Whitestone Branch
Photos/Research: Dave Keller Archive, unless noted

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Ticket Whitestone to LI City transfer
to 34th St. Ferry 8/14/1896 
Archive: Brad Phillips

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Whitestone to LI City transfer 
to 34th St. Ferry - Reverse


Issued between 9/1910 - 01/1921  
Archive: Brad Phillips

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Ticket Flushing - Bridge St. New York Penn Station 1/14/1921 Archive: Brad Phillips

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Queens County, NY 1931 Hagstrom Map

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Queens County, NY 2008

Robert Emery Maps of the Whitestone Branch -  Pre-February 10, 1932
All Emery maps archive: Dave Keller 

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Whitestone MP6-MP7
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 Flushing Creek to Myrtle Ave 

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Myrtle Ave to Mill Creek

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Mill Creek to 3rd Ave
 
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3rd Ave to Malba Station
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Malba Station to 150th Street
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150th Street to Whitestone Landing Station 
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Whitestone Landing Station to end of dock
WHITESTONE JUNCTION
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1922 JC Tower - Whitestone Jct. Interlocking blueprint Archive: Art Huneke


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JC Tower Whitestone Junction Flushing valuation photo 04/04/1921 Archive: Art Huneke

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LIRR #152 MP15 at  ex-Whitestone Junction 
turnout  4/15/77

The station at the time of the photo was Shea Stadium. The Transit facility, in the left background is Corona Yard. The EL station here is Willets Pt.

The LIRR yard that used to be there a little further up towards the Corona-Flushing EL was called Corona Yard. The World's Fair located south of the tracks at that spot was called Flushing Meadows.  Info: Dave Keller

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Flushing Creek Swing Bridge Train is eastbound c.1890
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Swing Bridge Flushing Creek- View N  c.1904 Archive: Dave Keller

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Swing bridge trestle over Flushing Creek view SW - 07/06/1917 
Archive: Dave Keller

S2-455-Switching Freight-Whitestone Jct-Flushing Meadows-View SE-06-02-51 (Faxon-Keller).jpg (135908 bytes) S2 #455 in original "as-delivered" black livery, gold lettering, small road numbers, and white pilot is switching a boxcar and a pole car at the old Whitestone Junction, on the Port Washington branch just east of the former 1939 NY World's Fair grounds on June 2, 1951.  This view is looking SE from the old pedestrian overpass which was constructed for the fair, so visitors arriving by IRT trains could cross the LIRR tracks and access the entrance.  Directly behind the photographer was the site of the old United Nations station, which was in service at the time this photo was taken.  "JC" tower was once located inside the switch to the former Whitestone branch in the left background.  By 1952, both the overpass and the United Nations station were history. (Will V. Faxon, Jr. photo, Dave Keller archive)  

Anchor-Coal-Co._view SW-toward Shea-Stadium-ex-World'sFair_1979Richard and Joseph Braun.jpg (116735 bytes)Anchor Coal Co. (see map MP6-7 above left - location #8) view SW toward Shea Stadium - ex-World's Fair site 1979. The coaches are awaiting scrap in what once was the Corona Yard. Photo: Richard Braun 

LAWRENCE STREET
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Grade crossing of Lawrence St. (now College Point Blvd.) west of Flushing (Bridge St.) looking N. - 09/05/1910  (Dave Keller archive)
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Grade crossing of Lawrence St. looking S. - 07/05/1917 (Dave Keller archive)

 

