Bethpage        

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Train 8057 westbound at quadrant-gated Stewart Ave, Bethpage  View S  4/19/15 Photo: Joe McMahon

BETHPAGE: BUILT: 1884 AS “CENTRAL PARK”, RENAMED BETHPAGE: 10/1/36. RAZED WITH OPENING OF THE NEW DEPOT.
2ND DEPOT OPENED: 10/12/57 (per NY Daily News article of 10/06/57) AGENCY CLOSED: 8/19/2009.
DEPOT BUILDING USED FOR STORAGE (Dave Morrison data). Research: Dave Keller

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The team track is visible in the foreground, stubbing out at the station platform with no bumper! Notice in the right background, a woman is about to hang the mailbag on the mail crane! Central Park Station 1905 Archive: Dave Keller

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Central Park Station post card 1913
 Archive: Dave Morrison

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Central Park Station c.1920
Archive: Dave Morrison
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Bethpage Station - Night 1952 
Archive: Dave Morrison
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Bethpage Station View N  1967 
Photo/Archive: Dave Keller
Note the old-style, mid-track picket fence 
still in use as late as this image.
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Bethpage Station View N 4/08/2018 
Photo: Dave Morrison
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Bethpage Station View E 4/08/2018 
Photo: Dave Morrison
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Bethpage Station View S 4/08/2018 
Photo: Dave Morrison
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Bethpage Station - ATM 10/03/2017
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Bethpage Rotary Park - July 31, 1997 Plaque commemorating the 28th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Moon Landing built by Grumman Corp., Bethpage. 4/08/2018 Photos: Dave Morrison
 Bethpage Maps Archive: Dave Keller
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Emery Map Bethpage (Central Park)  1916
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Emery Map MP26-27  05/1958
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Emery Map MP27-28  05/1958
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Emery Map MP28-29  05/1958
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LIRR MP 27- M28 Sidings Map - 1966 (5)
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Long Island Railroader March-April 1951 
South Oyster Bay Rd Archive: Dave Morrison
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Old South Oyster Bay Rd crossing relocated 1951 
view S 8/15/2015 Photo: Dave Morrison

 

“B” TOWER:1 BETHPAGE (JCT. OF CENTRAL BRANCH EXT. TO MAIN LINE) WOODEN TOWER OPENED 8/21/25, SOUTH SIDE OF TRACKS. SAXBY & FARMER 24 LEVER
MECHANICAL MACHINE. PERMISSIVE BLOCK ASPECT ADDED TO BLOCK SIGNALS: 6/25/28. ADDITIONAL US&S 5 LEVER STYLE TC TABLE MACHINE TO
CONTROL “PW” IN SVC: 7/29/30. BOTH MACHINES OUT OF SVC: 5/28/36 AND TOWER RAZED ON ACCOUNT OF CONSTRUCTION BETHPAGE STATE PARKWAY.

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"B" Tower:1 Bethpage View W  c.1928 (Osborne.-Keller)
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Bethpage Junction Blueprint 1925 Archive: Dave Keller
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Bethpage Junction Blueprint 1936 Archive: Dave Keller

This is the first "B" tower constructed in 1925. Looking west in James V. Osborne's c. 1928 image we see the Long Island Motor Parkway trestle just visible in the distance beyond the semaphore block signals. The switch to access the Central branch is in the immediate foreground and appears to be set for a westbound train. This tower's site was smack-dab in the way of the planned parkway to access the new Bethpage state park in 1936. As a result, the 1925 wooden tower was razed and the replacement brick tower constructed slightly east to allow building of this parkway and railroad girder trestle overhead. Compare the 1925 blueprint with the 1936 blueprint for location of tower versus location of parkway. In this image you can see the tower and tracks were built on an embankment with the surrounding ground at quite a lower level from the tracks. It was probably considered an ideal spot for the girder trestle for the parkway, as special grading of the ROW probably didn't have to take place and the tracks could stay pretty much undisturbed during the bridge installation. (Dave Keller data)

"B" TOWER:2  BETHPAGE REPLACEMENT BRICK TOWER 230’ EAST OF FORMER LOCATION AND SOUTH SIDE OF TRACKS. INTERLOCKING RELOCATED 85’ SOUTH OF FORMER LOCATION ON ACCOUNT COMPLETION OF BRIDGE OVER BETHPAGE STATE PARKWAY. 19-LEVER US&S MODEL 14, STYLE F, ALL ELECTRIC MACHINE IN SVC: 5/28/36. 
UNATTENDED BLOCK SIGNAL IN SVC: 11/1/37. OUT OF SVC: 4/27/87.

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Bethpage Parkway Bridge view W 4/08/2018 Photo: Dave Morrison
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Bethpage Parkway Bridge view S 4/08/2018 Photo: Dave Morrison
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Bethpage Parkway Bridge view N 
4/08/2018 Photo: Dave Morrison
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Bethpage Parkway Bridge 1936-Builder-Plate
view N 4/08/2018 Photo: Dave Morrison
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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 View NW
See Emery Map MP28 - MP29  below for location
Wm. Madden photo, Dave Keller archive
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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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"B" Tower View NW 4/08/2018 
Photo: Dave Morrison 
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Manual Switch at "B" Tower 4/08/2018 
Photo: Dave Morrison 
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"B" Tower - Manual Switch - View SE 4/08/2018 
Photo: Dave Morrison 
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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  #4250 eastbound 01/1979 Photo: Jim Gillin

 

Notes:

(1) Compare this early shot taken by George Votava looking east toward “B” tower with Joe Tischner’s photo, marked (3).

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