Hicksville
 

 
Soap Works, Hicksville 1878 Photo: George Bradford Brainerd (1845-1887)
Archive: Brooklyn Museum
 


Hicksville Station newly opened c.11/1909 - View NW
Note: The signal/switch linkage in the lower left corner operated by "DIVIDE" tower ("HX" Tower at the time of the photo). Archive: Richard Eikov


Station 1910  view NE from south side platform

HICKSVILLE: 1ST DEPOT OPENED: 3/1/1837 AS TEMPORARY TERMINUS OF LIRR. BURNED: 7/15/1864
2ND DEPOT OPENED: 9/1873, MOVED TO PRIVATE LOCATION: 1909
3RD DEPOT OPENED: 10/30/1909, RAZED: 11/62 WITH GRADE ELIMINATION PROJECT.
4TH AND TEMPORARY DEPOT RELOCATED TO SHOO-FLY NORTH OF ORIGINAL LOCATION IN SVC: 11/13/62
5TH AND ELEVATED STRUCTURE IN SVC: 7/1/64
 

Valentine Hicks, son-in-law of abolitionist and Quaker preacher Elias Hicks, and eventual president of the Long Island Rail Road, bought land in the village in 1834 and turned it into a station stop on the LIRR in 1837. The station became a depot for produce, particularly cucumbers for a Heinz Company plant. After a blight destroyed the cucumber crops, the farmers grew potatoes. It turned into a bustling New York City suburb in the building boom following World War II. Info: Wiki

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Beers Map 1873 Archive: Dave Morrison
The LIRR reached Hicksville in 1837, as a single track railroad.  The railroad extended eastward, finally reaching Greenport in 1844.

The railroad was not double-tracked to Hicksville until the 1890s. Two items to illustrate as follows: The Beers Atlas map of  1873 (left) shows  the LIRR as single track to Hicksville.

The second is a drawing which was copied from the archives of the Emery Collection, at the Special Collections Department of Stony Brook University.  This drawing shows the railroad was not double-tracked to Hicksville until 1890 - 1891.

Emery Map 1891
 
Emery Map 1912

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 Emery Map MP 25-26 Port Jefferson Br. 
1958

Emery Maps: Archive: Dave Keller


1906

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New Hicksville station with water tower and D16b #223 on siding, with D56 (4-4-0) #? approaching station westbound – 1910 View looking east Archive: Dave Keller

 

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Emery Map MP 23-24  1958 


Emery Map  MP24-25 1943


Emery Map MP 24-25  1958 

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Emery Map MP 25-26 Main Line 1958

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Hicksville Gate Tower view W as seen on Emery 1912 map (see above)

 
Water plug, express house, and station
7/31/1937  Archive: Dave Keller
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Hicksville Station c. 1905 View E


K2s 1458 at Divide 1940
Archive: Dave Keller
 


Jerusalem Ave., Hicksville - View N 1939
Archive: Dave Morrison

Broadway crossing, Hicksville - View W from DIVIDE
2/12/1942 Archive: Richard Eikov

Divide Tower - View W c.1947 (Smith-Morrison)

H10s #117 taking water 7/25/1952
 Archive: Dave Keller


H16-44 1954
Archive: Dave Keller

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PRR H10s #108 taking water Hicksville 1954 
Photo/archive: Art Huneke

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LIRR #111 H10s on track L45 at Hicksville Freight House west of Hicksville station view E 10/1954 Photo: Art Huneke

 

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LIRR #2401 westbound at Hicksville 1955
Archive: Kevin Galau

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FM #1502 Train #5 westbound for Jamaica at Hicksville 
7/17/1953 (Votava-Boland)

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LIRR #35 G5s Train #625 westbound Broadway, Hicksville c.1953 Photo: Art Huneke

Mid-morning.... The Tager Auto Parts Store has signage in the windows indicating TOYS and TRAINS which, like hardware stores, etc. had them seasonally to sell for the Christmas Season. The women has winter clothing and the trees appear bare. It's winter Nov-Dec.

