LIRR Central Branch

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Nassau Blvd., Garden City Station -  c.1901 colorized postcard  View N at MP17.5

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Library of Congress - April, 1873

What is now the LIRR's Hempstead branch, with junction at Floral Park, and tracks curving south east of the Garden City station, used to be the property of the Central Railroad of Long Island and was known as the Central branch.  Without getting into all sorts of varying and confusing rights-of-way, mergers and takeovers, I'll simply say this line ran from what later became the LIRR's Port Washington branch, curving off at Great Neck Junction, through Central Depot, Central Junction, Frankiston, Kissena Park, Creedmoor, Hinsdale and Hillside, crossing the LIRR's Main Line via trestle just east of what later became Floral Park, continuing on to Garden City then curving south towards Hempstead. The CRR of LI also extended the branch east of Garden City.  Referred to as the Central Extension, it crossed the LIRR at Bethpage Junction and headed further east to the Queens County Brick Mfg. Co., brick of which was used to build Stewart's Garden City and related railroad structures. The portion of the line going into the brick works was referred to as the "Bethpage branch."  Another part of this extension went southeast from Bethpage Junction towards Babylon, crossing the LIRR west of the station and ending at the Babylon town dock.  The portion from Bethpage Jct. to west of Babylon later became the LIRR's Central branch extension and eventually, just called the Central branch.  

GENERAL ORDER: EFFECTIVE 1921:
BETHPAGE AND CREEDMOOR BRANCHES AND CENTRAL EXTENSION “HC” TO BETHPAGE JCT. WILL BE CONSIDERED SIDINGS.

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to Stewart Jct. and the Central branch to Belmont Jct. and Babylon and on to Patchogue.  In addition, Train #10 running westbound from Patchogue to LI City via Babylon, Belmont Jct. and the Central branch to Jamaica and then the Main Line to L. I. City. 
Archive: Art Huneke Info: Dave Keller

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1879, the Central RR of LI abandoned their line from Great Neck Junction to Creedmoor.  The short stub that was remaining between Creedmoor and what would later become Floral Park was referred to as the Creedmoor branch. When the LIRR acquired the CRR's tracks, connection was made with the LIRR's tracks at Floral Park (then known as Stewart Junction) and the trestle crossing the Main Line was removed.

The LIRR's original Hempstead branch ran south from Mineola, crossing the CRR of LI at what was known as Hempstead Crossing and continued on to Hempstead, paralleling the CRR's ROW into that village.  When the LIRR acquired the Central RR of LI, the Central branch became the LIRR's Hempstead branch, curving south just east of Franklin Ave., Garden City, heading to Hempstead, where the LIRR abandoned their terminal building in favor of using A. T. Stewart's nicer, all brick structure.   "HC" tower was erected at Hempstead Crossing in 1890 as "Tower 44" and controlled traffic along the two branches. In later years, stops were added at Stewart Manor, Nassau Blvd. as well as at Country Life Press to provide access for employees of that so-named magazine. 

In later years the tracks heading east were cut back to just east of Salisbury Plains station with shuttle service operating between there and Country Life Press, using Ocean Electric streetcars operating off the third rail. Stops were made at Washington St., Clinton Road, A&P, Mitchel Field, Meadowbrook and Salisbury Plains. (Other stops were later added at General Bronze and Newsday.) 

In 1937, "HC" tower was renamed "GARDEN" tower and two years later, the tower and the crossing were removed.  A replacement block station was constructed in the form of "GARDEN" cabin at Franklin Ave., west of the former track crossing. 

The tracks were cut back again, this time to Meadowbrook, but shuttle service stopped at Mitchel Field.  The streetcar shuttle was replaced with an MP41 MU car, later expanding to two MP41 MU cars, which were later replaced by two MP54 MU cars. The shuttle service, which primarily was for employees of the various industries along the line, and which only accepted cash fares (no ticket sales) ended in 1953.

The branch extension came back to life when Roosevelt Raceway trains ran to Meadowbrook in the late 1950s where buses took riders to the racetrack and back. Years after the raceway trains ended, the tracks were cut back once again and terminated on the west side of Endo Blvd. west of what was once Mitchel Field. (Dave Keller data)

Station/MP/Location order after leaving Floral Park:

      Distance from LI City
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.

