Long Island Rail Road - Odds & Ends - Page 1, Page 2

GP7 #200 demonstrator at Hicksville -  3/1950

FM Trainmaster demonstrator at Farmingdale 8/1953

BRE Leyland Railbus demo run at Locust Valley - View E c.1982 Photo/Archive: John Krattinger

Whistle Stop Special pass 10/29/1964
Archive: Brad Phillips

Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale wig-wag crossing signal View N 12/12/1928 Archive: Art Huneke

LIRR Legacy track numbering 1/02/2021

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Reynolds Channel Drawbridge Handout 1988 - The handout was given to me by a LIRR official. I believe it was made only for RR officials and probably the contractors who did the work. The metal is glued onto a beveled glass disk which is clear, very light weight and 3 inches in diameter. 
Archive/Info: Carol Mills

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LIRR 160th Anniversary Train - VIP Faux marble plaque 
and key fob 7/23/94 Archive: Carol Mills

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LIRR S1-2 Units #455-439
White Exhaust at Morris Park Shops 01/19/76 Archive: Dave Keller

The engine has been idling or operating under a light load for an extended period of time or it is cold. Notice how the radiator shutter is closed, indicating low engine water temperature. Diesel engines are most efficient at full horsepower and at hot temperatures. With extended idling/low horsepower usage, the cylinder liners tend to glaze up and unburned fuel and lubricating oil builds up in the exhaust system and as the engine exhaust gets hot from hard work, all this build up burns off and usually clears in a few minutes. I run across this all the time.  Info: Paul Kennedy

Sunrise Special Observation
C. 1920's

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There are 3 wood hacks behind the 2 pass cars. LIRR #421 paint scheme indicates it is about the time LIRR sold 3 wood hacks (12, 14, and 29) to Seashore Trolley museum in Maine and a trolley museum in Connecticut. (one of them just came back to LI a few years ago -- #12). I believe this photo is of the freight move of the 5 sold/donated cars to interchange. 
Info: Art Single

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MP15acs #157, hopper wired for truck track harmonics, and FRA Rail Inspection Car at siding east of Cooper St. view NE on John St. c. 1999
Photo: Mario Craig

The hopper car was a former UP car, which was referred to as the "split axle hopper car", and it was instrumented for testing track geometry.

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LIRR 180th Anniversary Cake 4/25/2014 Photo: Dave Morrison


LIRR Management Reserved Parking Signs

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LIRR Flatcar 494976 Replica 1885 Piggyback Farmers' Train MP Shops  10/1960 (Rugen-Keller)

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Ascan Ave in Forest Hills 6/2018 fence post with a fancy bracket for the barbed wire. The barbed wire stalk slants towards the public side as to allow people to climb out, but hinder going in.

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Let Off Steam pass 3/08/79 Archive: Frank Pusatere
Consist was 228, 7546, 7537, 7536, 7530, 7525, 7541, 7549, 2968, 2974 and 2911 This also coincided with the retirement of the B&M P-74B cars. Research: Doug Nash

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Passenger Ladies on the LIRR in the early 1920's 
Archive: Richard M. Pope

A pair of  GP38-2's led by #274 at 61st St., Woodside view NW 5/1995 coming around from the morning LI City trains. Now heading back to Morris Park for servicing and returning for the afternoon trains.
Photo/Archive: Bill Mangahas

"Owner - Long Island Rail Road" plate
Archive: Richard Glueck

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1968 LIRR wallet calendar

GO 704 Track Barricade Sign 3/02/2022

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Note: Specific material listed below may be on Page 2

Reading leased #469 westbound at Islip - View NE c.1968 - 6/01/2024 Page 2
"All Aboard for Fun and Fashions" - 5/04/2024
Early Dietz Station Lamps - 5/03/2024
LIRR Promotional Buttons - 4/04/2024 Page 2
Marine Block & Tackle - 4/07/2024
"The Ballad of the Long Island Railroad" - 4/02/2024
Conductor's Pouch - 3/25/2024
LIST-NRHS at Black River & Western - 12/06/2023
Engineer Tools - 12/05/2023
Number Plates - 12/04/2023 Page 2
LIST Members at Amtrak Sunnyside Yard 1996 - 12/03/2023
LIRR Police, Helicopter, Patches, Shields, and Hat Badges -  7/12/2023
LIRR Photographers - 6/09/2023
Sarnelli Bros. scrapping, Coney Island 1956 - 6/09/2023
Budd M1, M3 & M7 Already Loaded on Flat Cars for scrap - 6/03/2023
Leased Units on the LIRR -  10/04/2007  Page 2
LIRR Conductor Badge/Hat 1971 - 4/28/2023
AAA 2012 USA map with a ex-LIRR MP72/P72 on the cover - 4/27/2023
Permanent Speed Restriction Sign Post - 3/13/2023
ASC Test Loop  - 3/10/2023
W&T Avery freight scale c.1888 - 3/10/2023
Third Rail Slipper - 3/10/2023
LIRR Helicopter Patrol  - 2/20/2023
Grand Central Station Clock broken - 12/03/2022
LIRR Patches & Badges- 6/16/2022 Page 2
Connetquot River Photos  - 6/10/2022
bi-level interior #4055 - 5/30/2022 Page 2
Track Barricade Sign - 5/25/2022
"The Phantom Rides Again" - Babylon to Brooklyn 1969 - 3/16/2022
PGA Championship May 13-19, 2019 Bethpage, NY - 1/05/2022
LIRR "Need A Mask" pin - 1/01/2022 Page 2
Trust and Builder Plates - 12/06/2021 Page 2

