LIRR CHRONOLOGY  1925  

 

Jan. 23, 1925 New York Transit Commission rejects PRR application for increasing LIRR's Penn Station rent after extensive hearings since Aug. 1924. (NYT)

 

Feb. 19, 1925 Hobart Carson Fash, founder of Long Island Commuters Association, dies of throat cancer at Brooklyn, which his followers blame on his extended speaking tours denouncing the LIRR fare increase. (NYT)

 

Mar. 3, 1925 Last run of LIRR ferry, 34th Street-Long Island City; LIRR then dismantles Long Island City ferry house and sells ferries Manhattan Beach, Southampton and Pennsylvania. (AR)

 

Mar. 24, 1925 PRR submits revised proposal for raising LIRR's Penn Station rent by a lower amount. (NYT)

 

May 16, 1925 E.B. Kessler named Superintendent of LIRR, replacing Ralph Peters, Jr., resigned. (AR)

 

May 21, 1925 LIRR begins electric service between Jamaica and Babylon on the Montauk Branch and opens rebuilding of Central Extension between Bethpage Jct. and Babylon; steam trains for points east of Babylon rerouted via Mineola, Bethpage Jct. and Belmont Jct.; connection built between LIRR main line and former Central Railroad of Long Island at Bethpage Jct. to permit this service; former Central Railroad then abandoned between Stewart Ave., Salisbury Plains, and Bethpage Jct. (track still down in 1937!!) (AR)

 

May 26, 1925 New York City Board of Transportation submits report calling for purchase of LIRR's Rockaway Beach lines for conversion to rapid transit.

 

June 19, 1925 New York, Brooklyn & Manhattan Beach Railway merged into LIRR. (C&C)

 

July 4, 1925 New York Transit Commission announces approval of new LIRR Penn Station agreement increasing rent from $1.8 million to $2.23 million retroactive to July 1, 1923; reduces interest asked from 5% to 4.5%, denying $2.84 million rent sought by PRR. (NYT)

 

July 4, 1925 New York Transit Commission announces approval of new LIRR Penn Station agreement increasing rent from $1.8 million to $2.23 million retroactive to July 1, 1923; reduces interest asked from 5% to 4.5%, denying $2.84 million rent sought by PRR. (NYT)

 

July 1925 LIRR makes offer to sell Rockaway Beach lines to New York City.

 

Nov. 3, 1925 New York voters approve $300 million bond issue to apply to railroad grade crossing elimination; used heavily on LIRR.

 

Dec. 8, 1925 New York Transit Commission denies PRR application to raise LIRR's Penn Station rent by $420,000; later agree to fix rent at $2,232,000, same as in 1925. (NYT)

 

Dec. 15, 1925 First LIRR diesel, No. 401, Class AA2, a 600 HP GE/Ingersoll-Rand switcher, leaves Erie Plant for New York. (Hirsimaki)

 

Dec. 1925 Railroads secure injunction to block enforcement of the Kaufmann Act mandating electrification within the limits of New York City. (LIRR AR)

 

1925 Largest PRR stockholder is Girard Trust Company, with only 52,432 shares; large individual and institutional holdings, including those of the Frick Estate and J.P. Morgan & Co., have been sold since 1920. (NYT)

 

1925 NY Gov.  vetoes a three-year extension of the deadline for railroad electrification in New York City under the Kaufmann Act. (LIRR AR)