Long Island Railroad Excursion Tickets

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Half fare ticket "Good only during the Excursion Season" from Sheepshead Bay to  Brooklyn
(Flatbush Ave. c.1890

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Round trip LI City, Bay Shore, (via ferry) to Point of Woods, and return. c.<1898

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Ticket Sheepshead Bay Race track
 to LI City

Point O' Woods is a hamlet that consists of a private vacation retreat on Fire Island, New York, in Suffolk County. Although it resembles a village or small town, with services such as a ferry port, a general store, church and fire department, it is open exclusively to members and their guests, who are the only persons allowed in through the hamlet's gate, or allowed to use the private ferry which runs to Point O' Woods from Bay Shore on Long Island.

It was originally organized in 1894 for religious retreats, some from the Chautauqua assemblies. In approximately 1898, the Chautauqua group went bankrupt, and ownership passed to the Point O' Woods Association, which administers it today.


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Round trip Special Excursion - Greenlawn Cemetery Association ticket from New York City , via LI City, to Pinelawn Cemetery stop.

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Ticket Huntington Village to 
Huntington Depot via stage

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Ticket Locust Valley 
Mineola County Fair 09/1929

The vertical stripes were almost exclusively on older round trip tickets. The going portion (which did NOT have a contract and the signature of the General Passenger Agent) had one stripe and the return (contract portion) had two. On crowded trains, the conductor could easily recognize the difference.
Info: Richard Makse

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Round trip excursion to Block Island 7/24/1910 

 

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Ticket souvenir  6/17/61
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Ticket Excursion N.R.H.S NY Chapter Montauk NY 9/30/62 
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Ticket souvenir  ERA (Electric Railroader's Association) 3/22/1980
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Ticket souvenir11/01/64
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Ticket souvenir Metropolitan NY Council American Youth Hostels 9/13/64

These excursion fares (and the tickets) were a promotion which lasted only a couple of years as I recall, probably mid-60's, as the signature is Throop so that gives a rough time-frame.  These tickets were only issued from western terminals to the Island.  Island to Penn or Flatbush were just the Ladies' Day and weekend excursions.  I think the idea was to give city residents the same excursion opportunity that the Island folks had. Info: Brad Phillips

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MU #4153 with Ladies' Day Banner westbound at Jamaica on a snowy Winter day 1959 Archive: Dave Keller
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MU #4153 with the Ladies' Day Banner at Jamaica 1962 
Photo: W. J. Edwards

Excursion ticket: Ladies' Day - One day round trip  NY to Cold Spring Harbor

 


Excursion ticket: Ladies' Day - One day round trip

 


Excursion
ticket - Furlough for 90-days via LIRR

 


Excursion ticket - Furlough for 90-days via LIRR-PRR via Short Line

 


Special Excursion - Boys' Club - Jamesport to New York

 


Excursion - Snow Train - Jamaica to Bethpage Park

 


Excursion - S. Klein Shopper's Special - Jamaica to West Hempstead

 


Excursion - Coach Round Trip - Malverne to Westwood

 


Special Sunday Ticket - Amityville to Lindenhurst

 


Excursion - Coach Round Trip - Jamaica blank

 


Ticket Montauk Ferry to New London, CT. Excursion sample 1940

 


Brooklyn to Jones-Beach via Wantagh Bee Line Bus Co.

 


New York to Mineola Playhouse

 


New York to Long Island Fair in Mineola at Roosevelt Raceway

 

FISHERMAN'S SPECIAL

LIRR #1611 E-6s 4-4-2 "Fish Train" westbound at Shinnecock Canal 1940


LIRR - Canoe Place Excursion 1946

Canoe Place was a low cinder platform station stop, in service: 1935 –1953 for the “FISHERMAN’S SPECIAL” trains, along the Montauk Branch on the southeast side of the Shinnecock Canal. While the station was located between Hampton Bays and Suffolk Downs, to be more specific, it was located a short hop, skip and jump east of the "K4 Bridge" over the Shinnecock Canal, south side of the tracks, east of the bridge.  Info: Dave Keller

