Long Island Rail Road 
Maintenance of Way
 


LIRR G5s #22 pushing work train westbound under 65th Street overpass on Port Washington branch tracks east of station - Woodside, NY - c.1947 (view looking northwest from the 65th Place overpass.  IRT elevated station across tracks at LIRR Woodside station visible in background) Archive: Dave Keller


LIRR C420 #226 The MOW Rail train is on the siding, facing east at the old Pineaire station. The LIRR Main Line track is adjacent to the station platform.. You can see one of the old platform lights at the far left. The overpass in the background is the Sagtikos Pky. 

Pineaire was basically a freight station with manned freight office in a trackside trailer east of the station stop. The passenger stop wasn't discontinued until October, 1986, about the time the electrification project was underway.  This photo is probably c. 1978-1980
Research: Dave Keller

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LIRR G5s #37 Work Train eastbound Carnation Ave., Floral Park, NY - 1951 Archive: Dave Keller


MOW roster 10-65


MOW Equip. c.<1975


Welded  Rail Cars c.<1975

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MOW Alphabetical Supplemental Roster 
Research: Dave Keller 11-2007

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MOW Numeric 
Supplemental Roster 
Research: Dave Keller 11-2007


LIRR Yard A W86 Crew Car ex-B&M car c.1980

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ex-PRR B60 Baggage car
c.1980
Photos: Tim Darnell



LIRR 1904 OREM 

LIRR 1917 OREM page 176

LIRR 1917 OREM page 177

Crane 197 Morris Park  8/15/58
Photo: G. Votova

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LIRR #197 04-15-1951 L.B. Smith Ad conversion  from to steam to diesel
Built by Brownhoist:  04/1926
Acquired by the LIRR:  11/1926  
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Pennsy E6s pulling wreck train at speed through Laurelton on the old Southern Road, between Higbie Ave. and Farmer’s Blvd. in 1939. What’s unusual is that the E6s was a passenger locomotive, and known for its speed.
Collection and Info: Dave Keller 

 


Jordan Spreader
Watermill 2/78


W93 Jordan Spreader


W83 2/75 Pushed by
2 leased GP7 B&A units


W83 Working
Mattituck 2/75


"Jaws" at Greenport Freight House

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Welded rail installation on the Port Jeff branch, in St James view west 1979
 Photo: Len Torney

Plasser-American
PTS-62 #TC825 1/96

 W83 "Jaws" 1997
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LIRR W83 "Jaws III" 12/1983
Photo: Chris Allen
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LIRR C420 #229 Work Train with Burro Crane Queens Village, NY 07/14/1985
Archive: Dave Keller 
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LIRR #4230 Harsco Spreader/Ditcher aka. Jordan Spreader Ludington, MI 02/12/13 Photo: Mike Tabone

L.I.R.R. MAINTENANCE OF WAY EQUIPMENT
 
by
Nick Kalis

How equipment enters MOW service makes for an interesting story. There have been periods when certain types of equipment became surplus either by law or by the advent of more modern equipment. As streamline passenger equipment appeared, surplus heavyweight cars were often turned into employee bunk cars. In the late 1940s, as diesels replaced steam locomotive, tenders were often salvaged to store water or fuel. It seems the LIRR owned at least one example of each of the AAR classifications of MofW equipment.
 
Early Practices
 
Earlier years on the Long Island witnesses a variety of practices and equipment associated with MOW. A ballast train headed up by an E-7 steam engine number 9714 and brought up from the rear by a caboose appeared on page 5 of Ron Ziel and George Foster's Steel Rails to the Sunrise.

As late as 1922, LIRR employees operated an oil train to spread oil on the railroad's right of way both to retard vegetation and control dust (see Ziel, pages 70-71). Work trains even used wooden coaches at one time as evidenced by a 1904 photo in Ziel page 79. G-53 (4-6-0 Camelbacks by Brooks) steam engines were often used to pull work trains (Ziel, pages 110-111) and saw much service with the Jamaica grade-crossing elimination. Besides H-6sb Consoles, at least one G-52 also saw work train service (see Ziel, page 130).

A great deal of information about LIRR work equipment in 1916 is available but was omitted from this article for the sake of brevity and on the assumption that most modelers are interested in more modern eras.
 

Work Equipment owned by the LIRR  as of October 1, 1965
 

 

Type

Unit  Numbers

Total

Burro Cranes

432, 85207, 85208

3


#85208

Locomotive Cranes

171, 172, 184, 198

4

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LIRR Rail crane #198 swinging wheels into LIRR gondola #2953 - Morris Park Shops - Queens, NY - 9/27/1915
Archive: Dave Keller

Instruction Car 

179       

Ah, the infamous Training car. Where many Conductors and Engineers qualified.

