Floral Park 

 

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Monthly School Ticket - Floral Park-Brooklyn issued 2/29/1940 for the 
month of March 1940 to George V. Arnoux
photographer of 1939 image of "PARK" tower below
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Monthly School Ticket reverse with date stamp of FEB 29 '40 - 
Floral Park-Brooklyn issued to George V. Arnoux

BUILT: OCT-NOV/1878 AS STEWART JUNCTION. RENAMED HINSDALE: 1879 WITH CLOSING OF CRR OF LI DEPOT.  RENAMED EAST HINSDALE: 1887 1889. RENAMED FLORAL PARK: BY 1890. RAZED: 1909

2ND, RELOCATED DEPOT BUILT: 1909, RAZED: 10/20/60 TEMPORARY WESTBOUND STATION FACILITIES RELOCATED TO SHOOFLY S. OF FORMER LOCATION: 12/15/60.
ELEVATED WESTBOUND PLATFORM IN SVC: 6/28/62. ELEVATED EASTBOUND PLATFORM IN SVC: 11/8/62. AGENCY CLOSED: 8/19/2009. Research: Dave Keller

Stewart Jct.-Hinsdale-East Hinsdale-Floral Park_integral-interlocking-tower-43-1.jpg (73353 bytes)Floral Park with integral interlocking Tower 43: 1 View NE c.1890

 

 

 

 

Central-RR-crossing-LIRR_no-connection-Stewart Jct.jpg (16936 bytes) Central RR crossing the LIRR with no connection at Stewart Jct. 5/27/1878 Archive: Art Huneke


First-interlocking_Floral-Park_10-1887_Huneke.jpg (24713 bytes) First interlocking at Hinsdale (Floral Park) - TOWER 43: 1  10/1887 Archive: Art Huneke

FLORAL PARK TOWER HISTORY

JN   STEWART JUNCTION (1878 BOOK OF RULES) (LATER: FLORAL PARK AND JCT. OF CENTRAL EXTENSION AND CREEDMOOR BRANCH WITH MAIN LINE PER 1903 CR4. 
STATION CALLS SHARED WITH TOWER 43: 1 [LATER TOWER 47] BUILT INTO DEPOT ROOF ABOVE.) 

Tower-43-1_became-Tower-47_viewSE.jpg (52771 bytes)TOWER 43: 1   E. HINSDALE JCT. OF EX-CRR OF L.I. CREEDMOOR AND CENTRAL BRANCHES WITH L.I.R.R. MAIN LINE (OPENED OCT/1887 
NORTH SIDE OF TRACKS AND EAST OF TULIP AVE., ABOVE 1878 EX-STEWART JUNCTION. DEPOT. 24 LEVER MECHANICAL MACHINE.  
STATION RENAMED FLORAL PARK IN 1890. SHARED CALLS OF JN WITH 1ST FLOOR DEPOT. TOWER RE-NUMBERED #47 WITH 
INSTALLATION OF BLOCK SYSTEM BETWEEN ROCKAWAY JCT. AND FLORAL PARK: 1894. #43 REASSIGNED TO HOLLIS UPON 
OPENING.)  

Tower 43:1 later to became Tower 47  view SE c.1890

 

Tower-47_Floral-Park-Depot_viewNW.jpg (113828 bytes)TOWER #47   PREVIOUSLY TOWER #43: 1.  RENUMBERED IN 1894 WITH INSTALLATION OF BLOCK SYSTEM FROM THE WEST AND MORE TOWERS PLACED IN SERVICE.  ORIGINALLY SHARED CALLS OF JN WITH 1ST FLOOR DEPOT.  RENAMED  FP: 1907.  THESE CALLS ARE INDICATED IN THE LIRR JOB POSTINGS LIST OF 9/20/1907. TOWER RAZED WITH OLD STATION BLDG. WHEN NEW, RELOCATED STATION AND NEW, FREESTANDING FK TOWER:1 PLACED IN  SVC:  1909.)

Tower 47  Floral Park Depot view NW c.1894+

 

FP TOWER:1   FLORAL PARK - JCT. OF HEMPSTEAD AND CREEDMOOR BRANCHES WITH MAIN LINE. (ORIGINALLY TOWER 43:1, THEN TOWER #47. RENAMED:  1907.  CALLS INDICATED ON LIRR JOB POSTINGS LIST OF 9/20/1907.  RAZED: 1909 ALONG WITH DEPOT BUILDING WHICH IT SHARED.  REPLACED BY FREE-STANDING FK TOWER: 1909.)

