By Nicholas Kalis
Twenty-two 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.
This article is a bit different from the others in this series as it focuses on a yard instead of an industry.
Much of this information was obtained from a photo by
George J. Abere, Jr. that was dated 1954 and appeared in the March 2002 Long
Island Railroad Calendar.
A roof top water tank for national Casket Co. contains sign that reads in capital letters: first line "NATIONAL"; second line "CASKET"; third, bottom line "CO".
A colorful billboard appears west of Westinghouse. This ad was for Universal Ford.
Yard Office is a two-story affair painted in what appears to be standard railroad color, white. The building has two windows on the second story of the narrow side facing west and two windows on the first floor of same side plus a covered doorway between the windows. The yard office appears to be of brick construction. The long side of the building has 4 or possibly 5 windows with sills, there appears to be some protrusion on the roof of the west side with some weathering on the side. A narrow wide sign with a yellow background and capital black letters appears over the canopy. Be sure to model the manwalking toward the yard office.
A white concrete sanding bin with lots of sand is apparent and a simple sanding tower (can be purchased in brass) with some sort of electrical box. Therre is a red gadget on a yellow pole. Ladder on its side should be modeled. Clean white sand should be modeled. Yellow posts with red trim between sanding box and car repair storehouse.
Car repair storeshouse to the east of the sanding facility, painted white, a tad taller than a box car. Two windows on western side of building. Roof appears to change color. Note tie piles west of building.
Simple fence with diagonals at end between tracks and between sanding bin and car repair storehouse.
Electrical tower evident (have in my collection, bought from Monroe Stewart).
Author Unknown Maps of Freight Stations and Private Sidings (Reprint) June 1966