I took my Brakeman's test in a car like that, don't know if it was that one, but it was in that location in July 1973. That was the extent of the RR training facilities at the time. We had a classroom car, and an airbrake car, both located on the east end of yard D in Jamaica. I remember some RR "Cartoons" posted on the walls of the car, lampooning RR Definitions. One said CONDUCTOR and showed an orchestra conductor, another said BLOCK and showed childrens blocks.
Another said, "Before I worked for the RR I could not even spell Engineer, now I are one".

By the time I qualified as Conductor, the Training cars were in Johnson Ave yard, and we also had classrooms Babylon yard, located in trailers.  Now we have actual classrooms in The Hillside Facility.

Thanks to Bob Andersen

                                           

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179 Jamaica 2/1964 Photo: Jim Gillin 

 

 

Wreck Derrick                         

197  Built by Brownhoist:  4/1926
Acquired by the LIRR:  11/1926  

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Ex-LIRR 197 
Black River & Western RR
Photo: John McCluskey

Work Train Cars            

W50, W51, W52, W53, W54, 492512, 489589                        

7

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LIRR #489589

Boom Cars                              

241, 491577, 491986

3

 

 

Jordan Spreader-Ditcher - Snow Plows

497498, 497499

2

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497498 Holban Yd Hollis 2/06/1949
Archive: Dave Keller

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497499 in yard Hicksville 7/25/52
Archive: Dave Keller

Steam Rotary Blower &
 Water  Tender
 

193, 499151

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#193 at Steamtown

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Cooke rotary #193 Morris Park 1898

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193 Morris Park  5/1963 
Photo: Jim Gillin

Snow Plows (Rae Type)

497750, 497751, 497760, 497761, W191

4

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LIRR W80 ex-497750 Photo: 1972


Pre-jaws #191 - Hillside yard 1934

Snow Flanger Cars

495744, 495745, 495746, 495772, 495773, 495791,  
495792, 495793                              

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#495793 worktrain HolbanYard, Hollis 02-06-49 Photo: George Votava Collection: Keller

Work Train Cars            

W11, W12, 491598, 491600, 491976, 491985, 494954,  
494955, 494956

9  

 

Train Riding Car

492754                                             

1  

M.W. Camp Train Cars  

492761, 492763, 492764, 492765, 492766

        
            MOW W88  Morris Park c.1970+
Photo: Steve Hoskins


MOW W6   Morris Park c.1970+
Photo: Steve Hoskins
 
                               

5  


Dormitory W37  Montauk c. 1970+
Photo: Steve Hoskins

This dormitory car is different from the MOW bunk cars, in that those cars were only occupied by trackmen during major repairs, i.e. derailments, etc. and they moved from one site to another as required.  

The car in Montauk was a f ixed feature . . . . it even had a bumper block installed at the west end of the car, so parlor trains wouldn’t couple to it by accident!  

It was a bunk car for parlor and bar car attendants during long layovers.
 Info: Dave Keller

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LIRR W37  Montauk c. 1970+
Photo: Steve Hoskins

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LIRR W3 (prior W37)  Montauk Scrapped 1975. Photo: Steve Hoskins

“Although it was not a revenue car, the crew dormitory at Montauk Yard is worthy of inclusion here. LIRR bought Pullman heavyweight (8 sections 1 drawing room 2 compartments) sleeper CENTHILL from PRR, assigned it number W37 and spotted it on track 4 at Montauk.  The sleeper was used by parlor and bar attendants who laid over between runs at Montauk.  It was placed behind a bumper block to keep it from being accidently coupled into the consist of an outbound train. It was eventually renumbered W3.  It was painted into MTA colors and finally scrapped in 1975.” Info: Jack Deasy

 

Tool & Supply Cars                 

498571 to 498574 inclusive

4  

 

Carrier Car for MOW
Burro Crane                    

491601 

1
 

 

Float Bridge
Reach-In Cars

434903, 497983, 497993, 497999                                         

4  

Hopper Car for Cinder and Ballast                 

494764                                             

1  

 

Steel Ash Cars  (For Flatbush Avenue Sta.)     

494781, 494782

2  

 

Gondola Cars (For Rubbish, Scrap, etc.)


