Van Iderstine Co.

Shaw-Walker Co.

Bickfords and Peter F. Mallon

Eagle Electric #7



Walworth Craftsman,

Slicklen Paper


National Casket

Brenner Paper

Louis Sherry

Speed Queen

American Steel Wool

Web Offset

Astoria Lumber

West Chemical

Blissville Yard

Jacobson & Son

Stoll Metal

Marlyn Warehouse

Yard A

Dutch Kills Lift Bridge

Carbona Products

Centre Lumber

Industries Served by the Long Island Railroad


By Nicholas Kalis

Eighteenth 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.

Photographer Unknown, July 30, 1936 slide, buildings of Standard Oil in the distance, to the left. Van Iderstine is west of Standard Oil on both sides
Credit: Art Huneke Collection

According to C.R.4 published in 1924, Blissville and Blissville Docks (on Newtown Creek) had 18 private freight tracks at that time.



Those wishing to model Blissville Yard would benefit from consulting the four photographs contained in Darling-Delaware Centenary 1882-1982 Chicago: Darling-Delaware Company, Inc., 1981. Anyone wishing to help this author model Blissville on his HO scale layout is encouraged to contact him with any offers of assistance.

Blissville Tower in left center of this photograph 1998
Credit: Bill Myers

Crossing Shanty and Watchman, Blissville, L.I.C. Bliss Cabin is to the left of the photo beyond the overpass. Note the US Mail delivery van parked behind the shanty December 1970
Credit: David Keller Archives 7256 Hiawassee Oak Drive, Orlando, Florida 32818

North of Blissville, Montauk Cutoff crossing 50th Avenue at 25th Street. Authorís 1930s map shows 25th Street.
1998 Credit: Carl Fabrizi

Note SS Sign Arthur Huneke Color Slide, September 10, 1982, overhead conveyor belt is gone. Building on the right is Stoll Metal camera looking West(Spot 2 or 3).
Credit: Art Huneke Collection

LIRR Photographer, Van Iderstine, looking east March 16, 1929, Wooden structure in the right foreground is Bliss Tower. Bliss tower was built as number 3, renamed BX, and renamed BS.
Credit: Art Huneke Collection

Bliss Tower, circa 1996-1998 Paul S. Luchter
Obtain permission from Paul S. Luchter


Thanks to LIST member Carl Fabrizi. Special thanks are due to Art Huneke of New York.


Author Unknown Darling-Delaware Centenary 1882-1982 Chicago: Darling-Delaware Company, Inc., 1981

Author Unknown Maps of Freight Stations and Private Sidings (Reprint) June 1966

Please 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.

Maps of Freight Stations and Private Sidings 1966
showing Van Iderstine as Spots 5a, 5b and 5c.

Blueprints from Art Huneke Collection

Van Iderstine appears to the right. Blueprints from Art Huneke Collection