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                                      "Change at Jamaica"  c.1950

Jamaica Area DOD Aerial 2/23/1966


Emery map Main Line Metropolitan Ave. to MP9

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Westbridge Station - Construction of BRT trestle. View W showing the girder trestle of the Jamaica Ave. BRT EL under construction on 12/11/1916.

The station platforms and covered stairways of the Westbridge station are visible at the far left and far right.  The station opened less than 6 months earlier on 6/28/16.  You can see how fresh white the high-level concrete platforms appear.
Info/Archive: Dave Keller

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Westbridge LIRR valuation street-level view of the substantial brick ticket office with the
shelter shed on the embankment above. View SE 5/24/1918
LIRR Valuation Photo / Art Huneke archive

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Westbridge Station Jamaica Ave View NW c.1925 
(James V. Osborne-Dave Keller Archive) 
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Westbridge Station at 130th St. and Jamaica Ave., Jamaica 
View NE 5/07/1934 (Percy Loomis Sperr-Dave Keller Archive)

Main Line view east of Westbridge towards Jamaica with JA Tower in the background.  Jamaica elimination project beginning.  10/12/1910
Archive: Dave Keller

Westbridge curve view W - 7/12/1968  A Jamaica EL train on the Jamaica Ave. EL trestle crossing the LIRR tracks at the former Westbridge station location. (background right) Photo/Archive: Richard Makse

Westbridge curve view E - 7/12/1968  Photo/Archive: Richard Makse

Jamaica Terminal facilities -Elevated view W from near 150th St. 1945 Archive: Dave Keller

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Jamaica Station c.1925

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Jamaica Station 7/2007

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Jamaica Station-Track 8 View E 1952+ Archive: Bill Mangahas

The G5's 39-50, delivered in 1929-30, came with these Lines West tenders. The rear truck front axle has roller bearings for ASC. The passenger car and  MU car at the left is in the Tichy scheme (11/01/1949) with ASC installed below engineer cab window.

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Jamaica Station interior When the station was first constructed in 1913, the ticket office was an island kiosk in the middle of the waiting room. Archive: Dave Morrison
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Jamaica Station waiting room - LI Railroader 8/18/1960
Archive: Dave Morrison
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Rare 1913
floor plan of Jamaica Station. The north side of the station is facing up, with the Sutphin Blvd. entrance at the right. Archive: Dave Morrison



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Jamaica Station restoration View SW 8/8/2013 
Archive: Dave Morrison

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Centennial Jamaica Station 100 years 3/09/2013 
Archive: Dave Morrison

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Newsday Jamaica 100th 10/23/2013

Jamaica Grade Crossing Elimination - Railway Age Magazine: May 5, 1931
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JAY Interlocking 8/01/1996 Archive: Jeff Erlitz 
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View east from the west side of Van Wyck Avenue 3/10/13 towards “J” Tower: 2  brick tower north side of tracks and west of new station location at Sutphin Blvd., after grade elimination 1913.  Renamed “JAY”: 4/16/37 LIRR valuation photo - Dave Keller archive
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Jamaica - Jay Tower Interlocking view E  c.1964 
Photo: Steve Hoskins
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Jamaica - Jay Tower Interlocking view E  1976

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 5:30pm on September 5, 1950 finds Main Line train No. 242, from Hunterspoint Avenue, already on the model board in Jay Tower as it enters the matrix of switches on the west end of Jamaica Station. F. Rodney Dirkes photographed a westbound MU from the window of his train while it eased over the top of the flyover to both the Atlantic Branch line to Brooklyn and the leads to the receiving yard in Richmond Hill. No. 20, the Long Island R.R.'s class G5s, does the honors on the eastbound. Ron Ziel collection. View SE Archive: LIST Calendar May 2015

Penn-Station bound new MU cars (left) - CPA-20-5 #2005 LI City bound View E at  JAY Tower  8/1956  Photo: William D.  Middleton

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Hall Tower Jamaica view E  c.1970 
Photo: Richard Glueck