494908 LI City
Collection: Ted Culotta

494905, 494908, 494912, 494923, 494925, 494934, 494950, 494951- 494953, 494957, 494961, 494963- 494970, W1-W10

29  


#494964 Holban 07/05/54
Photo: Votava Collection: Kellerlirr494903.jpg (88553 bytes)
#494903 Built: 6/1916 class GR (drop end gon) storage yard Richmond Hill 11/27/1947

 

Total Work Equipment, cars, etc.
            
  

91  

P. H. Hatch, General Mechanical Superintendent
 

Until the mid-1950s one of the LIRR cabin cars, which had been box cars, was painted grey and used on work trains, Art Huneke recalls. By October 1, 1965, the era I model in HO-scale, burro cranes, tool & supply cars, the rotary steam plow, hopper car, steel ash car, and all camp train cars were gone from active service on the LIRR. Art Huneke identified at least one burro crane being on the LIRR property as late as 1971 and a Jordan Spreader, W93, surviving into 1981. One reacher car was added between 1956 and 1965.
 

Work Equipment owned by the LIRR  as of 1965 by James Gillin
  

Type

Unit Numbers

Total  

 

Locomotive Crane         

200                                         

1  

 

Wreck Crane

197*                                        

1


W50 tending W197 Morris Park  8/15/58
Photo: G. Votova

Wreck Train Cars          

W-50*, W-56, W-57

3

 

Tool Cars

W-55, 491985

2  

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W-55  LI City, NY   05/03/1960
Photo: George Votava
Collection: Dave Keller


Renumbered: #35014
Photo: Steve Hoskins

Jordan Spreader           

W-93                                       

1

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Pine Lawn Team Yard  view SW 
06-1991 Photo: John Fusto
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Pine Lawn Team Yard  view SE 
06-1991 Photo: John Fusto

Boom Car                               

491577                                   

1

 

Steam Rotary &
Water Tender                   

W-14*, 193*

LIRR Rotary Snowplow #193; built by Cooke Locomotive and Machine Works, 1898 (weighs 67.5 tons with a 9 foot, 8 inch blade assembly) Tender is a 1940 PRR replacement of the original wood tender                                      

2  


#193 at Steamtown, PA

Snow Plow

W-80, W-83*           

W80 and W83 were both built by the LIRR shops in December, 1915 atop 1907 flatcars.

W80 was originally numbered 497750
W83 was originally numbered 497751

They were both renumbered in January, 1960
W80 was scrapped in August, 1974
W83 was rebuilt in November, 1978

Information: Dave Keller

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Jaws After Repaint after 11/78

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Ronkonkoma 12/20/1980 
Archive: Dave Keller



                

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LIRR W80 ex-497750

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W80 Montauk view NE in front of Warehouse #4 ex-U.S. Navy torpedo facilities
 c. early 1960's Photo: Steve Hoskins
Info: Dave Keller


W83 ex-497751 Ronkonkoma 6/77 

Instruction Car             

I-10, I-11, I-12                                      

3

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PRR  #492443  on the storage track at 
Jamaica station  Class P70 1952
Photo: George Votava  Collection: Dave  Keller 

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Air brake instruction car, ex-P70 1964
Collection: Dave Keller

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Just past the Jamaica station building on its west side, above Archer Ave at the east entrance to D yard. Photo taken across the street on Archer Ave in front of the old "Eye Gate"building. It is now offices for the RR. 
Info: Bob Anderson Photo: Tim Darnell
1974

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LIRR #I-11 ex-LIRR #1751 Instruction Car

Snow Flanger Car         

W-84*, W-86, W-89, W-91

 

Float Reach-In Car

W-23, W-27, W-29, W-39, W-70

I would rather think that that was NOT a reacher car for the floats.  The float flats, as we called them, had a little shanty on them that had a pot belly stove and benches for the crew to get out of the cold.  This one without the shanty would have been used on the east end ladder job as a car to improve vision for the engine crew while rolling the hump.  That job continued for some time after the floats stopped operating.  Freight came in from Fremont that needed classifying.
The car in question, however, WAS referred to as a float flat.  JJ Earl


That particular flat car was a "hump visibility" car but was listed on the MOW roster as a float reach.
 UN Blocker
      

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W-29 Yard A 05/76
Photo: Tim Darnell

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LIRR #416 with float reacher car LI City 
view W 1976

Gondola Car

W-1, W-4, W-5, W-8, W-9, W-10,
W-12, W-17, W-19, W-28, W-32,
W-35, W-37, W-38, W-60, W-61,
W-62, W-63, W-64, W-65, W-66,
W-67, W-68,W-69                                    

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LIRR MOW Gondola
  Sayville 1980s
Photo: Steve Lynch