14.9
16.3
17.3
18.4
18.68
18.88
19.00
19.47
19.5
20.2
20.58
20.7
21.18
28.04

Plainfield Ave.
Stewart Manor 
Nassau Blvd (Garden City)
Garden City 
"GARDEN" cabin at Franklin Ave.     
"HC" tower at Hempstead Crossing
Washington St. (shuttle station stop)
Clinton Road    
A&P / Newsday  
General Bronze (Later A&P/Bronze)
Mitchel Field  
Meadowbrook  
Salisbury Plains  
Bethpage Jct.
PLAINFIELD AVE., FLORAL PARK
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MU Train #4739 westbound Hempstead Branch Plainfield Ave  - Grade Elimination Floral Park 6/04/1961
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MU Hempstead Train East Hempstead Branch passing PARK Tower Floral Park 1950
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Crossing Shanty and Power Grid Plainfield Ave. Floral Park Hempstead Branch View NE 10/12/51 (Faxon-Keller)
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MU Train Layup Track Plainfield Ave. 
view E Floral Park 10/12/36
STEWART MANOR STATION

BUILT: 1909 AGENCY CLOSED:? REMODELED: 2006

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Stewart Manor Station  view NE 7/23/1918 (LIRR Valuation-Keller)
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Stewart Manor Station view S 1/31/2016 
Photo: Robert Mortell
NASSAU BLVD. STATION

BUILT: 1907 AGENCY CLOSED:? DEPOT REMODELED: 2005

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Station crossing Shanty Nassau Blvd, Garden City  view W c.1948 (Weber-Morrison)
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 MU double decker #1346 with 5 car train west at Nassau Blvd, Garden City 9/14/48 (Hermanns-Keller)
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Nassau Blvd Station view SW 10/16/2016 
Photo: Dave Morrison
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Nassau Blvd Station cupola weather vane  10/16/2016 Photo: Dave Morrison
GARDEN CITY STATION

CRR OF LI DEPOT BUILT: OCT/1872-APRIL/1873. CLOSED: 1898  2ND DEPOT BUILT: 8/1898. AGENCY CLOSED: ?

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Garden City Station CRRLI view E c.1878
Archive: Dave Keller
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Garden City Station CRRLI  view S c.1878
Archive: Dave Keller
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Garden City Station CRRLI  view W c.1878
Archive: Dave Keller
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Garden City Station - Stewart monument view SW 10/16/2016 Photo: Dave Morrison
GARDEN CABIN

“GARDEN” CABIN GARDEN CITY – JCT. OF HEMPSTEAD BRANCH. OPENED 1/27/39, NORTH SIDE OF TRACKS, WEST SIDE OF FRANKLIN AVE., 650’ WEST OF FORMER LOCATION. OUT OF SVC. BY 6/5/95. RAZED: c. 1999-2000

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MOW Crew Car #492755 Work Train at  Garden Cabin, Garden City c.1947 (Votava-Keller)
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Garden Cabin with Keystone Sign c.1947 (Votava-Keller)
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Cabin GARDEN - Junction of Central and Hempstead Branch View E 5/17/81 (Madden-Keller)
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ROW Start of Secondary Track east of Franklin Ave. MP19 Garden City View E 11/21/1993 (Madden-Keller)

Renaming of Secondary Tracks:  While the Central Extension appears in the station pages (of employee timetables), from at least 1936 on, the “branch” was classified as a siding, meaning restricted speed. Since the shuttles had no timetable authority (you need to have main track for that), I have to assume that the freights working cleared the “main” when the shuttle was operating. Note that the Central Extension was largely double track so there were many crossovers and turnouts.

In 1946, (probably also in 45, timetable for which I am missing), the Central Extension was gone from the station pages and the only reference was to a siding in SI 2207 which stipulated that the track extended from Garden to Meadowbrook Hospital. In 1947, in a couple of places in the Special Instructions, was referred to as the Meadowbrook Hospital Siding. (Richard F. Makse)

G.O. #1208 eff. 08/25/47 (ETT #12) changes the name of the Meadowbrook Hospital Siding to the Central Extension and states it will be operated as a secondary track between east of GARDEN to west of Mitchel Field. (Art Huneke data)

In the special instructions for Timetable #14 (June 13, 1948) and under Secondary Tracks of No Assigned Direction, Garden to Mitchel Field is called Central Extension. (Jeffrey Erlitz)

