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G5s #39 Railfan Extra taking on water eastbound Ronkonkoma 6/05/1955 Archive: Dave Keller

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H10s #107 and train of Tichy coaches at station platform – Mitchel Field – Westbury, NY – 10/26/52  (George E. Votava photo, Dave Keller archive)

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Morris Park Shops turntable  -  c. early 1960's  Photo: Steve Hoskins
LIRR Trip Flyers
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"Montauk High Speed Rail Tour" flyer 2/22/61 Archive: Brad Phillips
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Montauk Hgh Speed RDC Rail Tour schedule 2/22/1961 Archive: Brad Phillips
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"Homecoming '86" RS-3  #1556 flyer 1986
Archive: Brad Phillips

Maintenance of Way Association Meeting in NY September 20, 1916

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MOW Association Meeting NY-Trip Guide 09/20/1916
Archive: Steve Swirsky

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Reverse side Trip Guide Map 09/20/1916
Archive: Steve Swirsky

Trip left Penn Station around 2 PM, traveling to Long Beach, with an hour off the train. Return to Penn was via Valley Stream and Rockaway crossing Jamaica Bay trestle. Descriptions of routes, Hell Gate as under construction, Sunnyside et al. Train was scheduled back into Penn around 5 PM. Steve Swirsky
Joint Railfan Trip Committee Fan Trip October 31, 1948

Freshly-painted MU double-deck car #1294 is pulling a railfan extra southbound at the station at The Raunt.  This station stop was located on a tuft of land in Jamaica Bay. In this view looking north on October 31st, 1948  from the pedestrian crossover, we see this train consisting of the double-deck car at the head end, a regular passenger car and an open-air, gondola car coupled at the rear to allow railfans to take photos while the train was in motion.  (Bill Rugen photo, Art Huneke archive, Dave Keller data)

This fantrip left Woodside and went east onto the Rockaway Beach Branch by WIN and went to Rockaway Park with a photo stop over the bay at The Raunt station. It changed ends at Rockaway Park, ran to Far Rockaway and Valley Stream via the hand-thrown switch at Hammel in a rare move, until the fire of 1950, and then went west over the Atlantic Branch through Cedar Manor and Locust Manor. Onward to Jamaica, the Morris Park Shops, Jamaica, west to WIN, changing directions to go east to Port Washington and finally changing ends for the last time to go back to Woodside. Info: Mike Boland

Fantrip at The Raunt gondola 10/31/1948 Archive: Mike Boland

Fantrip at The Raunt - MU double-deck car #1294 10/31/1948 Archive: Dave Keller

MP70B MU #1294 at Track 1, Beach 116th St. Station, Rockaway Park 10/31/1948 Archive: Mike Boland

Fantrip at Locust Manor 10/31/1948 Archive: Mike Boland

Locust Manor 10/31/1948 Photo: Harold Smith Archive: Mike Boland

LIRR personnel and railfans 10/31/1948 Archive: Mike Boland

Fan Trip "Historians' Holiday" October 26, 1952
Long Island Railroader November 1952 - Archive: Dave Morrison

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Fan Trip Cover  - 10/26/1952 Archive: Art Huneke

Fan Trip Printed Schedule - 10/26/1952 Archive: Art Huneke

The Special traveled from Jamaica to Valley Stream over the
Atlantic Branch which was still on the surface. This is the west
end of Valley Interlocking which was also still at ground level.
10/26/1952  Photo: Max Hubacher Archive: Art Huneke

Special being flagged over Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead
10/26/1952 Photo: Max Hubacher Archive: Art Huneke

Fan Trip Historians' Holiday Schedule - 10/26/1952 Archive: Jeff Erlitz

LIRR #107 passing under the EL at New Lots, Bay Ridge Branch Fantrip 10/26/1952
Archive: Art Huneke

Bay Ridge Yard - View W Fantrip 10/26/1952  Archive: Art Huneke

H10 #107 Creedmoor Branch 10/26/1952  (Votava-Boland)

ERA Rail Fan Special - October 31, 1954 Bay Ridge Branch

G5s #50 Bay Ridge Livonia Ave., New Lots 10/31/1954 Archive: Mike Boland

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LIRR #50 trip to Vanderveer Park 10/31/1954
Photo: James J. Kelly

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LIRR #50 trip to Vanderveer Park Passenger Extra G5s #50
 at LI City 10/31/1954 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

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LIRR #50 G5s at Flatbush Ave - Vanderveer Park 10/31/1954 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

Branford ERA G5s #39 Railfan Extra June 5, 1955 to Greenport

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LIRR G5s #39 Railfan Special Excursion flyer 6/05/1955 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

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LIRR G5s #39 Railfan Extra trip ticket 6/05/1955 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

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G5s #39 Railfan Extra taking on water eastbound Ronkonkoma 6/05/1955 
Archive: Dave Keller


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LIRR G5s #39 Railfan Extra at Greenport turntable

Branford ERA Special  at Hicksville 6/05/1955 (Votava-Boland)


Completed in 1844, the Greenport Line was used as a connection to Boston via ferry. When the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad was built through Connecticut, the line became a local carrier only. Fast forward one hundred and eleven years, #39 would be the final steam locomotive to travel on this line. On June 5, 1955, the Long Island Railroad organized a fantrip from Jamaica to Greenport and back utilizing G5s #39, as she was recently overhauled. The train sold out, and plenty of railfans had their cameras in hand which is a big part as to why we have so may photos of #39! She is seen here on the Greenport turntable as many railfans look on. Note how the turntable is air powered, so the locomotive's brake line is attached. Railroad Museum of LI (RMLI) "Steam Up LIRR #39"   Photo: Roy W. Schnoor Archive: Dave Keller  

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LIRR G5s #39 Railfan Extra at Mattituck View W 
6/05/1955 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

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LIRR G5s #39 Railfan Extra at Greenport after being turned on the table. View E 6/05/1955 
Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

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LIRR G5s #39 Railfan Extra at Greenport for coal top off prior
to return trip westbound View E 6/05/1955 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke
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LIRR G5s #39 Railfan Extra at Greenport taking water
View E 6/05/1955 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke
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G5s #39 westbound on the return trip of the June, 1955 Railfan extra, took the Calverton siding for Train #4214. The former freight house is at the right, in use as a private residence. View SE  6/05/1955 Archive: Dave Keller
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G5s #39 waiting on the Calverton siding as eastbound LIRR #2006 Train #4214 passes.
View SE  6/05/1955 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke
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LIRR G5s #39 Railfan Extra tender taking water at Ronkonkoma
View SE 6/05/1955 Archive: Dave Keller
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G5s #39 westbound under Ronkonkoma Ave. Ronkonkoma 6/05/1955.
Stencil on the bridge (far right) shows it was painted 10/54. Info: Dave Keller

Fan Trip September 9th, 1956 RDC  - Bay Ridge Branch, Evergreen Branch, and West Hempstead Branch

RDC Railfan Extra LIRR #3101 and  #3121 Bushwick  9/09/1956 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

RDC Railfan Extra LIRR #3101 and  #3121 Evergreen Branch - Ridgewood Station 9/09/1956 Photo: Art Huneke

RDC Railfan Extra Evergreen Branch Palmetto St., Ridgewood 9/09/1956 Archive: Dave Keller

RDC Railfan Extra close-up Evergreen Branch Palmetto St. Ridgewood 9/09/1956 Archive: Dave Keller

Fan Trip September 23rd, 1956 - Rockaway Beach Branch


MU fantrip Brooklyn Manor station view N
9/23/1956 (Seibel-Boland)

MU fantrip Brooklyn Manor station view N
9/23/1956 (Seibel-Boland)


Fan Trip April 28th, 1957 RDC - Bushwick, Creedmoor, Old Northport, Oyster Bay, and Rockaway Beach Branches

RDC Fan Trip - Creedmoor Branch 4/28/1957
Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

Fan Trip RDC at Oyster Bay 4/28/1957 Photo: Everett White Archive: Bill Mangahas
Note: The last car on the train at the left in the image is in Tichy colors: Dave Keller

BUDD RDCs running a railfan extra over the English Kills swing bridge on the Bushwick branch in Maspeth, NY on April 28, 1957  (Dave Keller archive)


RDCs #3121, #3101 Whitepot Jct 4/28/1957
Photo/Archive: William Rugen
Fan Trip October, 1958 RDC - TIA to Greenport 

The Transit Improvement Association (TIA) was mostly interested in promoting modern public transit – in decades when the highway folks were most influential. I believe they had begun in the late 30’s, gathering signatures on petitions to fight motorization of Third Ave Railways streetcar lines – making speeches on the cars, etc. In the late 40’s they ran PCC (Presidents’ Conference Committee) fan trips to parts of Brooklyn and Queens where those cars were not usually seen, to try to build support for more PCC’s. Publicizing the use of RDC’s would fit into that type of effort!