Welded Rail Car            

R-3, R-6, R-7, R-15, R-18, R-30, R-31,
R-33, R-34, R-40, R-41, R-42, R-43,
R-44, R-45, R-46, R-47,  R-48, R-49,
R-50, R-51, R-52                                                 

22  


R-29(?) Welded Rail Car (far right)
Yard A 05/76   Photo: Tim Darnell

 

Equipment marked with an "*" appear in color in: 
Volume 5: N.E. Railroad Work Equipment, Classic Freight Cars, The Series

MOW Storage Car
         

W-2  MES (Maintenance of Equipment Storage)

1  

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 Morris Park c. 1988-99  
Photo: Bobby J. Kasza

Fuel Storage Car  W-88, W-89, W-90  MWM ( Store-Supply car equipped for handling material to be distributed for railway use) Acquired 10/1973  3 W-88_morrisparkyard_richmondhill_4-20-74dkeller_georgevotavephoto.jpg (45889 bytes)
W-88 Morris Park Yard
4/20/74  Photo: George Votava
 Collection: Dave Keller 
Brush Car A brush car cleaned off the 3rd rail.

BTW: This car is laying up at East Williston, because that was (and is) the extent of electrification on the Oyster Bay branch. 

Withdrawn from service between 1950 and 1955.  This one was shot at East Williston on 5/1/54.  I doubt ANY were renumbered “W-XX”. Built by ACF 1910. Info: Dave Keller  

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Brush Car Piping 
Photo: George Votava 
  Collection: Dave Keller  

 

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#498846 siding across E. Williston Station 05/07/1954  Photo: Ed Hermanns
Collection: Dave Keller 
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Rail Road Vehicles timdarnell.jpg (39771 bytes)
Photo: Tim Darnell
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New  electric yard near end of construction - Ronkonkoma - 12/1987 Photo: Dave Keller
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"Rail Way Best Way" Slogan LIRR Trucks
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MOW TC016 Railroad Truck on Main Line at Woodside 05/17/1991   Archive: Dave Keller
       
Ore Jennies
Ore Cars

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HO model LIRR #4156 Ore Jenny

They were used in removing tunnel boring excavated rock from the Third City Water Tunnel, Queens section. Loaded out in Maspeth where the LIRR used to have a freight house on Grand Avenue. There was a ban on shipping this material by truck from the Queens job site, so the railroad got the business. 

Cars extensions for use in hauling taconite pellets. Not as dense as iron ore.

Former CN and BN cars. The LIRR sold them to LS&I who shortened the cars.

String of cars in Yard A were bad order cars/part sources for the rest of the fleet. They got scrapped when the others were sold. Info:  John McCluskey

 
LIRR #4188 Ore Jenny
(tunnel boring debris)

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LIRR #4044  Ore Jenny  10/06-2000
Photo: Bob Andersen

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LIRR #4023  Photo: John McCluskey

LIRR MOW Ore Cars:   Further Info and Photos

 

Ballast Spreader
 
As late as 1956, the Long Island had a Jordan spreader available to serve as a ballast spreader and trimmer (AAR classification MWE).
 
Bar Generator Car
LIRR #2103 rebuilt as bar-generator cars to provide trainline power to cars operating in the consist of trains without a powerpack cab control unit.
lirr2103bargeneratorObay.jpg (48026 bytes) #2103 at Oyster Bay

lirr2101mineola07-01-1978timdarnellbargencar.jpg (69864 bytes)#2101 Mineola   07-01-1978 
Photo: Tim Darnell

Other side view of BarGen Car. 

lirr2103bargenerator-lentorney.jpg (94492 bytes) #2103 at Port Jefferson c. 1980 Photo: Len Torney
Boarding Outfit/Bunk  Cars
 
By 1965, boarding outfit cars (AAR classification MWX: includes kitchen, bunk, and other cars used for employee living) were absent from the roster due to the mobility of the work force on an island the size that the LIRR served. However, they were in use on the Long Island as late as 1936 (see Steel Rails to the Sunrise photo, page 216 showing wood coaches "downgraded to crew car service") and appeared on the roster as late as 1962.
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Crew Car #492513 LI City 07/22/1950 
Sunshine
Biscuit Co. at right, view SW
Info: Ed Schleyer 
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Crew Car #492755 with Platform 
Holban Yard 11/02/1947
Archive: Dave Keller
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Crew Car #492756 Holban Yard c.1947
Archive: Dave Keller
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Crew Car #492758 Holban Yard 11/22/1947
Archive: Dave Keller
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Crew Car #492764 Holban Yard 11/22/1947
Archive: Dave Keller
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Crew -Cars  #492760 & 492759 
Holban Yard c.1947
Archive: Dave Keller
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PRR MOW Crew- Cars Harrisburg, PA
 June, 1965
Provided ONLY to show the actual color scheme of these cars when in service. Courtesy of  The Keystone, Dave Keller+ archive