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LIRR #39 at Hicksville Station 10/16/1955 
End of Steam Run

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FM H16-44 #1507 in charcoal gray pulling Tichy-schemed cars eastbound and catching orders at “DIVIDE” – 1955 
Norman Kohl photo, Dave Keller archive

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Cannonball 9/1962 south of E. Cherry St., Hicksville looking NW. The siding is for Troiano Wholesale Distributors at MP 25.25 on Main line just south of Divide.  Archive: Kevin Galau

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LIRR  #108  Eastbound freight at East Nicholai Street, Hicksville View N Archive: Dave Morrison
(See: Emery Map MP 25-26 1958 above)

Note: It is L-62 (Greenport Freight) as the engine #108 was usually assigned to this run. Info: Gene Collora
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Hicksville Hagstrom map 1939

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Hicksville Hagstrom map - 1960 Pre-grade Elimination Project

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Hicksville Hagstrom map - 1960's Post-grade Elimination Project
with E. Cherry St. severed

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Hicksville Elevation Project view E at 
Jerusalem Ave. Rd. Photo: Ed Bady


RS3 #1555 westbound passenger train south of  Old Country Road grade crossing 8/14/1959 Archive: Jeff Erlitz

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FM H16-44 #1505 Eastbound freight at MP23.5 crossing Charlotte Ave. c.1959 Archive: Dave Keller


FM CPA20-5 #2008 eastbound 8/14/1959 Archive: Robert Emery SUNY-Stony Brook   Note: train on the Main Line, just east and around the bend from Divide Tower. The East Marie Street crossing is in the distance as well as Divide’s home Signal 1. This is either a Montauk or Greenport train as the first two cars are parlors. Jeff Erlitz

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Hicksville west of station view E 1/1967 
Photo: William J. Brennan


G.O  603 Westbury-Hicksville Interlocking Diagram 7/28/1959
Archive: Jeff Erlitz

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G.O. 1113 LIRR Hicksville Elevated Station Interlocking Diagram 09/19/64
Archive: Dave Keller

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LIRR system road chart Hicksville 3/1982 
Archive: Dave Keller

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Hicksville Physical Characteristics map 3/1983


C420 # 226 idles on the Atlantic Pipe track, while the 160 passes westbound on Main Line 1 in Divide Interlocking, just west of Hicksville station.
1/1985. Photo/Archive: Jay Bendersky

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Hicksville Station Demolition 11/1962
Courtesy: Dave Morrison
Archive: Dave Keller
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Hicksville Station Demolition Map
Courtesy: Dave Morrison  Archive: Dave Keller

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New elevated Hicksville Station opening 9/12/64
LIRR Archives

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Hicksville Station Demolition Map Back Courtesy: Dave Morrison Archive: Dave Keller

When Hicksville was elevated, they only elevated from about 1/2 mile West of the station to a mile East of the station on both the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches. Charlotte Avenue wasn't touched during the elevation. It wasn't until after the electrification to Hicksville and Huntington that they decided to eliminate the Charlotte Avenue crossing, which was completed in 1973, due to the increased volume of trains (mainly electrics) that would still fly by not at MAS but about 60-65 MPH. Info: Matt Kobel

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DIVIDE Tower - Hicksville view SE 1962

Controlling the junction of the Main Line and the Port Jefferson branch since opening day of May 27, 1909, the original structure known as "DIVIDE" tower is soon to be a memory.  With the telegraphic call letters of "HX" when opened, it was renamed "HN" on 11/23/28 when the Pennsylvania Railroad, the parent company of the LIRR, decided that no block offices were to have the letter "X" in their calls.  In April, 1939, the tower was renamed "DIVIDE" and has remained so-named ever since.  This 1962 view looking SE shows the tower from the Port Jefferson branch side.  The Main Line side is beyond the tower and you can catch a glimpse of the old-style PRR keystone whistle post along the Main Line tracks to the far right of this image.  At the rear of the tower is some rubble, indicating that the grade crossing elimination that will change the face of the town has already begun.  In the left background can be seen the old two story section house and section chief's office and parked on its west side is an old LIRR maintenance truck.  The new "DIVIDE" tower will be built directly in front of this old tower and when the elevated tracks are functional and the new tower placed into service, the old wooden landmark will be demolished into yet another pile of historic rubble.  (Dave Keller archive and data)