ETT #15, eff. 09/12/48 shows Garden-Mitchel Field Secondary Track. (Art Huneke data)

Other than temporary block stations during the Vanderbilt Cup races, I don’t believe the line ever had any signaling. Both Clinton Road and Salisbury Plains did have ticket offices for a short period of time but likely there were no signals since the shuttles were run by the same crew. (Richard F. Makse)

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LIRR ETT  #12 G.O. #1208 eff. 08/25/47 changes the name of the Meadowbrook Hospital Siding to the Central Extension and states it will be operated as a secondary track between east of GARDEN to west of Mitchel Field. (Art Huneke data)

 

 

HEMPSTEAD CROSSING

HC TOWER:  HEMPSTEAD CROSSING, GARDEN CITY – JCT OF HEMPSTEAD BRANCH AND N.Y. BAY EXTENSION (PER 1903 CR4.) (NORTHWEST QUADRANT OF    CROSSING.  ORIGINALLY TOWER #44, 36-LEVER SAXBY & FARMER MECHANICAL MACHINE IN SVC:  1/1890. WAS RENUMBERED TOWER #105 IN 1894 WHEN BLOCK SYSTEM WAS EXTENDED EAST.  TOWER #44 ASSIGNED  BRUSHVILLE.  RENAMED “HC” IN 1907. BECAME TRAIN ORDER OFFICE ON 10/01/1907 WHEN GARDEN CITY STATION CEASED BEING A TRAIN ORDER OFFICE.  INTERLOCKING PLANT INCREASED TO 40 LEVERS: 1/28/1919. RENAMED “GARDEN”: 4/30/37. 
OUT
OF SVC: 1/27/39.

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MU Train for Roosevelt Raceway eastbound at Franklin Ave., Garden City  view SE 1956 (Edwards-Keller)
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Crossing Shanty at Franklin Ave., Hempstead Crossing, Garden City c.1930 
Archive: Art Huneke
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Site #2: HC Tower and old CRR of LI Water Tower at Hempstead Crossing c.1920
Archive: Dave Keller
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 Site #19: The old, brick CRR of LI water tank at Hempstead Crossing east of Garden City on 01/27/1919.  View NE Archive: Dave Keller 
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Central Branch Hempstead Crossing MP19 5/1958
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MP41 #1100 as Mitchel Field one-car shuttle at the shuttle lay-up track just north of the Country Life Press station.  View is NE.  The old CRR of LI brick water tower at Hempstead Crossing is visible in the left background and the main through-track to and from Hempstead Crossing is in the foreground - c. 1933 (George Arnoux photo; Dave Keller archive)  

 

 

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Roosevelt Raceway special train passing the former location of Hempstead Crossing.  View is NE - c. 1959 (Dave Keller archive)
MP19 SPUR TO MINEOLA

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Central Branch MP19 Map Legend

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ROW MP19 Former junction with Mineola Freight spur Garden City View W east of Garden City - 1955 (Schneider-Keller)
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Spur curving N towards Mineola from Central Branch, Garden City 3/19/73 (Madden-Keller)
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Spur from Mineola joining Central Branch, Garden City View SE 3/19/73  (Madden-Keller)
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Spur from Mineola joining Central Branch, Garden City View SE 3/19/73  (Madden-Keller)
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ROW MP19 Former junction with Mineola Freight spur Garden City View W 9/08/1978 (Madden-Keller)
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Mitchel Field - Secondary former junction with Mineola Spur at MP19 View E 9/08/1978 (Madden-Keller)
WASHINGTON STREET

EAST OF GARDEN CITY STATION. LOW PLATFORM FOR LIRR’S BATTERY CAR SHUTTLE SERVICE AFTER 1923.

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Caboose #34 and freight at Washington St. Garden City 7/29/53 (Votava-Keller)
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Washington St., Garden City - Station stop for the LIRR's storage battery cars only, beginning in 1923.  It was never a scheduled station stop. View SE 1973 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke  
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ROW at Washington Ave. Trolley Station, Garden City View west (above) - east (below) 9/08/1978 (Madden-Keller)ROW at Washington Ave. Trolley Sta-Gdn Cty (view E) - 09-08-78 (Madden-Keller).jpg (131435 bytes)
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ROW east of Washington Ave., Garden City View E 9/08/78 (Madden-Keller)
CLINTON RD.