JAY Tower, Jamaica View S 1979

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View east at Hall Tower 03/27/1954 of a string of Tichy-schemed cars with orange end doors for better visibility at grade-crossings. 
Archive: Jim Gillin

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Hall Tower view E after renovation

The "tank" in the photo (above center) was more properly termed a "holder" by its owner, the Brooklyn Union Gas Co.  Built around 1947, its purpose was to serve as a reservoir/pressure regulator for the burgeoning market for natural gas in southeastern Queens.  In keeping with the times, pressure in the holder was only 6" water gauge.  After Brooklyn Union Gas began to switch over to a higher pressure in the street mains, the holder became somewhat redundant and no longer served its original purpose. The tank was razed in July 1976. Info: Robert Strum

JAY-Tower_Jamaica_viewW_1969.jpg (101869 bytes)JAY Tower view W in 1969. A brand-new C420 at the far left in original yellow and pale blue MTA colors (delivered the summer of 1968)!

I walked along that elevated structure you see in the background behind the tower numerous times on my jaunts from Jamaica to the Richmond Hill storage yard to pick up my parlor or bar car.  It was safer to walk from the end of track 8 and up over that viaduct than up Archer Ave. to Jamaica Ave. and west to the yard. At the rear of that train on the overpass, you can make out the roof of the old Mail dock. Info: Dave Keller

Notes: The black canisters with the yellow numbers are for the switch machines. The yellow numbers are to identify the various switch numbers. The canisters themselves are the exterior covers for the electropneumatic components that operate the switch. 

The white 'pothead' covers, made of cast cement adjacent to the third rails, cover the terminals for the third rail cable connections. The ones semi center, not near the third rail, are for a sectionalizing switch.  

M1-9754_Jay-Tower_viewW_1998.jpg (111113 bytes)JAY Tower view W in 1998. LIRR M1 #9754 westbound on its journey to LI City.

Jamaica Station Area Map - circa 1950

Schematic Jamaica - 1970 
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LIRR Jamaica map c. 1982 Collection: John Fusto 

Johnson Ave. Freight Yard - Jamaica, NY (view NE towards HALL Tower - 12/30/1944 (Weber-Morrison)

Johnson Ave. Freight Yard - Jamaica, NY (View of Brake Wheel) - 12/30/19-44 (Weber-Morrison)

A brakeman's perspective of boxcar views!

Johnson Ave. Freight Yard - Jamaica, NY (View W towards Dunton Car Shop - 12/30/1944 (Weber-Morrison)
All images following are courtesy of the Dave Keller Archive unless noted otherwise. All captions are by Dave Keller.
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Emery Jamaica-Rockaway Rd to Union Hall St-1870
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Emery Jamaica-Rockaway Rd to Union Hall St-1890
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Emery Jamaica-Rockaway Rd to Union Hall St-1903-08
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Emery Jamaica-Van Wyck Ave to Rockaway Rd-1904-07
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Old Jamaica - East 8/1912  - 3/1913 
ERA Bulletin April, 2019 Map: George Chiasson
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Jamaica Station 11/1912 - 3/1913 
ERA Bulletin April, 2019 Map: George Chiasson

Oldest known photo of the LIRR’s original depot at Jamaica- view looking west from the Beaver St. overpass - 1874.  In 1877, the SSRR’s 1871-era depot in place south of this location at Beaver Street was  moved to a spot adjacent to the west side of this structure and both were utilized by the LIRR. Archive: Dave Keller