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LI Railroader V8N18 08/29/1963 page 4 Divide Tower
Archive: Al Castelli

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LI Railroader V8N8 04/11/1963 page 1 new Divide Tower construction
Archive: Al Castelli


Divide Tower 1967 Photo: Dave Keller

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Hicksville view W from Divide Tower 9/1979 Newsday photo: Naomi Lasdon

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LI Railroader V1N16 08/02/1956 page 1 
Divide Tower garden Archive: Al Castelli

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LIRR map 1966 Page 54


LIRR map 1986 Hicksville Page 40
Archive: Jeff Erlitz  

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Hicksville - Divide Tower view W 2/20/1978 


Hicksville - View W 7/10/1971 (Smith-Morrison)

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LIRR #201 C420 at Hicksville Friday 10:03am Eastbound 12/27/1963 "Dashing Dan" yet to be applied.
Photo: Art Single  Elimination Project in background. As C420 units 200-207 were built 12/63-02/64 this photo of LIRR  #201 is just after delivery

Alco C420 #219 c.1964+
Photo: Steve Hoskins
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LIRR MP15ac #153 2/9/1986 in Hicksville Yard. Looking north to West John St, #153 is on the eastern most track and the freight cars are on the center track of the three tracks. 
Info and Photo: Al Castelli 
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LIRR C420 #222, MP15ac #159 7/5/1985 in Hicksville Yard. Looking south, the two diesels are on the eastern most track with West John St behind the photographer and the other 2 tracks and freight house to the right. Info and Photo: Al Castelli 

Hicksville Station 11/18/1972
(Smith-Morrison)

Hicksville RS-1 #463 freight View E 12/29/1969 
Photo: George Forero

Hicksville RS-1 #463 View NE 12/29/1969
Photo: George Forero
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C51 View E 4/1970 Photo: Jim Parker

The overpass just east of the Hicksville Station and Divide Tower over Bay Ave./E. Barclay St. at the beginning of the Port Jefferson Branch. The third rail is brand new at this location prior to the completion of the Mineola-Huntington Electrification completed October 13, 1970 with service commencing on October 19, 1970.  Info: Mike McEnaney

Huntington is presently the terminus of electrification on the Port Jefferson Branch. The project was extended from Mineola and completed October 13, 1970 with service commencing on October 19, and since then the station has become an intermediate transfer point for off-peak riders between electric trains to and from Penn Station and diesel scoot trains to Port Jefferson.  Info: Dave Morrison

 

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LIRR C420 #223 1/18/1986 in Hicksville Yard. Looking north, the Alco is leading MP15ac #153 and their string of freight cars with hack C-50 bringing up the rear. Behind the photographer is the mainline. Info and Photo: Al Castelli 
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LIRR C420 #222 and hack C-50 10/12/1985 at Hicksville Yard. The freight house is at the left and MP15ac #157 is coupled behind the Alco. In the background is one of the LIRR's jet powered snow melters #TC990. Info and Photo: Al Castelli 

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NYA GP38-2 #261 westbound arriving from the Port Jefferson Branch with a freight drag having just past Divide Tower 07/30/09 

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Hicksville temporary station 07/19/1964 Photo/Archive: Dave Keller
 
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NYA RR W. John Street Yard 10/28/2010 Photo: Al Castelli
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Valentine Hicks, 2nd President LIRR
"Welcome to Hicksville"

Hicksville - Penn Station Eagle 7/29/2020
Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Hicksville - Penn Station Eagle close-up 7/29/2020
Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Hicksville Station welcome sign  7/29/2020
Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Hicksville Station mural 7/29/2020  View W left wall
Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison


Hicksville Station mural 7/29/2020  View W right wall
Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison


Hicksville's LIRR  John Bull Steam Engine History
 
Hicksville new digital train signs 6/25/2021 Photo/Archive: Tim Darnell