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LI City Sunnyside Yard/LIRR Yard A Aerial View 1936 Archive: NYS Collection

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LI City - Hunters Point yard view E from Empire State Building  6/10/16  Photo: Mario Burger

 

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Queens-Midtown Tunnel approach opened to traffic on November 15, 1940 MTA Bridges and Tunnels, Fairchild Aerial Photo Inc., NYC  Location identifications: Steven Lynch

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LI City/Jamaica Area map - Henry Raudenbush 1952 


1955 and LI City is busy indeed!

The current Long Island Rail Road East Side Access Project: Click: Track 17 

Sunnyside Yard  Rendering 1904
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       In 1910 the Pennsylvania Railroad had completed its terminal in New York City, which was connected by tunnels to New Jersey, and under the East River to Long Island. At Sunnyside the large yard of the Pennsylvania Railroad was constructed. An agreement was made with that Railroad and the Pennsylvania Tunnel and Terminal Railroad Company whereby the cars of the Long Island Railroad would be carried through the tunnels under the East River into the Terminal at Seventh Avenue and Thirty-second Street, New York. Thus the Long Island Railroad acquired what successive administrations had striven for in vain, a terminal on Manhattan Island. In order to reach this terminal it was necessary to electrify from Jamaica to New York, which was accomplished in 1910, and the first train run into the Pennsylvania Station on September 10th of that year.  Felix E. Reifschneider's  1925 Long Island Rail Road History

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Pennsylvania Tunnel and Terminal Railroad , East River Division, Sunnyside Yard map from "Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers", hardcover edition 1910. Info: John Fusto

LI City Facilities Valuation Photo Collection c. 1919

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LI City Boiler House  070/7/1919
Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Canopy and Station 
c. late 1914-1920 
Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Coal Tower 07/07/1919
Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Express Stable Entrance 07/14/19 Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Ferry Entrance 06/23/19
Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Freight Offices 07/14/19
Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Ice House 06/24/19
Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Pump House 06/23/19
Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Shop Office c. 1918
Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Switch House 06/22/20
Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Wagon Repair Shop 
c. 1918 Collection: Dave Morrison
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LI City Engine House valuation photo 1918 - LIRR
#2 E51sa 4-4-2
Collection: Dave Morrison

PRR Sunnyside Yard view W 1955 Photo/archive: Art Huneke

LI City, Sunnyside Yard  view W Montauk Cutoff  in background 1968 
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Sunnyside Track Signals 4/15/1942
Office of Chief Engineer, Pennsylvania Railroad, May  20, 1946 Maps

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LI City Float Bridges 3 & 4 gone by the ‘40s new 5 & 6 active LI City
 Station
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LI City floats # 1-5 c.19xx?

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Arch St. Team Yard
 Degnon Terminal
Montauk Branch Cut-off
Wheelspur Yard
Dutch Kills Creek
Newtown Creek
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LIRR Yard A (North Yard)
PRR Offices
PRR Sunnyside Coach Yard (South Yard)

 

 Plicmap4v2.jpg (321028 bytes)RR Sunnyside Coach Yard east area 
REA Express Terminal
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NY Conn. RR to Hell Gate
LIRR Main to Jamaica
Gosman Ave Yard
NYCRR Split

LIRR  Westbound Main
LIRR Eastbound Main

Here is a photo of an underjump/duckunder (see Yard A map above) located west of Sunnyside Yard and east of the East River tunnels. The location is a few hundred feet west of the bridge that carries Queens Boulevard and the NYCTA # 7 train over the railroad. The two tracks are used by equipment moves coming out of the west end yard at Sunnyside, en-route to Penn Station. They pass underneath a LIRR mainline track that is used by both LIRR and Amtrak trains heading west to Penn Station.

I took this photo on 9/21/2012 from the vestibule of my MOUNT VERNON. We were on the rear of Amtrak train 91, The Silver Star, headed from Sunnyside Yard to Penn Station, for a trip from New York to Washington. Info: Jack Deasy
LI City Float Bridges - LI City Station
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LIRR #406 with Idler car c.1963

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Car floats at docks 1&2
Archive: Henry Wagner

Hunter's Point 04/1998 -east
Float docks 1&2
Photo: Bruce Carlson

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Float Docks LI City c.1955
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LIRR #421 S1 LI City with Idler MOW car taking delivery of  Subway R32 cars. 11/1964

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Meitowax pilot house 
zoom c.1955
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Delivery Subway R32s 11/64  Photo: Gerry Landau
Archive: Art Huneke
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LIRR carfloat #20 perhaps on its way to the North Shore Yard (LI City Floats)
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11th Street Crossing c. 1910 into North Shore Freight Yard LI City

