LIRR Veteran and Future Veteran Employees

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Irving Lewis Halleran, the driver on an Long Island Express delivery wagon, c.1890's Archive: Scott Halleran, Grandson.

 Long Island Express Co., created by the LIRR, 1882 - 1913,  handled local baggage and express shipments.
Adams Express Co., a nation-wide concern, 1913- July 1, 1918, took  over L. I. Express and allowed through-express service to the nation. Research: Dave Keller

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LIRR #55 D53bWhite Hats  crew  - Long Beach c.1890 Archive: Art Huneke

The White cap was worn by all train crew members (conductor, trainman, brakeman, collector, guard) from c. 1908 to c. 1915.  It was the summer issue cap used by both the LIRR and the parent PRR. 
Info: Dave Keller  


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Train Inspection Car Jamaica Station tracks c.1905


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LIRR #195 MOW crane and crew c.1910 
Archive:  Charles A. Althof
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LIRR #8 and crew c.1910
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LIRR #3 Camelback and crew Patchogue View NE from Depot c.1912 Archive: Dave Keller
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Rotary Snow #193 Patchogue Yard 1921
Archive: Dave Keller
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MU Babylon 1st Electric Train 1925
Archive: Dave Keller
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Hempstead MU Train Crew: Hussey, Rosenow,  Anderson, Keating c.1938 Archive: Dave Keller
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LIRR G5s #29 Last train and crew to Wading River 10/09/1938 Archive: Dave Morrison
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G5s #28  Morris Park Shops
Photo: 4/08/1946 Archive: D. Keller
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DD1 #358 pulling freight northbound of West Hempstead station headed for Country Life Press where it joined the Hempstead branch when the line connected between Valley Stream and Mineola. The freight brakeman had to flag each crossing and he appears to be ready to hop on the steps for a ride to the next grade crossing. 9/28/47 Archive: Dave Keller
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Morris Park Shops Rotary Snow #193 and 
snow plow on steam engine - 1948 
Photo: LIFE  George Silk


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Morris Park Shops -  Rotary Snow #193 ready for action. 1948 Photo: LIFE  George Silk
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Gas Car  #1134 Crew Sag Harbor 4/1939
Archive: Dave Keller

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Clearing the turnouts 1948 
Photo: LIFE  George Silk

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Clearing the turnouts 1948 Photo: LIFE - George Silk
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H10s #117 Taking Water Hicksville 07-25-52
Archive: Dave Keller
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FM H16-44 #1506
Crew at Deer Park 1957 View west just east of Deer Park Ave.  Westbound train on main track receiving orders.  Eastbound train on passing siding waiting for the meet to occur.  DK block signals at right on north side of tracks.  Info/Archive: Dave Keller
Photo: J. Krzenski Archive: Dave Keller
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8th Avenue Engine House - Bay Ridge LI Railroader 11/1955 Archive: Mike Boland
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LIRR #35 G5s Engine Wipers at 
Morris Park Shops10/1942+ 
Archive: Ron Zinn

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LIRR #49 G5s  Engine Wipers at 
Morris Park Shops 10/1942+  Archive: Ron Zinn

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World War II Women workers -  Morris Park 9/1942
Archive: Paul Pappas

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PRR #5387 leased K4s 4-6-2   Engine Wipers at 
Morris Park Shops 1943
Archive: Ron Zinn

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Morris Park Shops 10/1942
Photo: Roy Pinney  Archive: Ron Zinn

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Hillside track gang close-up view E 4/30/1931
 Archive: Dave Keller
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Watchman  lowering gates at Broadway, Hicksville 1959 Archive: MTA

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FM CPA 20-5 #2006 at Montauk


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FM #2403 Hicksville- Engineer Cecil "Crafty" Craft  zoom (Votava-Boland)

Engineer Cecil Craft leaning out the fireman's window chatting up photographer George Votava on the platform. He's also wearing the same bow-tie that he always wore with his engineer's overalls. Craft was the last of the old-time engineers who took pride in wearing traditional railroad attire, while all the younger engineers around him began wearing T-shirts and jeans and going hatless. Craft entered the roster in 1918. Info: Dave Keller

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LIRR Alco S1 #415 westbound at Hempstead Ave-West Hempstead  late 1950's Archive: Jim Gillin

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Track Crew at PD 1968
Archive: Dave Keller

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LIRR  Police - Seal of Authority LIRRer 5/24/1962 Archive: Dave Morrison
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Penn Station LIRR "Mini Maids"  c.1968
Photo: Hank  Boerner

The LIRR Mini-Maid program was alive and well for several years. Women in the employ of the railroad could volunteer to be fitted with a yellow mini-dress and work at public affair functions from time to time. Hank and Lou (Big Dumb Lou; see photo above) along with Don Malone of the Public Affairs department, all great enthusiasts of both trains, women and mini-skirts in general came up with the idea in 1968. Since most women on the railroad at the time were in the clerical ranks, most of the Mini-Maids were clerks in their 20's.

