LIRR Model Railroads and Scenes
Joseph Siciliano's - LIRR Modeling

LIRR C420s in World's Fair scheme

LIRR C420s passenger train

LIRR GP38-2 Wave and MTA schemes

LIRR BUDD RDCs #3101-3121

LIRR FM H16-44 #1505 in Tichy scheme

LIRR FL9AC #301 leading a consist of C3s

LIRR Steam eastbound passenger train

LIRR FM CPA20-5 C-Liner passenger train
LIRR electric DD1 passenger train
Martin Quinn - Montauk Station

I started this project many years ago by sending emails asking for info. Serendipitously I received a reply from Maura Feeney at the Montauk Library several years later saying she was archiving the 16 blueprints. I took a trip to NY, from SC, and photographed the them.

While there my brother, Mickey, I took measurements of the actual building. After waiting for 3D printing to become more affordable, I decided to start my amateur attempt. At first I copied the blueprints on my printer and started a mockup using them to cut plastic.  As I assembled the parts the sizes were not right and resized the copies to match the measurements made from the actual station.

The final build began by cutting sheet plastic to shapes for the walls and roofs cutting out the openings for windows and doors. Scrounging in my parts collection, I found window and doors that approximated what I saw in photos. I then cut plastruct clapboard cut earlier as patterns gluing them together. After gluing the windows and doors in place, I used Lego's to keep the corners square and added more for strength as I glued the walls together. The roofs where quite a challenge and I decided doing the dormers as they are in the picture and not as they were in the blueprints. Once I had the roofs on the main building I attached the canopies. The brick supports under the canopies were pieces from an old Kibri kit and sprues.  Info/Photos/Archive: Martin Quinn

Montauk Station side view blueprint 1927

Montauk Station 2nd Floor proposed
remodel blueprint 1927

Montauk Station first floor in progress

Montauk Station completed
Richard Glueck's - LIRR 1:8 Scale Live Steam in Winterport, Maine

Live steaming is a hobby which requires an investment in time, talent, and money.  After retirement I enrolled in adult education night classes and learned to weld.  Between my modest skills welding and my equally modest skills with a table saw, I began to construct additional cars; some to run, others to sell.  Thus far, I have constructed and either operate or have sold two LIRR N52 cabeese, two L&NE bobber cabooses, a B&M caboose, a New Haven caboose, two wood sheathed box cars, a Maine Central caboose, a 1905 Maine Central express box car, and a CNJ two-bay steel hopper.  For welding class, I decided to construct a Long Island ALCO C420 #206 and "ping-pong" riding car.  This is powered with used electric wheelchair motors and electronics. At the present, I am in the process of completing a Canadian National ALCO FA1.  When completed, it will weigh around 700 pounds.  If I build another car, it will be a mid-century tank car to use as an auxiliary tender for my Camelback.  Building and  selling cars is the only way I could support my hobby, but it is a way for a patient person to get started.  By following that principle, I have been able to put down about 1300' feet of track (40' radius) on the land behind our home in Maine.  It is shaped like a large loop with trestle, a short bridge, and an engine storage building. 

A Long Island N52 #43 a caboose which doubles as a track tool box.  The car became so popular and useful, I decided to try some others.  The second car I built was a red, white, and blue Bangor & Aroostook refrigerator car.  Jeremy Gay helped me scrounge steel for the car frame and by taking on some of the welding for a frame.  The resulting BAR reefer is insulated, has a stainless steel cage to hold block ice, and keeps our lunches cold for 48 hours at a clip!    Photos/Archive/Info: Richard Glueck

LIRR N52 #43 "track tool box"

Bangor & Aroostook Reefer #6504

Cars in the Yard

LIRR N22A C-59 "Tool Box" Caboose

ALCO C420 #206 and  a "Ping-Pong" riding car

Engineer Glueck crossing the trestle

LIRR C420 #206

Reading #1179 A5a, 0-4-0 Camelback with consist
Engineer Richard Glueck

Canadian National #512624 woos side boxcar 8/29/2011

L&NE bobber caboose

Karl Heidenreich's - Queens, New York City in N Scale
Click here for the article

John Bartolotto's - LI City/Dutch Kills/Newton Creek in Z Scale 

Welcome to my Long Island Railroad in Z scale.  It is, to the best of my knowledge, the only model layout representing a portion of the LIRR in Z scale.  The theme for the layout is based on the Long Island City/Dutch Kills/Newtown Creek area of Long Island, NY in the 1960's.  It’s an industrial and residential district; having waterfront on the East River and connected with  Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge. Manufacturers and distributors were numerous in the era and included such diverse goods as food products, machinery, furniture, and footwear.  The “harbor” area of my layout is based on the Dutch Kills/Newtown Creek area of Long Island City (“Kills” in Dutch, the first European inhabitants of LI, means "little stream," or “canal’), which incidentally is one of the most polluted waterways in the US. The backdrop buildings and spur area are based on the LIRR’s Yard A and the engine house and engine service area are based on the LIRR’s Morris Park Engine Shop complex.  Ninety percent of the manufacturers names on the buildings actually were serviced by the LIRR.  John Bartolotto