Jamaica ex-SSRR Depot on the LIRR Main Line - Dutch Reformed Church -View NE 10/1878 Archive: Dave Keller
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The SSRR’s larger depot in place on the west side of the LIRR’s depot at Jamaica .  View looking east towards the Beaver St. overpass – 1878.  The eastern portion of this structure, at this time, was utilized as the ticket office /waiting room and the western portion used as a lunch counter and bar.  It remained in use as the LIRR’s main depot building until the grade elimination of 1913.  It is not evident whether the original depot survived and was enlarged or it was demolished and replaced.   The c. 1905 image (posted below) looking west from the street overpass shows a much larger building on the east side of the former SSRR depot.  Al so evident in that shot is that the Beaver Street overpass was removed altogether in 1903 (per Emery’s map notes).  The 1874 image was shot FROM that bridge and this 1878 image shows the little A-frame bridge very close to the station area. (Original photo by George Brainerd, Dave Keller archive)
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The SSRR’s larger Jamaica depot in use on LIRR property.  View looking northeast c. 1880.  This shows better the demarcation between ticket office/waiting room and lunch counter/bar.  There are a number of LIRR crewmen relaxing in front of the building, noticeably the bar portion!
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4-4-0 #86, 4-4-0 #? and trains laying up westbound at old station – Jamaica, NY – c. 1890

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Water tanks, water spout and trains and equipment looking east from Jamaica station platform roof – 1903

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4-6-0 camelback and train westbound past twin water tanks – east of old Jamaica station – 3/1903

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Sub Station #4 valuation photo 6/10/1902 Archive: Dave Morrison

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Jamaica Station facilities post card view W c.1903-1906

Both photos ()left and below) were taken from the Prospect St. overpass (old street name), looking west. The tracks were in a cut from here eastward. The ROW was crossed by a number of iron bridges.

The Beaver Street crossing is not evident between the overpass and the station. Emery's map indicates that the Beaver St. crossing was taken out after 1903. So . . we know both images were photographed AFTER 1903.

This was photographed sometime between 1903 and the "in-service" date of 1906 of Tower 41 (2nd).
Research: Dave Keller


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The colorized post card showing a night view produced in 1908. Info: Dave Keller

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Jamaica Station facilities post card view W c.1906-1913
Archive: Dave Keller

The interlocking tower in this photo is "JE" tower which was originally numbered Tower 41 (2nd), placed in service 06/29/1906 and renamed with call letters in 1907. The tower remained in service until it was demolished in the 1913 grade elimination/Jamaica Station elevation project.
Research: Dave Keller

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4-4-0 #524 being turned on turntable -  Washington St., Jamaica – View looking west – 1904
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“JS” tower looking east from west end of old Jamaica station platform towards station area – 12/19/08
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“JS” tower at west end of old Jamaica station platform now controlling the Division Avenue crossing.  View looking north – 12/29/08
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“JA” tower (“Jamaica Block” on ETTs) looking east at Van Wyck Ave., Dunton, NY – 3-1909
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Steam and early MP54 electric trains eastbound at old station – Jamaica, NY – c. 1910
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“JS” tower looking east from  Division Avenue along Twombly Place towards old Jamaica station – 10/4/10
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New Jamaica station platform mock-up to test clearances of equipment and rolling stock.  View looking east towards the Dunton Electric Car Shop – 2/1/11
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West approach to new station construction looking east towards Van Wyck Ave. , Jamaica, NY.  Steel superstructure for new tracks over avenue at far right – 4/23/11
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G53 (4-6-0) #135 pulling freight east through the grade elimination construction near the site of the old station facilities.  View looking northwest – 1913.  The tunnels are for the Old Southern Road tracks to head southeast.  Note the brakeman riding the top of the lead car.  Track gauge spacer is in place in the foreground.  The 3rd, inner rail on the curve was to keep derailments at a minimum.  At the left foreground are the old hand-drawn concrete wagons.  The laborers on this project didn’t have it easy by any means!
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New Jamaica station general offices nearing completion.  View NE from platform roof – 1913.  Note the barren-ness of Jamaica in the background.  Also note the folding fabric awnings over many of the office windows.
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New Jamaica station general offices nearing completion.  View NW from tracks – 1913.  Note the folding fabric awnings over many of the office windows in this view as well.
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New Jamaica station and platforms at track level as viewed from the new “JE” (later “HALL”) tower.  Note the signal bridge over tracks 6 and 7, which was removed some years later.  View is NW – 1913.  This MAY be a photo on or in preparation of opening day, judging by the U.S. Flag flying from the roof of the general offices.  Note the tell-tales in the center of the image on the westbound tracks, to protect men riding on top of cars/equipment making reverse moves eastbound with the new tunnels in such close proximity.