FK-Tower-1st_Floral-Park_viewNE_c.1920_Huneke.jpg (39933 bytes)FK TOWER:1   FLORAL PARK - JCT. OF HEMPSTEAD AND CREEDMOOR BRANCHES WITH MAIN LINE. (WOOD STRUCTURE BUILT 1909, NORTH SIDE OF MAIN LINE TRACKS AND EAST OF TULIP AVENUE. JOHNSON 32 LEVER MECHANICAL MACHINE. OUT OF SVC: 1924.)

 

FK Tower:1  Floral Park view NE c.1920 Archive: Art Huneke




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The free-standing FK tower was built in 1909 and the old depot with FP tower was razed in 1909 and this image shows BOTH standing at the same time. Research: Dave Keller

 

FK Tower:1 west of Tower 47 and  Depot -  Floral Park  view SE 1909 Archive: Art Huneke



FK TOWER:2   FLORAL PARK (BRICK STRUCTURE SOUTH SIDE OF TRACKS, EAST OF TULIP AVE. AND EAST OF THE JCT. WHEN MAIN LINE WAS WIDENED TO 4 TRACKS AS FAR AS FLORAL PARK.  27-LEVER US&S MODEL 14 ELECTRO-PNEUMATIC MACHINE IN SVC:  1924.  RENAMED PARK: 4/23/37.)

Tower-Park-FloralPark-1939.jpg (56576 bytes)PARK TOWER   FLORAL PARK JCT. OF HEMPSTEAD AND CREEDMOOR BRANCHES WITH MAIN LINE.  (PREVIOUSLY 2nd FK TOWER. SOUTH SIDE OF MAIN LINE TRACKS AND    EAST OF TULIP AVE. AND THE JUNCTION WITH THE HEMPSTEAD BRANCH, WHEN MAIN LINE WAS WIDENED TO 4 TRACKS AS FAR AS FLORAL PARK. 27-LEVER US&S MODEL 14 ELECTRO-PNEUMATIC MACHINE IN SVC: 1924.  RENAMED: 4/23/37. OUT OF SVC:  12/15/60 DUE TO GRADE ELIMINATION.)

"PARK" Tower, at the junction of the Hempstead branch with the Main Line at Floral Park, NY was placed in service in 1924 as the 2nd "FK" tower when the Main Line was increased to 4 tracks as far east as Floral Park.  Located just east of the grade-level station and Tulip Avenue, it housed a 27 lever US&S Model 14 electro-pneumatic interlocking machine.  The tower was renamed "PARK" effective 4/23/37, and was eventually placed out of service on 12/15/60 due to the grade elimination project.  This 1939 view SE. (George Arnoux photo, Dave Keller archive)  

 

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Blueprint revised 1957 : Park Tower, Floral Park  Built 1924  Archive: Art Huneke

"PARK" interlocking tower controlled the junction of the Hempstead branch with the Main Line just east of the Floral Park station and just west of Plainfield Avenue (see maps below). This view of the tower is looking southwest on October 12, 1951.  Note the electrified passing siding in the foreground.  Also of interest is the westbound position light signal and the eastbound semaphore blade signal, standing across the tracks from one another.  Semaphore signals are also visible in the distance near the Tulip Avenue crossing. All these semaphore signals were removed by year's end.  The presence of one position light signal indicates that the signal conversion was underway at this time.  The interlocking tower, built in 1924, to replace an earlier, wooden tower on the opposite side of the tracks, at Tulip Avenue, was taken out of service on December 15, 1960 as a result of the grade crossing elimination project, which elevated the tracks and relocated a now-remote-controlled junction west of the Floral Park station facilities.  (Will Faxon, Jr. photo, Dave Keller archive and data)

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PARK Tower, at Floral Park Semaphore and Position Light signals View SW 10/12/51 (Faxon-Keller)

The electro-pneumatic interlocking machine and model board inside "PARK" tower as it looked in 1939. The model board shows the layout of the interlocking controlled by the tower. If you look closely you can see the tower location on the board indicated as a little house inside the tracks of the junction, as well as the Hempstead branch tracks veering off the Main Line. Notice the reduction of the 4-track-wide Main Line down to two tracks once you reach the junction. (George Arnoux photo, Dave Keller archive)

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Park Tower Interlocking Machine Model Board 
Floral Park 1939 (Arnoux-Kelle
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Emery map Floral Park 1837-1924

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Emery Map Floral Park MP15-16 1943 with notes added
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LIRR 1966 map p.46 Floral Park
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Emery Map Bellerose to Floral Park MP14-15 7/1958
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Emery Map Floral Park MP15-16 7/1958
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Emery Map Creedmoor Branch junction with 
LIRR main 7/1958
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Hagstrom map - Floral Park 2001