Velocipedes -  10/072021
1973 loaned/leased MU cars to Staten Island Rapid Transit - 8/08/2021  Page 2
GP-7 #200 demonstrator at Hicksville 3/1950 - 8/02/2021
"F" map symbol sign - 7/15/2021
LIRR lanterns - 7/07/2021
Bar Generator Cars - 7/07/2021 Page 2
FM Trainmaster demonstrator at Farmingdale 8/1953 - 6/21/2021
Owner - Long Island Rail Road plate - 5/27/2021
A Change of Engines (CE) - 5/27/2021
LIRR 1929 Safety Rules for MOW cover - 5/12/2021
BRE Leyland Railbus at Locust Valley - 4/26/2021
Motormen for Operation of Electric Equipment 1921 - 4/09/2021
Whistle-Stop-Special 1964 - 4/04/2021
"Lost and Hound on the LIRR" NY Post - 3/13/2021
Newport Dinner Train "Dine On The Dashing Dan" - 3/12/2021
LIRR - Progress of  Electrification  Map - 9/15/1948 Archive: Jeff Erlitz - 3/12/2021
Wig-wag crossing signal 1928 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale - 3/05/2021
LIRR Legacy track numbering - 2/25/2021
GP38-2's 5/1995 heading back to Morris Park for servicing - 2/05/2021
LIRR Americanization School c.1920 - 1/04/2021
LIRR US Open Golf -   12/13/2020
PRR-LIRR Lantern - 10/26/2020
Stop Look & Listen Crayons - 9/30/2020
Dashing Dottie Mug - 9/30/2020  Page 2
REX Train - 6/07/2020
South Fork Commuter Connection - 12/19/2019
LIRR Coloring Books - 7/09/2019
Reading leased RS3's #469-470  - 6/24/2019   Page 2
Win-A-Trip - NEWSDAY Ad 1998  6/10/2019
LIRR Coloring Book - MetroMan 5/14/2019
M3 BUDD interior builder photo -  5/11/2019  Page 2
Butch 1939-1948 5/03/2019
Long Island Railroad Restaurants 3/28/2019
Passenger Ladies on the LIRR in the 1920's 3/05/2019
Rules and Regulations LIRR 7/15/1878  Telegraphic Call Letters - 1/28/2019
"We're Letting Off Steam" pass 1979 - 9/19/2018
GTE-1 Gas Turbine - Page 2 - 9/06/2018
Long Island Town Names Puzzle - 8/23/2018
LI #4222 "R-AGE" - "Home shop for repair, Do not load" - 8/22/2018
LIRR Bar Car #120 1960s - 8/18/2018
Ticket Machines - 4/13/2018
Passenger Car Interiors - 7/07/2018  Page 2
Fancy Barbed Wire Trestle Bracket - 6/13/2018
170th Anniversary Cannonball Drumhead - 6/12/2018
Grade Crossing Cras
h (Delineator) Posts - 6/06/2018
Car #411 ex-CNS&M Interurban, Morris Park 5/29/2018
LI Railroader magazine  - August, 1955  1st Employee Outing - 1/18/2018
Mountford Cannon Ball, Mineola 1982 -  1/06/2018
LIRR "A Wedding on Wheels" October
1993 issue of " Along The Track" -   1/04/2018
LIRR Employees UNITED FUND Merit Award 1972 -   1/03/2018
LIRR Mini Maid Skirt Campaign: "Help Keep Long Island Beautiful" -  1/03/2018
LIRR Employee Booklet Cover: October 16, 1950  "You and the Atomic Bomb" -  10/13/2017
1862 Timetable LI City to Greenport -  10/12/2017
Maspeth - Kosciuszko Bridge demolition View  W -  10/01/2017 
Port Jefferson Branch Named Interlockings -  9/13/2017
Penn Station, NY City -  6/15/2017
Budd/GE M1 Builder Plate 1972 -   1/23/2017
PRR N5 #477604 caboose at Hempstead in 1934 -  1/19/2017
Bar Car #2993 leaving RMLI -  1/07/2017
Holiday Express 2016 Drumhead -  12/03/2016
Comic Con 2013 LIRR Flyer -  11/29/2016
Broken Coach Window Band-Aid Sticker 1960's -  11/12/2016
Commuter leaping into LIRR #9350 cab at Penn Station -  10/20/2016
LIRR Police Patches -  10/15/2016
Speno International rail grinding train -  10/02/2016
Metro Mini Maids -  9/28/2016
E. Deirdre Hickey- First Female Conductor modern era -  8/01/2016
Jamaica Station umbrella tag c.1985 -   6/29/2016
LIRR Flatcar #494976 Replica 1885 Piggyback Farmers' Train -   6/26/2016
North River Moonlight Excursion aboard Steamer Wyoming 1876 Special LIRR tickets -   4/03/2016
Metro-North SPV2000 #291 - Videotaping LIRR ROW -  3/25/2016
Delevan House - Broad Channel  - 2/02/2016
LIRR Ceramic Tiles  - 11/17/2015
LIRR Management Reserved Parking Signs  - 10/07/2015
1968 LIRR wallet calendar  - 9/29/2015
The NEW YORKER Magazine NOV 24, 1980  “LIRR Station” 
Montauk to Penn Station Fishing REA return trip
Reynolds Channel Drawbridge Handout 1988
- 6/23/2015
LIRR 160th Anniversary Train - VIP plaque and key fob
Baggage Tags
LIRR Playing Cards
Aluminum Passenger paint  scheme
LIRR "Bosses" Special
Topps 1955 Rail Cards 
- 1/10/2015
MP54 Truck Close-up 
- 12/22/2014
TR ("Transportation Request") 
- 12/04/2014
LIRR 180th Anniversary Cake 
- 9/23/2014
Paul Cuffee - Shinnecock Tribe
LIRR M1 First Day of Service
Steam Tire Heating at Morris Park 
- 4/15/2014
FRA Inspection Car
MU Combine used as Office Car
- 2/22/2014
Ticket Vending Machines
- 2/12/2014 
Ticket/History Maple Grove
- 2/02/2014
DM unit 3rd rail test section 
- 1/25/2014
LIRR Retirement Watch 
- 12/12/2013
SBR Steeplecab #5 Boxcab  #4 
- 10/3/2013
506 Choo Choo Lane
LIRR #35 Eisenhower Park move - 9/20/2013
LIRR #39 Stony Brook move
LIRR #2000 "JAMAICA" Obs. Car 
- 9/20/2013
1904 LIRR #3185 Boxcar 
- 9/19/2013
Bicentennial Emblem on GP38-2  
- 8/28/2013
Central RR of LI c.1869 Passenger Cars at Whitestone Landing 
Dashing Dan Lighter
Three Language Warning Sign
Rail and Bus Printer Error Ticket 
- 7/25/2013
Express Wax Sealers
Port Wash Electrification button 
- 3/31/2013
LIRR remnant signs 
- 2/06/2013
Louis Ringhouse-LIRR conductor 
- 1/06/2013
"Team Track" origin
Last day of passenger service to Pilgrim State
LIRR 1897 Hospital Car 
- 11/30/12
Car wash interior view W 
- 11/19/2012
"Last Run" Retirement Watch/Form 19  
- 9/17/2012 
LIRR (Legion of Influential Rail Riders) 
- 8/11/2012
Vincent Seyfried Obituary
Aluminum Passenger paint scheme 
- 10/27/11
LIRR Usher Cap Badge 
- 7/15/2011
CNS&M Trolley at Richmond Hill 
- 6/23/11
P72 #2937 Restoration
- 6/22/2011
Bar Generator Cars 
- 4/26/2011
“Ladies Day” sign on side of MU car 
- 4/09/2011
PRR Gas Cars (Doodlebugs) 
- 1/16/2011
LIRR turbine car 1966  
- 1/08/2011
Cups Glassware Mugs Etc. 
- 12/13/2010
Luzerne Coal
"Climbing the Hill" CS Harbor '54 
- 10/20/2010
MTA ads on LIRR Pass Car Sides 
- 9/22/2010
LIRR #35 move June 17, 1978 
- 6/15/2010
ex-LIRR #400 at BR&W
- 3/04/2010
Lake Okeechobee parlor at WH 
- 3/03/2010
Bulova Corp. Woodside 
- 3/02/2010
Brick Mystery Bldg at Bliss 
- 12/05/2009
Milk Car Mystery Solved 
- 12/03/2009
K4s Pre/Post Facelift 1947  
- 6/29/2008
M1s Testing in Bridgeport 
- 6/29/2008
FA at Old Northport Junction 
- 6/21/2009
Alco S1-2  White Exhaust
- 3/25/2009
Atlantic Ave Station
Flushing Street Station 
- 10/01/2008
Victory Drumhead  
- 9/27/2008
East River Sand Barge 
- 9/20/2008
NYCHRR Paul Strubeck's  
- 5/22/2008
LIRR Matchbooks  
- 4/16/2008
LIRR 1955  Steam Phase Out
- 3/22/2008
LIRR Freight Schedule with NY, NH&H 
- 3/15/2008
LIRR 1976 Freedom Train at Belmont 
- 3/15/2008
LIRR Wantagh Station Park 
- 3/15/2008
LIRR S1 #421 on Museum  Run 
- 1/14/2008 
LIRR MU leased units to SIRT 
- 1/14/2008
Mill Neck Station 
- 12/28/2007
Sands Street Terminal 
- 10/04/2007
Mr. Met - Watch the Gap
- 9/20/2007
Polo Grounds 1940 
- 9/15/2007 
LIRR Milk Cars 
- 7/29/2007
LIRR Ping Pong Visitor Center LIE 
- 3/14/2007
Newsday "Trouble on the Tracks" 8-22-66
- 2/14/2007
Alco FA-2 HEP Unit #3100
- 9/18/2006

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Rules and Regulations-Telegraphic Call Letters 7/15/1878 Archive: Art Huneke

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Maspeth Kosciuszko Bridge demolition View  W 
10/01/2017 Photo: Greg Grice

"Kosciuszko Bridge Demolition on the Lower Montauk" At exactly 8am, October 1st, the old Kosciuszko Bridge was imploded in order to speed up the demolition process making way for the second new span. This photo depicts the scene hours after. The implosion left Long Island Rail Road's Lower Montauk blocked for 48 hours while crews worked around the clock to free up the right of way for New York & Atlantic Railway freight traffic.

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The passenger car is US DOT FRA Test Car T-6 (DOTX 206), which was converted from a 
US Army hospital car built by St. Louis Car Company about 1952.

At one time ENSCO Inc. or their subsidiary ENSCO Rail Inc. held an FRA contract to operate and maintain the two cars in support of the FRA's track in MU MP54A 1595 Close up Motor Truck c. 1930 (D. Keller) Research: Jack Deasy

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Bosses Special 5/01/67 LIRR #462 
 #2032 Cayuga Club Parlor #2038 Setauket Observation  Archive: Brad Phillips

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MU MP54A #1595 
Close-up Motor Truck c. 1930  Archive: Dave Keller

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Montauk to Penn Station return from Fishing excursion  c.1930's.
Photo: Rudolph Hoffman

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LIRR employees UNITED FUND Merit Award 1972
Jean O'Connell, proudly displays the award at Jamaica Station.
Archive: Dave Morrison

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"THAT'S LIRR MINI MAID Jean O'Connell, all dressed up in a replica of one of the the 375 trash cans that have been placed on various platforms and station areas, asking commuters to help keep Long Island clean by depositing their trash in the receptacles as they leave or enter the trains."
Long Island Metro Lines issue of September 1973 Archive: Dave Morrison

LIRR Americanization School. This picture is probably 100 years old (c.1920) The gentleman in the front on the left is my Grandfathers Brother. A few years later my Grandfather (from Italy) followed his brother to USA and also worked for LIRR. 100 years later there are still a couple of family members on the LIRR - Michael Orioles

Railpace Magazine - Grand Central Station clock broken
12/2022 Archive: Dave Morrison

"The Phantom Rides Again" Babylon-Brooklyn 7:55AM 9/23/1969 - LI Daily Press Morgue Collection 

Phantom- Babylon to Brooklyn trains were cancelled for several days, due to labor issues, one day at a time and achieved a certain notoriety with it being announced as being cancelled on NYC radio traffic/commuter reports.
The LIRR with enough MU cars in service ran this event.

MP33 at Pinelawn eastbound CE LIRR #418 and DE30AC #418 for Ronkonkoma (KO).  3/12/2021 Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

A Change of Engines (CE) in which a DE or DM would have to be swapped out on a passenger set.