MP41 train 1912 rebuild near JAY Tower Archive: Rob Gales

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Grade elimination west of the new depot, looking east from the west side of Van Wyck Avenue – 3-10-13.  The superstructure over the avenue is in place in the right background and in the right background can be seen the Dunton Electric Car Shop, which 1906 building was located on the east side of Van Wyck Ave., south of the LIRR’s tracks.  It’s quite evident this was a very LONG structure.  

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Grade elimination in progress at Jamaica, NY.  View looking east from upper level of the new Jamaica station general offices towards old Jamaica station across from gas tanks – 3/12/13

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Six months later;  the Grade elimination in progress at Jamaica, NY.  View E from upper level of the new Jamaica station general offices towards old Jamaica station.  9/1913 Archive: Dave Morrison

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View E from upper level of Jamaica Station. 3/30/2017
Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

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New Jamaica station, general offices and platforms nearing completion.  View west along Archer Ave.  Temporary supply spur still in place. – 9/11/13
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MP41 1006 and train westbound past “J” tower-Jamaica-c.1913
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Post grade elimination work at site of old Jamaica station. Completing Breaker House. Old meat market structure at right.  New station visible in distance.  Tracks to Old Southern Road in foreground and at left in tunnel.  View looking west:  7/14/14.
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New station general offices and covered platforms – Jamaica, NY – view looking west – 9/6/16
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New station, general offices and platforms with Manhattan & Queens trolley car #117 in front of waiting room.  View looking west along Archer Ave. – Supply spur still in place in foreground. - 9/6/16.
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View looking west from site of old Jamaica station towards new station facilities – 11/27/16
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“J” (later “JAY”) tower west of new Jamaica station.  View looking west.  Appears windows are being washed . . . perhaps for the first and last time!  4/2/21
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Elevated view of Jamaica terminal facilities as viewed westward along Archer Ave. from near 150th St. – c. 1938.  Note the signal bridge over tracks 6 and 7 as viewed in the 1913 image from “JE” tower is no longer in place at this time.
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G5s #43 on lay-up track east of “JE” tower (renamed “HALL” the following month) waiting to back down and couple onto a train brought from Penn Station behind a DD1 electric.  G5s #50 is visible in the right background – Jamaica , NY – 3/6/37  Dave Keller archive
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Central Islip State Hospital A3 (0-4-0) #03 eastbound passing “JE” tower on its way back from Morris Park Shops after having its annual inspection – 10/12/33.  The little engine switched freight and express between the Central Islip station, the CI team tracks and the State Hospital grounds, connection and spur of which was located east of the station.  (Richie Harrison photo, Dave Keller archive)
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H6sb (2-8-0) pulling freight eastbound through the station past “JE” (later “HALL”) tower – Jamaica – c. 1932
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G5s (4-6-0) #37 and train eastbound at speed leaving station and “JE” tower Jamaica, NY 1935
Note: Photo from the rear of a moving train eastbound on the Atlantic branch

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DD1 #354 with eastbound passenger train at track 8, Jamaica, NY - 4/17/38 Archive: Dave Keller

Jamaica Yard at Hall Tower view SE c. 1950-51 Photo: Henry Barsky

This photo was shot by Henry Barsky from one of the station office building upper floors of the Jamaica station general offices. We see a train of mixed Tuscan Red and Tichy cars in the foreground. By HALL tower is a set of DD1 electric locomotives. In the center background are two MU cars; one Tuscan Red and one Tichy. At the far left is a K4s steam locomotive heading eastbound in front of the gas tanks with a C-Liner to the left of the K4 loco.

The exact spot where the DD1s are sitting still exists a two car pocket track (MY pocket) protected both east and west by low home signals. DD1s last appeared June 22, 1951. These are in older paint. The light K4s indicates a train power switch. Info: Ron Zinn

That gas holder belonged to the Brooklyn Union Gas Company. It was built somewhere around 1945-6, on a piece of land which had been the site for a gas works back around 1910 and earlier. Some LIRR pictures from that era show a much smaller holder on that site, but that disappeared by the 1920’s.