Hunter's Point Ave Station
1969 Photo: Dave Keller

Crossing Tower 5th St. LI City 1971
 Photo: Dave Keller
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Car Washer Hunter's Point Ave View E 1969 
Photo: Dave Keller
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LIRR #610 Car Washer Hunter's Point Ave View E 08/10/1983 
Archive: Dave Keller
Montauk Branch Cut-off - Degnon Terminal
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LIRR #462 on  Montauk Cutoff 10/1974 
Photo: Joe Daly

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LIRR #155-156 RF15 on Montauk Cutoff crossing 49th Ave View N 12/08/1977 Archive: Henry Wagner

 

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Montauk Branch Cut-off
LI City Borden Ave 02/18/2008
Photo: Joe Gregory

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Montauk Cut-off above the oncoming C420 View east at Hunters Point Ave Station platform Photo: Joe Daly 10/1974


View toward Degnon, American Chicle Co.
Photo: Steve Lynch c.1980
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Degnon Terminal
c.1966
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Queens Subway Loft Bldg. 10/15/1922 NY Times
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Degnon Terminal
c.1978
LIRR Yard A (North Yard)
LI City Yard A (below) and north side of Degnon Terminal area (above) views NE 1927 (Ewing Galloway-NY Public Library)

Speed Queen was Spot 18 according to Maps of Freight Stations and Private Sidings published June 1966. Speed Queen, located east of Louis Sherry, had a street address of 32-04 Northern Boulevard and was located at the corner of Honeywell Street. For a time it was bounded to its right, facing it from Northern Boulevard, by a gas station.

Speed Queen was served by its very own LIRR siding. According to drawings by Robert Emery, this siding too entered into the building, which appears to be six-stories in height. It was constructed of poured concrete

Today, Shur Guard occupies this building , according to Bill Myers. Before that, according to a Track Plan titled "North Shore Freight Branch" it was Leck Industries - during the period roughly from 1945 to the 1960s. Before that it was occupied by Standard Plumbing (1920 - 1945). According to a map drawn by Robert Emery and corroborated by the Hyde Atlas, it was occupied even further back by Sexton Foods known on Hyde Atlas as John Sexton Co.. Vincent Seyfried reportedly has a photo of Standard Plumbing showing Northern Boulevard in foreground taken from the 39th Avenue BMT Subway - Elevated station.

According to Jay McDonald of Alliance Laundry Systems, Speed Queen’s warehouse received by rail finished washers, dryers, and wringer washers from its factory in Ripon, Wisconsin. Info: NIck Kalis


S2 #452 and N52 caboose #12 are backing up in Yard A, L.I. City, NY - Yard office is at the left.  
Brakeman is signaling the engineer.  View is looking SE - 2/22/54 (Will Faxon photo, Dave Keller archive)

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LI City Yard A view E - LIRR RS1  #461 03/1976

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LIRR Yard A view W LI City 1974

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LI City Yard A - BAR GP7s #72 #60 #62  view E 1976

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LI City Yard A - view E c.1978
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Entrance to Yard A, View E 11th St. overpass 
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Yard A view W toward 21st St. overpass at "8th street Hill." Mallon Co. siding at right 1984 - LIRR 1909 MOW series #800-802 tank cars
10/12/84 Photos: Rudy SchubertYard-A_MP54A-1632_MPB54-ex-1398-W6-combine_viewSW_10-12-1984_Rudolph-Schubert.jpg (95911 bytes)
Coach MP54A #1632 Combine MPB54 ex-#1398 than W6 moved to Terryville, NY in Tuscan repaint as Visitor Center
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Arch St. NY City rock salt  piles c.1986 as Citicorp Tower not yet built. Archive: Henry Wagner

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Rail for new Arch St. Shop view E of 21st St. Photo: Joseph Anastasio
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Arch St. freight terminal view E 6/06/09
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Arch St. freight terminal  12/17/14 Out of service April 2015
Photos: Kevin Wong

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LIRR #447 at Executone Systems
Photo: Tim Darnell

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Amtrak Sunny Side view from City Storage Bldg 11/07 Photo: Kevin Katta

Yard A looking NE
c. 1980
 Photo: Steven Lynch

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Yard A LIRR #C64 N22
Photo c. 1964+  Steve Hoskins

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LIRR RS1 #462 in original colors LI City 2/26/1949 (Votava-Keller)

Note: West of Sexton Foods/Speed Queen (Spot 18) LIRR 1966 maps

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11th St. - Jackson Ave. view W 12/04/15 Floodlight remains from float docks Arch St. yard complex
Photo: Joseph Anastasio

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LIRR Yard A View N from Honeywell Ave ramp into yard c. 1980's 
Photo: B. Myers
 
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H10s, GG1, DD1 at sanding facility  c.1955
Dave Keller Archive

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PRR Sunnyside Engine Sanding Facility  c.1958
Dave Keller Archive

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Sunnyside Engine Facility 1954


Sunnyside Engine Facility c. 1980 Photo: Bob Redden


Sunshine Biscuits Bldg.