The other interesting thing that they had over the years were the fishermen’s trains. This gained renown very early because of the idea of being able to go out all day on a fishing journey and this was particularly true for Southampton where you had a special fishermen’s train leaving New York and Jamaica very early in the morning—6:30 in the morning—and getting out here very quickly and, of course, you would change to the boat very quickly and spend the rest of the day fishing. It became very popular. It lasted until very, very recently. They would also take care of your catch by icing it for you and having all kinds of large containers to bring back your catch if you had been successful. So, the railroad over the years has tried to accommodate that type of service as far as possible. Research: Vincent Seyfried

I was selling Fisherman's Specials at Jamaica as late as 1973, but they went to Captree, via Babylon.  I don't recall the last time these specials went far east. Info: Brad Phillips

The excursion ticket from Amagansett to Montauk was most 
probably a 1898 fishing special. 
Archive: Brad Phillips

 

 

 

Although the branch was extended from Bridgehampton to Montauk in 1895, Amagansett was the terminal with very few trains running the full route to Montauk.  It wasn't until March 18, 1929 (34 years after opening the branch extension) that Amagansett was no officially longer considered a terminal and all trains went to Montauk.

The white flag special with wooden parlor cars headed into the old Montauk station, with partial platform for the fishing station stop visible at the far right.  This view is c. 1910.  The old one-story depot had an upstairs added in 1907. Info: Dave Keller

 


Fisherman's Special - New York to Babylon, Suffolk Bus Corp. to Captree and return. Form: SX 109



Fisherman's Special - New York to Babylon, Suffolk Bus Corp. to Captree and return. 
"Open Party Fishing Boat" Form: SX 109A


Fisherman's Special - New York to Babylon, Suffolk Bus Corp. to Captree and return. 
"Open Party Fishing Boat" including Tackle and Fried Chicken Box Lunch: Form: SX 109B


Ticket excursion LIRR Hospitals  Archive: Richard Makse

 

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Bridgeport Ferry Excursion New York to Port Jefferson

 

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Ticket Rockaway Beach East NY excursion
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Ticket Sag Harbor - East Hampton  4/02/1909 
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Ticket reverse Sag Harbor - East Hampton  4/02/1909
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Electric Railroader's Association - New York to Babylon ticket 6/23/63
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Electric Railroader's Association - New York to Port Jefferson ticket 11/19/1967
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Electric Railroader's Association Souvenir Coupon 11/13/1977
LIRR BIKE-HIKE TRIPS
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American Youth Hostels New York to Montauk Ticket 5/05/1963
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American Youth Hostels New York to Greenport Ticket 5/03/1964
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American Youth Hostels New York to Montauk Ticket 5/02/1965

The "Bike-Hike" trips ran for several years sponsored by the American Youth Hostels.  On May 5th, 1963, LIRR RS-3 #1556 hauled our train (3 or 4 baggage cars for bikes; plus bar car and coaches). These trips ran annually for quite a while.  I don't remember what the reason for stopping them was, but perhaps the end of baggage service on the RR. 

The most interesting thing to see were the bikers.  While biking is all the rage now, it was an unusual sight back in 1963 to see several hundred people packing bikes on a train.  The bikes were carried in baggage cars and what a zoo at unloading time!  Newsday usually carried a long article in the following Monday paper with photos. The trains ran to both Montauk and Greenport over the years.

The train would run express from Jamaica to Southampton, let off bikers, and proceed to Montauk.  The bikers would than bike to Montauk for a late afternoon departure back to Jamaica. 

Back in 1962,  I didn't have the $$ to ride a parlor car special.  The Bike Hike train was pretty cheap, as I recall, so made for a great fan trip (without the photo stops, though). Info: Brad Phillips

Then again . . the bike hikes were special events . . .whereas carrying baggage was a regular daily event.  The bikes were probably loaded at major stations that still had agencies at the time.  Amityville and Patchogue would have been two such locations! You can't check baggage at a station that doesn't have a railroad representative OR a depot building and by 1963, most agents (1958-1960) and structures (1958-1963) were no longer around. Info: Dave Keller


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Lehigh Valley Chapter NRHS 11/05/61