Interesting shot – in the period of change from PRR Tuscan Red to the Tichy light gray scheme. Note the DD-1. It has probably brought a train bound for the East End from Penn Station and cut off in the station. The steam engine is probably on the little engine pocket just east of Hall tower, and will back on to the train, make the brake test and head east. The DD-1 will go east almost to Union Hall St. and reverse back over the Montauk Freight tracks to Morris Park. Info: Henry Raudenbush

Map Info: Joe Tischner 2014

#219 with ex-NYC “Silver Streak” coaches (Jack Deasy info) eastbound through Union Hall  Street.  St. Monica’s church at the right background. Photo: Joe Saullo
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 LIRR #211 eastbound through Union Hall  Street on to KO. The pass by is a new set of M1s going west. Photo: Joe Saullo
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LIRR C420 #212 Oyster Bay train westbound at Jamaica 04/1971 Photo: Kutta Archive: Dave Keller

130th St. coach yard and turntable
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Jamaica Station c.1971 Photo: Richard Glueck
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Jamaica Station c.1945
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Hollis Station - IS Tower  11/08/1916 
LIRR valuation photo  Archive: Art Huneke
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Robert Valonis -  Public announcement console LIRR Movement Bureau, Jamaica 2/02/87 (Newsday-Alan Raia)
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Jamaica Sutphin Blvd view N from LIRR overpass c.1970  
Photo: Richard Glueck

Montauk Branch - Glendale to Jamaica Track profile map 1994

Montauk Branch - Jamaica to Rosedale T
rack profile map 1994
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LIRR ticket office Jamaica station 7/27/07 Photo/Archive: Kevin Wong
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LIRR #7139 M-7 Jamaica Station 12/27/13 Photo: Ron Yee

Jamaica Station between Tracks 7 & 8, looking down from 
the walkway to the Air Train Terminal 
8:40 pm  8/17/08 Photo: Mike McDermet

Jamaica Station, Sutphin Blvd view N 7/29/2020 Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Jamaica Station  view NE 7/29/2020 Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Jamaica Station view SE  7/29/2020 Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Jamaica Station view W 7/29/2020 Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Jamaica Station  view E toward HALL Tower 7/29/2020 Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Jamaica Station - New Platform F for the Atlantic Terminal trains (not in service) View SW 7/29/2020 Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Jamaica Station - View E  5/13/2021
Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison

Jamaica Station - View W  6/19/2021
Photo/Archive: Scott Weinfeld

Jamaica Station - View NE  6/19/2021
Photo/Archive: Scott Weinfeld

Jamaica Johnson Ave Yard  View W 6/19/2021
Photo/Archive: Scott Weinfeld

Jamaica Station - View E Tracks #11-12  for Brooklyn bound trains when service begins to Grand Central in Dec. 2022. 6/25/2021
Photo/Archive: Tim Darnell

Jamaica Platform A view S 9/25/2021 Photo/Archive: Joe Stroppel

The photo view W from the elevated structure of the JFK Airtrain towards Atlantic Avenue which is to the left of the warehouse building. The Van Wyck Expressway is down below track level behind the Johnson Ave. Yard. The LIRR yard tracks are on the site of the old Dunton Car Repair Shop. Jay Tower and the tracks into Jamaica Station are to the far right. The yard is numbered 1-4, North to South. The M7 is on track 1, M9 on track 2.

The LIRR track car is located on what will be Atlantic No. 4 track (tracks are being re-configured). Continuing east turns into track 12 in Jamaica. Those crossover switches just east of the track car, are west of Platform F (Tracks 11-12) in Jamaica station



Built: 1913. Below grade access to platform via stairs from iron bridge. ETT no.73 effective: May 27, 1914 lists Union Hall Street Station on the Montauk Division for westbound trains. There was no platform for eastbound Montauk Division trains at that time. (Art Huneke data) Eastbound platform added: ?