A round trip to Greenport would be a reasonably full plate for such a fantrip, so they very likely didn’t go anywhere else. RDC trips had already been run on many LIRR branches closer to the City – Bay ridge, Bushwick, Ozone Park, Degnon Terminal. Going all the way to Greenport would be attractive for the novelty,

In that period, the cost for a day’s charter of the RDC’s was modest - some $500, and the LIRR was quite reasonable about arranging routings. This at a time when most of the other RR’s in the NY area (especially the NY Central) were quite uncooperative in such things. Henry Raudenbush

Fan trip TIA Greenport RDC next to a FM C-
liner - View NW 10/1958 Photo: Everett White Archive: Bill Mangahas

Fan trip TIA Greenport RDC - View NE
10/1958 Photo: Everett White Archive: Bill Mangahas

Fan trip TIA RDC at Greenport Station - View NE
10/1958 Photo: Mark Smith Archive: Dave Morrison

Fan Trip TIA RDC at Ronkonkoma Station - View NE 10/1958 Photo: Everett White Archive: Bill Mangahas

Fan Trip Montauk RDC High Speed Rail Tour February 22, 1961

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RDC Flyer 2/22/1961
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All material collection: 
Brad Phillips

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Fan Trip RDC Movement Notice 2/22/1961

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Fan rip RDC ticket 2/22/1961

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Fan Trip RDC Amagansett 2/02/61 Photo: Alfred R. Jaeger

Fan Trip RDC 2/02/1961 Long Beach trestle

Fan Trip RDC 2/02/1961 Long Beach trestle

Fan Trip RDC 2/02/61 Shinnecock Canal


Lawyers Club of Brooklyn Special Train - RS1 Extra at Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
near Nostrand Avenue 7/27/1961 Archive: Mike Boland

Lawyers Club of Brooklyn Special - RS3 #1555 Extra eastbound at Sayville 7/17/1963
Photo: Norman Kohl Archive: John Scala

Lawyers Club of Brooklyn Special Flyer 7/27/1961
Archive: Brad Phillips

EQUIPMENT: One (1) 1000 HP Diesel engine, headed east, two (2) Parlor-Lounge cars (Onondaga Club east and Seneca Club) -one (1) Gondola (drop-end type No. W-33 and portable wooden platform) and one (1) caboose (No. 56) west. NOTE:  The Lounge portion of both Parlor-Lounge cars must be headed east.

Fan Trip LIRR Electric Inspection Tour October 21, 1961

LIRR Electric Inspection Tour - ERA 10/21/1961 Archive: Jeff Erlitz

Covers most of the LIRR electric division including:

Port Washington  Lynbrook
Long Island City   Salisbury (Meadowbrook)
Valley Stream      Long Beach
Ozone Park         West Hempstead

LIRR - Progress of Electrification 9/151948 Archive: Jeff Erlitz
Note: Added here to show branch lines.

Fan Trip November 5, 1961 to Greenport

NRHS - LV Chapter Return Coupon11/05/1961  
Archive: Brad Phillips

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LIRR RS3 #1560 westbound train at Cutchogue 11/05/1961 
View SE
11-5-61 (Landau-Phillips)
Note: The RDC’s were not available and the “standard” consist was substituted. (Much better!)!  It was a beautiful fall day and we had our window in the combine open all the way! Archive: Brad Phillips
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LIRR RS3 #1560 Train at Yaphank 11/05/1961 View NW 
Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips

LIRR RS3 #1560 Train at Yaphank 11/05/1961 View NW 
Archive: Dave Keller

3-car train eastbound at Yaphank behind LIRR  #1560 in the old color scheme. Note the two new P72 cars at the rear and the older combine. This photos were taken November 5, 1961 and yet the combine's door and windows are open. Yaphank Ave., crossing then at grade, is to the far left. You can make out the crossbucks when you zoom in on the photo above right. Info: Dave Keller

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LIRR RS3 #1560 Greenport turntable 
Photo: Gerald H. Landau Archive: Jim Gillin
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LIRR RS3 #1560 Train-E at Greenport ready to return to Jamaica 11/05/1961 
Photo: Gerald H. Landau Archive: Jim Gillin
MOUNTFORD CANNON BALL  - Fan Trip September 9, 1962 to Montauk

Mountford Cannonball at Mineola 9/22/1962 Archive: Dave Morrison

FM #2007 Mountford Cannonball at Babylon  9/22/1962 Archive: Brad Phillips

Mountford Cannonball at Babylon  9/22/1962 Archive: Brad Phillips

NRHS LUXURY EXCURSION  - Fan Trip September 30, 1962 to Montauk

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Parlor Car Trip ticket 9/30/1962  Archive: Brad Phillips

A fan trip 9/30/1962 to Montauk. The consist was: FM #2404, Heavyweight parlors: "Tuscarora Club", "Commack", "Manhasset" and Observation car "Jamaica 1st".  Dave Keller




NRHS LUXURY EXCURSION  - Fan Trip September 30, 1962 to Montauk flyer hand out material Archive: Brad Phillips

FM #2404 NRHS Railfan Extra No.2404 eastbound at Shinnecock Canal
View NW  9/30/1962 Photo: eBay

FM #2404 NRHS Railfan Extra No.2404 West Montauk Station 9/30/1962
Photo: George E. Votava  Archive: Dave Keller

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LIRR FM CPA-20-5 #2404 East Hampton 9/30/1962 Photo: James Gillin

LIRR FM CPA-20-5 #2404 East Hampton - View W 9/30/1962 Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips

JAMAICA Parlor Observation at East Hampton  - View E 9/30/1962 Photo: eBay

JAMAICA Parlor Observation at East Hampton  - View E 9/30/1962 Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips
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Parlor car trip to Montauk - View W  9/30/1962 Photo: James Gillin

Parlor car trip to Montauk - View E 9/30/1962 Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips

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Solid Parlor Car Train Flyer 9/30/1962
Archive: Jim Gillin

LIRR FM CPA-24-5 engine #2404, cars were Tuscarora Club, Manhasset, Commack, Jamaica. The whole train was turned, intact, on the wye at Montauk with a few feet to spare.  I remember being on the platform during the move and wondering whether we were going to have wet wheels on the tail of the wye!  Art Single


Welcome aboard the New York Chapter, National Railway Historical Society’s all parlor car train to Montauk. You will be traveling by parlor car on the route of the “Cannon Ball”. Although special trains for fans have been run over this trackage before, none has been done with a train consisting of only parlor cars and the observation car Jamaica.

The Long Island Rail Road is unusual, in these times, in that it is one of the few railroads out seeking more passenger business. The emblem of “Dashing Dan”, the commuter, and that of the “Weekend Chief” both of which may be seen on the outside of the cars are indications of this. There is much summer traffic to the resort areas of Long Island, particularly along the south shore to places such as Fire Island and the Hamptons. Finding that some people prefer a luxury ride via parlor cars, the railroad has for the last few years been building up its fleet to handle the growing number of people who use them. These cars may be seen on practically all diesel powered trains running to the east end of the Island on a weekend, particularly on a Friday afternoon. By such heavy volume arose the ‘New” Cannon Ball whose first section during the summer could be seen often with 16 parlor cars plus the observation. Today’s trip will not be anywhere near as long as the summertime Cannon Ball, but the ride inside will be exactly the same.