1. Dutch Kills
2. LIRR Tug “Meitowax“
3. Dutch Kills Bridge
4. Draw Bridge Cabin
5. Charles J. King Iron and Scrap Metal Company
6. Maxwell Lumber Company
7. Bliss Cabin
8. Bloch & Guggenheimer Pickle Company
9. National Container Corporation
10. Morris Park Shops
11. West Chemical Products
12. Abandon building being demolished
13. Morris Park Diner
14. Morris Park Engine Facilities and Water Tower
15. Adam Metal Supply
16. Building under construction
17. Staley Elevator
18. A&P Distribution Center
19. Sunshine Biscuit Factory
20. Dentyne / Chiclets Factory
21. National Casket Company
22. LIRR Electrical Substation #1
23. McCauley Potato Company
24. J. H. Rhodes Shipping Company
25. SIMS Metal Scrap Yard
26. Yard “A” Office
27. Texas Oil Company
28. Calvary Cemetery
29. Penny Bridge Station
30. Morris Park Blacksmith Shop
31. Varick Ave Yard Gantry Crane

Photo/Archive/Legend: John Bartolotto

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LIRR Z scale motive power by Gerd Kurz

LIRR GE 44T #400 by Gerd Kurz

Bloch & Guggenheimer Pickle Works

Christmas Santa Z-Scale 12/2021

LIRR VW Inspection Van #1040

Morris Park Shops "Dashing Dan" Diner - Blacksmith Shop 11/13/2012
LIRR Tug Meitowax 12/2022
John Bartolotto

Santa on the Meitowax bridge 12/2022

An Interview with John Bartolotto, via email: Q&A on his Z scale LIRR LI City layout:

1.  Hi John, Your compact layout is to provide continuous run operationally with switching opportunities? 
John: Yes it is.  Some of the sidings are dummy sidings and don't have power, they're there just for looks.  The layout is based on John Cubbin's 2’x3’ Harbor Valley Shunting Layout plan.

2.  Switching opportunities appear to be available. Either via card ops or even a puzzle style. Had this been part of the design or envisioned for the future?

John: I guess you could use card ops for this layout or even consider it a puzzle style, but neither were my intent.

3.   I remember an article about scissor cutting a track plan in ½? This could lend itself to become a shelf design. What do you think?

John: Yes, I think it could be redesigned into a shelf layout.
The high number of signature (recognizable) locations/structures is very high! Nice.

John: Thank you.  When I build layouts, I like to have structures and scenery that is relevant to the era I am modeling.
It’s stunning in Z. Quite an inspiration for others.

John: Thanks!  This will probably be my one an only layout in Z.
What prompted the use of Z scale? 

John: I liked Z for its small size and the amount of scenery you can pack into a small layout.  Plus at the time I was in the Army (COL USA Retired) so I was moving every 2 to 3 years.  Z is a lot easier to pack up than the larger scales, so it was an ideal scale for my lifestyle at the time.
Why model this area of the LIRR?

John: I grew up on LI so I'm familiar with the LIRR.  The area I model is the Long Island City area of New York, on Long Island. It’s an industrial and residential district, it has a waterfront on the East River and is connected with Manhattan by the Queensboro Bridge.  When I was a boy I used to see this area all the time when I drove with my Dad to see my Grandparents in NYC.  So the layout reminds me of my boyhood and the good times I had spending drives into NYC with my Dad.
8. How did you settle on this track plan?

John: It was simple and small (2' x 3') so it fit my lifestyle at the time with all my moving plus it had the harbor area which I transformed in to the Dutch Kills area of LI City which I remember seeing when I was a boy.
What choices did you make in the location flats, industries, and actual modeled locations?

John: They were 75% calculated selections of industries that served the LIRR in the LI City area and 25% of them were from other areas around Queens and Brooklyn that I found interesting.
10. Actual materials, kits, engines/rolling stock in use?

John: The rolling stock is 75% stock with 25% kit bashed.  All the locos are custom made by my friend in Australia, Gerd Kurz.  Gerd is a fantastic artist and does super amazing things in Z scale.  
What changes would you make if you were to redo the layout? 

John: If I did the layout again, I'd do it in HO as there is so much more available material.  In HO the layout would probably already been done by now!
Modeling challenges you encountered?

John: Everything I did on this layout was pretty much a first time for me:  facia, ballasting, rolling stock kit bashing, etc.  Its all been very fun and enjoyable.
Additional photos and write-ups on the locations as mini-scenes? 

John: I probably could do that in the future.
Engines/Rolling stock considerations in modeling Z.

John: Although Z has grown you will be faced with challenges to find locos and rolling stock in a local area railroad like the LIRR; so you have to do a lot of custom work, scratch building, and kit bashing to get what you want.
Future plans?  John: I am thinking of a Germany style layout in N scale and one also in O gauge.

Michael DiMartini's - LI City

My HO scale layout is based on Long Island City, Queens in the 1980s and 1990s. I have always been fascinated by the area's industry, architecture, and the LIRR's operation in the area. I primarily run equipment in my favorite LIRR scheme, the blue and white of the 1980s. My Pullman coaches are custom painted and began as undercoated Walthers cars. I have an FL9, which wears a blue and silver Metro North scheme, but since it's MTA, it fits in with the rest of my LIRR fleet. I also have four Budd passenger cars, which I painted the undersides and truck black, as well as the addition of a blue band across the windows, reminiscent of the stripe the C3 bi-level cars have today.   Modeling/photos/map/info: Michael DiMartini

LIRR  #226 C420 passenger train makes the last late evening stop at the LI City low platform station.

HO scale LI City layout map

Normally, I run passenger trains between Hunterspoint Avenue Station and Long Island City. A usual consist will be a GP38-2 pulling three Pullman coaches with an F7 power car on the rear. In the evening, trains will depart LI City and enter the mainline at an interlocking switch just before Borden Avenue. I recently acquired the Budd coaches and observation car to be used for special trains, like the Cannonball. While passenger operations traditionally have been limited to the outer loop of the mainline, the newer Budd coaches can navigate the inner loop, which is 18" radius track. Freight operations are handled by the MP15AC and C-420. Boxcars are moved from Long Island City to the several industrial sidings on the layout. These units frequently handle maintenance of weigh operations as well. 