LIRR Safety Rules MOW and Structures Employes 10/01/1929

LIRR Safety Rules Engineering Dept. Employees 11/01/1959  Archive: Patrick Marinaccio

"Lost and Hound on the LIRR" NY Post 3/13/2021


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The NEW YORKER Magazine NOV 24, 1980   “LIRR Station”  Vintage Cover Art  Artist: Charles E. Martin contributed over 150 New Yorker covers in his 50 year association with the magazine. While living in Hamilton Court, he painted this slightly fanciful view of Sunnysiders awaiting a train for Manhattan on the elevated platform of the #7 subway line.

Sunnyside 40th Street Lowery St. IRT #7 line view W

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LIRR H10s #113 Freight L56 climbing the Hill Cold Spring Harbor 1954 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

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Ads on outside of LIRR pass train "Newsday" 9/22/2010

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LIRR C420 with passenger consist in tow passing the  Bulova Building at Woodside Station on August 27, 1975 enroute to Jamaica.  
Archive: L. McEnery

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"Symbol freight MA-13 passes by the landmark Bulova Building at Woodside Station on July 17, 1967 enroute to service the Winfield team track and industries on the Port Washington Branch. The MA-13 was the only regular freight to use the "Main Line Cutoff" at F Tower; it was crossed over to the Port Washington Branch at WIN after switching cars for Supro Building Supplies on the Winfield team track."  Photo: Richard F. Makse

Cerro Wire Tower, Syosset  being pulled down demolished 09/2004. Photo: Steve Lynch

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The Cerro Wire & Cable Co. on Robbins Lane produced electrical conduit and hot-rolled copper rods from the 1950's through 1986

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Budd M1 First Day of Service 12/30/68 Photo: Moser

The first revenue service M1 departed Babylon at 5:45 AM. Being a Babylon local, it arrived at Penn Station at 6:58 AM. Info: Matthew Kobel

Second row right:  LIRR President Frank Aikman  
Third row center seat left,  looking at the camera: 
Wm. J. Ronan, MTA Chairman. Fourth row right:  Hank Raudenbush   Info: Dave Keller

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Jamaica Station umbrella tag c.1985 This was a program in the mid-80's to lend out the thousands of unclaimed lost and found umbrellas. It lasted perhaps a year, until all the lent umbrellas were stolen or lost. The work of public relations man Don Malone.

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Broken coach window Band-aid Notice  c.1960s

An article was published concerning the  use of the "band-aids" in the Long Island Railroader (employee newspaper). When a broken window was discovered from one of the all-to-frequent rock stone throws, this band-aid was applied to crack inside the car.

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LIRR "You and the Atomic Bomb" Employee Booklet Letter:  October 16, 1950

ASC Test Loop at the west end  the Babylon platform
Photo: Joe Gregory

Automatic Speed Control test loop. On a regular basis, each lead car must have its speed control system tested. That box contains a switch which activates an oscillator to permit this.  The Automatic Speed Control System was introduced after the horrific wrecks in 1950. It includes simplified cab signals and an arrangement which applies the brakes if the train passes a more restrictive signal without the engineer taking action.

LIST members at the Black River & Western Railroad.  They were recipients of an old
LIRR/LIST passenger car. Archive: Mike Boland

Left to right: Bob Cecere, unidentified female, Jim Gillin, Arthur (Buzzy) Lubitz standing above Bob Southerd (?), unidentified conductor, Bob Sturm, Harold Fagerberg, John J. Scala and Ben Young, longtime LIST President. 

Doug Nash, Mike Boland, and Tom Atanasio at Hofstra University, Hempstead Greenberg Train show in September 1997.  Photo: Bill Bowen  Archive: Mike Boland

A conductors pouch; the large section is for fare cards, timetables and ticket stock.  The small section in front is for seat checks.  11/1995

Engineer tools:
Electric brake plug
Reverser key
Brake valve handle

LIST Amtrak Sunnyside Yard 1996 Archive: Mike Boland

LIST Amtrak Sunnyside Yard 1996

1. Bob Sturm
2. Harold Fagerberg
3. Dick Papish
4. John Scala
5. Stuart Gewirtzman
6. Gene Collora
7. Bernie Ente
8. Sid Morgenstern

Marine Block & Tac
kle - Wood case 1880's-1910's Archive: Paul Zimmerman

From the point out there at Montauk as it whimpers into town
It's the old Long Island Railroad you can hear it breaking down

See the rusty rails in Babylon broken car in Huntington
The jam up in Jamaica and we've lost Port Washington

Oh the 608 is an hour late 701 will never run
The 809 is way behind on the old Long Island railroad line

Meet your friends and all your neighbors
Watch their nerves disintegrate as they cancel all the morning trains from the hours of 6 to 8

From the breakdowns in the tunnel to the power loss each day
It's the old Long Island Railroad the pride of MTA

Scratch the 609 615 704 the 715 the 803 the 829 and the pride of MTA 
It's another normal day

"The Ballad of the Long Island Railroad" - A Dirge for Dashing Dan
Words/Music by Gene Klavan - Sung by Big Folk  1969-WNEW
Photo/Archive: Ron Seifried

"All Aboard for Fun and Fashions" introduced by Hank Boerner, Director of Public Relations, in the 1970's.  LIRR Executives at left in this M1 car. 5/21/1970.


Some Budd M1, M3 & M7 Already Loaded on Flat Cars, at The 65th St Rail Yard, Bay Ridge for their trip
to Ohio for scrapping... Thank You For Your Service!
Photos/Archive: NYC Subway Life


“Third Rail Slipper” a wooden, non-conductive prod used to open and close hi-voltage electrical switches on the LIRR third rail. Archive: RMLI-Greenport James Ekberg

W&T Avery freight scale c.1888
Archive: RMLI-Greenport Dave Stufano

Sarnelli Bros. scrapping, Coney Island 1956 Photo/Archive: John Scala

A pile of MP54’s, B54’s, and some MP41’s from the early 1950’s.  IRT low-V subway cars scrapped along side LIRR MP54's.

LIRR Conductor Badge/Hat 1971 worn with
MTA blue uniform. Photo/Archive: John Smolczynski
More of Dave Keller's Cap Badge Evolution History

LIRR Speed Sign - Book of Rules page 75, 1954

Permanent speed restriction sign post (right) located
on the mainline MP74-76 east of  Riverhead.
Similar in style to the [W] on the older standard whistle concrete posts.  This dates to a time when railroads had their own standards and there was no national standard.



AAA United States map (2012 edition) with a MP72/P72 on the front cover. This may be the first appearance of anything LIRR related on a nationally published map, yet alone a highway route map of the entire United States with parts of Canada!

Photo is of the Idaho Northern & Pacific in Horseshoe Bend, ID. Jeff Erlitz's notes:  Six cars ended up at Idaho Northern & Pacific: MP72Ts 2003, 2014 (PP72B class) and P72s 2931, 2941, 2953, 2969.

Photo credit is David R. Frazier of Delimont Stock Photography.  Archive: Kevin Wong

LIRR Photographers

Alfred R. Jaeger
Arthur Huneke
Charles B. Chaney
David Keller
David Morrison
Ed May
Edward Hermanns
Edward L. Conklin
F. Rodney Dirkes
Frank Zahn
Frederick J. Weber
Gene Collora
George Arnoux
George Bradford Brainerd (1845-1887)
George E. Votava
George G. Ayling
George H. Foster
Harold (Hal) B. Fullerton (1857-1935)
Harold Fagerberg
Harry J. Trede
Herb George
James V. Osborne
Jeff Winslow
John Scala
Joseph  Burt
Jules P. Krzenski  4/16/32 - 9/17/2020
Norman Kohl
Percy Loomis Sperr (1890-1964)
Richard F. Makse
Robert Dunnet
Robert Lorenz
Robert M. Emery
Rolf Schneider
Ron Ziel
T. Sommer
Thomas R. Bayles
Walter J. Broschart (aka. Walter J. Edwards)
Will V. Faxon, Jr.
William  Rugen
William J. Murray
William Lichtenstern
Winfield S. Boerckel, Jr. 