The desire to provide better service is not always coupled with the financial ability to provide the equipment to do so, particularly if such service is only seasonal. Such is the case with the Long Island Rail road which must watch its pennies. Fortunately, at this time, other railways are curtailing passenger service and their equipment is being offered for sale at low cost. The LIRR has taken advantage of this situation and is adding to their fleet of parlor cars by purchasing second had but comfortable equipment. A list of all their parlor cars is included in this brochure.


Is directed to the following information as to how the trip may be made more pleasant for you.

1.    Porters are in each car for the convenience and service to you. They can readily provide refreshments of all sorts (Remember, we have a 12:00pm opening on Sundays in this state), but the cost of these together with gratuities are not included in the fare and must be settled individually.

2.   The buffet-diner will be open for dinner around noon. Second helpings are in order for those that desire them. The waiters will be glad to assist you in anyway, but here again tips are not included in the cost of the dinner so please take care of them individually.

3.    The observation car’s rear platform is open to all, so please you fresh air friends don’t camp out there for the whole trip. Someone also will be waiting to get their dose of air.

4.   Several stops to photograph the train will be made. Those desiring pictures are asked to disembark promptly so that pictures may be taken without people getting in the way of other’s cameras. These stops will be announced before hand.

5.   During the Montauk layover, ample opportunity will be provided for pictures of our own equipment as well as that which belongs to other trains. It is possible there will be a scheduled train leaving Montauk at 2:14pm. (A current timetable is not available at this writing) Undoubtedly, many people will want pictures of themselves on the observation platform (just like in the good old days) or perhaps in front of the locomotive, so it is requested that you “dyed in the wool” fans give them equal opportunity to do so.

6.   On the return, stops will be made at Babylon and Mineola for the benefit of those who don’t wish to ride all the way back to Jamaica.

7.   Following are some standard railroad safety rules which you might follow:
a. Never step on a rail; step over it.
b. Never cross tracks nearer than 20 feet from a standing car. 
c. Don’t try to board or alight from a moving train. 
d. Don’t crawl under cars, go around. 
e. Never run; always walk and pay attention to where you are going. 
f. Remember, safety first, always.

The trip committee sincerely hopes everyone has a pleasant journey and if there are any questions or problems, please let us know.


Lv Jamaica . . . . . . . . . . 9:25am

East Hampton
(photo stop)

(movie run)

Ar Montuak . . . . . . . . . 12:24pm
Lv Montauk . . . . . . . . . . 3:00pm

(for those that wish to leave)

(for those that wish to leave)

Ar Jamaica . . . . . . . . . . . 5:21pm      This material was provided to the attendees.  Thanks to Art Single for providing this information.

Bike Hike May 5, 1963

ticket-Bike-Hike_5-05-63_BradPhillips.jpg (70322 bytes)May 5, 1963 "Bike-Hike" trip which ran for several years sponsored by the American Youth Hostels.  The RS-3 is hauling our train (3 or 4 baggage cars for bikes; plus bar car and coaches) and the FM is probably the Cannonball laying over until Monday morning. These trips ran annually for quite a while.  I don't remember what the reason for stopping them was, but perhaps the end of baggage service on the RR. 

The most interesting thing to see were the bikers.  While biking is all the rage now, it was an unusual sight back in 1963 to see several hundred people packing bikes on a train.  The bikes were carried in baggage cars and what a zoo at unloading time!  Newsday usually carried a long article in the following Monday paper with photos. The trains ran to both Montauk and Greenport over the years.

The train would run express from Jamaica to Southampton, let off bikers, and proceed to Montauk.  The bikers would than bike to Montauk for a late afternoon departure back to Jamaica. 

Back in 1962 I didn't have the $$ to ride a parlor car special.  The Bike-Hike train was pretty cheap as I recall, so made for a great fan trip (without the photo stops, though). Info/ticket: Brad Phillips

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Bike-Hike FM #2404 RS3 #1556 Montauk 5/05/1963 
Photo: Brad Phillips

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Bike-Hike FM #2404 Parlor Cars - Montauk 5/05/1963 
Photo: Brad Phillips

RDC Fan Trip June 23, 1963

RDC ERA fan trip schedule 6/23/1963
Archive: William Madden

RDC ERA fan trip info 6/23/1963
Archive: William Madden

BUDD RDC Fan Trip - Babylon temporary station/ticket office during the grade crossing elimination project. View E 6/23/1963
Photo/Archive: Dave Keller

RDC ERA fan-trip at Bay Ridge Yard - View E
3 Photo: George J. Abere taken from the top of one of the float bridges. Archive: James Scullin  

The photo is from the 1963 (ERA) Electric Railroaders Assn. Budd Car RDC fan trip to Bay Ridge. The LIRR Marine Division (barges) ended in 1962 so the Bay Ridge Yard of the NY Connecting (Hells Gate) Railway yard shown was already abandoned. Notice the catenary wires still intact.  James Scullin

 Fan Trip October 13, 1963 NRHS Double Deck Rail Tour

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Double Deck Rail Tour Flyer 10/13/1963 Archive: Brad Phillips
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Double Deck Rail Tour Schedule 10/13/1963 Archive: Brad Phillips

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Ticket Double Decker Rail Tour 10/13/1963 Archive: Brad Phillips

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Double Deck Rail Tour 10/13/1963 West Hempstead
Archive: Brad Phillips
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Double Deck Rail Tour 10/13/1963 East Williston
Archive: Brad Phillips

Double Deck Rail Tour Westwood -View E 10/13/1963 (Votava-Boland)

Double Deck Rail Tour Westwood -View W 10/13/1963 (Votava-Boland)

Double Deck Rail Tour - LIRR #1327-1341-1333 10/13/1963 West Hempstead
View SE (Votava-Boland)

Double Deck Rail Tour - LIRR #1327-1341-1333 - View N 10 /13/1963
West Hempstead (Votava-Boland)
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NRHS Excursion 10/13/1963 Belmont Park  Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips

Double Deck Rail Tour - Belmont 10/13/1963 (Maywald-Boland)

Double Deck Rail Tour - Port Washington 10/13/1963 Photo: MP70
Archive: Houser Collection - Paul De Luca 

LUXURY EXCURSION Fan Trip May 30, 1964 to Montauk

"...The New York Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, will operate a de luxe special consisting of parlor cars, dining car, and an OPEN END PLATFORM OBSERVATION CAR. No coaches. All seats reserved. Porter on every car..." 

LIRR Luxury Excursion Parlor Car Train - NRHS 5/30/1964 Archive: Jeff Erlitz

Fan Trip November 1, 1964 BUDD RDC North Shore LIRR Rail Tour

Fan Trip 10/01/1964 BUDD RDC North Shore Rail Tour Souvenir Ticket Archive: Brad Phillips
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Fan trip RDC on Old Northport 
11/01/64 Photo: Brad Phillips

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End of line at Route 25A - Fort Salonga Rd. Fan trip RDC at
Old Northport - View S 11/01/1964 Photo: Brad Phillips

Route 25A - Fort Salonga Rd./Lincoln Ave. Fan trip RDC at
Old Northport - v\View SE  11/01/1964

North Shore LIRR Rail Tour - Oyster Bay - Port-Jefferson 11/01/1964 Archive: Jeff Erlitz
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Fan trip LV-NHRS and Trolley Museum of NY 
notice of LIRR RDC trip - 11/01/64 
Archive: Brad Phillips


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Fan trip LIRR notice of LIRR RDC trip 11/01/64 
Archive: Brad Phillips

 New York Railroad Enthusiasts April 24, 1966 

I rode this fantrip on April 24, 1966 as it originated at Hunterspoint Avenue and backed west of F where it reached the freight only Montauk Cut Off  joining the Montauk Branch at Bliss Tower. Proceeding on the Montauk Branch, east to Jamaica, where we picked up late comers, went east on the main line to the Hempstead Branch as far as Garden City, and went "straight ahead" on freight only track eastbound for a distance and eventually backed up and used a connection to the line to Mineola which at the time according to the trip brochure was "to be abandoned in the near future when a grade crossing elimination project gets under way at Mineola". Continuing to run in reverse to a connection with the main line and after completing the move we were properly pointed east and continued east all the way to Greenport. A good number of HW parlor cars and apparently coaches too were in the consist. I believe the Mineola portion of this route was abandoned soon after this trip took place. An old timer told me that the line up to Mineola was known as the "Tigertown Branch". Noel Weaver