 

Boom Cars
 
Typically, railroads supply each crane with a boom car to protect its boom while it is lowered and in transit. Railroads select boom cars first for the necessary length to accommodate the boom. Then they are fitted with hardware and needed appliances. In 1973, LIRR management kept Wreck crane W-75 along with idler car W-50 at Morris Park Engine Terminal.
Chloride Cars
EX-BAGGAGE/EXP: #641-#645  CONVERTED: 1934-35  #497100-#497104 Former baggage express cars with 3rd rail shoes added.   

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 Archive: Dave Keller

        
 

 

  #497101
Cranes
LIRR "crane" number 197 is more properly called a derrick as the 1956 roster described it because of its short boom style. Cranes differ from derricks (MWW: Wreck Derrick, propelled by locomotive, used for heavy lifting) in several ways. Cranes have long spindly booms for use with drag lines, electromagnets, and clamshells. Whereas derricks are husky, short boom style cranes one would see cleaning up a train wreck and sometimes known as the big hook or auxiliary. Cranes are typically used for everyday maintenance work while Derricks are used only for emergency work.
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Flat cars
While they surely appeared earlier, Flat cars, known as AAR classification MWF, have been with the LIRR's MOW fleet since 1955. Today's parent company of the LIRR, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, acquired welded rail cars in 1974. These had been built in 1924.
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 Archive: Dave Keller+
Gondola Cars
 
The AAR lists at least two type of cars carrying ballast (MWB: Ballast cars, hoppers or gondolas that dump their contents from the bottom and MWD:   Dump cars, mostly gondola-type cars dumping sideways by air pressure). LIRR gondolas now in service are classified as MWF, sharing that classification with flat cars.
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Fifteen to twenty new gondolas the LIRR will be receiving for work train service, mostly for hauling ties. 66 foot car with cushion couplers on each end. Builder's decal: "Ebenezer Car Company - Buffalo, NY". 
Instruction Car
 
In 1953, Pullman Standard delivered as lot 6911, plan W52354 twenty 128-seat commuter coaches for intermediate (non-control) use. All were retired save for one retained as instruction car I-121, according to Randall's Official Pullman-Standard Library, Volume 10 Northeast Railroads. Can any reader identify how long this car served and what sort of instruction was offered?

trainingcar1981.jpg (33929 bytes)  Technical Support Group LIRR Training Car 1981
 

Misc. Equipment

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Long Island Railroad Fuel Tanker 

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Oakdale LIRR Vac-Con 12/31/07 
 Photo:  Mike McDermet

LIRR vacuum truck, it's used to clean out mud spots between ties and to clean out storm drains and culverts for ballast where track work was going on. They call it the "Super Sucker"

 

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Kings Park 10/19/08
 Photo:  Mike McDermet

That's the welding gang. Normally they work around the clock and handle emergency track repairs. It is a very senior crew. Track Foreman, welder and two trackmen. Very highly paid and experienced guys who can fix anything short of a major wreck.

Their boss is the Supervisor of Track.

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LIRR "Environmental Response System Safety" SUV St. James 09-14-08 
Photo: Mike McDermet

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Paint Schemes
 
Mike Boland, the foremost expert on this subject, authors "Long Island Railway Modeler" a monthly column in the Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter - NRHS Semaphore. Mike Boland writes that "the Long Island used a Pennsy-style method of numbering M/W equipment; gondolas were assigned a six-digit number that began with a 494. Cars such as these could regularly be seen behind steam or diesel power in work train consists. Several 'gons' were usually in the consist." Into the 1960s a small number of these cars remained on the Long Island in work train service. Cars surviving into the 1960s wore Goodfellow Grey sides with orange ends and white lettering. "By this time they had a simpler numbering system with a W and a two-digit number." Boland advises that gondolas that entered MOW service earlier could be painted in the 1950s-era PRR M of W light grey.
 
