K4s #5406 and Sunday-only train #4229
westbound past "B" tower Bethpage Jct. 5/11/47
(G. E. Votava
(Note white-painted smokebox!)
Long Island Rail Road Photos & Recollections
An engineer receiving his train orders at DIVIDE tower,
Hicksville 1955 view W "TRAIN
Dave Keller at the controls of #1835
of the Florida Railroad Museum running between Parrish, FL and Willow, FL
Close up of locomotive #33 clearly showing her number plate and
fireman "momentarily" seated in his cab seat. He should be
up and shoveling coal very shortly.
Photo: Ed Hermanns, Archive: Dave Keller
G5s #33 is pulling 9-car train #4613 westbound from Port Jefferson on
Cold Spring Hill, through Cold Spring Harbor, NY on this cool February day
Photo: Ed Hermanns, Archive: Dave Keller
G5s #43 with snow-encrusted number plate is pulling train #4223
westbound from Ronkonkoma through the snow near Mineola during the late
afternoon of December 28, 1948. Notice the absence of the small
snowplow covering which was affixed over the lattice pilot during the
winter months! At the left on the siding are a couple of Swift's
Photo: Ed Hermanns, Archive: Dave Keller
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Kohl photo, Dave Keller archive
C-liner eastbound on Port Jefferson branch getting orders (or attempting
to, at least) at "DIVIDE" tower, Hicksville, NY 12/5/54. I
wonder why the block operator wasn't using the steps behind him instead of
making the engineer practically fall out of the cab window! I also wonder
if the engineer caught them! Doesn't look like he's going to make contact.
Hope his conductor was more successful in grabbing his set!
William Madden photo, Dave Keller
National GP10 locomotive #980 is coupled to the one-car Greenport Shuttle
and is laying up eastbound in front of the crew shanty in Ronkonkoma
yard on Friday, November 26, 1976. This shuttle would run between
Ronkonkoma and Greenport as eastbound train #202 and westbound train
#211 on weekdays
only. Judging by the lighting, #211 has just made its return trip
from Greenport and is laying up in the yard until ready to go back east
again on Monday morning. At times, this one-car shuttle would lay up on the wye tail north of the main yard.
Some years later, this train
would have added cars and be run as a push-pull shuttle with an ALCO FA
control cab on one end and an MP15ac powered unit on the other.
William Lichtenstern photo,
Dave Keller Archive
Saturday afternoon Patchogue-Babylon “Scoot” consisting of BUDD RDC1
#3101 and RDC2 #3121, coupled, is heading eastbound near
crossing as it approaches Patchogue on April 6, 1963. In tow is RPO
(Railway Post Office) car #7743. As an aside, this towing of
non-BUDD cars caused the BUDD Co. to void its warranty on these cars with
the L.I.R.R. At the left is Underwood Coal and Coke and in the
foreground is the Ringhouse Siding, which extended all the way from west
of the Underwood siding eastward to the west side of the Railroad Ave.
crossing (after a 1949 track rearrangement) and had a capacity of 35 cars.
One month later, demolition of the old Patchogue terminal and engine
repair facilities would begin.
DM30AC #511 pulls a train of bi-level cars eastbound through Pinelawn,
NY on a beautifully Autumnal day in October, 2009. Pinelawn station is
visible in the left background. (George Povall photo, Dave Keller archive)
LIRR H10s #107 at Mt. Olivet c.1937
Photo: John Reschke, Archive: Dave Keller
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Cannonball 1957 at Babylon
Jules P. Krzenski photo
G5s (4-6-0) numbered in
the 20’s-series pulls a string of 11 cars eastbound in the
Summer’s early evening light in 1952 through Union Hall Street
station, Jamaica. Notice the old Pennsy keystone-style station
sign still in place on the station’s covered platforms and in the
far distance can be seen the overhead concourse at
station, accessing the various platforms.
W. J. Broschart photo, Dave Keller archive
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LIRR C420 #217 pulls a train of
heavyweight parlor cars westbound on the Montauk branch viaduct
station in June, 1966. The late afternoon sun casts long
shadows. Dave Keller Archive
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|Looking northwest on
7/1/36, we see the depot, high-level concrete platforms and “IS” tower
. The building at the right is the section shanty. Visible in the
center of the tracks are the crossover switches to allow trains to enter
and leave Holban Yard which is located just west of the station and to the
left out of the range of the photo. A year later the tower would be
renamed “HOLLIS.” Photo from the Archive of Dave Keller
|Leased Pennsylvania Railroad
E3sd (4-4-2) #3154 has left the old covered platforms at the
Oyster Bay station and is heading westbound under a full
head of steam on this cold March morning in 1936. The
3-car train is #4523 and ran to Jamaica on Sundays only.
George Votava photo, Dave Keller archive.
|A westbound MU train is seen in
the background, stopped at the high-level platforms that
serviced the Jamaica Racetrack station. The Locust Manor
at-grade wooden depot, with keystone name board on the wall,
is seen in the foreground. The crossover tracks and switches
are visible in the near foreground. This view is looking
The 1927 wooden shelter shed was built
nearly touching the 1898 wooden depot building.
Photographer: unidentified, Archive: Dave Keller
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|Conductor Bob Emery discussing business about Train
#22, the Thursday “Cannonball” with Brakeman Al Berna at
Westhampton station. Willie Wilson of Special Services looks
on at left.
Photo: Richard Makse (courtesy of Robert Andersen)
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Jules P. Krzenski 04/16/32 - 09/17/20
RS-1 #464 at Babylon - 1957
J. P Krzenski photo
In 1969, at age 17, I
became friends with another railroad photographer, Jules P.
Krzenski. Jules grew up in Southampton and spent much of his
early years hanging around the station there,
conversing with block operator/station agent James V. Osborne
and cab riding quite a few LIRR steam locomotives on east end
freights. Many of the freight crews knew him. He was very
friendly to me and I visited him many times, talking railroading
and photographing trains together (he lived in East Islip along
the LIRR’s R.O.W. west of Great River. All sorts of good trains
ran past his house during the summer!) He gave me pointers on
how to photograph trains, good places to photograph them and the
proper way to date and archive my negatives for preservation.
He had a large family and was kindly tolerant of yet another
teenager hanging around on Saturdays, occupying his “personal
time.” He moved to the southwestern U.S. many years ago and I
lost touch with him.
In 2003 another friend assisted me, quite by accident, in
locating him. Contact was made, reminiscences and family photos
and updates exchanged and, I’m happy to say, he offered me his
wonderful LIRR negative collection. He took some great action
shots of Fairbanks-Morse units, Budd RDCs and ALCO units in the
1950s, at such places at Babylon (when at grade), Deer Park,
Port Jefferson and “B” tower.
In 1968, after a 10+ year hiatus, he again began photographing,
this time ALCO units (both action and roster).
Sadly, Jules passed away on September 17, 2020 after a battle
with Alzheimer's. He was 88.
Thanks, Jules, for patiently helping out a young railfan and
allowing me to keep your archive alive!!
September 26, 2020