Station-FK Tower-Floral Park-1909 (1).jpg (95244 bytes)Here is a southeasterly view of the original Floral Park station and facilities taken in 1909 just prior to its demolition.  This depot, which housed an integrally-constructed signal tower was opened in October-November of 1878 as "Stewart Junction" and renamed "Hinsdale" in 1879 with the closing of the Central Railroad of LI depot of the same name.  It was later renamed "East Hinsdale" sometime between 1887 and 1889 and renamed "Floral Park" by 1890.  The tower constructed as part of the depot was originally identified as tower # 43 (1st) and was later renumbered tower #47.  In 1907 if was renamed "FP."  In 1909, when the new station facilities were built west of  Tulip Avenue, this tower was replaced with a free-standing wooden tower named "FK". This view shows the old depot and tower, the replacement "FK" tower to its west, and a view at the left background down the Hempstead branch and a view at the right down Tulip Avenue.  The track in the foreground was the west leg of the wye to access the Creedmoor branch, but which was truncated and, at the time of this image, was relegated for use as a siding.  Archive: Art Huneke

MU 1355-FK tower-FloralPk-1913.jpg (111441 bytes)MU Passenger Baggage (combine) car #1355 and Hempstead-bound train has made a station stop at the new station location at Floral Park, effective blocking the crossing at Tulip Avenue.  The conductor in the vestibule is wearing his summer-issue uniform white cap, the MU motorman is chatting with someone at the head end while baggage is being loaded or unloaded behind him.  Visible in the background behind the train is the old, wooden "FK" tower, the 2nd interlocking tower at that station, which controlled the junction of the Hempstead branch with the Main Line until 1924 when that line was expanded to 4 tracks wide to this easternmost point and a new, brick tower was built on the south side of the tracks and east of Tulip Avenue.  Visible in the foreground is one of the old, kerosene, Dietz platform lamps, which towers over the passengers who have just "de-trained" as appears to be today's usage for "getting off the train." This 1913 view is looking northeast. Archive: Dave Keller 

The new, brick depot at Floral Park as it looked on opening day in 1909.  This station building, north of the tracks and west of Tulip Avenue, replaced an earlier, wooden station, also north of the tracks but located east of Tulip Avenue.  The station facilities later had high-level concrete platforms constructed.  The depot building was eventually razed on 10/20/60 due to the grade elimination project.  (Dave Keller archive)

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Floral Park Station view NW Opening Day 1909
Archive: Dave Keller

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This MU train is on the center MU layup track along the Hempstead branch, east of Plainfield Avenue in Floral Park. Semaphore signal C154 is identified at the right. The "C" designation represents the Central Branch which was the original name of this branch after it was acquired from A. T. Stewart's Central Railroad of Long Island. This view is looking east on October 12, 1936 Archive: Dave Keller

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LIRR G5s and train westbound c.1937 Photo: George Votava Archive: Dave Keller
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Ticket Floral Park - Brooklyn 10/14/42

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LIRR G5s #38 and train westbound at the junction of the Creedmoor Branch (track in left foreground), curving off the Main Line across Plainfield Avenue  - c.1950 
Archive: Dave Keller

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LIRR G5s #50 train westbound at Floral Park c. 1950 Archive: Dave Keller
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LIRR H10s #107 freight eastbound passing Floral Park freight house c. 1950 Archive: Dave Keller

Photo left: The two tracks in the center/right foreground consist of the house track (nearest the camera) and the passing siding, from which the house track is accessed.  The freight house was a little further west behind the photographer (see MP15-16 map above).  You'll notice also that the branch was accessed from the passing siding. This SE view once was the site of the CRR of LI's trestle over the LIRR's Main Line tracks as Stewart's line headed toward Garden City. Archive: Dave Keller

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LIRR H16-44 and train running short hood forward east past "PARK" tower  at Floral Park 9/5/60 (Will Faxon photo, Dave Keller archive)
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Baldwin road switcher is pulling a train eastbound on the Main Line past "PARK" interlocking tower and the LIRR's electric sub-station #8A at Floral Park in 1950 (D. Keller archive)
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LIRR RS1 #468-467 Floral Park eastbound passing PARK Tower  c.1950 Archive: Dave Keller
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A westbound Hempstead train is just about to come off the Hempstead branch and is passing the LIRR's electric sub-station #8A on the east side of "PARK" interlocking tower. This 1950 view is looking southeast. (D. Keller archive)
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LIRR H10s #112 work extra eastbound past PARK Tower and freight house c.1950
Archive: Dave Keller
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RS1 #469 in Tichy scheme pulling a 3-car train eastbound past the old station at Floral Park 06/1955. May be an Oyster Bay-bound train judging by the 3-car consist. The train is operating on the express tracks.
Archive: Dave Keller
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G5s (4-6-0) #28 pulls train westbound along the Main Line at the Plainfield Ave. crossing east of Floral Park in 1950. This crossing was manually protected by a crossing watchman who would raise and lower the hand-crank gates.  The 2-track main line is visible with the northernmost 3rd track being the passing siding off of which is beginning the curve northwest of the start of the Creedmoor branch.  (D. Keller archive)
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LIRR G5s #37 work train eastbound at Carnation Ave. 1951 Note the elevated crossing shanty so the watchman could see OVER the high-level platforms Info/Archive: Dave Keller