One of my favorite photos is of GP38-2 #276 pulling a train of Pullman "2900s" cars and an MP15AC on the siding, just beside Borden Tower. The brakeman on the steps of the MP15AC was a nice little detail I added, thanks to a package of MOW workers from Walthers. My other favorite photo is of the MP15AC pulling the 2900s coaches, reminiscent of a bygone era when LIRR used the MP15s for passenger operations (below left). Info: Michael DiMartini

EMD MP15AC #51 Athearn Genesis
at LI City Station passenger train

Hunterspoint Ave Station

LI City - View E

LI City - View W

LIRR caboose #1 - Bowser

Borden Tower

Budd cars - Walthers

EMD F7 -Athearn dummy

Alco FA1 - Walthers Trainline

GP38-2 #276- Atlas Trainman

ALCO C420 #226 - Atlas

EMD MP15AC #151 - Athearn Genesis
Oyster Bay Module - OBRM

The model is an exact replica of the LIRR Oyster Bay yard limits which begins as LIRR Mile Marker 33 and ends at the water's edge on the eastern edge of Oyster Bay. It is built to a scale of 1:87, which is HO scale, the most popular model railroading scale. This allowed us to build true to scale track mileage. The layout of the yard and buildings were made by Bob Emery, of the LIRR, earlier in the 20th Century from drawings archived at the SUNY-Stony Brook University Library.

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Oyster Bay Module Introduction
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Module Legend
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Dedication to R. Penn Minerd 
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Oyster Bay Module - View E
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Oyster Bay Module - View W
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Location #7 water plug (spout) #8 water tank
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Location #10 Four stall engine house
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Location #9 Employee Welfare Facility (Bunk House)
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Location #12 Turntable #18 Lumber Office #19 Oyster Bay Lumber
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Emery map - Oyster Bay MP33 7/1958 
Archive: Dave Keller
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Location #8 REA Express House
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Location #2  Oyster Bay Station #22 Roosevelt Park
This module, design and built by Gary Farkash, resides at the OBRM - Oyster Bay Railroad Museum
Photos: Dave Morrison
Brian Sheron's - LIRR Port Jefferson Branch, Atlantic Branch, and the City Terminal Zone

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LIRR - Port Jefferson Branch by Brian Sheron
Railmodel Journal 9/1997

The railroad is HO scale and occupies about 75% of my basement. It models three branches of the LIRR, namely the Port Jefferson Branch, the Atlantic Branch, and the City Terminal Zone. Click here

Depending on the engines, passenger cars, and cabooses that I put on the layout, the era will change. It can be 1964 when the New York World's Fair was being held in Flushing Meadow, New York, and the LIRR was in the Goodfellow livery of gray with an orange "swoop" on the sides of the engines, or the early 1950's when the LIRR was transitioning to the Tichy light gray paint scheme on the engines and passenger cars, or finally the late 1940's when steam ruled the rails and the passenger fleet was in Pennsylvania Tuscan red.

I started the layout in October of 1988, when we moved into our current house, and I only modeled the Port Jefferson branch between Greenlawn and Jamaica, Queens. In 2005 I expanded into an adjacent 12' x 12' room and modeled the City Terminal Zone. This consisted of modeling the high rise buildings in New York City, a double track overhead El subway line, and also the trackage that went under the East River into Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan. I modeled Pennsylvania Station, including a cut-away of the underground shopping mall and the LIRR platforms.

In 2015, I expanded yet again into the back half of the finished side of our basement and modeled the Atlantic Branch, which ran to Brooklyn. I have modeled Flatbush Avenue as well as the Long Island City car float yard, car float bridges, and car floats. 
Brian Sheron


Jim Caramore's  LIRR - LI City to Morris Park
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LIRR G5s #30 running "light" back to Morris Park 
for maintenance. 
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LIRR MOW gondola with crane for track side maintenance
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LIRR S2 #445 in MTA livery
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LIRR GP38-2 #221 MTA wave livery
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LIRR #15 car float GP38-2's in background 
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Morris Park Diesel Service area
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LI City car float loading action
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Morris Park Coaling Tower
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Morris Park Roundhouse
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Jim Caramore's LIRR layout overview
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MOW track repair "Gandy Dancer" crew in action
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Oil and Fuel Tank Industry
Glen Johnson's  LIRR - North Fork 
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LIRR H10 #108 in Riverhead 

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LIRR RS1 #466 switching the local peddler
 freight at Riverhead

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Riverhead Yard - view NE

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A cut of potato boxcar loads destined for NY City markets waiting for the for the next freight pick-up at: Suffolk Potato 

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LIRR RS1 #466 westbound after freight setouts/pickups in Riverhead
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Aquebogue - LIRR H10 #108 heading westbound towards Riverhead
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Mattituck - Penny Lumber under construction
Art Single's  LIRR Railroad 

The view west at Fremont tower. The two main lines, eastbound and westbound, are at the center of the photo. Long Island is behind us. The two lines that curve off to the left go to yard A departures and arrivals tracks, departures onto the eastbound main and arrivals off the westbound main. The two tracks that go straight away from us under the flyover are the Passenger main lines that go to Jamaica station and Richmond Hill coach Yard. The switch in the right foreground off the westbound main is the entrance to the Brooklyn switching district. The New Haven engine coming down the ramp is coming off Hell Gate bridge on the New York connecting Railroad to deliver inbound cars to Yard A and pull outbounds back to Connecticut.

