2ND DEPOT OPENED: 8/3/1906, AGENCY CLOSED: 9/07/1996.
WHICH WERE PLACED IN SERVICE JULY, 1999. (Robert L. Myers 1999 data)
1906 DEPOT RENOVATED: c. 2001    Research: Dave Keller

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South Side Rail Road c. 1868

Photos/postcards Archive: Dave Morrison unless as noted


Sayville Station colorized post card c.1910
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Sayville Map 1900 Archive: Dave Keller

West Sayville Emery Map 5/1958 MP47-48
Archive: Dave Keller
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Sayville Emery Map 5/1958 MP48-49
Archive: Dave Keller
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Sayville Emery Map MP49-50
Archive: Dave Keller
Sayville station view W 1907
Sayville station postcard  view E c.1907  

Sayville valuation photo 5/08/1918 
Sayville postcard view W c.1910

Sayville station 1925
Sayville postcard view SW c.1910

Sayville postcard view c.1946

Sayville 1946 view SW Photo: Fred Weber

Sayville view W 1946 Photo: Fred Weber
Sayville Lincoln Ave. view W 1949
Photo: Fred Weber

Sayville Lincoln Ave. view N 1949
Photo: Fred Weber
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Ticket Sayville-Patchogue c.1965 
Archive: Brad Phillips

Ticket Form 211-P 10 trip - NY Penn - Sayville 1/09/1970
Source: eBay
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Sayville Station View SW 9/29/1987 
Photo: Edward Hand

Sayville Station View NW 2023


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LIRR Sayville Map 1966

Montauk Branch - Sayville to Patchogue
Track profile map 1994


Sayville MP48-50 c.1960 - Research/Diagram: Steven Lynch


Typical uses of detonators include: A warning, caution or stop signal in dense fog, when signals are difficult to see.  A warning of a train stopped on the line ahead by an incident or accident—the train crew are usually responsible for placing the detonators.  A warning of ongoing engineering works ahead.
When a signaler or other railway employee requires to stop approaching trains in an emergency.
To alert crews working on the rails if a silent runaway train or train carriage is approaching.

As with all explosives, detonators can become unstable over time and must, therefore, be replaced regularly.  They are triggered by pressure, rather than impact. This makes them safe during transport, as they normally cannot detonate in a bag or storage container. Source: Wiki

Torpedo device placement just west of Brown's River at location #1 Emery map of Sayville MP49-50 - 5/1958  Archive: Dave Keller

GO #1201 Montauk Branch - Torpedo Placing Machine

Torpedo/Placing Device patent

Torpedo Placing Device patent 4/02/1907


Y CABIN: East of SaYville - Saxby & Farmer 4 lever mechanical machine. In service: 11/27/1917 on north side of tracks at end of double track. Temporarily out of service: 1/8/1930. 
New, temporary cabin located on north side of tracks and west side of Lincoln Ave., 3,000’ west of former location, in service: 1/8/1930 along with cutback of end of double track west of crossing,
on account of Montauk Hwy (Route 27) grade crossing elimination. Temporary cabin out of svc: 6/30/1930.  End of double track moved back to original location after completion of project, former
cabin relocated to south side of tracks, placed back in service: 6/30/1930.  Permanently out of service: 6/7/39.  Spring switch installed.  Protected by “PD” Signal #16 controlled from “PD” Tower: 6/7/1939. Research: Dave Keller

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Blueprint of Y cabin in 1917 
Cabin north side of tracks 
Archive: Art Huneke

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Blueprint of Y cabin after Montauk Hwy. grade elimination project completed and former end of double track reinstated – 1930 Cabin moved to south side of tracks.  Archive: Art Huneke


Y BLOCK - 1950 Map: Jim Boerckel
Archive: Dave Morrison
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G.O. Placing temporary “Y” cabin and end of double track out of service and placing the original “Y” cabin and original location of end of double track back in service  1930
Archive: Art Huneke

The Spring Switch (SS) at "Y" Cabin was set straight for westbounds, eastbounds would run through it, rule 251 so no need for diverging moves.