BRIDGE STREET
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Grade crossing of Broadway at Flushing (Bridge St. ) station.  Swift & Co. wooden  2-1/2 story building at left.  LIRR station covered platform visible beyond at the crossing gates. View E. - 07/06/1917 (Dave Keller archive)
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Grade crossing of Myrtle Ave. (now 32nd Ave.) east of Flushing (Bridge St.) station, at the LIRR's team yard. Freight house at right in shadow.  View E. - 07/06/17  (Dave Keller archive)
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Tracks and ROW looking W. from Broadway, Flushing (Bridge Street) toward Old Lawrence St. - 07/06/1917 (Dave Keller archive)
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Flushing (Bridge Street) station (view E) - Reefer cars at left on siding for Swift & Co.   Old newsstand facing street at end of station platform - c. 1925 (James V. Osborne photo / Dave Keller archive)
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 MU combine and train over Old Lawrence St., negotiating the curve just west of Flushing (Bridge St.) station.  View N. (railroad E.) - c. 1925 (Dave Keller archive)
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Bridge Street Station, Flushing 1929 Archive: Steve Swirsky
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Grade crossing and elevated watchman's tower - 36th Ave. (formerly Old Lawrence St.) at Flushing (Bridge St. station around curve at far right) - view N. (railroad E.) on 03/12/32, shortly after abandonment of branch.  (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)
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View of the Flushing (Bridge St.) team yard, looking NE towards the Flushing Gas plant - 03/03/32 - Out of service with branch abandonment on 02/19/32 (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)  
COLLEGE POINT
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Whitestone Branch  Post 1889 College Point zoom
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College Point Google roadmap 2016
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College Point - Google Satellite view  2016 
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College Point station (rear view) looking geographically east along 18th Ave. - c. 1890 (Art Huneke archive)
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College Point station (trackside view) looking geographically SW - 1906 (Jason Antos archive)
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Mu combine car #1371 (on train #308) in aftermath of head-on collision between eastbound train #308 and westbound train #311 just east of College Point station - 09/22/13
 (Dave Keller archive)  
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MU motor #1526 (on train #311) in aftermath of head-on collision between  eastbound train #308 and westbound train #311 just east of College Point station - 09/22/13
 (Dave Keller archive)
STAFF CABINS
Used for controlling train movements on the Whitestone Branch after head-on-collision of  MU trains east of  College Point, NY:  9/22/13. IN USE 1913 1926 ONLY

CABIN B ON PLATFORM JUST EAST OF FLUSHING BRIDGE ST. PASSENGER STATION
CABIN C ON PLATFORM AT ENTRANCE TO MAIN WAITING ROOM AT COLLEGE POINT STATION
CABIN W ON WEST END OF STATION PLATFORM  - WHITESTONE LANDING 
CABIN X ON PLATFORM JUST WEST OF FLUSHING BRIDGE ST. FREIGHT STATION

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College Point station (trackside view) looking NW (railroad E.) - c. 1925 (James V. Osborne photo / Dave Keller archive)
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College Point station (trackside view) looking NW (railroad E.) - Freight house at right background - c. 1930 (Fred Weber photo / Art Huneke archive)
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Rear, broadside view of College Point station looking geographically E along 18th Ave. (The tracks physically extend north/south at this portion of the branch.) - 03/03/32 Out of service with branch abandonment on 02/19/32 (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)  
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Rear view of College Point station looking geographically NE along 127th St. (The tracks physically extend north/south at this portion of the branch.) - 03/03/32 Out of service with branch abandonment on 02/19/32 (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)
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College Point freight house in team yard - view geographically NE (The tracks physically extend north/south at this portion of the branch.) - 03/03/32 Out of service with branch abandonment on 02/19/32 (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)
MALBA STATION
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Malba station (rear view) looking SE (railroad E) - 1921 (LIRR valuation photo / Art Huneke archive)  
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MU train westbound at Malba station - View NE (railroad E) - c. 1925 (James V. Osborne photo / Dave Keller archive)
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Malba station view NE in semi-rural Queens (The tracks head due east along this portion of the branch) - 03/03/1932 Out of service with branch abandonment on 02/19/32 (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)  
WHITESTONE STATION

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Whitestone Station rear view with freight house in background View NE  c.1910  (eBay image)

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Whitestone station  (trackside view - railroad W) - 08/17/1914 (eBay image)

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Whitestone Station - View E c.1925 (Osborne-Huneke) 

Note: The rectangular station sign, prior to 1929 Pennsylvania Keystone station sign replacements.