BUILT: 1915, USED AS TICKET OFFICE FOR CAMP MILLS IN WW I. CLOSED: 5/15/53, DISCONTINUED AS STATION STOP. USED AS FIRE STATION. 

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MP41 #s 1100-1101 as Mitchel Field shuttle at Clinton Road Station, Garden City, view NE - 3/25/47 ( Hermanns, Keller)
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Extra #159 westbound at Clinton Rd., Garden City 2/08/1977 Photo: John Scala Archive: Art Huneke
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Clinton Road Station, Garden City view W 8/08/78 (Madden-Keller)
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ROW east of Clinton Road, Garden City 
View E 9/08/78 (Madden-Keller)
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A&P station east of Clinton Road, Garden City on the Central branch, 
view E 12/20/1938 Archive: Dave Keller
MITCHEL FIELD

ORIGINALLY "AVIATION FIELD NO. 2" ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE FORMER CAMP MILLS EAST OF GARDEN CITY. CAMP MILLS CLOSED IN 1920 AND AVIATION FIELD NO. 2 BECAME "MITCHEL FIELD" SOMETIME IN THE 1930s. WOODEN SHELTER SHED BUILT: ? DISCONTINUED AS STATION STOP: 5/15/53 WITH END OF SHUTTLE PASSENGER SERVICE ON BRANCH.

Office of Information Services, Head Quarters Continental Air Command, Mitchel Air base, New York  26 October 1955

1. Designation. On July 16, 1918, the installation was named for Major John Purroy Mitchel who had been Killed in an accident in Louisiana ten days before. Mitchel, who was an early advocate of
American air power, had served as Mayor of New York. The designation "Mitchel Field" was officially approved in April, 1919. 

2. Historic Role. For over 150 years the area presently occupied by Mitchel AFB has played an important role in our history. During the Revolutionary war it was known as the Hempstead Plains and
used as an Army enlistment center. In the War of 1812 and in the Mexican War it was a training center for Infantry units. During the Civil War, it was the location of Camp Winfield Scott. In 1898,
in the Spanish-American War, Mitchel's site was known as Camp Black. During World War I, Camp Mills was located here. Here, on the grounds familiar to American Servicemen since the days of our minutemen, trained the Rainbow (42nd) Division, including the famous Fighting 69th Regiment. 

Camp Black was opened in 1898 and was 2.5 miles east of Garden City, making that mileage 21.18 from LI City, which doesn't line up with previous indicated mileages.  21.18 was the location of the original Meadow Brook station and later, Salisbury Plains.  (Camp Black was renamed "Camp Mills" and the east side of the camp "Aviation Field No. 2" during WWI.  Camp Mills closed in 1920 and Aviation Field No. 2 was renamed  "Mitchel Field" sometime in the 1930s.)

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Ex-Ocean Electric car in CLP-Salisbury Plains shuttle service passing new base housing at Mitchel Field c.1928 Archive: Dave Keller
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ROW west of  Zeckendorf Blvd - View E 9/08/78 (Madden-Keller)
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Garden City secondary tracks and ROW View W Quentin Roosevelt Blvd. Garden City 6/1999 (Lynch-Keller)
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 ROW at Quentin Roosevelt Blvd, East Garden City  View E 9/08/1978 (Madden-Keller)
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Garden City secondary tracks in street View E  Quentin Roosevelt Blvd. Garden City 6/1999 (Lynch-Keller)
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ROW Selfridge Ave. Central Branch View E 9/08/78 (Madden-Keller)
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MP15ac #156 Train RF-68 westbound over Meadowbrook Parkway  8/25/77 (Madden-Keller)
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ROW at Meadowbrook Parkway View E 8/08/78  (Madden-Keller)
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LIRR #156 Central Branch  c.1980 Photo: William Madden
MEADOWBROOK

1ST DEPOT BUILT: ?, CLOSED: 6/1917 BECAME SITE OF SALISBURY PLAINS STATION. MEADOW BROOK OPENED FURTHER WEST.  LOW, CINDER PLATFORMS ON EITHER SIDE OF TRACKS OPENED FURTHER WEST OF ORIGINAL LOCATION SOMETIME AFTER 1924 (STATION DOES NOT APPEAR IN 1924 C.R.4 BOOK). CLOSED: c. 1939.  LOW, CINDER PLATFORM RE-OPENED ROOSEVELT RACEWAY AS A CENTER-ISLAND STATION PLATFORM: 19__?. IN USE FOR RACEWAY TRAINS. STOP DISCONTINUED: 1961.