Poling Cars
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Poling Car #497994  Holban Yard 11/22/1947
Archive: Dave Keller
These cars allowed a switching crew to work three tracks from the center track saving time in switching. Poling cars represented a safety advance over wooden poles positioned by a brakeman between the poling pockets on the car and the locomotive’s pilot beam. According to the PRR Classification of Cars No. 146-D, the S-5 steel poling car design was adopted in 1913.  The 25 ft. long S-5, had a total weight of 51,000 lbs. which is a lot, compared to a 40 ft. Class X25 Steel Box Car’s 49,100 lbs. Info: David J. Vinci
Reacher Cars
 
The Long Island used its five reacher cars at its Long Island City and Bay Ridge float bridges. A reacher car was coupled between the switcher and the freight cars to be loaded or removed from the cars floats. Their purpose was to allow switchers working these yards to avoid entering upon the car float and causing an imbalance of load. When a reacher was in the shop and thus unavailable, the Long Island would often borrow a foreign road gondola for this purpose. The LI would pay the foreign road a per diem charge. Employees preferred drop-ended gondolas as they made it easier for them to board.
 
Sand Service
 
Preston Cook (see "Sand Service Cars", RMC, August 1987 pp.86-87) writes that "most railroads have fleets of specialized covered hopper cars set aside strictly for the transportation of locomotive sand. These hoppers are generally two-bay, or very small three-bay cars." I uncovered no such covered hoppers in use with the Long Island. Instead, the LIRR carried locomotive sand on at least one hopper dedicated to this service, Art Huneke recalls. Huneke also recalls a tank truck which delivered diesel fuel and sand to Baldwins at Fresh Pond. Can any reader tell us whether sand vendors delivered their product by truck to LIRR facilities at other times?
 
Steam Generator cars
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W94 LI City 05/13/1973
Archive: Dave Keller
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W94 c.1980 Photo: Tim Darnell

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W94 Speonk 6-1969 
Photo: Jim Gillin

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W95 Richmond Hill 08/1982
Photo: Tim Darnell

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Ex-RDG  MorrisPark 1/1969 
Photo: Jim Gillin

Storage supply cars
 
These cars, known as AAR classification MWM were usually a box car, assigned to transport company material. The LIRR used this classification to refer to a car used for fuel storage.
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100 ex-Moris Park storage; now at OBRM. Archive: OBRM 
Snow Removing Equipment  
 
The AAR classifies snow removing cars, whether rotary, wedge, flanger, or Russell Type as MWK. Today, railroad infrequently call upon rotaries to clear their tracks. The LIRR's rotary plow was retired about 1967 after 68 years of service. Today, the LIRR's rotary plow is awaiting restoration at Steamtown. A plastic model of this plow painted in grey/orange has been lettered by F & F Custom Trains.

LIRR Snow flanger car W-84 is a converted electric MU coach that sprays alcohol on third-rails as a de-icer. Huneke recalls that the LIRR had a tank car in recent years to store the alcohol used in W84. Two other alcohol cars were ex- Boston & Maine and later LIRR coaches.

        Jet Snow Blowers: LIRR seemed to have reused the same numbers for the Jet snow blower. The first  (TC900) arrived in 1967 as shown in the LI Railroader Issue 12/28/1967 photo below.
 

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The first TC90 arrived in 1967
Archive: Al Castelli
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TC990 Thunderbolt Hicksville 
Feb 9, 1986
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TC990 in West Babylon 9/26/07
Photo: Al Castelli
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TC990 in West Babylon 9/26/07
Photo: Al Castelli
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TC990 Morris Park Shops Bone Yard 03/28/09 Photo: Richard Lalomia
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12/2010

        AF1 Snow Blower  in action 12/25/2010

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Test Weight Car
LIRR test weight car (scale test cars as other railroads termed them) where used to calibrate the weighing scales to determine loaded railroad cars weight. LIRR #219
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Tool Cars
 

The AAR has assigned the classification letters MWC to Caboose and tool cars which were generally used as a lookout on wreck trains. On other roads they would be fitted with bunks, stove, and water storage.

Many tool cars never leave their assigned location, especially if the gang they are assigned to has a small territory and is highly mobile. I have assumed the LIRR also followed this practice. Anyone with contrary information is encouraged to respond.
 

Track Inspection Cars

Note: Sperry Rail Service Inspection Cars check rails with a form of ultrasound for cracks inside the railhead.
Plasser Track Geometry Cars check rail beds, how the rail is held and reacts under load, check gauge, banking, and deflection, etc. 06-08-2008

 
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LIRR #1040, the VW Rail Bus inspection car
Photo: Henry Maywald  Collection: A. Castelli
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LIRR #1041, VW Rail Bus inspection car
Collection: Art Huneke
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 VW Rail Bus inspection car
Collection: Art Huneke

 


Sperry Rail Service Inspection Car #129 at 
PD Tower, Patchogue 1972 
Photo and Collection: Dave Keller

 

Just as other railroads have chosen, the Long Island owns no Track Inspection Car (AAR classification MWG). Instead, Sperry Rail Service would send a track inspection car to inspect LIRR rails annually. 