Long Island Rail Road police officer Stan Hansen in the second shift Mineola sector car known as RMP 58, radio motor patrol car 58 seen in Mineola in the Spring of 1983.
Photo/Archive: John Krattinger

Rockville Centre, LIRR police car view NE 12/25/1976 (Madden-Keller)

The Long Island Rail Road Police Department mobile command center deployed to the parking lot adjacent to the Little Neck Station on the Port Washington Branch. It was undoubtedly needed due to the extremely frenetic scene. OK, so it was actually a ghost town due to to an extended service disruption that lasted nearly a week on the Port Washington Branch, but this will be key to our story Photo/Archive: John Krattinger

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MTA helicopter surveillance patch c.1970 
Archive: Art Huneke

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Helicopter patrol c.1970 
Photo: Richard Glueck


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Helicopter patrol c.1970 
Archive: Art Huneke


LIRR Police Track Patrol Helicopter Bell 47
c.1970 Archive: Art Huneke

LIRR Police Track Patrol Helicopter
9/03/1972 Archive: Dave Keller


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Long Island Metro Lines "Big eye in the sky"
April 1971 Archive: Al Castelli
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Vintage Police Service #160
L.I.R.R. Co. Star Badge  Info: Dave Keller

Back of badge showing provenance from "American Ry Supply, NY”
 c. 1880's- 1890's (?).  Info: Dave Keller

LIRR Police Badge "Acorn" Design 1917
Maker: C.D. Reese, NYC

The LIRR had a problem with their shields throughout the years. Some were handed down from Father to Son, and therefore are of the older style. This style is known as "The Acorn" due to its shape. This shield was still in use in the early 1980's and was in the desk of my friend that dealt with uniform issues. The balance of the shields had top ribbons that stated anything from "RAILROAD", "STATE RAILWAY", "N.Y.S. RAILWAY", "N.Y.S. RAILWAY L.I.R.R" all incised into the shield. 

Research/Photos/Archive: Yardgoat398 unless noted.

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LIRR Patrolman Shield "Pie Plate" c. 1933
Usage: 1929 to ~1946

LIRR Police Department Hat Badge c.1933 Usage: 1929 to ~1946 

LIRR in a Keystone hat badge (left) is influenced by the parent Pennsylvania Railroad in use from the late 1800's to around 1959.



LIRR Patrolman shield late 1960's - eBay

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In the mid to late 1970's the LIRR ran short of Patrolman's shields and sought shields from other New York State Agencies to use with an applied top "Custom made Ribbon" with raised letters stating "N.Y.S. RAILWAY L.I.R.R." and is known as the "Applied Ribbon" style. Not many of these were made and are considered hard to come by. A shield issued in the 1960's could have survived well into the time period that the LIRR standardized their Patrolman, Detective, and Sergeant shields. Within a group it was rarer to get two shields that were alike than different. Some members never moved up the LIRR PD ladder and had the same shield that was issued to them 30 years ago. 

This example of a "1970's Applied Ribbon" is on another agencies shield. The other agencies name has been ground down to accommodate the application of the "Custom Ribbon"


These are standard stock "New York" style badges. The department lettering is "incised" lettering pressed into the badge, (any Department could be pressed into the ribbons and filled with what was known as "soft" enamel).

Date of use of these on the L.I.R.R. are from around 1950 to the early 1980's when the "Custom Die"
"last issue" badge went into service with all the new hires.


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In the late 80's/early 90's the department standardized the Patrolman and Sergeant shields with the top ribbon very similar to the "Applied Ribbon" lettering used on the late 70's Patrolman shield. This new shield known as the "Custom Die" shield was issued in the late 80's and mostly early 90's, ironically, just prior to the consolidation of the LIRR, MNCR, and later the SIRT (Staten Island) Departments under the flag of the MTA. All new shields, collar devices, and patches were created and issued.

This example is the last shield of the LIRR under their original charter (LIRR not MTA) and is a complete "Custom Die" and is a one piece shield hallmarked by United Insignia. This is the 1990's shield.

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LIRR Police patch used in the 1970's worn only on one sleeve. They would have switched to the MTA LIRR Police patch some time before 1989/1990.
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LIRR-MTA 1980's New York State patch, placed on both sleeves, in use until c.1998 when the police departments (LIRR & Metro North) were merged.

LIRR Women Trainmen "Wheels" Uniforms
1943 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

LIRR Women "Trainman " hat
1943 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

LIRR Trainman armband  c. WW II era

I surmise this LIRR Trainman armband was probably from the WWII era when men were away at war and women filled in their positions.  While the remaining men who weren't called for active military service still had their uniforms and cap badges from before the war began, new uniforming of hundreds of these women when military uniforming took precedence perhaps led to a temporary unavailability of uniform caps with the woven-weaved "Trainman" position later seen in various images of women train crews at work during this time period.  (Dave Keller info).

LIRR valuation map 1919 Wading River Extension
zoom "F" sign  symbol indication

PRR Flanger Sign  10/1924 Archive: Walter Staffa
The "F" map symbol  indicates the need for flanger/plows to be raised at road crossings

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LIRR Ticket Vending Machine Lock-Box Nostrand Ave 12/27/13 Photo: Ron Yee

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Moonlight Excursion up the North River (Hudson River) )aboard the Steamer Wyoming 9/04/1876  Special train Hunter's Point to Jamaica and return LIRR ticket Archive: Art Heneke

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Hudson River side-wheel steamer "Wyoming". The vessel was named after a county in Northern New York, east of Buffalo. Archive: G. B. Dobson

RS3 #$1556 and -#1552 leading a westbound REX train out of Montauk  5/05/1963  Photo: Bob Lorenz Archive: Dave Keller

Note: REX” Trains = Trains consisting of all REA and/or baggage cars. According to the late retired engineer Herb Doescher (via Robert Sturm), the REX trains were the fastest under steam on the road. The lack of scheduled station stops saw speeds in excess of 100mph not unusual. The men clocked the number of telegraph poles passed per minute to determine their speed.  Dave Keller

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LIRR Coloring book - MetroMan c.1970s 
Archive: Joanne Wishnoff



LIRR P72 #2943 Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad Co. 7/05/2020 Archive: Andrew Grahl

Newport Dinner Train - Railpace Magazine 10/2020 Info: Andrew Grahl

"Safe Is Smart' Coloring Book - MTA-LIRR

LIRR-MTA Crayons - Stop Look & Listen

LIRR Conductor hand lantern and they generally carried two, one with a red globe and one with a "white" or clear globe. The globe, when taken out of the lantern frame, is approximately 3 1/4" high and thus this type of lantern is called a "short" globe lantern. Vintage is 1920's manufactured by Dressel Lamp Works, Arlington, NJ. Info: Robert Myers
Armspear PRR style clear globe  lantern 1889  with LIRR markings

LIRR Lantern
PRR-LIRR Lantern c. 1925
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"Our Butch"  1939-1948 North Shore 
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Friday, December 6, 2019

Towns move to ditch $1 South Fork Commuter Connection shuttle fare

The Towns of Southampton and East Hampton are moving to eliminate the $1 fare for the South Fork Commuter Connection shuttle buses, making the connecting shuttles free to use with a LIRR ticket.
Info: LIRR December 6, 2019

News came from Assemblyman Fred Thiele's office last week that the News came from Assemblyman Fred Thiele's office last week that the LIRR has agreed to restore the South Fork Commuter Connection service between Speonk and Montauk this fall.  August 5, 2021 at Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and Amagansett.


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LIRR bar car #120 previously Class P54D #5769 c.1961 (John Duprey - NY Daily News)

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Long Island town names puzzle. Bonus: Name the four towns that never had LIRR stations. 
Answers at bottom of page  

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LI #4222 flat at Yardley, PA 8/07/18  Photo: Tim Darnell

LI #4222 "R-AGE" with the sticker "Home shop for repair, do not load". The LIRR just purchased these former RBBX flatcars from Ringling Bros. and were in transit from Palmetto, FL to Fresh Pond. They attempted to acquire them when the circus train was in town to avoid the shipping costs but, couldn't finalize the details in time.

"Home shop for repair" refers to AAR rule 88, which allows a defective car, on another railroad, to be moved to the home shop for repair, rather than having the railroad where the car sits now repair it and bill the owning RR.

Railroads can refuse interchange on a car older than 40-50 years or longer since its last rebuild. "R-AGE" means the car is restricted from interchange due to age, as referenced in 49 CFR Sec. 215.303. 

LIRR purchased eight ex-Ringling Bros. Circus train flats (LI 4215-4222). Arrived on 8/09/18 and appears three are in use currently for the Harold Interlocking project. (8/25/18).  Info: Gregory Grice

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Bethpage Station Ticket Vending Machine 10/03/2017

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Jamaica Station Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) c.1973 Photo: Kevin Fehn

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"A Wedding on Wheels" October 1993 issue of "Along The Track" Archive: Dave Morrison

Oct 1993 issue of "Along The Track",  an official LIRR publication that reported that the 1993 wedding on board a Montauk train "was the first held on an LIRR train." 

The LIRR Public Affairs Department forgot all about the July 9, 1977 wedding that took place on a Greenport train.  That forgetfulness is probably easy to understand, however.. No one of  importance was on that train , except the General Chairman of the United Transportation Union, Ray Mills who married Carol Wagnor on the train. Additionally,  the MTA Board Chairman, Harold Fisher, and the LIRR President, Robert Pattison, were also on the train. People easy to forget!