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LIRR C420 #210 Garden Mitchell Field Secondary near Newsday 04/24/1966
Photo: James Gillin

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LIRR 1966 Mineola Garden City Map

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LIRR C420 #210 turned at Greenport 04/24/1966 
Photo: James Gillin

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 LIRR #2038 Parlor "Setauket" at Greenport Station 
04/24/1966 Photo: James Gillin

We left Jamaica on the Main Line and then down the Hempstead Branch to Garden.  From there we went out the Garden-Mitchell Field secondary several miles.  The first photo was taken there, near Newsday and the Garden City freight yard. We then backed to Garden and continued up the line to Nassau. From there the trip went non-stop to Greenport. The next two photos were taken at Greenport. The C-420 being turned and the "Setauket" in front of the station ready to return to Jamaica. The weather was poor, typical for a fan trip.   James Gillin

Fan trip Lancaster Chapter- NRHS May 15, 1966 

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LIRR #214 arrival at Montauk 05/15/1966
Photo: Jim Gillin
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P-70 coaches at Montauk 05/15/1966
Photo: Jim Gillin
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Strasburg's "Paradise" on the wye 05/15/1966
Photo: Jim Gillin
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LIRR #214 departure to New York and Lancaster, PA. 05/15/1966 Photo: Jim Gillin
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View from Montauk Manor 05/15/1966 Photo: Jim Gillin

Return Ticket Stub
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PRR Transportation notices 1
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PRR Transportation notices 2 
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Trip Itinerary Details 1
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Trip Itinerary Details 2
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Trip Itinerary Details 3
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Lancaster Chapter- NRHS Info
This one ran in May, 1966 from Lancaster, PA to Montauk. It made only two stops enroute, North Philadelphia, PA to receive passengers and opposite Sunnyside yard to change engines. A GG-1 was used from Lancaster to Sunnyside and two C-420s to Montauk. It was run by the Lancaster Chapter- NRHS. I boarded in North Philadelphia. The train also carried the Strasburg RR business car "Paradise" [ex-Reading], which was turned in Montauk. I rode in the Strasburg's "Paradise" from Sayville to Babylon. The speedometer in the 'Paradise" hit 85mph going through Bay Shore, don't know have they managed that with the governors on the C-420s. Archive/Info/Photos: Jim Gillin

ERA - OFF THE BEATEN TRACK -  November 19, 1967

Announcing an unusual inspection trip over electrified and non-electrified lines of the Long Island Rail Road QFF THE BEATEN TRACK in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The special train will leave Jamaica and proceed to Port Jefferson, Mineola, Garden City, Long Island City and Bushwick. Among the unusual trackage to be covered will be the Port Jefferson Branch, Kings Park State Hospital spur, the freight-only Old Northport trackage, the soon to be abandoned freight line between Garden City and Mineola, the seldom traveled Old Montauk Division between Jamaica and Long Island City and the industrial and unique Bushwick Branch.  Archive: Electric Railroaders Association

The 11/19/1967 ERA trip with the RDCs (left) was cancelled because of their collision at Holbrook one month before the trip. It was replaced with this trip, same date below. Jeff Erlitz

ERA fantrip - 11/19/1967 Archive: Bill Madden

 BR&W Steam #60 Railfan Extra  - November 26, 1967

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"Steam-In" flyer 10/29/67 and 11/26/67 Archive: Brad Phillips

BR&W Steam #60 Schedule  11/26/1967
Archive: Brad Phillips

LIRR's one and only Steam Excursion (in the post-steam era). On November 26, 1967, LIRR ran a steam excursion from Jamaica to Montauk and return. This excursion was sponsored by Ron Ziel, and ran with Black River & Western 2-8-0 No. 60. There were about 15 cars including PB54 combines bracketing a string of P54 coaches and a bar car, and trailing a LIRR parlor and Ziel's Sag Harbor & Scuttle Hole open end observation car. The train ran east via Hicksville and west via Valley Stream. I rode the trip (at age 14) and took some photos. First at Jamaica, a West Islip water stop, a Southampton coal stop, and finally arriving at Montauk. James Mardiguian

SH&SH Railroad "Steam-In" drumhead
11/26/1967 Archive: John Scala
  BR&W Steam #60 Handout  11/26/1967 Archive: Bill Madden

Black River & Western #60 ready to depart at Jamaica Station.
11/26/1967 Photo/Archive: James Mardiguian
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Black River & Western #60 arriving at Jamaica 11/26/1967 
Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips

Black River & Western #60 taking water at West Islip - View W
The Patchogue Scoot is passing by westbound to Babylon Station.
11/26/1967 Photo/Archive: James Mardiguian
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Black River & Western #60 at PD Tower eastbound 11/26/1967 Photo: Richard F. Makse

Black River & Western Bellport 11/26/1967 Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips

Black River & Western Steam Trip - Observation car "Halvpalm" at Brookhaven - View E 11/26/1967 Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips

Black River & Western Brookhaven 11/26/1967
View W Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips
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Black River & Western #60 Mastic, west of MP64
 11/26/1967 Photo: Richard F. Makse

Black River & Western #60 at Shinnecock Canal eastbound 11/26/1967 Photo: Richard F. Makse
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Black River & Western #60 1-26-67 1/26/1967 
Photo/Archive: Richard Glueck

Black River & Western #60 at Southampton Station to take coal.
11/26/1967 Photo/Archive: James Mardiguian

Black River & Western #60 approaching Montauk Station.
11/26/1967 Photo/Archive: James Mardiguian
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Black River & Western #60 at being turned on Montauk Wye
 1/26/1967 Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips

Black River & Western Steam Trip - Montauk 11/26/1967
View W Photo/Archive: Brad Phillips
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Black River & Western #60 Montauk 11/26/1967
Photo/Archive: Richard Glueck
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Black River & Western #60 Montauk Wye Archive: Dave Keller
 Note: The observation tail sign reads: "Sag Harbor & Scuttle Hole Rail Road Steam-In."

The trip only ran once on Sunday November 26th, 1967.  I was a volunteer car host on the trip in the very last coach.  There were several photo stops along the route and, as my coach had very few passengers, I was able to get a few photos.

They took paying passengers from East Hampton to Montauk and return.  I helped collect tickets as there was a huge crowd that boarded in East Hampton; we never did get them all!

The train died on the return trip at the Montauk Highway bridge in Massapequa Park. We sat for probably two hours. Living in Amityville, I literally could have detrained and walked home within 30 minutes (I was sorely tempted after an hour sitting in an unheated coach). We all were curious about the delay, but no word was passed.  I later was told that the last load of coal was bad and that the clinkers(1) won out.  I hadn’t heard about a calculated stall. Very interesting. If that was so, they could have done a better job of positioning a diesel to enable a faster recovery. 
I didn’t get back home until after midnight. Never-the-less, it was a great (and historic) trip and a lot of fun to have been part of the crew.  Brad Phillips

Note 1: A clinker is actually a hunk of carbon which forms a mass large enough to impede the proper combustion in the firebox. In coal firing they are in the coal bed and can form on the tube sheet in a configuration somewhat like a honeycomb. If unattended to the fire then hits this growing mass and deflects making firing difficult.

The October trip, as told, by the late Stu McCloud, who had been a LIRR Road Foreman of Engines and worked his way higher up into management as follows:

Stu indicated there were lots of Transportation Department Staff and other managers that did not want this steam engine to be brought onto the LIRR. The reasons were many, but I don't recall the reasoning. Anyway, Stu was either the engineer on the run or he was in the cab as an official.

Stu told me he was under orders to "Give the fans a nice trip, BUT don't allow that engine to come back to Jamaica under steam." He stated the trip ran fine, but on the way back to Jamaica, he assured that the engine died and had to be hauled dead to Jamaica. Stu said that the feelings on the "Third Floor" were this would be the last time that steam would ever run again on the LIRR.

