LONG ISLAND CITY -
                              BLISS YARD 
BX was the old name for BS which later became BLISS

 

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DB Cabin 08/10/63
was just painted. There was a wooden walkway to Cabin M. The bridgetender (a B&B employee) stayed at Cabin M when the bridges were opened since Cabin M had creature comforts. Depending on the trick, the bridgetender usually drove down to BLISS and played cards with the operator until there was an imminent movement or a boat whistled for the bridge. Cabin M had 24 hour coverage. 
Photo: Richard F. Makse

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M Cabin with lift bridge in open position over Dutch Kills along Montauk cut-off – west of Blissville yard – Long Island City , NY – 5/16/76  Jeff Erlitz photo, Dave Keller archive  

 

 

I "operated" Bliss as a boy from age 12 - 16 (1958-'62).  Did everything starting from firing a "bucket a day" into the large coal burning parlor stove, running to "Hank's Diner" or Blissville diner to get Ted Mason's (towerman during this time) sandwich (tuna fish on toast - no mayonnaise), throwing all the Armstrong levers for signals and switches (including #8 crossover - two sets of points simultaneously using steel pipe linkages). The "Armstrong's" got easier for me as I got older, bigger, and stronger.  My determination carried me along till my body caught up!  I, of course, could not hoop orders to the crews nor answer/talk on the phone, for that might reveal my "presence".  Anything I did was under the watchful eye of Ted.   Sure wish I knew what became of him.  Charles Haley 8/22/2010

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LIRR Block operator Rosario Zambuto stands on the landing outside the old “BLISS” tower at Blissville, L. I. City, NY as G5s #35, seen at the right, makes it last run as a railfan extra on October 16, 1955.  Note the spiral staircase to access the upper portion of the tower!  View is looking east.  Art Huneke photo, Dave Keller archive  

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 Union Switch & Signal model TC interlocking machine and model board at "Bliss" tower, LI City 12/29/1977


Armstrong interlocking levers for signals and switches
(Pond Tower 3/05/1978)

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Kearney Siding and Blissville yard with pickle cars on the Block and Guggenheimer siding
Source: New York State Archives  Creator: Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. New York office. 

Jones and Laughlin Steel, N.Y. Aerial view of part of Long Island City 06-29-1947 

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M Cabin 1912

M cabin was located at the Montauk cutoff over the Dutch Kills - D. Keller

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BX Interlocking

Greenpoint Yard appeared to be the forerunner of Blissville yard, only a whole lot smaller - D.Keller

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DB Cabin

DB cabin controlled the drawbridge (swingbridge) over the Dutch Kills
Dave Keller

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Arch St. Team Yard
 Degnon Terminal
Montauk Branch Cut-off
Wheelspur Yard
Dutch Kills Creek
Newtown Creek  - 1946

Click on maps/photos to enlarge


Dutch Kills during construction


“DB Cabin Dutch Kills draw bridge (opened: 10/1915  north side of tracks - east of bridge) 
Collection: Dave Keller

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DB Cabin 05/16/1976
Archive: Henry Wagner


Dutch Kills leading into Newtown Creek -  southwest 2001

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Dutch Kills to Greenpoint Ave 9-1958

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Dutch Kills to Greenpoint Ave 11-1960

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Reading RS3 #469, #470 05/01/68
Archive: Henry Wagner
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M Cabin, Newtown Creek 12-70  Collection: D. Keller
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LIRR FA #602 Newtown Creek west 06/1981 
Photo: Phil Goldstein
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LIRR FA #612 Newtown Creek east 06/1981 Photo: Phil Goldstein
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Angelo's Repair Shop, 
Bordan Ave - Newtown Creek

BLISS TOWER:  BLISSVILLE, L.I. CITY  - JCT. OF MONTAUK BRANCH AND MONTAUK CUT-OFF. OUT OF SVC: 10/12/60. RAZED 11/17/60.)

BLISS CABIN: BLISSVILLE, L.I. CITY – JCT. OF MONTAUK BRANCH AND MONTAUK CUT-OFF. (IN SVC: 10/12/60 ON N. SIDE OF TRACKS, W. OF GREENPOINT AVE., 
112’ WEST OF PREVIOUS LOCATION.  US&S 4 LEVER STYLE TC TABLE MACHINE.  YEAR ROUND OFFICE CLOSED 1990s. RE-OPENED DURING SUMMER MONTHS)

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Brakeman throwing the switch west of Bliss  

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09/1991 Photo: Joe Gregory

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Station Crossing Shanty, Greenpt. Ave, Blissville 12-70  Collection: D. Keller
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Bliss Cabin Blissville, LI City 12-70  Collection: D. Keller

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LIRR D5060 at BLISS 01/24/08 Photo: Bernard Ente

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Bliss Cabin 11/24/2008 View W

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Bliss Cabin Railroad Ave.  and
Greenpoint Ave.  4/2012  View N

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Metro North RR has an agreement with LIRR to service MNRR M7's at Arch Street.  LIRR MP15's pick up the train at New Rochelle, NY 07/02/2008
Photo/Info: Bernard Ente

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LIRR RS3 #1557 & S-2 #444 Tower Bliss 12-70
Photo/Archive: Dave Keller 

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Bliss Yard construction 09/13/2008
Photo: Bernard Ente
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Bliss Yard construction 09/13/2008
Photo: Bernard Ente
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LIRR map 1966 Blissville-Laurel Hill

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Penny Bridge Station 03/12/1976 Archive: Henry Wagner