Now we are on the other side of the flyover. The passenger mains are in the foreground, with Jamaica station behind us with Yard A to the right. The four tracks closest to the New Haven ramp are arrival tracks, coming off the westbound Main, and the four tracks furthest away are departure tracks which feed the eastbound Main. One track between those two sets of four is an escape track used to provide engines to the outbound consists.

This photo is view west from the throat of yard A into the yard. The leftmost track is the lead for the car float at Long Island city. The three trains on the left are outbound departure freights:  to Montauk, Greenport, and Riverhead. The two trains on the right are Brooklyn freights which have to depart from the arrivals yard, crazy as that seems, In order to cross over to the westbound main and enter the Brooklyn district.  The yard master at yard a house the job of making up these freight trains from the collection of inbound cars that come on the car float and off the New Haven.  He is by far the busiest day on the railroad, and is often two guys at once.

This is looking back east at where the photographer was standing for the Yard A throat shot. Departures to the east end or on the right, and the two Brooklyn trains are on the left. And, the pesky guy from New Haven are still waiting for a signal to come in in


A view east of a LIRR tug having just docked the car barge onto the float docks here at LI City.
The far eastern end of Yard A, where the Yardmaster works. The three tracks to the right, or float tracks, where the crew unloading the float will shove cars into the yard for the Yardmaster to handle, and receive cars from him to put on the next outbound float. Moving left, the next four tracks are departure tracks, the escape track, then the arrival tracks. Finally, the Morris Park facility is to the far left.

The Richmond Hill coach yard view west. Eastbound passenger trains have been made up in the distance as the GE LIRR #400 44 tonner prepares to switch a bar car into a passenger consist. Morris Park is to the left.  Jamaica station is to the photographers back left.



Parlor "ISLIP" awaits another run "out East" in the coach yard.
The Morris Park brick Car Repair Shop with the rip track to the right. The tracks far right are the switching lead for yard A.
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One of the LIRR tug fleet has just shepherded the float barge into LIRR float docks here at LI City view E
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 The ALCO S1 freight local switching Sunshine Biscuit Co. 
 LI City  view NE
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C&NW boxcar #55160 with a load of flour sacks has just been spotted by the local LI City job at Sunshine Biscuits - view NW
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The local peddler has stopped to "Buy a Dozen" for the boys back at the shop.

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The metro area freight works industries behind the Richmond Hill platform at 118th St.

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The large A&P Warehouse complex, with plenty of reefer traffic, 
is fronted by the Van Iderstine storage rendering tanks where 
finished products, fats, and oils are stored.

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Peddler goes into Van Iderstine rendering plant to pick
up an tank of tallow.

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LIRR S2 #451 freight local working the sidings near 
New York Envelope

Yard “A” switcher #416 puts away the four hacks from today’s westbound freights. 

Speed Queen manufactured washers and dryer‘s
located on Northern Blvd., LI City. 
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American Chicle receiving track switching action.

Swingline Staplers with Ronzoni in the background. If you owned a stapler in the 1960s, it was manufactured in “Long Island City 1,New York“

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Switching Aurora Plastics and Fred & Fred Lumber

Domino Sugar, Brooklyn plant, with a NH engine coming down the NYCRR with today’s interchange.


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LIRR #105 2-8-0 class H10s at Woodbury grade 
crossing Photo: Brian Everett
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The Babylon freight heads westbound through town, having just picked up empties at Massapequa fuel.
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Downtown Massapequa has plenty of thriving business' and lots 
of railfan action! Photo: Brian Everett


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Massapequa station plaza area
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Westbound local sails over a stone arch highway bridge on which the LIRR Freight Department has hung an adventure for railroad freight service.
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One of the last road switchers painted in the Tichy scheme heads west.

Massapequa Fuel Company. This sign is from an old blotter!
North Fork: Manorville, Calverton, Riverhead, Aquebogue, Jamesport, Mattituck, Cutchogue, Greenport.  

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In the foreground is the general store which did make it into the 1970s before being demolished.  

Adjacent is evidence of the second spur into the freight house area, in the form of ties which remained long after the rails were lifted after the abandoned spur to the south that previously served a produce house into the 1940's used to store potatoes, cauliflower, etc. until being loaded into freight cars and hauled off. 

The eastern leg of the wye is evident in the background.  All this was gone, of course, by the late 20th century.

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West Leg of Manorville wye; train is WB on main; foreground industrial siding is modeling license.
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LIRR #105 leaving Manorville bound for Eastport on the South Shore.
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Republic is ready for the peddler to pick the latest new aircraft, the GLF elevator & fertilizer empty hopper, and the farmer loaded potato reefer, on the team track, on the return trip westbound. The photographer is perched atop the roof of  the Golden Pickle Works!  
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LIRR  #1557 drifts by the Calverton Station stop metal shed.
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The hot new Ford Mustangs, introduced in April '64, have arrived at Riverhead Ford as LIRR ALCO RS3 #1557 glides by with the local peddler freight in this mid-summer photo. 

Long Island Potato Company (LIPCO) sign on
their warehouse at Riverhead.