 

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Whitestone station (rear view - railroad W) minus porte-cochere on 03/05/1932 shortly after branch abandonment.  While the windows are boarded up on the ground floor, it appears the former agent and his family are still in residence on the upper floors as indicated by the wash hanging out to dry on a line stretching to a nearby tree. (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)
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Whitestone station looking NE at 15th Ave. - 03/05/32.  (Percy Loomis Sperr photo/Dave Keller archive)
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A close-up of the former freight house and possibly Depot #1 from 1869.  Check out the railroad-style architecture. 3/05/1932 (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive) 
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Whitestone Station Keystone Sign close-up 3/05/1932 (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)
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Two bridges over abandoned Whitestone branch of Long Island Railroad, at 150th and Murray Streets., Whitestone. 05/08/1935 Photo: Irving Kaufman Daily News 1999
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Photo: Google maps 2014

In this close-up of the former freight house, in use as a taxi building in 1932, it looks architecturally as though it MAY have been the original depot building from 1869 and relegated to use as a freight / express house after 1871 when the 3-story depot was constructed. This was done at Good Ground (Hampton Bays) and several other sites on the LIRR. You'll note the architectural style is very much like those used on the SSRR of LI which also dated from the 1868-70 era. In the early street image of Whitestone depot posted above, one can see the exact same structure when in use as the freight house, but with the trackside eaves extended and apparently no bay window.  Also it appears to be of vertical board-and-batten construction, in contrast to the 1932 image which appears to be of brick.  This was probably the then-popular brick-style asphalt panels installed over the wood frame, probably so nobody had to paint the walls.  When freight service dwindled to nothing, it may have been sold or leased to the taxi company who may themselves have applied the asphalt brick panels, cut back the trackside overhanging eaves as they were no longer needed and added an office bay window.  Emery indicates a high-level platform around the structure which would explain why the top of the door and the top of the adjacent window are in line in the older view but with the removal of the high-level platform, the door was lowered to street level for access, now making the top no longer in alignment with the window.  (Dave Keller's thoughts)

WHITESTONE LANDING
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Map of the Whitestone branch.  The branch was extended from Whitestone to Whitestone Landing in 1886 and the depot constructed at the water's edge.  In 1889 the depot was relocated further inland.  This map shows the relocated depot location, indicating a map date of 1889 or later.
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Early American-type (4-4-0) steam locomotive and open-vestibule-car train westbound at Whitestone Landing station c. 1890 - 1900.

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LIRR Whitestone Shops at water's edge, Whitestone Landing, c. 1890. LIRR tugboats, floats and ferries were repaired at this facility, per Robert Emery's map data.  
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Colorized postcard view of steam locomotive and train westbound at Whitestone Landing station c. summer/1912 (Electrification of the branch occurred in October, 1912 and no third rail is indicated in image) - View NE (railroad E) (eBay image)
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Whitestone Landing- First electric arrival 10/12/1912
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Whitestone Landing station viewed N (railroad E) with "staff" cabin at far left.  Staffs were kept locked up here and were required to be used in the aftermath of the September, 1913 head-on collision east of College Point, until October, 1926.  This is the only known surviving view of a "staff" cabin in use on the Whitestone branch - c. 1925 (James V. Osborne photo / Dave Keller archive)
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Grade crossing and watchman's shanty - 12th Road - west of Whitestone Landing on 03/05/32 shortly after the branch was abandoned.  (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)  
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The crossing and shanty of 10th Ave. at Whitestone Landing, looking west from 154th St. on 03/05/32.  Check out the diamond crossing sign at the far right, warning turning traffic on 154th St. as well as the sign at actual trackside on 10th Ave!  Whitestone Landing station would be to the right, outside this image.  The entrance to the station facilities is visible behind the diamond crossing sign at the tracks and gates.  (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)
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Whitestone Landing station viewed NE (railroad E) on 03/05/32 shortly after the branch was abandoned.  (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)
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Freight House near water's edge at Whitestone Landing, looking northwest shortly after branch was abandoned in early 1932. The vehicles probably belong to LIRR employees removing any remaining items from the structure prior to demolition.  A portion of the LIRR repair shops is visible at the left.
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A close-up of the shanty and the old, cast-iron electrified 3rd rail warning sign at the 10th Ave. Whitestone Landing crossing.  3/05/1932 (Percy Loomis Sperr photo / Dave Keller archive)