LIRR PD Tower Crew Messages 1929 - 1942
are transcribed hand-written messages that appeared on any type of scrap
of paper that came to hand or were written on the backs of official LIRR
forms by and for train and engine crews or yard hostlers and agents,
handed off to the block operator at “PD” tower or station agent at
Patchogue, to be passed along to the proper individuals involved.
Some of the limited repairs mentioned took place at the locomotive
facilities in the old yard at Patchogue. All repairs were done
outdoors despite the time of year and weather conditions as the 4-stall
engine house had been removed in 1928-29 by parent-road PRR edict.
Archive: Dave Keller
J. M. Fair,
Minor C. Keith’s siding, leading from #2 track 1.80 miles east of Babylon Station is out of service indefinitely on account of repairs.
Eng. 42 was stuck on turntable two and one half hours last night. Please have turn table repaired so we can turn engines.
Clapper lost out of bell on Eng 7622.
D. Y. Geddes, Penn Station
Condr #50. Care Opr, PD Patchogue, Jan. 3rd
Condr #102 Care Crew Dispatcher, Penn Station, Jan 3rd
Condr #98 Care Crew Dispatcher, Penn Station, Jan 3rd
On Saturday, Jan 3rd,
On Saturday, Jan. 3rd, #53 will reserve the head coach for 50
colored selectees, Patchogue to
On Saturday, Jan 3rd #143 will reserve the head coach for above
W. L. Hoffman
Engine Disp: MP 11/6/29
Flues leaking Eng. 87
Crew Dispatcher 11/15/29
Please get me a Trainman’s cap, size 7 and send to Patchogue.
D. V. Whaley, Trainman
F. R. Gerard, Supt; 10/28/29
J. W. Cousins, RF of E
Engine 88 flues leaking absolutely no blower almost impossible to get along.
Mail clerk on Train 56 car 739 reports no lights in car.
C. S. Hammond, Condr. #56
Send out today one air pump governor for Eng 91. The one you sent out yesterday is too small and superheater damper cylinder for Eng 229 one ½ inch globe valve for sprinkler hose Eng 212.
Effective at once Shinnecock team track and passing siding out of service.
J. F. H.
Marlin, Psgr. Rep at
Given to Dispatcher Doran at 7:30 am
The portion of dock track beyond the freight house switch at Montauk is out of service until further notice. Switch set and spiked for freight house siding.
F. J. N.
Coach 334 uncoupled from Engine 82 on train 69 pulling off steam valve and piece of pipe so car cannot be heated caused by center piece of uncoupling lever on Engine 82 being too long. Should have coach to replace 334.
Wm Smith, Car Inspector
PRR 1L0943 at Patchogue loaded cinders for Quogue OK to go forward.
Pick up and handle carefully account cut journal.
F. R. G.
Water low at
Round House Foreman, MP 2/25/30
Eng 8492 both front arch bar plugs leaking bad. Also rear belly plate leaking bad.
L106 Eng 300. 6 hrs 45 min. cut off 11.45 18 cars
Van Nostrand (Engr)
F.R.G. & J. E. Timson Patchogue 2/24/30
Coach 362 one trap door hinge broken.
Coach 362 two trap door springs defective.
Wm smith, Car Inspector
F. R. G. 2/25/30
Set out PRR 160943. cinders at Patchogue. Hot journal left side. Destination Quogue – No bill
Condr. Livingston, L80
C. D. Burgess, M.P. 2/24/30
On Eng 43 tender is old generator from Eng 100 also some scrap iron. Have it removed.
Tom (Gafney, PD Operator)
Will you have 4085 put his 4 coaches and combine on Fence.
C. S. Hammond
L80 BO (Bellport) 12/16/29
Pick up 6 pieces of freight at Bellport for Brookhaven today without fail.
Signal B405 out of order in stop position for train #74.
Dobbins & Lewis
J. H. S. 12/16/29
L106 9 hrs, 30 min.
Handled 45 cars
Eng House Foreman – M. P. 12/15/29
Flues leaking in fire box Eng 87. Also send out today on train 4058 one three eighth by inch and half pipe nipple.