This is my best recollection of what Stu McCloud (RIP) told me. And now you know the rest of the story... Dave Morrison

ERA - OFF THE BEATEN TRACK -  April 21, 1968

Announcing an unusual inspection trip over electrified and non-electrified lines of the Long Island Rail Road OFF THE BEATEN
TRACK in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The special train will leave Woodside and proceed to Shea Stadium where we will enter the remains of the long-abandoned
Whitestone Branch, Among the unusual trackage to be covered will be the Central Islip State Hospital, freight=only Montauk
Cut-Off, little used Montauk Branch between Long Island City and Jamaica, and the freight-only Camp Upton Junction Branch.
A HIGH-SPEED run to Greenport on the Main Line will be a highlight.

Many interesting and unusual photo stops and movie runs have been planned. The open=platform private car SETAUKET will bring
up the rear of the train, The days of varnish and railroad barons will be relived with this splendid car that brings back memories of the days of old.
Archive: Electric Railroaders Association

ERA M1 RAILFAN EXTRA -  April 20, 1969 

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M1 Railfan Extra view E Mineola 4/20/1969
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M1 Railfan Extra view NE Mineola 4/20/1969
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M1 Railfan Extra West Hempstead 4/20/1969
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M1 Railfan Extra West Hempstead 4/20/1969
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M1 Railfan Extra West Hempstead 4/20/1969
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M1 Railfan Extra Valley Stream 4/20/1969

M1 Train Railfan Extra Long Beach 4/20/1969
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M1 Railfan Extra New Hyde Park 4/20/1969
Collection: Matt Kowal except as noted

ERA Fan trip "Extra Montauk East" - Oyster Bay & Montauk November 9, 1969 

ERA "Extra Montauk East" flyer 11/09/1969
Archive: Brad Phillips

ERA "Extra Montauk East" ticket 11/09/1969
Archive: Brad Phillips
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LIRR #228 Excursion Oyster Bay Photo: Joe Testagrose 
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Locust Valley Photo: Joe Testagrose
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East Williston Photo: Joe Testagrose

The consist of the excursion special train included Century 420 locomotive 228, the former B&O bedroom lounge observation, the two former Union Pacific club lounge cars, two former Kansas City Southern coaches, two unidentified cars (can't get a good look at them in any of the photos) and the former FEC tavern lounge observation.   Info: Jack Deasy

Greenport & Shelter Island Express - All Parlor flyer - May 17, 1970

Greenport & Shelter Island Express - All Parlor flyer 5//7/1970 Archive: Noah Caplin



ERA fan trip handout/schedule
7/17/1970 Archive: Bill Madden/Jeff Erlitz


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After arrival of the eastbound at Greenport, locomotive 224 is cutoff the head end. 
It will be turned on the turntable and will be run around to the west end of the train for 
the return to New York City.
Photo: Joe Testagrose
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Locomotive 224 has been turned on the turntable and is now on the west end of 
the train for the return from Greenport to New York City. 

Photo: Steve Zabel Archive: Joe Testagrose
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Awaiting departure, LIRR Road n' Rail bus 501 from Greenport to Huntington 
parked near the head end of the excursion train for the benefit of photographers.
Photo: Steve Zabel Archive: Joe Testagrose
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The westbound excursion does a photo run-by under the one lane bridge at 
Bridge Lane east of the Cutchogue station.
Photo: Joe Testagrose
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The westbound excursion train does a photo run-by at milepost 81 between Mattituck and Laurel.
Photo: Joe Testagrose
Departing Greenport westbound, the consist was ALCO C-420 locomotive 224 trailed by the former Florida East Coast tavern-lounge-observation car (renamed APAQUOGUE), a former New Haven sleeper, a former PRR sleeper, another former New Haven sleeper, a former Union Pacific club lounge car, and the former Baltimore & Ohio bedroom-lounge-observation car (renamed AMAGANSETT). The consist of six cars was assembled from LIRR's recently acquired fleet of lightweight streamliner cars assigned to parlor car service.  Info: John Deasy

Farewell to the Doubledeck -  May 8, 1971 

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"Farewell to the Doubledeck" flyer 5/08/1971 Archive: Brad Phillips

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This 4-car train of Double Deckers was on a fantrip, and I was there. The train made a tour of electrified trackage, and this was the one and only time such stock traversed the Port Jeff branch. That was on 8 May, 1971. The location shown is Robbins Lane, Syosset where the Landia Plant of the Fairchlld Camera and Instrument Co. was located. They (the camera people) urged the LIRR to build a station there halfway between Hicksville and Syosset, when they built their new huge plant there. Most of the employees lived in Queens, where the old plant was, which the company outgrew and the new plant then consolidated everything under one roof. Four trains a day stopped there, but traffic dwindled as people moved to the Island. When the M1's and high level platforms (and third rail to this location) were coming, the station was abandoned rather than go to the expense of high platforms. Karl Groh  Archive: Joe Testagrose

Halloween Excursion - October 31, 1971

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The date is Sunday October 31, 1971 and the train is photographed at the Long island City passenger yard. The consist is Alco RS-3 locomotive 1555, bedroom lounge observation 2001 AMAGANSETT, one of the two former Erie Lackawanna “Phoebe Snow” tavern lounge observation cars (2081 AQUEBOGUE or 2082 ASHAROKEN), a former PRR six bedroom lounge car, and a heavyweight car, most likely parlor observation 99 JAMAICA, which is the former 2038 SETAUKET. Locomotive 1555 has been repaired after being damaged in a grade crossing accident and derailment at Manorville on the head end of The Shelter Island Express on Friday evening August 21, 1970. If you have more information on the destination of this Halloween 1971 excursion, please advise. Photo by Gerald H. Landau. Collection of Joe Testagrose. Research courtesy of Jack Deasy
LIRR Excursion June 17, 1973

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The eastbound train is photographed at Shinnecock Hills on the Montauk Branch. Alco RS-3 locomotive 1551 leads the consist. What happened to locomotive 1556 which we saw on the head end of the train at Long Island City? We suspect 1556 was bad ordered and replaced by the 1551. Photo by Steve Zabel. Collection of Joe Testagrose.
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The eastbound train is photographed at Amagansett on the Montauk Branch. Photo by Steve Zabel. Collection of Joe Testagrose.
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Locomotive 1551 has been turned on the Montauk wye and will lead the westbound train back to Queens. Now we see clearly that the two cars on the west end of the train are heavyweight parlor observation 99 JAMAICA and a former PRR six bedroom lounge.  Photo by Steve Zabel. Collection of Joe Testagrose.
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Preparing for departure from Montauk and the trip back to Queens. Montauk Manor 
overlooks the scene. Photo by Steve Zabel. Collection of Joe Testagrose.

Research courtesy: John Deasy

New York Railroad Enthusiasts June 22, 1975 

I recall reading (at a friend’s home) an article in the June 21 (1975) edition of Newsday about the excursion, and headed out to Montauk the following morning to investigate for myself.  Sure enough…in the consist of a regularly-scheduled weekend train (positioned at the easternmost end) were the three cars mentioned in the newspaper – Pins’ “signature” Pennsylvania 120 and his (then-recent acquisition) Shenandoah, along with the NYRE’s own private car, Eugene Field. Info: Ed Frye

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George Pins' Pennsylvania 120 at Hunterspoint Ave
Photo: Richard F. Makse
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Privately owned passenger cars EUGENE FIELD, SHENANDOAH and PRR 120 passing PD tower en-route from Hunterspoint Avenue to Montauk on Friday June 20, 1975.
 Info: John Deasy Archive: Art Huneke
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LIRR parlor Aquebogue, in its own consist, laying-over beside the 
Pennsylvania 120 (George Pins) Research/Photo: Ed Frye

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I photographed the train from the roof of Jamaica station on 6/20/1975. Here's that shot. That's George Pins' 120 (I believe it was called the Queen Mary) on the rear.