Penny Lumber - Riverhead
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Riverhead Photo: Brian Everett
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Fantasy beach scene between Riverhead and Calverton 
Photo: Brian Everett

Riverhead Station with the freight house/team track and Penny Lumber to the left. United Grocers is the three-story bldg behind the station. And there’s a little farm stand at the entrance to the station parking field - “FARM 2 U”. Pick up a dozen ears on the way home from the train!
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Sleepy Aquebogue with its L.I.P.E.
(Long Island Potato Exchange) 
and Corwin Fuel sidings

L.I.P.E. (Long Island Potato Exchange)

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Leaving Jamesport westbound, passing Corwin Fuel, the Ladies' Day Special
is headed for the next stop: Aquebogue

The westbound local has just picked up an empty hopper from Corwin Fuel at Aquebogue, doubled to the hack and is ready to leave.

Aquebogue shelter shed at road crossing view E
Photo: Brian Everett


The local peddler, with hack #38 in tow, glides by Long Island potato exchange in Aquebogue. No pick-ups here today, as it’s not potato season yet!



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Jamesport Photo: Brian Everett

Jamesport:  The attractive blonde waiting on the station bench will shortly meet her beau, who is arriving from the City momentarily.  His train of "Mainliner" P-54 coaches is pulled by a G5.  In the background are the potato sorting house of LI Potato Exchange and the Atlantic Fertilizers building.  The team track in the foreground has two freight cars waiting for pickup by the next westbound freight.  In a few short decades, everything in this scene except the main line, its bridge over the road to South Jamesport, and the roads will be gone.  Station, industries, team track, and the blonde have all disappeared.

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Arriving at Jamesport, we see in the background Atlantic Fertilizer and the potato house (probably LI Potato Exchange at that time). Perhaps the consist is being paced by the '59 Ford Galaxie 500 for railfan photos!

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Jamesport- View E 
Photo: Art  Single

Uncle Freddie's house (right) at the top of the hill with his green Ford is coming down the road.  Atlantic Fertilizer in the foreground with a tank car load spotted. The Budd RDC units are headed east to Greenport.  Jamesport_Uncle Freddie's house_ArtSingle.jpg (76816 bytes)
Jamesport- Atlantic Fertilizer View S 
Photo: Art  Single
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LIRR #105 2-8-0 class H10s at Jamesport Photo: Brian Everett
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LIRR #105 2-8-0 class H10s passing Jamesport station 
Photo: Brian Everett
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Mattituck: LIRR #22 G5s 4-6-0, with the pink Ladies' Day coach banner makes its way westbound through Mattituck amongst the famous Long Island potato fields and the GLF elevator located behind the main.
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Mattituck station Photo: Brian Everett
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Mattituck: GLF elevator and Ocean Bay Seafood
Photo: Brian Everett

Strong’s Marine Supply sign in Mattituck.


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LIRR N-52A caboose #38 at Mattituck Photo: Brian Everett
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Two nice oldies: A new Ford Falcon being delivered 
and ALCO RS-1 #466 freight hauling

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 LIRR G5s #28 brings a train of ping-pong cars under the aptly-named Bridge Lane overpass near Cutchogue.

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A new 1959 Ford waits patiently as LIRR G5 #28 blocks the Depot Lane crossing, awaiting a highball after making the stop for the very few passengers who boarded or detrained there.  Demise of the Cutchogue stop is in the not-too-distant future.  In the background is the LI Cabbage Association sorting house.  The Mercury outboard motor billboard reminds us how close this scene is to the LI Sound.  As with so much of the railroad-related physical plant on the North Fork, everything in the photo is gone now, except the main line and the highway.

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Cutchogue station Photo: Brian Everett


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Greenport Dock view from the Sound: An empty NYC boxcar demoted from LCL service on the Central awaits pickup by the North Fork Freight on a sunny midsummer day.  Its cargo most likely has gone by boat from the Greenport dock to Shelter Island.  When the Greenport Freight pulls the boxcar, they can spot their hack in its place, and enjoy an evening of fishing from the dock!  

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Fisherman and kids out in the rain; while railroaders warm in the loco cab at Greenport dock. The NYC Pacemaker boxcar had staples and LCL machinery destined for the ferry move to Shelter Island.

VW MOW track vehicle - Greenport

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Alco RS-1 #461 gurgles away on the Pocket Track at Greenport with its short train of leased PRR combine and a creaking LIRR P-70 coach, while G5s #28 awaits a highball to begin the westward trek to Jamaica with its train of ping-pong coaches.  Morris Park has recently removed the large Tichy-specified engine numbers from the radiator shutter covers, after crews complained about ripped jackets, and shutter failures occurred due to ice jams behind the large numbers.  Behind the ALCO, a reefer sits at the freight house with ice bunker lids open to provide ventilation for the load of spuds inside.  A beehive of activity in this photo, the best years of railroad service to the North Fork are behind us now. Freight is gone altogether, as is weekend passenger service during the winter.

Hack #46 has been spotted on the Greenport dock to catch the pleasant overnight Breezes while  the crew rest up for tomorrow’s westbound freight.  With any luck, the Coast Guard Cutter will show up and the boys can throw 110 V extension cord over the side so they can use their hot plate, lamps, and radio in the hack.

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Hashamamuck Pond, Southold  -  Route 25 
bridge View N Photo: Brian Everett

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Greenport view NE Photo: Brian Everett

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A duo of RS-2 #1520 and #1519 (ex-D&H units) pulls a long freight drag over the Hashamamuck Pond bridge eastbound towards Greenport.