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H10s #107 Railfan Extra  Meadowbrook Station Westbury 10/26/52 (Votava-Keller)

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MU Train for Roosevelt Raceway at Meadowbrook Station view W 1953 (Edwards-Keller)

 

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MU Train for Roosevelt Raceway on layup track Meadowbrook 1953 (Edwards-Keller)

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Meadowbrook Station Roosevelt Raceway Sign 10/21/1961 (Faxon-Keller)
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Former site of Roosevelt Raceway, Meadowbrook Station - Central Branch View W 4/19/73 (Madden-Keller)
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Former site of Roosevelt Raceway, Meadowbrook Station - Central Branch View W 9/08/78 (Madden-Keller)
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View east from west of Carman Ave, behind Meadowbrook Hospital. Construction materials for the building of Levittown were delivered here at this siding known from 1948 C.R.4 as "C 24 Newbridge".  Photo: Vincent F. Seyfried 1952

C.R.4 October 1, 1948 Station "C 24 Newbridge" apparently siding installed for delivery of construction materials for Levittown
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Employee Timetable (ETT) No.2, June 21, 1942 showing track still ran 7.5 miles to Plain Edge and Pass Service to Salisbury (Plains)
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Henry Wilhelm visited the area in 1942, 1948, and later. In 1945 the track ended behind Meadowbrook Hospital. In 1948, he noted the sidings for the Levittown constructions materials. 
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Employee Timetable No.3, September 20, 1942.
Branch cut back to Meadowbrook Hospital, Service cut back to Mitchell Field
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Central Branch trestle east of Meadowbrook Parkway, East Meadow 1955 (Schneider-Keller)
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Right of way crossing Wantagh Parkway at grade with provision for tracks to be reinstalled should service be resumed - near Levittown, NY - 1955
(Rolf Schneider photo, Dave Keller archive)
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Central Branch stone overpass west of Bethpage State Parkway 1955 (Schneider-Keller)
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Ex-LIRR ROW Jerusalem Ave. to Hicksville Rd., Levittown Bing maps
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Ex-LIRR ROW at Wantagh Ave., Levittown
Bing Maps
SALISBURY PLAINS

WOODEN SHELTER SHED BUILT: c. 1916. USED TO STORE LUMBER DURING CONSTRUCTION OF 2ND DEPOT. RAZED: 1923 (?) 2ND DEPOT OPENED: 12/10/23, CLOSED: c. 1942-43 DUE TO WARTIME SECURITY OF TRAINS PASSING THROUGH MITCHEL FIELD TO GET TO THIS STATION STOP. DEPOT BECAME A RESIDENCE AFTER WWII (1946) AND LATER HOUSED A PRIvATE BUSINESS. TRACKS REMOVED: 1956. RAZED: c.1990s 

Salisbury Plains was originally just a shelter shed but Clinton Road was a substantial brick structure whose prime reason for existence was ticket sales to the camp. Salisbury Plains was built c. 1916 on the site of the old Meadow Brook station  (Meadowbrook station was later moved further west).  Salisbury Plains and Clinton Road stations were built in 1915 to service Camp Mills & Aviation Field No. 2.  MORE Salisbury Plains

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Ex-Ocean Electric car #15 in Country Life press-Salisbury Plains shuttle service eastbound past the new Salisbury Plains station under construction (View NW) - 1923 
Archive: Dave Keller
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View looking west toward Salisbury Plains Station in left background. Photo: Vincent F. Seyfried 1952 Archive: Art Huneke
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The original grade AND concrete platform were still in place 8/09/64 in this view looking NW.  Right after WWII, a young couple lived in the building.  When photographed, it appears that some commercial enterprise had occupied it and really messed up the looks of the building.  (Richard Makse photo / Dave Keller archive)
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This front view is looking NE on April 1, 1979.  The station was on the north side of the tracks and where the photographer stood to take the photo would have been about where the tracks once were.  The platform was at the base of the doors and bay window brickwork, with the parking lot in this image at a lower elevation than when tracks ran here.   (William Madden photo / Dave Keller archive)