I was on the train, also. The track east of Riverhead was so poor during that period, the train speed was 30 mph. When the ceremony took place while the train was moving, the engineer was ordered to slow it down to 15mph or less. AND, the car was still bouncing around. A trainmaster in the car, got on his radio and ordered the engineer to stop the train. When at a stop, the minister performed the brief ceremony and the train got back underway. Info: Dave Morrison

Photo: Bob Bender

This is a builder's plaque from the cab door of one of the M1 cars from the 1972 add-on order of 150 cars (9621-9770) which were built by a consortium of Budd and GE. The earlier M1 plaques read "Designed and Built by the Budd Company" with their logo name.  Info: Mike McEnaney

It is  from the 150-car option order as GE was the builder of record, with assembly at Erie, car shells built at the Red Lion assembly plant. GE assembled and delivered many at MU units at Erie, but later orders the stainless car shells were built under subcontract by AVCO (Nashville) and Canadian Vickers (Montreal), under Budd license. These had no Budd mention, as the car body was supplied from Nashville or Montreal. 
Info: Kevin Wong 

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Photo members of the RMLI confer with the New York and Atlantic Railway crew on Saturday, January 7, 2017 as the certified air brake system on ex-LIRR, ASR Bar Car #2993 is fully charged.

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, LIRR Bar Car #2993 began its journey to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad (ASR) in Utica, NY. The car, (not owned by the RMLI), was donated to the ASR by its owner for use as a Bar/Concession Car. RMLI's Founding President, Mr. Chris Talluto is the ASR's Chief Mechanical Officer. Chris spent a good part of summer 2016 performing maintenance and certification work on the car. The Museum assisted Chris with helpful manpower and the use of our backshop for various work details. The Railroad Museum of Long Island celebrates and supports ASR's acquisition of #2993. Not only will this LIRR car be saved, it will be used in revenue service for the purpose the LIRR originally modified it for, saving another piece of Long Island heritage!! Thank you for video taken by Jordan Torregrosa, member of the RMLI "Steam up LIRR 39" committee.  There were on four 2900 series Bar Cars 2990-2993  

Yes, the routing was New York & Atlantic (Riverhead to Fresh Pond) to CSX (Fresh Pond to Oak Point to Selkirk and then on to Utica). There was never a discussion about having a rider in the car. We overhauled the brake system to current standards, did the COTS and repaired the rusting stairwells as "safety appliances" and sent her packing :-)

As of yesterday the car was at Selkirk waiting for a westbound movement to complete the trip to Utica. The northerly movement engineer stated: "Much to his surprise that on the back of his 32 car train was the bar car. #2993. North of Beacon the train speeds are 50 mph. No cars tripped any detectors while in route to Selkirk. He is very proud and impressed that the car performed well with no problems." Don Fisher - RMLI

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Car #411 ex-CNS&M Interurban, Morris Park 
Photo: James Guthrie

Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee 411
One of only three 400-series parlor/dining cars from the North Shore preserved, car 411 was built as an open-ended observation car. Retired during the Depression because of declining revenues, in World War II the car was rebuilt as a coach to help handle the massive crowds going to and from Glenview Naval Station. Car 411 was retired in 1963 when the North Shore quit and was acquired by the Trolley Museum of New York, a loosely-knit collection of equipment that bounced around to various locations (including Trolley Valhalla in New Jersey and the Coney Island Shops of the New York subway system) in the Tri-State area. The car was evidently stored on the South Brooklyn Railway for a time, but in 1973 TMNY ended operations and sold the car. The buyer was John Lauber, who purchased 411 on behalf of The Wisconsin Electric Railway Historical Society in East Troy, Wisconsin. The car was moved to TWERHS and was stored there, but Lauber was never reimbursed for the car and therefore technically retained ownership. When TWERHS dissolved in 1988, Lauber sold the car to John Larkin, owner of the Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad. For the last 15 years 411 has been stored at the E&LS facility in Escanaba, Michigan. at the E&LS facility in Escanaba, Michigan. 
by Frank Hicks

Built in:1923 by Cincinnati Car Company,  Out-of-service/Retired:1963,  Type of car: Interurban (coach, converted tavern/lounge)
Current Owner: Escanaba & Lake Superior  

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Comic Con 2013 LIRR flyer


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Commuter leaping into LIRR #9350 cab at Penn Station 2/12/1983 
Photo: Newsday Archive: Kenneth F. Lemp
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PRR N5 #477604 caboose Hempstead 
4/05/1934 (Votava-Keller)


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Speno International rail grinding train  C-64 caboose - Hewlett 10/1979 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke


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LIRR conductor E. Deirdre Hickey waves from
 the cab of her train on June 6, 1979.
Dee Hickey was the First Female Qualified Conductor of the modern era. She joined the LIRR in 1973 and worked her first day as a conductor
Info: "Along The Track" LIRR


LIRR Instructions to Motormen for Operation of Electric Equipment 1921

Form 19 train order issued at MT tower in Mineola in January, 1929, by operator Webb and addressed to the C&M (Conductor & Motorman) of train 939, advising them that train 938 pulled by motor 1456, has right over their train 939 Valley Stream to Mineola (indicating thru-service)  "Motor" was how the dispatchers/block operators referred to the lead MU motor car.  Info/Archive: Dave Keller

Conductor & Engineer of work extra #141 (locomotive), is ordered to keep clear of motor #1349 (MU psgr. train) which is running extra between Mineola and "HC" tower (Hempstead Crossing) at Garden City.  Conductor & Motorman of motor #1349 are copied on this order, which has been made complete by block operator Webb on 10/22/1929 at 7:28 am.  Info/Archive: Dave Keller

LIRR Motorman cap badge worn from 1908 until April 1, 1929 when Motormen were no longer required to wear uniform caps. Info/Archive: Dave Keller

LIRR - Progress of Electrification  Map - 9/15/1948 Archive: Jeff Erlitz

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Riverhead Station View SW c.1905 velocipede 
Zoom Photo: LIRR Chief Engineer Archive: Dave Keller

Note: The correct name of these vehicles are velocipede as speeders are self-propelled with some form of fuel-driven engine.


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Mattituck Station View SW c.1905 velocipede Zoom Photo: LIRR Chief Engineer Archive: Dave Keller

Medford 1906 Velocipede
Archive: Richard Eikov

The LIRR often used velocipedes by photographers, one important occasion was the documentation of all property owned by the railroad.

The Federal Government Association (FRA) took over the rail industry during WW I. The industry naturally demanded payment in return. Trouble was no one knew how to determine what that payment should cover. Each railroad had its own accounting and record-keeping procedures, and it was hard to determine the best method to follow.

The answer was to establish a common set of procedures, and each property, in order to qualify for compensation, had to develop valuation plans and photographs to document its property. The result was the familiar valuation maps (drawings) and photos prepared by the LIRR Engineering Department. The drawings were subsequently updated as things changed and formed an important record of infrastructure details, at least until the 1990s. The photos languished in Jamaica until they slowly found their way into collections. Each photo includes a date and location description. Some of you may have seen them.

The photographers who took the photos used the velocipede method of travel between locations, especially out east where rail traffic was light.

The information gathered was then compiled and sent to Washington to establish payment for the FRA takeover. After a suitable period of review, payment was made to the LIRR. Info: Robert Sturm

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Red Caboose restaurant ex-LIRR C93,
ex-IC #9847 acquired: 1/72 - Westbury c.1975 Photo/Archive: Tim Darnell

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 Station Road restaurant sign Watermill 2009 Photo/Archive: Dave Morrison


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Station Road restaurant - View NE 9/28/1987 Photo/Archive: Edward Hand

Logo reads: "TCC TS" intertwined for "The Club Car /The Station." 

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Spice of Life restaurant Woodmere ex-NYC 1910 caboose 8/01/1976 
Photo/Archive: Tim Darnell
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Red Caboose Restaurant matchbook
640 Old Country Rd., Westbury Photo/Archive: John Stine
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"The Dining Car 1890" now Curry Club Restaurant. Ex-SLSF Kansas originally #2500 2/17/2017
Photo/Archive: Philip Marshall

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Curry Club interior; ex-The Dining Car 1890 located in Setauket at the corner of Nichols Road and 25A. The original restaurant and related buildings are still standing, pretty much in tact. The Dining Car closed around 1992 for financial reasons, and was vacant for a few years before it reopened as the Curry Club.

Dashing Dan's Clam Car #2943
 Portsmouth, RI 8/02/2021

#2943, a P72 class coach original LIRR number,  was sold to the Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad Co. which owns the clam bar.

Grade Crossing Crash (delineator) Posts
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LIRR Grade Crossing Crash Posts - Willis Ave, Mineola 5/15/18 Newsday - Photo: /Howard Schnapp


They’re called delineators. They’re flexible/breakaway and will not physically prevent a vehicle from entering the track area. They exist only to inform motorist that the lane continues over the grade crossing; it’s an effort to prevent drivers from turning onto the tracks.

Delineator posts are being installed to mark crossings and show that a railroad track is there along with a white line designating where the road lanes are. In some cases there are zebra-type warning stripes that are used along with the solid white line on crossings.

The problem locations are those in which an intersecting road closely parallels tracks at crossings. One of the best examples is at Mineola is Front Street alongside the Main Line between the Main Street and Willis Avenue crossings that has been the source of some of these problems over time.