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"Y" Cabin location prior to removal 6/07/1939

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Temporary “Y” Cabin that was moved west to Lincoln Ave crossing for the grade elimination of Montauk Hwy.  You can see the double track has been truncated and a switch installed just west of the cabin and the crossing.  Photo view is west 1930. Research: Dave Keller Archive: Art Huneke
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Temporary "Y" Cabin west of Lincoln Ave
1930 close-up Archive: Art Huneke

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"Y" Cabin east of Sayville c.1925 Photo: James V. Osborne
Archive: Dave Keller

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Y" Cabin east of  Sayville c. 1929 prior to the grade elimination project.  View NW - Archive: Art Huneke Info: Dave Keller 


The double track was reconnected after the project and placed back in service to its original location, and the original cabin was left in situ.  Once the project was completed, the tracks placed back in service and the cabin moved to the south side of the tracks, it was re-manned. 

You’ll notice the temporary structure, which dates to the 1930 project is ALSO wearing the keystone call sign as is the original cabin in the c. 1929 view.  It is my opinion that the original cabin in photo #1 was given this sign sometime after the c. 1925 photo was taken.  It was removed and placed on the temporary cabin and, once the project was completed and the older cabin restored to duty, it was placed back on that structure to identify it.  The cabin was permanently placed out of service and removed on 6/7/1939 and a spring switch installed.  It was protected by “PD” signal #16 controlled from “PD” tower effective that date.  Dave Keller


"Y" Interlocking (ex-Y Cabin) - View E
2/29/1976 Photo/Archive: William Gilligan

"Y" Interlocking, Sayville - View E  7/16/1977
Photo/Archive: William Gilligan

"Y" Interlocking east of Sayville - View W  5/2021
Photo/Archive: Craig Lignelli
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Miller refrigerator car at Quintree Beer Distributors
View SE Sayville 1970  - Archive: Bob Bender

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Sayville lumber flatcar
Photo: Steven Lynch 1978

N22B C-69 at Sayville Team Yard 12/11/2022  Photo/Archive: Ronnie Schnepf


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Sayville Bennett Thrall 3/1980
Photo: Steven Lynch

Sayville view W 1946 Photo: Fred Weber
Sayville Lincoln Ave. view W 1949
Photo: Fred Weber

Sayville Lincoln Ave. view N 1949
Photo: Fred Weber
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LIRR #207 three engine train #4012 of parlors, bar and coaches at Sayville 1970 Summer only Montauk eastbound -  Return train #4011 “the Sundowner” Sunday 15 car all parlor west to Hunters Point Avenue, arriving there around 10:00 p.m., using parlor equipment from one of the Friday all-parlors (Cannonball or Weekender). Photo/Archive: Bob Bender
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LIRR #259 GP38-2 train #4012 Sayville
1/05/1980  Photo: Bob Bender
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LIRR #418 DE30 Railroad Ave, Sayville
eastbound to Patchogue 7/11/2015
Photo/Archive: Bob Bender 
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Lakeland Ave.,  Sayville view E
Photo/Archive:  Joseph D. Korman
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Cherry Ave Gate Malfunction Sign  01/04/08
LIRR has "CHERRY ST" in error
Photo: Mike McDermet

sayvilleCPsignlirr12-31-07mikeMcDermet.jpg (21610 bytes)CP (Crossing Predictor) a different signal system being used at Sayville to help manage the length of time the gates are down. It provides consistent warning times for crossings under the conditions of varying train speeds. These were installed at several crossing in the Sayville area in the 90's. 

This simply alerts the engineer to the limits of this system in operation. When they had low platforms, the platform extended right up to the crossing. When you pulled in, if you stopped half way in the station, the gates would come up; when you started from the station, about 3/4 of the way through, you would trip the gate circuit and the gates would come down.  End CP sign 12/31/07 Photo: Mike McDermet

The term controlled point is not used on the LIRR, rather they use remote controlled interlocking, etc. For instance, east of Sayville is a point remotely controlled by PD tower where the 2 tracks merge into one, and that is simply called "Y"