7 hrs, 10 min.
Handled 29 cars
Eng Dispatcher: 12/14/29
1 stay bolt leaking on Eng 84.
F. R. G. 11/2/29
car manure for East Hampton set out at
Eng House Foreman 10/31/29
Send to Patchogue shaker bar for Eng 229 and a shaker bar for Eng 89.
J. H. S. 11/1/29
L106 Eng 300
Handled 34 cars
Made 8 hours
Rose & Jumic
Send out cylinder head gasket for Eng 229 on haul job.
Eng 37 – train control out order. Brakes will not release. All lights lit except 3 bulls eyes at right corner of cab.
Cut out train control and come in without it and have it fixed up at Morris Park.
F. R. G.
J. E. Timson – Rich. Hill 10/30/29
Hot box on cinder car #228 at Bayshore has been repaired.
Car is OK to go forward.
G. B. Wicks
J. G. Y. 10/30/29
Within two weeks time we will need 100 feet 5/8 inch cable for coal hoist.
Holban Yard PD 10/29/29
J. G. Yarwood 11/4/29
On ground: 40 tons.
Condr L81 Patchogue 10/24/29
Arrange to pick up 14 cars off scale and take west.
F. R. G. PD 10/24/29
12 hours, 15 min.
Work Xtra 92 12/7/29
Eng crew 5.30 AM
Train crew 6.00 AM
Overton & Larr
Work between BH and MY unloading ties.
Condr L80 Bellport 12/17/29
Please pick up freight at Bellport going east.
L107 Eng 300
DLW 43319 taken out as MTY (empty) has feed for Patchogue in it. Please bring back.
Mr. J. L Hill 2/4/33
#9 delayed at Patchogue 22 mins. Account of having to clean snow out of 5 switches. No help.
H. Ruff (Block Opr, PD)
J. F. H. 11/9/32
LI 5815 at
Condr. Collins, Extra 109
supply of water at Patchogue account of water low at
E. E. E.
How many potatoes and where do they go?
How many cars leaving PD?
4 MTY at
7 MTY at Bayshore north side
2 load & 8 MTY 1st out on back track at
L107, Eng 110
Engr. #60 PD 12/29/343
You are to double-head #5 with PRR Eng 4106 today and be on west end ready to back on #5 after he makes station stop.
Munsell, Blk Opr.
Bottom light S421 (signal) out.
Engr. Extra 117 East
Holban Yard PD 11/2/29
PRR 288981 on scale for Bridgehampton.
F. R. G. 11/9/29
Car #PRR 157685 pocket bracket broken on both pockets. Can’t close them. This car is at Shinnecock Hills.
L. F. Lavelle
Condr. Extra 17
J. G. Yarwood
Please send a supply of sand. We are all out.
F. R. G. PD 11/13/29
L106, Eng 102 handled 28 cars. Cut off 12.15 PM. 6 hours, 15 minutes.
Eng 87 has no flags, lamps, fuses or torch.
PRR 565967 on scale goes to HA. Bill in box.
L80 Patchogue 11/26/29
L. I. 3400 salt on scale track for Bellport.
Send man Monday to fix valve in Water Tank. It is now necessary to get up on tank to open valve and shut it off. Ladder leading to top of tank is rotten and unsafe to go up.
R. M. Rees
Have supply of valve oil sent out for Eng 8534. Not a drop on hand.
F. R. G. Patchogue 2/27/30
Top light out sig. S405 and S417 for train 48
F. R. G.
Set out E22948 car coal for Bellport. Hot journal at Sayuville. Waybill ahead.
F. R. G. 10/10/29
This car will have to be turned to come in on rear of train.
Claude Hammond 12/11
Tale blades off signal at AG. Disconnect batteries and take bulbs out of lights on top of signals.
No sand in sand box of Eng 1470, train 61. Will have trouble if it rains.
Holban Yard PD 10/24/29
Three cars on east end of freight house track, Patchogue to go east.
W. B. H.