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Sperry Rail Service Inspection Car #128 at 
KO Ronkonkoma,  04/18/08
Photo and Collection: Ernie Murphy


Sperry Inspection Car 140
Photo: Steve Hoskins  c. 1960+

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Sperry Inspection Car 118 Sunnyside Yard 04-77 Photo: Tim Darnell

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Sperry Inspection Car 143 behind Hall Tower, Jamaica 05/08/1986
Archive: Dave Keller

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Sperry Inspection Car 126 Jamaica  03-77
Photo: Tim Darnell
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Sperry Inspection Car 126 Jamaica  03-77
Photo: Tim Darnell
 
Sperry Inspection Car 141 at Pinelawn
Photo: Steve Lynch c. 1990

 

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T-18, Federal Railway Administration Gage Restraint Measurement System (GRMS) Vehicle
Photo: John Volpi 08-15-06 Smithtown

 

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T-18, (GRMS) Vehicle
Photo: John Vvolpi 08-15-06 Smithtown

 

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A state-of-the-art deployable GRMS vehicle which utilizes a 5th split railroad axle to laterally load the head of both adjacent rails of railroad track in order to measure rail motion under a combined vertical and later load for the detection of weak ties and fasteners.
Track Geometry Cars
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LIRR TC80  Greenport view NW 07/18/1977 
Wm. J. Madden photo, Archive: Dave Keller
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TC81 Grand Ave., Maspeth 12/03/1990
Archive: Dave Keller

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TC81, Plasser Track Geometry Car, 
 Jamaica Station 1995 Photo: Phil Goldstein
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LIRR TC82 Track Geometry Vehicle Jamaica 08/28/2007 Photo: Joe Gregory

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LIRR TC82 Track Geometry Vehicle
Trackmobiles

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Trackmobile #4250 12-19-07 Morris Park
Photo: Mike Scholz

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Shuttlewagon  #203 Morris Park Demolition  c.Aug-Oct 2008

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Wreck Train Cars
 
W-56 (See photo 1) appears to be a baggage mail car, it was carried on LIRR records as a MWT, a tool and block car. Mike Boland wrote that enthusiasts can model it in HO-scale using Bethlehem Car Works' flat-pack plastic model of a B60. Other MWTs were W-50, W-57, W-59, and W-60. Were all other wreck train cars also baggage mail cars or can any reader identify any box cars, flat cars or other types among this category?
 
Acknowledgments
 
James Bradley's book provided me with a great deal of general information on MofW equipment. Fred Twombly of F & F Custom Trains shared with his copy of a "Record of Work Equipment as of October 1, 1956". Art Huneke provided valuable additional information. Research assistance was provided by our own Edmund McGill of Arlington, Virginia.
 
Bibliography
 
Boland, Mike. "Modeling LIRR Pennsy Class GR Gondolas" Semaphore April 1993 page 6-7.
Bradley, James T. North American Maintenance of Way Equipment 1992.
Gillin, James. "Work Equipment Roster" Semaphore January 1993, page 2.
Volume 5: N.E. Railroad Work Equipment, Classic Freight Cars, The Series

 

Track Maintenance Cars on the LIRR


Fairmont Tie Inserter

RTW Tie Handler

Spike Driver

Track Leveling

Kershaw Ballast Regulator (Spreader)

Spike Driver

Nordberg Scarifier
Cable Tie Inserter
 

Kershaw Ballast Spreader
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Jet Engine Ice Melter Babylon Team Yard 2007
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LIRR Plasser Unimat 09-164S, LI City 
View east 11/2007 Photo: Kevin Katta
"Fire Water Tank" Cars

There is a tank car the LIRR owns, number 5001.  I think there is now, or was, a number 5000 as well.  It's actually believed that 3 tank cars used to exist for the purpose of fire suppression, but that would have to be confirmed with the Railroad for actual truth.  I do have a friend that has a LIRR equipment roster updated as of 1994, so I may be able to check that and confirm myself, though the only car I know the whereabouts of is actually located in Speonk yard on the wye tail and has been there for months - and that is the 5001. It is painted black with white spray painted stencil lettering.