This was Friday June20th, 1975. My recollection is that the PV's were on the rear of the Advance Cannonball -old train #12. I rode the train to Jamaica, but I find it amazing that I was able to get to the roof of Jamaica so quickly from track 8.
Info/Photo: Richard F. Makse

George Pins' private car PRR 120, purchased from Penn Central, parked at the east end track in Montauk Yard is adjacent a LIRR consist with tavern lounge observation 2081 AQUEBOGUE positioned at the east end.

As I see it, the significance of the photos is that it was very rare for LIRR to operate privately owned passenger cars on their lines.  On this day (June 22, 1975), there were three (3) privately owned cars (PRR 120, SHENANDOAH and EUGENE FIELD) that made the trip from Hunterspoint Avenue to Montauk and back on LIRR, apparently in a consist with other LIRR cars.

One other minor point ... PRR 120 had been the President's car on PRR ... LIRR was a PRR property for many years ... the eastern end of track at Montauk would be the easternmost point on the combined PRR/LIRR system.  Research: John Deasy

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George Pins-owned Shenandoah, ex-B&O 10-roomette, 6-double-bedroom sleeper 7053, ex-C&O 2655 City of Petoskey, nee-C&O 2655 City of Athens (P-S 1950). Car was painted Tuscan Red to coincide with the livery of Pennsylvania 120. Research/Photo: Ed Frye

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New York Railroad Enthusiasts 1456 Eugene Field. Formerly Nord Photo Engineering 1456 Silver Messenger (rebuilt to a 4-double-bedroom lounge configuration, and operated as a mobile classroom/product demonstration car); nee-Frisco 14-roomette, 4-double-bedroom sleeper Eugene Field (road number 1456). According to David Randall (RPC Publications), this car also operated in the 1978 “Chessie Steam Special” as a dormitory for concession personnel). New York Railroad Enthusiasts returned the car to its Frisco heritage, namely in the letterboard, nameboard, and (1456) road number. Research/Photo: Ed Frye

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For your reference, I reproduced an image (from Wayner’s Pullman and Private Car Pictorial) of Eugene Field as it appeared under the ownership of Nord Engineering (renamed Silver Messenger). Research/Photo: Ed Frye

Gas Turbine/Electric Special -   November 13, 1977 

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"Gas Turbine/Electric Special"  11/13/77  Archive: Brad Phillips

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"Gas Turbine/Electric Special" flyer 11/13/77 
Archive: Brad Phillips

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"Gas Turbine/Electric Special" at Kings Park Hospital
 l1/13/77 Archive: Brad Phillips

ERA  "Gas Turbine/Electric Special" souvenir coupon
New York and Calverton round trip 11/13/77  Archive: Bill Mangahas

Electric Railroaders' Association Special  March 22nd, 1980

ERA fantrip schedule 3/22/1980 Archive: Brad Phillips

ERA fantrip ticket 3/22/1980 Archive: Brad Phillips

Electric Railroaders' Association Special  April 19th, 1984

Westbound at Nassau Boulevard on the Hempstead Branch, #620 is in the lead of an Electric Railroaders' Association special in April of 1984. The passenger extra, with the 227 on the east end, has just visited the Garden-Mitchel Secondary. Info/Photo/Archive: Jay Bendersky

LIRR G5s #39 Fund Special Excursion October 5, 1985
Archive: John Fusto, except as noted 

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LIRR #602 Bay Ridge Yard

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LIRR ALCO C420 # 222, 226 run-by at Forest Park

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LIRR Excursion Flyer 10/05/1985

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LIRR ALCO C420 #222, 226 Bay Ridge Yard

LIRR G5s #39 Fund Special Excursion June 7, 1986
Photos/Archive: John Fusto, except as noted 

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 Greenport Station 06/07/1986
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Alco C420 #222 Oyster Bay 06/07/1986
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Greenport 06/07/1986
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Oyster Bay yard 06/07/1986
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Oyster Bay Turntable 06/07/1986
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"Railfantastic Excursion" flyer 6/07/86 Archive: Brad Phillips

LIRR G5s #39 Fund Special Excursion November 15, 1986
Photos/Archive: John Fusto, except as noted

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LIRR #619 F9  LI City 11/15/1986
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LI City 11/15/1986
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Speonk Station 11/15/1986
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Speonk Yard 11/15/1986
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Shinnecock Bridge runby 11/15/1986
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 Southampton Freight House 11/15/1986
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Amagansett Freight House & Extra 11/15/1986
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Montauk Station 11/15/1986
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Montauk Yard 11/15/1986
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"Railfanning The Montauk Branch" flyer 11/15/86 
Archive: Brad Phillips

 LIST Heritage Special May 14, 1988
Photos/Archive: John Fusto, except as noted

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"Heritage Special" flyer 5/14/88 
Archive: Brad Phillips

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Archive: John Fusto

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LIRR GP 38-2 #268 Riverhead 05/14/1988
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LIRR F7 # 621 Riverhead 05/14/1988
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Greenport Dock 05/14/1988
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 LIRR F7 # 621 Greenport 05/14/1988
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Greenport Freight House 05/14/1988
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LIRR F7 # 621 runby at Mill Creek Southold 05/14/1988
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Mill Neck cab view from LIRR F7 # 621 05/14/1988
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Sea Cliff cab view from LIRR F7 # 621 05/14/1988
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East Williston cab view from LIRR F7 # 621 05/14/1988
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Locust Valley cab view from LIRR F7 # 621 05/14/1988
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LIRR F7 # 621 Oyster Bay 05/14/1988
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Oyster Bay Yard lead, cab LIRR F7 # 621 cab view 05/14/1988

LIST  Freight Branch Excursion September 10, 1989  - "Caboose Coach trip"
LIRR maps by Jeff Erlitz and Bill Madden c.1970s Info: Richard F. Makse

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LIST Freight Branch Excursion 09/10/1989 
Mixed Train Announcement Mailer Archive: John Fusto

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LIRR SW103 at Yard A. On the way to the Garden-Mitchel Field Secondary, the train stopped behind Morris Park and swapped SW103 for the FA609 and C-420s #225 & 229. (photos below)
Photo: John Fusto 

The trip consist was as follows: cabooses #64, 56, 65 & 51 then the two coaches #2913, 2975, then cabooses #62, 50, 70 & 63 and finally the LIRR SW103, LIRR FA ALCO #609, LIRR ALCO C420 #229, 225  Info: John Fusto

"Kabin-Kar-Trek  1989" Jamaica Storage Yard.  JJ Earl watching from the rear of LIRR #64
prior to departure leaving Jamaica 8:00AM Archive: JJ Earl

"Kabin-Kar-Trek  1989" LIST car hosts 9/10/1989 Archive: Mike Boland
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Arrive Yard "A" 8:33AM Photo/Archive: JJ Earl

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Run engine around to W/E (reverse the train) Leave 9:05AM
Photo/Archive: JJ Earl

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LIST Freight Branch Excursion Fan Trip Itinerary 
Archive: John Fusto
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North Shore Freight Branch west of Yard A
East River to Thomson Ave. 1989  Map: Jeff Erlitz
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North Shore Freight Branch Yard A Thomson Ave. to 39th St. Map: Jeff Erlitz
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Montauk Cutoff  Map: Jeff Erlitz
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Photo: John Fusto 

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Degnon Terminal 1989

This trip also had a "runby" into/out of the Degnon terminal. The engine couldn't get the train out of Degnon, however, so they had to double the hill! Attached is a pic (though the vantage point isn't great) of this move. This was the last move into Degnon, as the switch was removed shortly afterwards. John Fusto

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Fresh Pond
Map: Jeff Erlitz

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New York Cross Harbor Interchange Photo: John Fusto 

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About mid-day on the Bay Ridge branch between 5th and 6th Ave. just south of 64th Street with a Sea Beach train going by as it climbs out of the subway on its way to Coney Island.
Photo/Archive: JJ Earl
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Here LIRR SW103 takes a "breather" as folks get a "2 trains for 1 shot" as JJ Earl called it! Photo/Archive: JJ Earl
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  Bushwick Branch Terminal 
Map: Jeff Erlitz

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Eastbound on the Bushwick Branch
Photo: John Fusto 


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Bushwick Branch Lead - Fresh Pond Secondary
Map: Jeff Erlitz