These delineator posts are in use by railroads in places that have had problems of vehicles turning into track areas from paralleling streets - one of the best examples is the busy Metra/BNSF Railway Aurora Line in the Chicago area which these posts can be visible in videos of trains at crossings on the route. This is a low cost way to better designate and mark crossings which is a good move. Info: Mike McEnaney

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Riverhead, Sweezy Ave 9/13/2018 
Photo/Archive: Steve Rothaug

LONG ISLAND Railroader magazine  - August, 1955  1st Employee Outing 1/18/2018
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LI Railroader magazine cover August, 1955 1st Employe Outing 
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LI Railroader -  Employe Outing - 8/1955 
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LI Railroader -  Back page  "Employee" injuries by Departments Jan-July 1955
Archive: Dave Morrison
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LI Railroader -  Employe Outing Page 9 - 8/1955 

LIRR  -  US OPEN GOLF - June 12-15, 1986
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Southampton College - US Open View NW 6/1986 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke
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Southampton College - US Open View SW 6/1986 
Photo/Archive: Art Huneke
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Southampton College - US Open  LIRR # 167 View E 6/1986 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

GP38-2 #272 with special eastbound train makes the stop at Southampton College station at the Tuckahoe Rd. crossing for the 1986 U.S. Open held at the adjacent Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.  A temporary wooden footbridge has been constructed to allow the large crowds to safely cross over the tracks and busy Route 27 (County Rd. 39) as seen in this westward view on June 12, 1986. This was the former site of the old Golf Grounds station.  (Art Huneke photo, Dave Keller archive)

  LIRR  -  US OPEN GOLF - June 14-20, 2004  


LIRR Timetable Shinnecock Hills
US Open 6/14/2004 to 6/20/2004 
Archive: Dave Keller



LIRR  -  US OPEN GOLF - June 15-21, 2009

SOUTHAMPTON COLLEGE  Opened: 5/24/76 at old “Golf Grounds” Station site, 528' west of MP86. Discontinued as station stop and removed: 3/16/98.  Temporarily re-used as station stop for the US Open: 6/2004 and listed on special timetables as “Shinnecock Hills.” Temporary high-level platform 2 cars in length erected.  Although pedestrians had to walk over the Tuckahoe Rd. crossing, a pedestrian crossover was installed over the highway.  All structures removed and station stop discontinued after the golf tournament ended.

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LIRR Timetable US Open 06/15/2009 Archive: Al Castelli
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LIRR Kiosk side view Bethpage State Park
US Open 2009 05/25/09 Photo: Al Castelli
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LIRR Kiosk with 175th anniversary flags. Front view Bethpage State Park US Open 2009  5/25/09
Photo/Archive: Al Castelli

LIRR  -  118th US OPEN GOLF - June 7-17, 2018
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Shinnecock Hills U.S. Open LIRR timetable cover
 June 7-17, 2018 
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Shinnecock Hills ready for the June 7-17, 2018 U.S. Open
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118th US Open - Shinnecock Hills - View E 6/16/18 
Photo/Archive: Richard Althaus

LIRR  -  101st PGA CHAMPIONSHIP - May 13-19, 2019

LIRR 101st PGA Championship - May 13-19, 2019 Bethpage, NY
hive: Warren Leunig

101st PGA LIRR schedule Penn to Farmingdale - May 15-19, 2019 Archive: Warren Leunig

Tickets Ronkonkoma to Farmingdale  5/19/2019
Archive: Warren Leunig


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Public timetable cover LI City to Greenport 10/24/1862 Note: The stage line connections indicated for both North and South Shore communities. 

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LIRR Co. Ferry vehicle sample ticket over James Slip Ferry, also good for 34th St. 1899 Note: 28 minute ferry transit time across the East River.

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Public timetable LI City, (Hunters Point), to Greenport  10/24/1862 
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LIRR Railroader - Renamed interlockings 10/11/1961 Archive: Dave Morrison


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Prior to being simplified, the interlockings of the Port Jefferson Branch for a period in the mid-20th century were changed as follows:

LIRR Railroader - Retired Conductor  Patrick Burke 100th Birthday, April, 1954 
Archive: Dave Morrison

Amott: Retired Engineers Joseph H., JR., Charles A. and James A. Amott  In service: 10/07/61 -
Burke: Retired Conductor Joe Burke  In service 5/22/62 - 6/26/72
Corey: Retired Engineer Benjamin C. Corey  In service: 5/22/62 - 6/26/72
Duke:  Retired Conductor Henry L. Burke  In service: 5/15/63 - 10/03/77
Evans: Train Dispatcher Thomas B. Evans  In service: 5/15/63 - 10/03/77
Fox:     Retired Freight Trainmaster Joe Fox and Conductor Walter Fax  In service: 12/20/63 - 10/03/77
Green: Engineer Frederick W. Green  In service: 12/20/63 - 10/03/77
Hare:   Retired Conductor James Hare  In service:  12/20/63 TO 8/26/71;  9/14/71 to 10/03/77
Post:    Retired Signal Department Circuit Engineer Howell B. Post  In service: 12/20/63 - 10/03/77   Telegraphic Call Letters Research: Dave Keller 

Metro-North SPV2000 #291 Rail Diesel Car at 
Wreck Lead
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Metro-North SPV2000 #291 Central Branch, Southern State Pkwy, West Babylon exit 
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Metro-North SPV2000 #291 Rail Diesel Car at "KO" Ronkonkoma
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Metro-North SPV2000 #291 Rail Diesel Car at "KO" Ronkonkoma 
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A rare and very old LIRR valuation photo of the Broad Channel station and station area looking south from the pedestrian crossover (bridge) on August 3, 1914. The ticket office and waiting room appear to be housed in the first floor of the Delevan House at the left as evidenced by the bay window and scattered chairs.  (LIRR valuation photo, Dave Keller archive and data)
Delevan House (see left photo) advertising aluminum encased "Good Luck Cent" 

These places at Broad Channel, Goose Creek and The Raunt were strictly saloons and inns. The sign on the rear left building may read "Palm Garden" and was either the restaurant portion of the saloon, or a Bier Garten. The buildings are separate from each other, so may be two different business concerns. The signs posted by the pedestrian stairs in front of the "Palm Garden" and on the opposite side of the tracks at platform's edge read:  "No Trespassing.  No Crossing Tracks. Use the Bridge."  The rowboats were for rent, as this was basically a fishing stop. Info: Dave Keller

"Keep Me And Never Go Broke" slogan on horseshoe. Aluminum encased 1909 Indian Head Cent (obverse) "Good Luck Cent" "Delevan House - E.H. Schlueter" 1909 
Indian Head Cent (reverse)

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Farmingdale LIRR 150th Anniversary 1841-1991
 artwork/ceramic tile

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Port Washington LIRR 100th Anniversary 
1898-1998 artwork/ceramic tile
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Sea Cliff LIRR 100th Anniversary 1888-1988 
J. Montelione
artwork/ceramic tile
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St. James artwork - Vincent Quatroche - Oldest surviving LIRR built station 1873-Present Day (restoration 1997) 
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Photos/Archive this section: Dave Morrison


Affixed to a rider’s luggage in the old days. The express agent would put it on the bags with a leather strap. Upon receipt of your bag(s) at your destination, the express agent would remove the tag for reuse for another customer on another train. American Railway Supply Co., was in business from 1891 to the 1920s. Info: Brendan Manley

Brass Baggage Tag Collection: John Fusto

Penn Station to
Easthampton baggage tag  #45545 Archive: Carol Mills

Brass Baggage Tag 
Collection: Brendan Manley

Penn Station to Garden City Baggage Tag 
Collection: Brendan Manley

LIRR baggage tag #18240
Archive: Carol Mills 

Baggage Tag South Side Rail Road
of Long Island 

Brass Baggage Tag  Flatbush Ave. to Great River 01/2008
Collection: Brendan Manley

LIRR Brass Pay Check Tag 

To the best of my knowledge, it was used to pay employees out on the line (perhaps as a "chit" to be cashed in somewhere where cash was available)...maybe a a major station where the ticket agent had copious amount of the green stuff and could pay you out of his "cash drawer" from selling tickets, etc, or maybe a major  terminal like Jamaica, where cash was disbursed to outlying terminals for different purposes. Info: Robert Myers

Penn Station to Easthampton baggage tag #45649

Archive: Carol Mills

Ronkonkoma to 34th St. and reverse side #22673 Brass Baggage Tag Collection: Brendan Manley

Baggage Tags c.1962-1963 Archive: Art Single
LIRR Playing Cards

Sunrise Trail playing cards c.1921 Archive: Carol Mills
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Sunrise Special playing cards c.1921

150th Anniversary playing cards: Archive:  Carol Mills

 LIRR 160th Anniversary playing cards 1994 
Archive: Joe Saullo
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1955 Topps "Rails and Sails" no.34. LIRR #193 Rotary Plow

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1955 Topps "Rails and Sails" no.75 BUDD Rail Car

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1955 Topps "Rails and Sails" no.34 reverse

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1955 Topps "Rails and Sails" no.75 reverse