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FM H-16-44 #1507 westbound passing Child's Building at Floral Park Station c.1952

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G5s (4-6-0) #28 pulls train westbound along the Main Line at the Plainfield Ave. crossing east of Floral Park in 1950. This crossing was manually protected by a crossing watchman who would raise and lower the hand-crank gates.  The 2-track main line is visible with the northernmost 3rd track being the passing siding off of which is beginning the curve northwest of the start of the Creedmoor branch.  (D. Keller archive)
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Station Floral Park temporary facilities and tracks view E
09/05/60 (Faxon-Keller)

Note: Old depot (background left), old shelter shed, PARK Tower (background center) and siding end bumper  (background right).  Research: Dave Keller

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MU train with double deck motors at each end runs eastbound during the early stages of the grade elimination project at Floral Park.  View is looking southwest - January, 1961 (Dave Keller archive)
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ALCO RS1 #463 pulls a pair of mis-matched cars on an eastbound Oyster Bay train through the early stages of the grade elimination project at Floral Park in January, 1961 (Dave Keller archive)
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MU combine car motor and train heads eastbound along the temporary tracks of the Main Line during the grade elimination project at Floral Park in January, 1961 (Dave Keller archive)
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MU train is running eastbound on the Hempstead branch temporary tracks during the grade elimination project at Floral Park in January, 1961. This view is looking west. (Dave Keller archive)
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Looking west at the Carnation Ave. crossing of the temporary tracks, an eastbound MU train is making a station stop at the temporary ticket office and station facilities at Floral Park during the grade elimination project on June 4, 1961 (Dave Keller archive)
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ALCO RS3 #1552 pulls a train westbound along the temporary tracks of the Main Line past the grade elimination project at Floral Park on April 9, 1961. The steel framing of the electric sub-station in the right background marks the former location of the now-demolished "PARK" tower. The Hempstead branch temporary tracks are to the right beyond the field of the image. (Dave Keller archive)
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Westbound MU Hempstead train #4739 has just cleared the crossing at Plainfield Ave. along the Hempstead branch at Floral Park.  The crossing watchman is in the process of cranking the manually operated gates back up and in the background can be seen the grade crossing elimination project underway.  This view is looking northwest on June 4, 1961 (Dave Keller archive)  
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The results of the grade elimination project: The elevated station facilities at Floral Park. By elevating the tracks, the traffic backups were eliminated along the busy cross avenues of Carnation, Tulip and Plainfield. Also, the Hempstead branch would now operate on separate tracks that originated some distance west of the new station, allowing the tracks to branch off to Hempstead west of the former junction location without the need to replace the old "PARK" interlocking tower. This view is looking southwest in 1966. (Dave Keller photo and archive)
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FM H16-44 #1505 pulls a train westbound through the relatively new, elevated Floral Park station on a late winter's afternoon in December, 1963. (D. Keller archive)
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M1 #9341 pulling Hempstead train #751 westbound off the Hempstead branch, approaching the station facilities at Floral Park on September 10, 1973.  View is looking east. (George  E. Votava photo, Dave Keller archive)

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M1 #9351 pulling Huntington train #1651 westbound along the Main Line approaching the station facilities at Floral Park on September 10, 1973.  View is looking east towards the electric sub-station and the former site of "PARK" tower.  Compare this shot with the image of RS3 #1552 and train westbound on the Main Line during the grade elimination project. (George  E. Votava photo, Dave Keller archive)
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LIRR  #447 Floral Park junction view N c.1950
Vulcan Fuel Co. at center Photo/Archive: Art Huneke
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Creedmoor Branch Junction with Main LIRR Line 
Freight House (center), Vulcan Fuel silos (rear) 
view NW 1962 

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Vulcan Fuel Co. Van Buren Ave. Floral Park view N 2016

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Vulcan Fuel Co., Floral Park view NW 2016
Photo: Dave Morrison

PLAINFIELD STATION: EXISTS ON MAPS BETWEEN 1873 AND 1878 EAST OF CARNATION AVE. AT PRESENT DAY FLORAL PARK.  IT DOES NOT APPEAR ON 1874, 1877 OR 1878 LIRR TIMETABLES.