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Eastbound West Yard approaching "Pond Tower" passing under NYCTA
Myrtle Ave line NYCRR  trestle in the distance Photo: John Fusto 

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Map 1989 LI City - Blissv
ille Area
Archive: John Fusto Map: Jeff Erlitz
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Haberman Montauk Branch 
Map: Jeff Erlitz
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  Glendale - Atlas Terminal
Map: Jeff Erlitz
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Richmond Hill
Map: Jeff Erlitz
The west end portion was handled by the LIRR SW #103 swapped for the LIRR C420 #229 as we passed Morris Park. LIRR #103  had no speed control and our next destination was into controlled territory east of Jamaica.  Commentary: JJ Earl.
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 Hillside Area Holban Yard
Map: Jeff Erlitz
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Hempstead Branch from Main at Bellerose
  Map: Jeff Erlitz
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Hempstead Branch
Map: Jeff Erlitz
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Garden City - Mitchel Field Secondary
Map: Jeff Erlitz
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LIRR #64 At the Garden Secondary, prior to the runaround move.
Photo/Archive: JJ Earl
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At the Garden Secondary, LIRR C420 #229 running around the train for the trip back to Jamaica and the Storage Yard 
Photo/Archive: JJ Earl
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Caboose Trip 09/10/1989 Semaphore 10-89
by Gene Collora
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LIRR #229, 225, 609  Clinton Rd, Garden City 09/10/1989
Photo: Al Castelli They were repainted for that trip in August 8/89 Retired by 11/01/89 

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LIRR #229, 225, 609  Run-by Clinton Rd, Garden City 09/10/1989 Photo: John Fusto

Connecticut Cannonball October 27, 1990

Trip chairman and LIST VP Gene Collora obtained approval of both Amtrak and MetroNorth to run a train over the Hellgate Bridge and on to the Danbury and Waterbury Branches. MetroNorth had visited the LIRR earlier so perhaps it was time for the LIRR to do some visiting off Long Island. This was the first time a complete train of LIRR passenger equipment, including push-pull parlor cars, operated on "foreign" rails.

Coach tickets were $45 and parlor car seats were $90; a box lunch was sold aboard for passengers. The train, as scheduled, ran on Saturday, October 27, 1990 with photo stops and run-bys scheduled. This was quite an accomplishment and a large undertaking proving to be a huge success and provided a landfall of money for the LIST-NRHS chapter. Mike Boland



LIST-NRHS Danbury-Waterbury Branches CT  "Connecticut Cannonball" 10/27/1990
Photo: Gene Collora Archive: Mike Boland

Hudson River Cannonball September 28, 1991
 It operated from Jamaica via Hell Gate Bridge to Poughkeepsie and return. The trip went from New Rochelle, via MO Tower in the Bronx, to the Hudson Line and return. Gene Collora

LIRR #605 Hamburg, NY photo runby  9/28/1991
Photo: Henry Maywald Archive: Mike Boland

LIRR #605 Hamburg, NY photo runby view S 9/28/1991
Photo: Henry Maywald Archive: Mike Boland

SW1001-102-104-Harold Protect Engines C61 P72-Cars LIST Fan Trip Greenport October 3, 1992 

LIST Fan Trip Greenport October 3, 1992
 outgoing schedule

LIST Fan Trip Greenport October 3, 1992
 return schedule

LIST Fan Trip Greenport October 3, 1992
 Souvenir Ticket
Archive: Steven R. Torborg

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 Harold Protect Engines #102, #104 Fan Trip Greenport 10/03/992 Photo: Joe Sam

LIRR #104 Bethpage 10/03/1992 Photo: Kevin Gulau

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Harold Protect Engines #102, #104 Fan Trip 10/03/992 Laying up Greenport

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Fan Trip Harold Protect Engines #102, #104, C61 Greenport 10/03/992

LIST Dover Plains Limited October 16, 1993

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LIST Announcement Dover Plains Limited 10-16-93

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METRO-NORTH Orders 10-16-1993
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Semaphore November 1993 Article
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 Dover Plains 10-16-93 Photo: John Fusto

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Dover Plains LIRR #607  10/16/1993 Photo: Joe Hagan

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MP15s Dover Plains 10/16/1993 Photo: John Fusto
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FA 607 Dover Plains 10/16/1993  Photo: John Fusto
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Fresh Pond run-by 10/16/1993 Photo: John Fusto
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Approaching Hell Gate Bridge 10/16/93 Photo: John Fusto
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LI City 10/16/1993 Photo: John Fusto
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LI City 10/16/1993 Photo: John Fusto

Dover Plains Joe 'Pappy' Hagan 10/16/1993 Photo: Joe Hagan

Dover Plains Limited LIRR #607 Hell Gate approach return trip
10/16/1993 Photo/Archive: Bill Mangahas

LI City 10/16/1993 Photo: Bernie Ente Archive: Mike Boland
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Dover Plains LIRR #607 MetroNorth FL9AC #2007 10/16/1993 Photo: Joe Hagan

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Dover Plains LIRR #607 Harold Fagerberg 10/16/1993 Photo: Joe Hagan

160th Anniversary Special train to Greenport on July 23, 1994

Ms. Valerie Stillman and Amtrak official F. Clarke Hampe on the platform of CANNON BALL during the 160th anniversary special train’s layover at Greenport on July 23, 1994. Photo: Valerie Stillman

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LIRR 160th anniversary special train after arrival at Greenport  7/23/1994.  LIRR locomotive #259 with “The Cannonball” herald is spotted next to Dr. James Stillman’s private car CANNON BALL, before running around to the west end of the consist for the return trip. Photo: Valerie Stillman

Dr. James Stillman (platform) poses with the late LIRR President Charles Hoppe (left) and Conductor Tom Scaccia CANNON BALL 160th Anniversary Special lays-over at Greenport 7/23/1994 Photo: Valerie Stillman

Our yard crew made up the special late that night/early that morning. Steve Parisi was my Engineer, Paul Carnevale III was my Assistant, and Joe Voll was the Utility man. Trainmaster Carol Mills oversaw the operation, and rode the special, also. Pullman hitches were given making up the train as the family resided on the car that night.  Info: Ben Jankowski


LIRR #259 private car CANNON BALL160th Anniversary Trip at Greenport
7/23/1994 Photo: Frank Conte Archive: Mike Boland

LIRR #266 east end swap with #259 for return trip from Greenport - 160th Anniversary Trip
7/23/1994 Photo: Frank Conte Archive: Mike Boland

Private car CANNON BALL160th Anniversary Trip at Greenport
7/23/1994 Photo: Frank Conte Archive: Mike Boland

NEWSDAY 160th Anniversary Trip to Greenport 7/23/1994  Archive: Mike Boland

National Anthem Ceremony - 160th Anniversary Trip
7/23/1994 Photo: Frank Conte Archive: Mike Boland

LIRR President Charles Hoppe (right) Vincent Seyfried 160th Anniversary Trip to Greenport
7/23/1994 Photo: Frank Conte Archive: Mike Boland

LIRR President Charles Hoppe (left) with photographer Frank Conte
160th Anniversary Trip 7/23/1994  Archive: Mike Boland

LIRR President Charles Hoppe receiving plaque at the 160th Anniversary Trip to Greenport
Ceremony 7/23/1994 Archive: RMLI

Private car CANNON BALL160th Anniversary Trip to Greenport
7/23/1994 Photo: Frank Conte Archive: Mike Boland

LIRR President Charles Hoppe reading the presentation plaque at the 160th Anniversary Trip to Greenport
Ceremony 7/23/1994 Archive: RMLI
NRHS National Directors Convention -   November 11-13, 1994

The NRHS National Directors Convention was held at Ronkonkoma. (Holiday Inn on Veterans Highway) south of the station. It was a three day affair. Mr. Prendergast, LIRR President in 1994, addressed the membership on one of evenings at the Holiday Inn. On the 11th, the trip took us to the Hillside shops, Wreck Lead, W. Babylon via Babylon Branch, returned to KO via the Central Branch to "B" and on to KO via the Main. Info: Joe Hagan