Chatfield‘s Supply, Greenport

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FM H16-44 #1502 drifts into Greenport yard view E
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Newly out shopped from Morris Park, LIRR class N22A hack C-56 
brings up the rear of the freight local.
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Another view of the freight local as it switches Greenport.
South Fork:  Manorville, Shinnecock Canal bridge; Shinnecock Hills; Bridgehampton; Branch from BH to Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Montauk
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LIRR N-52A caboose #38 at Manorville Photo: Brian Everett
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Manorville crossing Photo: Brian Everett

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Manorville with Eastport branch still in place Photo: Brian Everett

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RS-1 #461 westbound crossing Shinnecock Canal after switching the local South Fork industries has just left Shinnecock Hills.
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An RS-3, in the Goodfellow orange/gray scheme, makes its way westbound across the heavier load “K4 bridge” (as it was nicknamed) and installed over the Shinnecock Canal  in 1931. View NE

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"K4 Bridge"  over the Shinnecock Canal  View NW

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The US Post Office Mail truck has just arrived, just in time, to have the mail carrier mount a mail bag on the mail crane 
for pickup.  LIRR C-liner #2007 westbound to Jamaica picks up the mailbag, "on the fly".
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LIRR RS-1 #461 drills the local industries at Bridgehampton

Billboard from the brief period when  the PRR and the LIRR advertised joint service for trailer on flat car loads (TOFC) off Long Island. The sign is at the loading ramp at the end of the team track in Bridgehampton.
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LIRR #105 2-8-0 class H10s at MP97 hauling the local freight towards Sag Harbor after leaving Bridgehampton.
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RS-2 #1520, (ex-D&H unit) is working the local "peddler" freight having just dropped a hopper load of coal at the East Hampton local coal dealer. 
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At East Hampton, LIRR RS-1 #464 "running light" eastbound
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Jakobson Shipyard  View SW Sag Harbor

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A New Haven "State of Maine" boxcar awaits loading at the  Sag Harbor storage and processing facility.

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Sag Harbor, one of Long Island's earliest whaling and fishing ports, has a good size storage and processing facility to handle New York bound goods. View S

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RS-3 #1553 glides past the Sag Harbor movie house as it tends to
 its daily freight chores.

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LIRR #105 2-8-0 class H10s at Noyac Rd. just prior to 
arrival at Sag Harbor. 

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Sag Harbor Station View W 
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Napeague State Park beach view south towards the Atlantic Ocean, as a LIRR RS-1 unit, in World's Fair livery,  roars by toward Montauk Station minutes away.
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Montauk Station Welcome Sign 

Lighthouse Diner  road sign - Montauk
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Montauk Freight Station (left), Passenger Station (center), and Blue Marlin bar  (foreground) where crews would dine. view W
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FM CPA-24-5 #2401 at Montauk Station view W
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FM CPA-24-5 #2401 bringing a passenger consist into Montauk Station view W
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LIRR G5s 4-6-0  #28  turning at the Montauk wye
Mets Special train #2038 SETAUKET observation car and #2037 TUSCARORA CLUB, just west of Babylon, enroute to a ceremony/rally at Babylon Station. Mets players were among the dignitaries. 6/1966 Photo: Everett White  Archive: Bill Mangahas


NY Mets Special Train - 6/01/1966

NY Mets Special Train - June 1966 enroute to Babylon with Diner/lounge “Tuscarora Club” and observation “Setauket”.  The train ran a few team members from Shea Stadium out to Babylon for a meet and greet event.
                       NY Mets Special Train - Observation car “Setauket”.
All Models/Photos/Archive/Captions by Art Single unless indicated.
Art Single's  LIRR Railroad - Waybill Ops
Car cards as local freight crew receives them at Yard A; one for each car in their train. Car cards (library book pockets) contain waybills (3x5 cards) color coded by stations.
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Front of waybills, as delivering crew sees them.

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After spotting cars at their consignee's facility, car cards are placed into a 3-pocket bin at each station (Pull, Hold, & Drop). The crew pulls the cars ( and returns them to Yard A) whose car cards are in the Pull pocket and works the waybills for those cars - either Remove (for loads which have been emptied) or Turn Over for empties that have been loaded). Then the Hold car cards are moved up into the Pull pocket, and the Drops up into the Hold pocket. Now that the Drop pocket is emptied, car cards for cars the crew drops in town this trip go into the Drop pocket. Thus, cars dropped this trip will be pulled three trips later after their car cards have advanced. Here are the same two car cards after the crew has worked the waybills when they retrieve the cars three trips later. The top section instructs the Yard A Yardmaster which float they go on. In this case, the load to PRR and the empty to CNJ. 

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Back side, as the retrieving crew flips them. The blue card would be left on the shelf since the instruction was "Remove" after delivery. The Orange card would be flipped as the empty reefer becomes a load of spuds going to Cincinnati on the Pennsy. This tells the Yard A Yardmaster to get that car on a float going to the PRR. 

Art Single's  LIRR Railroad Industries

Jamaica/Richmond Hill

Railway Express
US Post Office
LIRR Car Shop
LIRR Roundhouse
LIRR Boiler House
Morris Park coal, sand, Diesel oil, ash pit


Olympic Radio
Friendly Frost
American Chicle
Great A&P Tea Co.
Van Iderstine
Speed Queen
Ideal Toy
Sunshine Biscuit
Armour Packing
NY Envelope
Dietz Coal
LI Produce
Mason Mint
Brooklyn Tire
Team Track


Massapequa Fuel
Massapequa Feed & Garden
Fred & Fred Lumber
Aurora Plastics
Freight House
Team Track


Seaboard Swimming Pool
Team Track


Borden’s Dairy
Mineola Freezer
Camp Upton
Team Track


NY Telephone Co
Railway Express Agency
Team Track



Golden Pickle
Prima Asphalt
GLF (Grange League Federation)
Republic Aircraft
Team Track


Suffolk Potato
LI Cauliflower Assoc.
LI Ice
Mason Mix
Commander Oil
Kohl Iron
Penny Lumber
United Grocers
Entenmann’s Bakery
Freight House
LIRR fuel track
Team Track
Team Ramp


LI Potato
Corwin Fuel


Suffolk Potato
Atlantic Fertz
Team Track


Ocean Bay Seafood
Crown Oil & Chemical
Freight House
Team Track


LI Cauliflower Assoc.
Suffolk Fuel (WAS Supreme Oil before I found out Supreme was salad oil!)