Topps bubble gum card set 1955 “Rails and Sails”. The set has two parts, the first 130 cards being about trains, and the second 70 cards being about ships. The backs for each set are all done with color, an unusual quality for trading cards. The backs also are among the most genuinely informative ever done. $10-$125 condition (VG-EX-4 Mint 9 condition) according to a price guide. 
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Ticket Form LH-261-G 
US Government 
Archive: Brad Phillips
A transportation request ("TR") was issued to members of the military and employees of all branches of the Federal Government in lieu of cash to purchase passage by any means (rail, bus, air, etc.).  Tickets issued were endorsed "United States Government" to prevent the traveler from turning them in for a cash refund if not used.  LIRR stations having a large volume of government business had tickets pre-printed with the endorsement.  More recently, credit cards ("travel cards") have become the preferred means for government travelers to pay for their traveling expenses (including hotels, meals, etc.).  Forms-government-transporation-Request_BradPhillips.jpg (173510 bytes)
Form Government Transportation Request Archive: Brad Phillips
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Rev. Paul Cuffee Gravesite
March 4, 1757 - March 7, 1812
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Rev. Paul Cuffee historical maker
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LIRR #207 eastbound Hampton Bays
Rev. Paul Cuffee Gravesite 
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Rev. Paul Cuffee is buried on a tiny plot of land  in Hampton Bays. His grave sits all alone between the Long Island Railroad tracks and Highway 27 (Montauk Hwy), the gravesite having been diminished by development on the Long Island Railroad. It has a stone marker which is weather-worn and broken in two. There is a small white fence around it, erected by his descendants on "Good Ground" which was once all Indian land. 

Cuffee, a Shinnecock Indian, was a celebrated minister, like his grandfather Peter John, who preached to Indians of Long Island. Cuffee during his youth was an indentured servant to a Wading River farmer who became an enthusiastic convert in his early 20s.

Cuffee preached among Indian communities to include a small reservation called Poospatuck (present day Mastic Beach); Canoe Place Hampton Bays, and in the end, Montauk. This vigorous preacher's services were attended by large crowds.

He died on March 7, 1812, at the age of 55 and was buried in an old Indian cemetery about a half mile east of Hampton Bays railroad station, which was at an early period the site of an Indian church belonging to the Shinnecock tribe. Here a simple marble slab was erected by the New York Missionary Society in memory of Rev. Paul Cuffee an Indian of the Shinnecock tribe. Who was employed by that society for the past thirteen years of his life, on the eastern part of Long Island where he labored with fidelity and success.

His broken solitary grave marker reads:

In testifying the Gospel
of the Grace of God
He finished his course
with Joy on
7th of March 1812
Aged 55 years and
Three Days

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The old wood fence has been replaced with a vinyl fence. 1/11/2018 Photo: Dave Morrison


REV. PAUL CUFFEE, INDIAN PREACHER  October 20,1949 by Thomas R. Bayles

The Rev. Paul Cuffee was the second of seven sons of Peter Cuffee, a native Indian of the Shinnecock tribe, and grandson, on his mothers side, of the Rev. Peter John. He was born in Brookhaven town probably at Wading River, on March 4, 1757. His mother was said to have been a very religious woman and for many years was a member of the Indian church at Wading River. At an early age he was bound out to major Frederick Hudson a farmer of Wading River with whom he lived and worked until he was 21 years of age.

According to Prime's history he was converted to be Christian religion when he was about 21 and turned his attention to preaching although his education was very limited. By what authority is not known, though possibly it was through the influence of the Wading River church, of which he was a member.

Soon after reaching maturity, he moved to Moriches and then to Poosepatuck where in 1790, he was "ordained to the work of the ministry by a council of ministers from the Connecticut Convention." He later moved to Canoe Place, (now Hampton Bays) where he lived until his death.

In 1798, he received a commission from the "New York Missionary Society" to work with the Long Island Indians, and for the rest of his life he worked and preached among them his principal field was Montauk and Canoe Place, although he sometimes visited Poosepatuck and Islip, where there were a few scattered members of the native tribes.

He was a very popular preacher, and was endowed with a charming voice, a retentive memory and a very graceful manner, and was universally loved and respected. Crowds came to hear him, and it is doubtful of any minister of those days could have commanded larger or more attentive congregations.

Churches and ministers of other denominations welcomed him to their pulpits and welcomed opportunities to listen to his preaching.

Prime says of him" "Having enjoyed a personal acquaintance with Paul Cuffee for several years and having had the privilege of hearing him preach, the writer can bear witness that he was an interesting and affecting preacher. Though he aimed at no elegance of diction and frequently committed grammatical mistakes, these were soon lost sight in the ardor of his piety and the pathos of his appeals. The most amiable trait of his character was the unaffected humility of his heart. Naturally modest, he never aspired to high things, and was contented to be the humble instrument of promoting the glory of God and the salvation of his fellow men."

He died on March 7, 1812, at the age of 55 and was buried in an old Indian cemetery about a half mile east of Hampton Bays railroad station, which was at an early period the site of an Indian church belonging to the Shinnecock tribe. Here a simple marble slab was erected to his memory by the New York Missionary Society, which carried the following inscription. "Erected by the New York Missionary Society in memory of Rev. Paul Cuffee an Indian of the Shinnecock tribe. Who was employed by that society for the past thirteen years of his life, on the eastern part of Long Island where he labored with fidelity and success."

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Project LIRR #39 driver tire 10/10/1980 Photo: Al Castelli
Step #1 below
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Project LIRR #39 driver tire 
10/10/1980 Photo: Al Castelli
Step #7 heated at about 450° Installation time approx. 50-60 minutes
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Project LIRR #39 driver tire 10/10/1980 Photo: Al Castelli 
Step #9 below

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Steam locomotive tire heating at Morris Park shops 1954 Photo: Bill Rugen Archive: Art Huneke 

How to Apply Tires to Locomotive Wheels by Edward Kilsdonk

Steam locomotives have large driving wheels, each of which is expensive and hard to repair. To preserve the wheels, locomotives use steel tires. The tires, which also have the flange that holds the train on the track, need to be replaced from time to time. Thus, things you'll need: heating collar, sledgehammer, and a hoist or crane. 


1.     Remove the wheel from the locomotive by raising the locomotive on a crane, disconnecting the driving rods, and then unbolting the wheel. Use an engine hoist to move the wheel to a work stand that has been adjusted so that the bottom of the wheel is at least a foot above the ground.

2.      Sweat the old tire off by heating it to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit and then gently tapping it off with a heavy hammer. There are no physical connections between the tire and the wheel, so you just need to expand the tire a little. Be careful not to damage the sand-cast wheel

3.     Measure the wheel to the thousandth of an inch and order a new tire that is about 55/1000 of an inch smaller than the wheel. Remember to measure each wheel separately.

4.      Build a bracket and cradle to hold the new tire next to and just above the wheel so that it can be sweated on. This can be welded together out of scrap metal. The hanging bracket at the top of the tire should hold the new tire firmly but not block the movement of the new tire onto the wheel.

5.     Use a hoist to lift the new tire and position it next to the wheel. The inner edge of the tire should be aligned with the outer edge of the wheel at all sides, although you may want to cheat it up a few thousandths of an inch to ease the final fitting.

6.     Wrap a heating collar around the new tire. Most collars run on propane.

7.     Heat the new tire to at least 300 degrees but no more than 600 degrees Fahrenheit. This will enlarge the tire so that it will stretch and fit over the wheel.

8.     Use a sledgehammer to fit the tire around the wheel by tapping the hot tire on the side. You need the weight of the sledge to slide the tire around the wheel, but be careful because you don't want to dent the tire by hitting too hard. A two-hand grip with a moderate choke works best.

9.     Remove the gas ring and let the tire cool partway. As soon as the metal is cool enough to approach, place C-clamps on the wheel and tire to keep the tire from slipping sideways as it finishes cooling.

10.   Use a tire lathe to trim excess metal from the new tire until the diameter of the new tire is within 3/32 of an inch of the diameter of the old tire. 

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MU Combine used as Office Car

MU combine #1356 had its electric trucks removed and replaced with non-electric trucks and was coupled onto a train and towed into position at the Port Washington station for use as an office car between 1950 and 1956 (Robert M. Emery data).  This view looking northeast shows the car in place at Port Washington on September 18, 1951.  Seven windows on the near side of the car appear to be fitted with screens.  (Will Faxon photo, Dave Keller archive)
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Ticket LI City to Maple Grove valid thru 12/31/1885

Ticket/History Maple Grove

MAPLE GROVE : Opened: May/1879 as flag stop for Maple Grove cemetery. Closed: 1882. reopened: 1883.  Removed in 1909 with realignment of tracks.  moved approx. 600' south alongside new site of Kew station (which opened 9/8/1910) and perpendicular to tracks for use as real estate office for developers of Kew. Razed a short time later.