High level platform out of service: 11/16/29 on account of “Jamaica Improvement East” project.
Temporary, low level platform north of track 1, between 165th St. and New York Ave. in service: 11/16/29. Out of service: 12/8/29

Temporary high level platform south of track 1 in service: 12/8/29.
Temporary eastward high level platform between tracks 2 and 3 out of service: 6/21/30.
Temporary eastward high level platform south of track 6 in service: 6/21/30. Permanent eastward high level platform between tracks 3 and 5 in service. As westward and eastward platform: 6/21/30.
Temporary eastward high level platform out of service: 2/26/31.
Permanent westward high level platform in service: 2/26/31. Agency still listed in "LIRR ticket offices open for sale of tickets" 9/12/55 as part time. Agency closed: ?
 Discontinued as station stop: 1976. Razed: c. 2001. Research: Dave Keller

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Union Hall St. Bridge View N 1928  Archive: Steve Rothaug

The iron bridge at Union Hall St. had stair access to the station 
in the cut below grade.   Info: Dave Keller

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Union Hall St. Station View NE 1928 Archive: Steve Rothaug

The view of the Union Hall St. station platform is looking down from that same iron bridge.  The tracks were elevated in 1930-31 with the Jamaica East Elimination project. Info: Dave Keller


East of Union Hall Street station - Smith (166th) Street Signal bridge G-103
c 1928 Archive: Jeff Erlitz

Class MB45 1200 (Wason, 1905) on 10/5/1929. There were only five of these wooden bodied/steel framed MU baggage motors made. They probably spent most of their time shuttling between Brooklyn and Jamaica. They were all withdrawn from service in 6/1934. Photographer unknown. Info/Archive: Jeff Erlitz

View looking west from New York Avenue (Later N Y Blvd, then Guy R Brewer Blvd) on 12/16/1929. The Union Hall Street bridge is in the background. Further in the distance are the Washington (160th) St and Prospect (159th) St bridges. All three were built in 1903. This area, between Jamaica station and Hillside station, was put up on an embankment in 1930-31. Info/Archive: Jeff Erlitz

The new Union Hall Street station on 2/28/1931. The southernmost couple of tracks are not yet in service. Info/Archive: Jeff Erlitz

In the 1929 image above, looking east from the Washington St. iron bridge, note the half-filled-in turntable pit at the far right.  This turntable, when active, had an access track from the west and an access track from the east.  The one from the east was truncated and accessed the 2-story section shanty, seen in the image below.  As a matter of fact, the entire track layout has been reworked from the way it looks in the 1911 image below, as part of the Jamaica grade elimination project completed in 1913.  Research: Dave Keller

Jamaica turntable - Section House 1911
Archive: Art Huneke

What's unique about this structure is that the access track to the shanty was the turntable lead at one time.  The turntable track and girder support has been removed and the section house built ATOP the truncated end of the stubbed-out turntable lead, to allow the handcar to be set on tracks inside the building in the direction of travel instead of being alongside the tracks at a 90 degree angle and having to be manhandled out front onto the tracks whenever the car needed to be used.  Info: Dave Keller

4-4-0 No. 524 being turned on turntable at Washington St., Jamaica
View W 1904 Archive: Dave Keller

View of the turntable looking NW towards the Washington St. iron bridge.  The east turntable lead is still in place in the foreground, so the 2-story section house wasn't yet constructed. Emery's map of 1908 still shows the lead to the turntable as active, so construction of the section house would have happened sometime between 1908 and the 1911 image showing the section house. The elevated view of the structure would have been photographed from the Union Hall Street iron bridge, looking SW. Info: Dave Keller

The elevation is now complete and there is a train of mixed MP54s on the East Layup Track on 4/30/1931. Photo: William Rugen Archive: Jeff Erlitz
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G5s (4-6-0) numbered in the 20’s-series pulls a string of 11 cars eastbound in the Summer’s early evening light in 1952 through Union Hall Street station, Jamaica.  Notice the old PRR keystone-style station sign still in place on the station’s covered platforms and in the far distance can be seen the overhead concourse at Jamaica station, accessing the various platforms.  W. J. Broschart photo, Dave Keller archive