"Ruckus over old rail site"  8/18/2016 (NEWSDAY- Dave Morrison)

BETHPAGE JUNCTION

CENTRAL RAILROAD OF L.I. DEPOT FIRST APPEARS ON TIMETABLE OF 6/1873. LOCATED AT WEST SIDE OF JUNCTION. USED BY BOTH CRR AND LIRR TRAINS TO 
AFFORD CONNECTIONS TO RIDERS (Per Art Huneke). ABANDONED: 10/1/1877 (Per Vincent Seyfried). STILL APPEARS ON 1897 TIMETABLES WITH MINIMAL SERVICE. (??) 

GENERAL ORDER: EFFECTIVE 1921: BETHPAGE AND CREEDMOOR BRANCHES AND CENTRAL EXTENSION “HC” TO BETHPAGE JCT. WILL BE CONSIDERED SIDINGS.

The Bethpage branch was the short spur off the Central extension east of Bethpage Jct. accessing the brick works in Bethpage (see map top of page). Info: Dave Keller

Maps of the Central Branch
Archive: Dave Keller 

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Emery Map Central Branch MP15-16 1943

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Emery Map Central Branch MP16-17 Stewart Manor  6/1958
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Emery Map Central Branch MP17-18 Nassau Blvd. 1/1958

Emery map 5/1958 Central Branch MP18-MP19 west/east
Also, Hempstead Branch to Garden City MP20 north/south

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Emery Map Central Branch MP19-20 Clinton Rd 5/1958


Emery Map Central Branch MP20 to USAF Crossing 5/1958


Mineola - Garden City Secondary 1966 LIRR Track Map p.48

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Garden City LIRR Profile Map 

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Mineola - Garden City Secondary 1966 LIRR Track Map p.49
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LIRR Track Map Garden City Secondary 1978
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North Nassau Closeup - Central Railroad of Long Island Extension 1873 - Farmingdale Area Archive: Steve Lynch
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LIRR Central Branch Info: Roger Ramsdale / LIST Semaphore
LIRR 1966 Freight Map LIRR 1986 Freight Map

Became*

30 E.A. Gillespie
31 Max Rosen Lumber
32 Oxford Filing 1 Oxford Pendaflex 1969 Esselte in 1976... FedEx
33 Newsday 2 Daily News
34 LILCO LIPA/Nat Grid
35 A&P 3 A&P Stewart Plaza parking lot 1990
36 Marta Coop.
37 Capital Warehouse 4 Borus Bros. Garden City Paper...Mattress shop and a small Professional building
38 Hampton Sales 5 Hampton Sales
39 Team Tracks 6,7 Team Tracks
40 General Bronze 17 Grumman HQ of Computer Associates... Retail Stores...BJ's and LA Fitness
41 Waldbaums 13 Global Sysco/Garden City Refrig Lowes
42 Blanchard Press 14 Mercury Litho/Georgia Webb Fortunoff's Outdoor store...Life Time Fitness
43 Arma Corp Gallard & Schlesinger...Budenheim in 2005... AAR Aircraft Services
44 AMF Corp AVIS...Cendant...Retail Center...Gallery At Westbury
45 Colonial Press
46 Continental Extrusion 9 Continental Extrusion  Foremost Cold Storage...Printing facility for Herald/Prime Time 
47 Mitchel Air Force Base 10 Navy Annex Abandoned
48 Hogan Industrial Supply
49 J.W. Walthers
50 NY Telephone
51 Lee Story 11 Lee Story Serivoli Foods
52 Borus Bros. Paper Co. J&L Trucking/LI Pipe
53 Master Millwork 12 Master Millwork
54 Garden City Paper Co. 16 Garden City Paper
55 Plowman Bros.
56 Lamparter Acoustical Co.
57 Wimaco Co.
Note *:  As of 2016
The NY&A officially took over Long Island Rail Road's freight operations on May 11, 1997

MTA Headquarters Press Release February 5, 1997

Freight Agreement Addresses Community Concerns

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority today announced that the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York Atlantic Railway (NYAR) have agreed to a moratorium on the rail movement of municipal solid waste, including ash, and the use of the intermodal facility in Garden City until December 31, 1999. The agreement comes at the request of Governor George E. Pataki, who had expressed his concern to the MTA over issues raised by local officials.