Suffolk Potato
Mason Mix
Anchor Fuel
Freight House
Dock Track
Team Track
Team Ramp
LIRR Fuel track



Wolf’s Head Oil
Nassau-Suffolk Lumber
Shinnecock Sand & Gravel
Eastport Feeds
General Refractories
Schecht Coal
Freight House
Team Track
Team Ramp

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Grain
G&R Packing
Jakobson Shipyards
Freight House
Team Track
Dock Track

Noyack Road

Peerless Oil

East Hampton

East Hampton Lumber
Atlantic Processing Co.
Sunrise Coal 
Team Track


Triplex Oil
Freight House
RR Museum of LI
Team Track 
LIRR Fuel Track
LIRR Warehouse  

John Ciesla - "The Eastport Branch"

Long Island Rail Road Alco S-2 no. 420 uses a reach car to pull cars from the car float docked at the Eastport float bridge. John Ciesla photographed the scene on his Eastport Branch modular layout, which was featured in the November 2021 Model Railroader. The float bridge was scratchbuilt from scavenged spare parts from old structure kits and styrene Micro Engineering girders. The barge is made from a length of 1 x 4 lumber. The locomotive is an older Atlas model."  the car float facility of the Eastport Transfer operation. The float bridge was inspired by the former massive operation of the LIRR at Long Island City, and is now "Gantry State Park".  Model Railroader October 2022, page 64-65: Modeling/Photo: John Cisela

A train of LIRR MP54s (Con-Cor), crossing the wooden trestle over Eastport Inlet 
from the mainland, are arriving at the fishing village of Eastport.

Alco RS-1 freight drag entering Eastport - Model Railroader February 2016, page 82: Modeling/Photo: John Cisela

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An LIRR train of MP54s is shown crossing the small timber trestle near the lighthouse, and will shortly be arriving at the Eastport station.

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LIRR H10s 105 (a brass import) is crossing the high bridge over Chatham Gorge with a string of loaded hopper cars.

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LIRR G5s 23 (with its original low side tender) is arriving in the town of Eastport with a short train of P54 coaches. The train is taking the lower route along the bulkhead of Eastport inlet, and will shortly be arriving at the station.  

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LIRR  #1555 RS3 over Chatham Gorge with an eastbound commuter train.

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  "The Eastport Branch, The construction and operation of a branch line model railroad" 
by John F. Ciesla 
The book is available through the Blurb Publishing web site.


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LIRR S1 420 is busy off loading a recently arrive barge from the Eastport float bridge. (The 420 is an Atlas product. The float bridge is scratch built, and inspired by the 
LI City float bridges).
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Three generations of LIRR passenger diesel power gather at the station at Chatham; RS-3 1555, C420 221, and GP38 271 (all are Atlas products). 
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LIRR Baldwin DS4-4-660, 412 is shoving an empty flatcar onto the Jackson Transfer pier in the town of Eastport. (Custom painted Stewart product)

Mineola "NASSAU" Tower  - View E

 Call it a view from a bridge...."Mineola Blvd". Circa Late 1960's

An MP54 coming off the Oyster Bay Branch after turning at East Williston for it's return trip to Jamaica and Penn Station, an Eastbound diesel train headed to Hicksville on Track 1, crossing Main Street. A Baldwin switcher at the dwarf signal on the Garden City secondary, waiting for the trains to clear, so it can head back to Holban Yard. All on 36" x 16". John Ciesla

  Modeling NASSAU Tower
Modeling/Photos: John Ciesla

NASSAU Tower - View SW 3/1993

NASSAU Tower SE corner

NASSAU Tower 2nd Floor
View of south wall

NASSAU Tower 2nd Floor
View  of north wall

NASSAU Tower North wall

NASSAU Tower NW corner

NASSAU Tower South wall
Brandon Kulik's  LIRR Scenes
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LIRR RS-1 #467, with horns blaring, thunders through a crossbuck protected only private road as it makes its way eastbound toward Montauk in 1966.
Engine: HO Atlas Classic, Coaches: Custom painted Con-Cor
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LIRR RS-1, in World's Fair livery, pulling a commuter consist of MP54 coaches
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Atlas LIRR #221 C-420 leading an Island Modelworks P-72 coach commuter run out of the yard
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Local peddler freight LIRR #1559 RS-3 and Hack #24 wait in "the hole" as  LIRR #221 C-420 train #45 westbound commuter roars by.
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LIRR #1507 FM H-16-44 stands ready to leave the coach yard with a string of older P-70 heavyweights (Alco Models)
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LIRR #221 C-420, in World's Fair livery, and train en-route out of the yard. 
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RS-1 #467 in charge of typical mid-1960’s westbound from Oyster Bay commuters comprised of 3-4 ping-pong coaches
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LIRR C-liner #2403 is a True-line Trains CP-24 shell; mounted on a Proto 1000 C-liner chassis with the original two axle rear truck replaced with a three axle truck from a Proto 1000 Erie-Built. The baggage car is a Walters B-60 and coach behind it is an Island Modelworks P-72
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LIRR #1507 H-16-44 and P70 Heavyweights (Alco Models)
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LIRR C420 #221 running "light" returning from 
LI City to Morris Park for servicing after the morning rush hour
Islip 84 Lumber 
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84 Lumber, Islip  view NW
McCloud River #2013
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84 Lumber, Islip view W
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84 Lumber, Islip  Nassau Ave view N
LIRR  2-8-0 Steam Engines Proto Info
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LIRR  #314 H-6sb 2-8-0 
Rail Works Brass
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H-6sb #303 Morris Park 6/1/48 
Collection: D. Keller
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LIRR  #105 H-10  
Sunset Models Brass
LIRR  G5s 4-6-0 Steam Engines Proto Info
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LIRR G5s #39 at Hillside on the Midland Valley Rail Road
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LIRR G5s #39 Train 238 approaching Hicksville 07/31/37 Photo: Geo. E. Votava, Collection: Dave Keller
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LIRR G5s #39 at Midlandburg Station on the Midland Valley Rail Road

