LONG ISLAND RAILROAD SERVICE TO LONG ISLAND CITY'S SPEED QUEEN
By Nicholas Kalis
Thirteenth in a series of glimpses into industries or
warehouses that made for interesting freight operations on the Long
Island. Information presented has included, where available, a brief
history of the firm, how it was served by the LIRR, and what commodities
were received or shipped from this facility.
Queen/former Standard Plumbing/former Leck Industries/ former
Sexton Foods (Spot18)
Credit : Carl Fabrizi
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.
Speed Queen (Spot 18)should appear in right background to the
right of National Casket (Spot16)
Credit: The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, LaGuardia Community
College/The City University of New York
For readers who would like to model this structure in HO scale, I would
suggest Fox Chemicals ($60.00) by Jeff Springer’s Custom Model Railroads
of Baltimore, Maryland. I have built a foam core mock-up of this building.
Thanks to the Queens Borough Public Library, Carl Fabrizi, and Bill Myers
Author Unknown Maps of Freight Stations and Private Sidings (Reprint) June
Please send photographs that show how Speed Queen appeared in the 1960s
and direct any comments on or corrections to this manuscript to:
Nicholas Kalis, Suite 600, 1420 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Virginia 22102
Any illustrations or maps contributed will be gratefully acknowledged.
Logo, Long Island Railroad
Map dated 1966