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LIRR #448 1966 in front of  Sunshine Biscuit Archive: Dave Keller

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PRR GG1s Sunnyside c.1958
 
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Location of  above photo
Map/Info: Steve Lynch
A "pig", "mule" or "barney" setup. (Note 1) The 2 rails between the running rails, are used by a railed pusher to shove dead locos into shop area w/o catenary overhead. No steam locos in Sunnyside what so ever. Info: K. F. Groh
Dave Keller Archive

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Sunnyside Engine Facility c. 1980's Photo: B. Myers 


Sand Facilities Amtrak, ex-PRR c.1980
Photo: Steven Lynch
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LIRR #154, #162 Honeywell St. 04/21/77 
Archive: Henry Wagner

 

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LIRR #106 Honeywell St. 05/16/77
Archive: Henry Wagner

 

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LIRR #460 Alco S-2 with Idler Car c.1958 
Archive: Dave Keller 
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ALCO S1 #418, S2 #52 LI City 10/04/76 (Goldstein-Keller)

Sternberger Warehouse to the left, Peter Mallon/ Bickford's on the right.

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LIRR SW1001 #100 with Idler 4/11/77 Dave Keller archive

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LIRR #100  Honeywell St. 05/21/77
Archive: Henry Wagner

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LIRR #162, #154  Honeywell  St. 05/21/77
Archive: Henry Wagner
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C420 #229 lead on 4 Unit  LI City 08/12/1981
Archive: Dave Keller
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Queen's Blvd. (Diagonal St.) view NE 1922 NYS Collection
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Harold Ave view NE 1934  NYS Collection

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Sunnyside Yard 04/1946

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Sunnyside Yard c.1953

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PRR R Tower west of Harold Ave Sunnyside View W 09/05/60 (Faxon-Keller)

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Sunnyside view NE towards R Tower and Harold Ave.  US ARMY Trench Warfare Training - 1919 (Reuters-AMC)

 

 


Queen's Blvd. view NE LIRR main in back c.1980 Photo: Steve Lynch

Harold Ave  view NW driveway to REA c.1980
Photo: Steve Lynch 

National Carbine c.1915


Brett Bldg. c. 1915
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Yard A - Circus Train
Archive: Henry Wagner
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Yard A freight view NE
Archive: Henry Wagner

Note 1:

This looks like a “Barney”arrangement.  A small car, the barney,  would run on those two inner rails, pulled by cables which you can see in the middle of the track.  When up on the level with the normal track, it would stick up high enough to engage the coupler of an engine, which it could them move along the track.  When not in use, it would be rolled down into the pit so as to clear normal movements.  This sort of thing was used to push hoppers up into the car dumpers that used to exist at Jersey City and Weehawken , and also was used at CNJ’s Ashley inclined plane, pushing car up the mountain from Wilkes Barre. 

I wasn’t aware that such a thing had existed at Sunnyside.   Probably was originally put in when there was only 3rd rail, and DD-1 and L-5 locomotives.  You wouldn’t want 3rd rail around a maintenance pit.  That whole engine house was designed to work on a production line basis, engines moving through in one direction only.  Using a steam switcher would have been a nuisance as it would have had to run around using another track.  The barney avoided that and was probably electric powered, thus in keeping with the modern standards PRR had in mind in the whole Penn Station complex.  Commentary: Henry Raudenbush  07/09/2008

Dutch Kills Area

Newtown Creek view E 6/10/2016 Photo: Mario Burger

Newtown Creek 1860 illustrating the vast flat marshy undeveloped area that became the Sunnyside LIRR yard complex

Newtown Creek over 125 years later - 1985 

Dutch Kills during construction
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Newtown Creek -  w from the Kosciusko Bridge
 Photo: Copyright  2000 Bernard Ente

Dutch Kills leading into Newtown Creek -  southwest 2001
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Dutch Kills view from the Montauk Cutoff, 1960s. DB Cabin is visible, and what looks like a C420 on the Lower Montauk 
Archive: Henry Wagner

DB Cabin 05/16/1976 Archive: Henry Wagner

“DB Cabin Dutch Kills draw bridge 12/1970 (opened: 10/1915  north side of tracks - east of bridge) Collection: Dave Keller
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Dutch Kills bridge 
view W c.2010 
Photo: Henry Sommers
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