In later years, long after the program ended some of the women moved on to management jobs. One became the Secretary to the President, another a planner, while yet another became a Trainmaster. At least one supervisor recalled the Mini-Maid roster and would tease the women from time to time about that rung in their ladder of success.

From the late 1940's through the early 1970's. the LIRR supported an award-winning Public Affairs department which was quite the envy of corporations across the country which would send their publicists to the Railroad for ideas and training. 

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1975 LIRR booklet " Facts and Figures"
Photo: Joseph C. Farrington

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 Steve Anglin of Babylon, dressed as Santa Claus, boards a Babylon-bound LIRR train on Dec. 16, 1965. Anglin was director of special services for the railroad and welcomed commuters to a Christmas party aboard the train.  (Newsday-Don Jacobsen)

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LIRR C420 #229 Conrail GE B23-7 #2805 Fresh Pond Interchange c.1985 Archive: Frank Fiore

South of Fresh Pond Junction where the NYCRR used to run near the abandoned Fremont Tower: 12/1970

Junction of Montauk Branch and Conrail. Previously "FN" Tower. CR makes the set outs for the LIRR to pick up. View N. The crews are discussing the upcoming freight moves. 


HALL Tower, Jamaica Operator Arthur Huneke 9/1971

Block Operator Art Huneke works at his desk at "HALL" tower, Jamaica, on a hot afternoon in September, 1971.  Art held the 2nd trick (2nd shift) at "HALL" tower for many years until his retirement in the mid-1980s.  (Dave Keller photo and archive)


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Employee G. DePiazzy at SG 1972
Archive: Dave Keller

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LIRR  SW1001 #100  Fresh Pond c.1980

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"Givin' the Highball" Overhead structure is walkway from Metropolitan Ave. Likely, this is 4:52 from LIC, that did local stops on lower Montauk. 6/89  Photo: A. J. Daly


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Babylon Station crews 3/05/2015

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Mr. Met 4/13/2015

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MOW vegetation control wood chipping 2016 MTA

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MOW vegetation control 2016 MTA


John Austin Robelen

Per a review of the LIRR's Fireman and Engineer Seniority Roster of 1944, J. A. Robelen became a fireman on 11/20/1910 and was promoted to engineer on 6/18/1919. (info: Dave Keller)
As of April 1, 1948, J. A. Robelen was #55 on the Seniority roster and by April 1, 1957, he'd advanced to the #6 position. (info: Don Fisher)

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John A. Robelen - 2nd from right c.1923
Archive: Richard M. Pope

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John A. Robelen (center) c.1923 Archive: Richard M. Pope


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John A. Robelen -  Jamaica Station, Atlantic Branch service c.1925 Archive: Richard M. Pope
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John A. Robelen - G5s cab c.1947
Archive: Richard M. Pope
Matthew Robelen
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Conductor Ben Purick - Trainman Matthew Robelen Sunnyside, LI City c.1940  (G. Christopher-D. Keller)

According to my 1926 rosters, Matty became a trainman on 9/7/1910 and was promoted to conductor on 2/20/1924. My father, who was a regular commuter out of Patchogue in the early-to-mid 1950s, rode the same train with Matty who worked as trainman or conductor. Matty retired in 1956 and, on his last run, gave to my father to give to me, at age 4+ his blue serge LIRR vest and uniform cap with Trainman badge and side buttons affixed, all of which I still have. That event as well as awaiting daily with my mother at Patchogue station for my father to arrive home from work via train sparked in me (no pun intended) the love for trains, especially the LIRR, and has fired me up (ok, maybe an intended pun) to become the rail archivist and enthusiast that I am today. (Dave Keller)

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Conductor Matthew Robelen snoozing on a Dead-Head Run c.1940 (G. Christopher-D. Keller)