Bethpage        

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K4s #5406 and Sunday-only train #4229 westbound past "B" Tower  Bethpage Jct. 5/11/47  (G. E. Votava photo)  (Note white-painted smokebox!) Archive: Dave Keller

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Tower B Model Board
Bethpage Junction 3/18/79
Jeff Erlitz photo, Dave Keller archive
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Tower B Interlocking Machine Bethpage Junction 3/18/79
Jeff Erlitz photo, Dave Keller archive
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Tower B LIRR MP15 155, 164, Freight entering Central Branch - Bethpage Junction 3/18/79
See Emery Map MP28 - MP29  below for location
Wm. Madden photo, Dave Keller archive
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LIRR #25 & Train #4227 Central Islip State Hospital Train 6/49 elevated view from L.I. Motor Pky overpass view E toward Tower B Archive: Dave Keller

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Warren L. Kessler, Inc 
LIRR #1558 RS3 Westbound
  in 1957 Photo: Joe Hagan (4)

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LIRR  #608 08/01/1972 westbound
 Photo: Brian Woodruff

 

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LIRR C420 #221 Westbound commuter accelerates away from "B" Tower after brief stop for a signal at Bethpage, NY 05/06/67

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LIRR #1520 RS2 Westbound freight switching Sturtevant Coal at Broadway Ave.

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LIRR #455  08/01/1972 
Photo: Brian Woodruff

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LIRR #1551 Eastbound work train running against the current of traffic on mainline #1
The low home (dwarf as others call it) is visible in the foreground.  The bridge abutment in the close distance is Central Avenue.  The spur went to General Motors when there was a warehouse there.  Currently, it ends at the back parking lot for the Sleepy's warehouse. I would assume that this siding was taken out when the mainline was electrified and control of the branch was taken over by Divide.  Note the train order signal attached to the top head of the position light home signal Archive: Joe Tischner (2)
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LIRR #1552 Westbound 
Archive: Joe Tischner (3)

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 NYA #271 Westbound past "B" Tower  Bethpage Jct. 09/19/08 
 Photo: Joe Tischner

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B Tower Tr #4250 eastbound 01/1979 Photo: Jim Gillin

 Bethpage Maps
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Emery Map Bethpage (Central Park)  1916
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Emery Map MP27 - MP28  05/1958
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Emery Map MP28 - MP29  05/1958
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LIRR MP 27- M28 Sidings Map - 1966 (5)
Notes:

(1) Compare this early shot taken by George Votava looking east toward “B” tower with Joe Tischner’s photo, marked (3). I borrowed Joe’s color shots from the forum to use as a comparison. 

Bear in mind Votava’s view was shot from the remains of the old, unused, Long Island Motor Parkway overpass over the LIRR AND over Central Ave. (Formerly Central Park Ave.)

(2) Joe Tischner’s shot marked (2) is looking the other way.  Joe mentions that the bridge abutments (shown in line with the 2nd hopper) are those for the overpass over Central Avenue . Votava’s photo (1) shows Central Ave (formerly Central Park Ave. ) AT GRADE. See how close to Central Ave. the siding began? Compared to the old photo above, it would have passed right in front of the door to the crossing watchman’s outhouse had it been laid prior to elevating the ROW and tracks and/or depressing the crossing of Central Ave. or a combination of both to make the grade less steep for trains to climb!  Dave Keller

(3) This shot is looking in the same direction as the old shot marked (1).  Look at the tower in the right background and siding branching off in the foreground and compare to Votava’s photo, using the tower in the right background for reference . . . . . . no siding back then, of course and Central Ave. was at grade.   Input: Dave Keller

(4) Passing Warren L. Kessler, Inc., 300 Broadway Ave., Bethpage, NY  Manufacturer of  lamps, candle holders, etc.

In l939 (the company operated from 1938-1978 )Warren Kessler built a factory on the site of the Feuchsel Pickle Works, located north of the railroad tracks, east* of Broadway.  This company manufactured lamps and lighting units for all the American embassies around the world.  Exquisite Kessler lamps were included in the remodeling of the Truman White House. Motto in l946 "What Bethpage Makes - Makes Bethpage."  Warren L. Kessler, Inc.  Manufacturers of lamps and decorative accessories.  Known throughout the nation for exquisite glass products. Source: Encyclopedia of the Unincorporated Village of Bethpage 

Kessler Empire Style Candelabra Lampe

 

 

 


Bethpage-CVS-Broadway-formerKesslerWorks-01132010-AlCastelli.jpg (51756 bytes)In the year 2000, a CVS drug/convenience store was built on the site of the Kessler factory east of the   tracks on 300 Broadway Ave. 

Photo: Al Castelli

 

Bethpage-KesslerGlassHistoricMarker-01132010-AlCastelli.jpg (87249 bytes)KESSLER GLASS Historical Marker
Site of Warren Kessler Inc. manufacturer of hand-blown lamps & vases 1938-78 that have graced the White House and U.S. Embassies worldwide 
Donated by the Kessler Family 

Photo: Al Castelli

 

(5) The General Motors siding was the interlocked siding by B Tower east of Bethpage. The crews used to have to tie up the interlocking to switch it, by using the block operator to throw the switches for them. Quite interesting! The switch was removed probably when the line was electrified. As mentioned, the building still stands, but it is not GM anymore. The building is now a Sleepy's mattress.  Info: Pat Scopelliti