When the wild fires occurred near Westhampton in the Pine Barrens, the #5000 was used to combat the flames.  There is a gasoline powered pump located on that tank car which pumps water to the nozzle.  I believe that the tank has to be filled for it to work. In other words, the car cannot be connected to a fire hydrant with the pump running because it won't work.  It's capacity is 10,000 gallons and is used for water only.  Joe Tischner  09/14/2006

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LIRR #5000 Speonk, NY 06/01/2006 Photo: Nick Kudreyko

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LIRR #5000 Speonk, NY 06/2007
Photo: Joe Gregory

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LIRR #5001 Ronkonkoma, NY 05/22/08
Photo: Ernie Murphy

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LIRR #5001 Ronkonkoma, NY 07/07/08
East end of yard by Knickerbocker Ave.
Photo: Mike McDermet
The
small motor under the middle of the car so it can pump its own water. Info: Bob Anderson

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LIRR #5001 Ronkonkoma, NY 07/07/08
East end of yard by Knickerbocker Ave.
Photo: Mike McDermet

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MNCW #601 Fire Protection Car, LIRR #257 Westhampton c.1989 Thomas Collins photo, Dave Keller archive
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MNCW #601 Fire Protection Car Croton-Harmon Shops/Yard 10/19/1996 Photo: Jason R. DeCesare 

Metro-North AAR reporting mark is MNCW for Maintenance of way equipment. Info:  John McCluskey

I remember back when there was the wildfires out east in the mid-90's the LIRR borrowed a few of these from MN, ended up buying their own, 5000 shows up in SK yard every summer around the beginning of dry season. Info: Joe Gregory
The track dept. used them sometimes to water down the stone ballast cars during big projects to keep down the dust in the hot dry summer . Info: ex-tc driver from Railroad.net forum

Sandite Alcohol Cars
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W84- MP54, ex LIRR 1691
Built 1920 at Morris Park 10/1977

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MP-54 W84 Built 12-1920
 Photo: Tim Darnell 11-85

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W84- MP54, ex LIRR 1691
Built 1920
Photo: Art Huenke

 

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W85 P74B Morris Park 01-79
Photo: Tim Darnell

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W85 ex-7526 Ronkonkoma
02-24-06 Photo: Mike Arnold

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W85 #2907 ex-B&M Ronkonkoma, now at RMLI Riverhead Photo: Paul Strubeck

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Ex-B&M and Alcohol car #2907 Ronkonkoma 
Photo: Paul Strubeck

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LIRR #2907 Ronkonkoma 10-02-2006, now at RMLI Riverhead
Photo: Paul Strubeck 

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W86 in Morris Park in the yard behind the shops. Project 39 tour of  Morris Park 
Photo: Al Castelli  6/6/87

Alcohol:
W84- MP54, ex LIRR 1691, Believe this was part of a restaurant in Water Mill. Disposition unknown - Scrapped?
W85- P74B, ex B&M 4590, in KO 
W86- ex B&M, Scrapped in 2004

Sandite:
2907, P72, in KO ex-B&M, built 1955, LIRR as a bar car and sandite car, at RMLI
2909, P72, in Morris Park

Alcohol/Sandite
E401, M1, currently used, ex 9401
E591, M1, currently used, ex 9591
9775, M3, In process of conversion to alcohol/Sandite car

"The LIRR currently uses two M-1 cars to "slime" the rails during falling leaf season. Modified M-1's 9401 & 9591 (now E-401-591) are utilized sandwiched between a pair of MP15's.They operate entirely at night and are serviced at Richmond Hill during the day.

There are also leaf crusher trains. These consist of two MP15's and gravel hoppers. They crush the leaves on the Oyster Bay , Pt. Jeff, Montauk, and Greenport branches. These trains are based at KO and Wellwood siding and operate at night."  

Both sandites and leaf crushers have run on the branch simultaneously, and have been on the branch with both. Leaf crushers are operated on the branch to pulverize leaves that may be wedged in the circuits for the crossing gates. If leaves are not crushed, the potential for leaves to impede a circuit and crossing gates to stay up while a train goes through a crossing increases. All leaf crushers are run at the direction of the train dispatcher. Information courtesy: Ben Jankowski, Oyster Bay RR Museum


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Photo: Mario Craig

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General Orders issued 10-29-1997 on the utilization of Sandite Operations by R. A. McDermott, Superintendent of Train Movements. Info Thanks to: Chris Soundy,  Paul Strubeck Archive

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Bethpage c.1989 
LIRR #157-162 W85
Photo: John61
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Bethpage c.1989 
LIRR #157-162 W85
Photo: John61
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LIRR #171 02-12-94 W85 at KO
Photo:  LI Joe