LIRR G5s #39, in two locations Hillside, and Midlandburg Station, on my freelance Midland Valley Rail Road.

I purchased the G5s in the early 1960's for $49.95 from the original Willis Hobbies on Hillside Ave., in Williston Park. Back then, Willis was owned by a German man named Carl. I do not remember his last name. 

This was my first purchase of a very expensive (for a Bus Driver's salary) brass locomotive. It was listed as a LIRR G5s, and ran great. I left it unpainted for several years. In the early 1980's, I modified the G5s by changing the lowside brass tender, to a Bowser highside tender. Shortly after, it was custom painted and lettered for me by my long time friend and MSBA colleague Louis Dirosso, who some of you know. No. 39 runs good and is still in excursion service on the MVRR.  Daniel Marra, Sr.

LIRR  H16-44 Units
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LIRR FM CPA 20-5 Series 2001-2008

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LIRR Alco S 1,2 Units Proto Info
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LIRR Alco RS 1,2,3 Units Proto Info
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LIRR Alco C420 Units Proto Info
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C420 #210 Overland Models 
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C420 #229 Overland Models
Painting: Dave from Willis Hobbies
Photos: Al Castelli
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LIRR C420 #221
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LIRR C420 #225
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LIRR C420 #229
LIRR GP38-2 Units Proto Info
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LIRR #257  in MTA Wave Scheme
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LIRR Alco FA Units Proto Info
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LL Proto LIRR #607 FA2 dummy
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Budd RDCs Proto Info

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LIRR #3101 model  & photo: 
Joseph Tischner
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LIRR #3121  RDC-2, Proto1000
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LIRR #3121 RDC-2,  LL Proto1000
LIRR Caboose Proto Info
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LIRR #56 N-22A built 1961 & LIRR #45  N-52A built 1916
Photo: Nick Kalis
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LIRR N5 #C-1
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LIRR N5 #C-1
LIRR MOW Units Proto Info
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LIRR #4100 "Ore Jenny"
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LIRR W80 Russell Plow
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LIRR W87 acquirred 07/15/74 former MRCX #1704 Oil Storage
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LIRR 401978
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LIRR 401978
LIRR Passenger/Mail/Baggage
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LIRR #15 MP-54 Ping Pong Coach
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LIRR P-72 #2900 Series coach 
Resin Kit
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LIRR P74-D  Pullman Heavyweight Parlor Car LIRR Dashing Dan  c.1963
LIRR Layouts/Dioramas 
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LIRR #2004 Model: John McCluskey 10/13/07
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LIRR Alco HEP FA-2 & Alco C420 #206 Model: Rich Glueck
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LIRR Alco HEP FA-2 & Alco C420 #206 Model: Rich Glueck
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LIRR  H-9 Bowser conversion into H-10 LIRR #109 2-8-0
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LIRR #420 Alco S-1
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The Van Iderstine Co. Manufacturers of all grades of  Tallow & Greases 
VICX #1003 LI City, New York
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LIRR #2404 Sunday Scoot is slowly taking shape. Model: John McCluskey
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LIRR #2404 Sunday Scoot 
John McCluskey
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LIRR #56 N-22A built 1961 & LIRR #45  N-52A built 1916
Photo: Nick Kalis
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LIRR RS3 #1551  with "Ping-pongs" in tow at  Babylon 
MR magazine 4/2019 Model: Eric Lohwasser
Henry Wagner's LIRR/NYA Scenes
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Cannonball Parlor Car at West Island RR Club, Farmingdale, NY
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LIRR #1509 FM H16-44  pluslineup
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LIRR #1507 FM H16-44  with LIRR baggage car
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LIRR #1322 Mineola Parlor
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LIRR #1322 Mineola Parlor close coupling detail
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LIRR #1322 Mineola Parlor closeup
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LIRR #420 Alco S1 
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NYA #271 GP38-2,  LIRR #607 FA-2,  LIRR #1509 FM H16-44  lineup
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NYA #261 GP38-2, LIRR  #415 & #420 Alco S1's meet
  A few years back Athearn put out two NYA GP38-2s in their ready to run line, #271 with the post 9/11/2001 flag scheme on the side and #261 green with white horizontal stripe
LIRR Mineola Scene
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Close-up Section House
 (as termed in 1943, 1958)
05-14-1988  Photo: John Fusto 
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Approaching Nassau Tower from Oyster Bay Branch Cab of F7 #621
05-14-1988  Photo: John Fusto 
0823_1.jpg (17009 bytes) Newly outshopped from Morris Park, LIRR class N22A hack C-56 brings up the rear of the freight local.