KEW: Opened: 9/8/1910 on re-aligned main line tracks south of ex-Maple Grove station site. Renamed "KEW GARDENS": 1912  

Notice the realignment "in-service" date matches the date of the first train run from Penn Station. . . . . That historic train was probably the first to operate "officially" along that realigned Main. Research: Dave Keller

A rare LIRR ticket. Note the signature on the ticket is a cemetery official and not a LIRR General Passenger Agent. Also, the area that later became Kew Gardens was originally known as Richmond Hill.  Hence, the 1950 LIRR horrible wreck at "Richmond Hill", which happened just east of the Kew Gardens station, was never called the Kew Gardens wreck but the Richmond Hill wreck.

Richmond Hill was the name of the surrounding town, but Maple Grove was the name of the cemetery, and it had a depot for visitors to and from the cemetery. 

In 1910, the LIRR realigned its tracks, eliminating a wide sweeping curve of ROW through Maple Grove and thereby eliminating service to Maple Grove Cemetery, opening a new station south of that site called Kew, which later became Kew Gardens. 

The old depot at Maple Grove, no longer needed, was purchased by the realtor who was selling lots in Kew and was moved adjacent to the new Kew station (east side by the street overpass), set perpendicular to the north side of the tracks and used as a realty office for the land sales. Research: Dave Keller

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GP38-2 #254 and push-pull train #2008 eastbound at Greenlawn 5/22/98 Archive: Dave Keller
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DM unit 3rd rail test section close-up Greenlawn 5/22/98 Archive: Dave Keller

A short section of third rail in non-electrified territory, complete with third rail protection board on top: put into place to test the height of third rail contact shoes on the newly-arrived DM (Dual Mode) units in 1999.  It was there for a short period (it was never electrified) and then removed as the tests concluded.
Info: Robert Myers

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LIRR "Training" consist 06/10/09
Photo: Dietrich Ryan
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Bicentennial Commemoration Emblem on GP38-2 - 1976
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Team in yard at "Team Track" with Sleigh Rochester NY c.1910 
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LIRR Retirement Watch

GP38-2 #256 is at Sayville Station
Photo: Joseph Saullo

#272 Oakdale Station Photo: Joseph Saullo

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LIRR #3185 Class: XLW double-door wood sheathed boxcar South Baltimore Car Co. 200 car lot 3025-3224 Built: 4-5/1904

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506 Choo Choo Lane Boxcar Storage

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Crossing sign at Baylis Ave off Sheep Pasture Road
View S P hoto: George Moraitis

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Evergreen Branch Hancock St. 1998 Photo: Robert Anderson

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Vincent Seyfried Obituary 
Newsday  04/18/2012

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LIRR ticket Rail-Bus Printers error - Rail/Bus usage locations reversed 
Archive: Brad Phillips

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New Lots "Live Wire" English-Italian-Yiddish warning sign - 
zoom 1946 Photo: F. Weber

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Built by American Car & Foundry in 1912 as chair (parlor) car. Converted to a coach (class PP70A) c.1924-25 LIRR #815 and shortly thereafter rebuilt to (open platform) business car LIRR #2000 "MONTAUK" in December 1925 and soon after renamed "JAMAICA". Used as parlor observation car after 1957. Withdrawn from service in 1968 and stored until 1972. Donated to Wantagh Preservation Society in 1972. Displayed at Wantagh Museum in Wantagh, NY.

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LI Express oval sealer from Montauk - Adams Express round sealer from Central Islip

There were two types:  One seal used for express business and one used for railroad business; such as ticket sales remittances.  Both types had the station name on them.  Some I've seen from the LIRR had only the station number like "Long Island Rail Road 59-1/2."

The LI Express sealer has both the station name AND the station number (115 = 115 miles from LI City).

Also, note that these sealers were GIVEN to me by the clerk/block operator at Montauk in 1971 and the agent/block operator at Central Islip around 1972. 
Photo/Collection/Info Dave Keller

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Brooklyn Eagle March 13, 1909 
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LIRR #35 en-route to Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY at Post Ave/Old Country Road 6/1956 Photo: Art Huneke
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LIRR #35 Eisenhower Park post card
Archive: William Gilligan
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LIRR #39 loaded onto trailer to Stony Brook Carriage Museum 7/1956
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Central RR of LI Passenger Coach at Whitestone Landing c.1877 Archive: Dave Keller
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MU #4153 pulling westbound MU train into station, Jamaica, NY – “Ladies Day” sign on side of car: "LADIES YOU GET BARGAIN FARES TO NEW YORK ON WEDNESDAYS"  Winter, 1957 Dave Keller archive Note: old marker lamp lying unattended on platform in foreground!
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PRR Gas Car #4670 Transfer Table MP Shops 1935
Archive: Dave Keller
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PRR Gas Car #4744 Wading River 1/1932 Photo: George Ayling 
Archive: Dave Keller

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Cannonball Connetquot River eastbound
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Connetquot River westbound 1968
Photo: J. P. Krzenski, Dave  Keller Archive
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Connetquot River eastbound 1970
Photo: Joe Korman

LIRR train #8709 - Connetquot River 6/05/2022 Photo/Archive: Ronnie Schnepf

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Car wash interior - W. Islip 11/1977 Archive: Mike Robbins

MU-1725-Experimental-Alum-PaintJamaica-2-37.jpg (57263 bytes)MU #1725 Experimental aluminum paint to reflect sunlight to keep non-air conditioned cars cooler in the summer. Jamaica 02/1937. Archive: Dave Keller Painting would still be required, as would plenty of car washing, thanks to coal smoke, soot and dust, so no cost savings. Opinion: Dave Keller

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MP15ac-154-GP38-2-276-Train_4236-Pine_ Aire_Siding-Last_Day_Svc_PSH-05-21-78_Madden-Keller.jpg (85029 bytes)MP15ac #154 and GP38-2 #276, coupled, are seen here with the Pilgrim State Hospital train #4236 on the siding at Pine Aire.  At the far left is the spur curving onto the state hospital grounds to access the station there.  The date is May 21, 1978 and this is the last day of train service to this state hospital.

Despite the two powered locomotives, this was not really a Push-Pull situation. The spur had no runaround track, so trains entering had to back out, then run empty to Ronkonkoma where they ran around the train on the wye and laid-up for the return trip in the afternoon.  In later years, such as in this view, they ran with two engines.  One would pull the train onto the spur and up to the station.  The other would pull the train out of the spur and all would run to Ronkonkoma for layup.  The loco on the east end would run around and couple to the west end and when back at Pilgrim, the train would back onto the spur up to the station, pick up passengers  and then double-head out westward as the engine served no purpose on the rear of the train.   (William Madden photo, Dave Keller archive)

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LIRR Hospital Car #117 Locomotive Engineering Article 1897

Dietz Lamps

Dietz Lamps at LIRR Mattituck Depot c. 1905
Archive: Dave Keller

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Dietz No.3 Lamps - Baldwin station
ex-South Side Rail Road 1906 Archive: Dave Keller

Established 1840, these lamps were used throughout the South Side Rail Road and LIRR 1902 Dietz Post Oil Lamp No.3 ad. Archive: Dave Keller


Dietz Post Oil Lamp No.3 metal ladder support rods 1902 Archive: Dave Keller
Dietz Lamp - Mattituck Depot zoom View SW 
c.1905 Archive: Dave Keller


Dietz Post Oil Lamp - Floral Park 1913 zoom
Archive: Dave Keller

Dietz No.3 Post Oil Lamp - Pioneer Globe

Electric lamps in use as early as 1903 and kerosene lamps used as late as 1943.  For example: Glen Cove  electric platform lamps in 1903 (probably installed as members of the Country Club nearby).
Holbrook - Kerosene lamps in 1943. (No one  took the train to or from here.  No need for the expense of electricity. However, electric lamps in place by 1953.
Bellmore - Kerosene lamps in 1911. Electric lamps in 1925.
Medford - Kerosene lamps from day one to 1940 when the depot was razed for the grade elimination.
Oakdale - Kerosene in 1904, electric in 1918 (Vanderbilt's influence!)
Port Jefferson - Electric in 1905.  Depot opened in 1903.  May have had electric lamps from the start.
Yaphank - Kerosene as late as 1921.  Electric by 1952.  No photos in between to see when the change was made.
Research:  Dave Keller

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LIRR "Last Run" Retirement Watch 11/01/2006 
Owner/Photo: Robert S. Anderson
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Robert Anderson "Last Run" Train Order 11/01/2006
 Owner/Photo: Robert S. Anderson
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South Brooklyn Railway Steeple cab electric locomotive #5 and box cab electric motor #4 pulling idler car and a string of new BMT R-10 cars along McDonald Ave. southbound past the Coney Island Shops.  View is northwest.  The BMT Culver Line is overhead and the BMT Avenue X station is visible in the center background - 1947  (Dave Keller archive)
Long Island Rail Road - Odds & Ends - Page 2

Puzzle Names Answer: 
1. Cold Spring Harbor
2. Westbury 
3. Sea Cliff 
4. Wyandanch 
5. Elwood 
6. Bellport 
7. Franklin Square 
8. Southold 
9. Bethpage
10. Plainview
11. Dix Hills
12. Oceanside
13. Long Beach
14. Bridgehampton
15. Mineola
16. Sag Harbor

Bonus: Dix Hills, Plainview, Franklin Square, and Elwood