LIRR CHRONOLOGY  1928  

 

Jan. 9, 1928 PRR Board approves $21,500 to enlarge LIRR waiting room in Penn Station. (MB)

 

Jan. 31, 1928 Automatic train stop and cab signals placed in service between Jamaica and Babylon on LIRR. (see 1927?)

 

Feb. 29, 1928 PT&T Board authorizes $21,500 for enlarging LIRR Waiting Room. (MB)

 

Mar. 8, 1928 LIRR hosts officials of North German Lloyd Line in inspection of Fort Pond Bay at Montauk as potential transatlantic port. (NYT)

 

Apr. 9, 1928 LIRR announces 4% dividend payable May 1, first since 1896; amounts to payment of $1.364 million to PRR. (NYT)

 

May 17, 1928 PRR begins operating race train from Philadelphia direct to Belmont Park on LIRR, stopping at West Philadelphia and Trenton, for season ending June 9. (NYT)

 

June 11, 1928 ICC issues decision upholding railroads in Hell Gate Bridge Case; finds no demonstrated public interest or economies in NYC access to Long Island; holds PRR and LIRR are a single system and have rights to long-haul on all freight originating on their lines; thus defeated, Port of New York Authority ends attempts to compel railroads to adhere to its Comprehensive Plan; turns to developing bridges and tunnels which ultimately end need for elaborate joint railroad facilities in port's core.

 

June 20, 1928 ICC rejects Port of New York Authority application for all-rail joint rates between LIRR and points on NYC and western lines via Hell Gate Bridge at rate no higher than by car float. (NYT)

Oct. 1, 1928 PRR assumes direct operation of LIRR; LIRR combined with New Jersey General Division (New York-Liddonfield) to form a quasi-region called "New York Zone" under VP. George LeBoutillier and a single General Manager, J.F. Patterson, and General Superintendent R.C. Morse with full PRR regional staff; LIRR General Superintendent C.D. Baker transferred to PRR headquarters. (MB, NYT)

 

1928 LIRR relays Laurelton-Cedarhurst Cutoff to protect right-of-way and grade crossing rights.