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 NRHS Directors Convention - Hillside Shops 11/11/1994 Photo: Joe Hagan
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NRHS Directors Convention - Wreck Lead Bridge  GP38-2 #251-252 11/11/1994 Photo: Joe Hagan
LIST 30th Anniversary Special 1966 - 1996  May 4, 1996
This trip was the 30th Anniversary Special for the LIST Chapter. Operated on 5/4/96 over Hell Gate Bridge to Beacon, NY then via Maybrook Line to Hopewell Jct. and Danbury, CT and return to LI.  Info: Gene Collora




MP15AC #154 LIST fantrip at ex-NYC signal-bridge Hudson Division, Beacon
 ready to depart for Maybrook Line.   5/04/1996 Archive: Mike Boland

MP15AC #154 LIST fantrip at CP HOPE, Hopewell Jct. yard.
5/04/1996 Archive: Mike Boland

MP15AC #154 LIST fantrip - The last photo stop of the day along Whaley Lake
west of Danbury, CT.  5/04/1996 Archive: Mike Boland

 LIST fantrip - LIRR #622 fantrip Danbury, CT  5/04/1996 Archive: Mike Boland

 LIST fantrip - LIRR #622 fantrip Danbury, CT  5/04/1996 Photo/Archive: Joe Saullo

LIST-NRHS Mixed Freight  - April 17, 1999

Semaphore May 1999 - LIST-NRHS - LIRR Mixed Freight Fantrip 4/17/1999

Mixed Freight Fantrip flyer/ticket 4/17/1999

LI City after the run-around LIRR FA1 #614,
MP15AC #171, and GP38-2 #260

The three engine lash-up enroute runby

Material/Photos/Archive: Steve Torborg

MP15AC #171

GP38-2 #260

LIRR Caboose #61

LIRR Caboose #56

LIRR Caboose #C-66

LIRR  three caboose #51, #56, #C-66

LIRR Fire Protection Car #5000

Freight consist - Fantrip 4/17/1999

Holban Yard truck repair - 4/17/1999 Archive; Steve Lynch

ERA Special September 25, 1999

The ERA Special on 9/25/1999. First is Island Park Station. They were letting us off for a runby. Sun didn't work for me so ran out to where #2 was taken. The Geeps would not fit under the Station Canopy so we were not able go any further. The crew member with the blue shirt is the machinist who rode along to ensure 614 was operable. Before the trip he had to get the 614 running. It ran fine and was sent to the Main Line for the Greenport Scoot after our trip. Bill Skeats

NYCRR Historical Society June 17, 2000

"Queens Ledger" July 6, 2000:

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Over one hundred railroad historians from all over the country met at the Glendale yard of New York & Atlantic Railway on Saturday, June 17. The occasion was the annual meeting of the New York Connecting Railroad Society. The main interest of this group is the rail route, built in 1917, which crosses over the Hell Gate Bridge from the Bronx to Queens. The tracks soar over Astoria on a high viaduct, and then continue through Woodside, Maspeth, and Middle Village using a series of smaller bridges and tunnels. The main junction is in Glendale at the rail yard on Otto Road. The tracks then travel into Brooklyn and eventually end at the waterfront in Bay Ridge, near 65th Street.

This rail route is used by many freight trains each day. It passes through one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world, and yet trains go virtually unnoticed. This is because the route was thoughtfully constructed without any grade crossings to delay traffic.

As part of the festivities, the New York & Atlantic Railway operated a special inspection train to Bay Ridge. Two bright green locomotives, a passenger coach, and a caboose carried the participants on a 22-mile round trip to Bay Ridge. The train posed for photos at many scenic locations along the way. The weather was hot and humid but everybody aboard had a great time.  Submitted by: Bernard Ente
June 17, 2000, Queens, NY:

Saturday and the New York Connecting Railroad (NYCRR) Fan Trip over the New York & Atlantic had arrived.  And a
HOT one it was; with temperatures hovering in the mid to high 90's. Seems the weatherman had saved his best NY City "dog days" three "H" special combination; hot, humid, and hazy, for us. Steve Lynch

NY&A #261 NYCRR fantrip - Atlantic Ave. Bay Ridge Branch 6/17/2000 Photo/Archive: Mike Boland

On the way to the New Lots curve. NYA GP38-2  #268 on the north point, an ex-LIRR bay window caboose, LIRR passenger coach #2940, and NYA GP38-2 unit #261 south point. Photo/Archive: Steve Lynch

The engineers and crew waiting to get the breeze back in the cab.
Thanks NYA for the day!  Photo/Archive: Steve Lynch

NY&A NYCRR fantrip Bay Ridge 65th St. Yard - 6/17/2000 Photo/Archive: Mike Boland

Farewell to the M1 Fantrip November 4, 2006

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M1 #9609 Farewell Trip East Williston view N 11/04/2006
Archive: Matt Kobel

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M1 #9338 Farewell Trip East Williston view S 11/04/2006
Archive: Matt Kobel
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M1 #9609 arriving Vanderbilt Yard 11/04/06 
Photo: Gary Chatterton
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M1 #9609 last car snaking through Garden City
11/04/06 Photo: Jorge Catayi
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M1 #9609 Vanderbilt Yard 11/04/06 
Photo: Jorge Catayi

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M1 #9609 arriving Penn Station 11/04/06 
Photo: Gary Chatterton

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LIRR #160 at Jamaica Station 11-04-06

MORRIS PARK SHOPS TOUR - March 28, 2009 Tour Photo Credits: Richard Lalomia

The surviving shop buildings and roundhouse will soon be torn down in favor of a new yard facility.  A wye will replace the turntable and separate maintenance "sheds" will replace the roundhouse.  Provisions have already been put in place for tearing down the crew facilities (Engine house, Foreman's office, Hostler's room, bathrooms and MofE crew rooms).  Two large trailers have been delivered recently and will replace the aforementioned quarters. The building directly behind the roundhouse is next to be demolished.  No dates as to when any of this will happen, but it will be in the distant future.

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Seems like "All trains go through Jamaica" 
LIRR Complex Tour Ticket 03/28/2009

      Photo: Steven Lynch c.1985

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The hi-lighted buildings in BLUE are the only buildings still standing in Morris Park. Info: Mike DeFantis The Long Island Rail Road Fellowship: Association of Retired and Former Long Island Rail Road Employees  Map: Steve Rothaug
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1973 Building Guide
Legend: Steve Roth

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View westbound of tunnel under 121st Street

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View eastbound towards Dunton Tower
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1890's Loco Yard Office, track visible westbound to turntable lead


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Safety Stencil on Brick Wall

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LIRR freight move of ballast cars on the Montauk Branch embankment view NE

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The Morris Park Shop turntable remains

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Turntable arch closeup
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Morris Park roundhouse remains
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LIRR #169, coach #2909, Jet snow blower

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LIRR FA2 #608 Renumbered #3100, 1991 provided HEP to the C-1 bilevels before the FL9AC's arrived on property. This end coupled to the engine.


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LIRR FA2 #608 Renumbered #3100. "B" end coupled to the coaches.
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Inspection Pit, Sanding tower (old coaling tower view), Dunton Tower in background view east

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Sanding tower remains

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LIRR Track Crew Truck

175th Fantrip July 25, 2009

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Greenport turntable 175th Fantrip 7/25/2009 Photo: Al Castelli 

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175th Fantrip 7/25/2009 View W.  Photo: Kevin Katta
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175th Fantrip 7/25/2009 View E. Photo: Kevin Katta

Greenport Fantrip October 16, 22021

Greenport Rail Fan Trip Flyer 10/16/2021

Riverhead LIRR train #6201 - View N at Griffing Ave, Riverhead. The drumhead was probably placed on the train when it was made up in Morris Park 10/16/2021 Photo/Archive: Dave Barraza

Greenport trip at Railroad Avenue and Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead heading east towards Greenport on Saturday at 10:25 AM. 10/16/2021 Photo/Archive: Neil Feldman

LIST-NRHS -  Greenport Rail Fan Trip Drumhead

Greenport Fan Trip - View E 10/16/2021

Greenport Trip consist view E 10/16/2021

Greenport Trip - View W 10/16/2021