 view N 
Photo: Steve Lynch

    
Wash Racks - Babylon/West Islip view west  c. 1985 Photo: Steve Lynch
Just a minor detail the car wash has been completely removed. If memory serves since mid 2005. Info: Herbert Ketcham

 

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Babylon car wash  Interior view west 11/1977 Archive: Mike Robbins 
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M1s being washed Babylon view E 10/1971