Jamaica Station, New York (Images of America Series)

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The Long Island Rail Road is the oldest railroad in the country still operating under its original name. Also the busiest railroad in North America, it carries 265,000 customers each weekday on 735 trains over 700 miles of track on 11 different branches. All but one branch converge at Jamaica Station, making it the railroad's hub. A complex system of interlocking switches and flyover tracks allows trains to move through the eight station tracks servicing the five passenger platforms. Jamaica Station houses the ...
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Overview


The Long Island Rail Road is the oldest railroad in the country still operating under its original name. Also the busiest railroad in North America, it carries 265,000 customers each weekday on 735 trains over 700 miles of track on 11 different branches. All but one branch converge at Jamaica Station, making it the railroad's hub. A complex system of interlocking switches and flyover tracks allows trains to move through the eight station tracks servicing the five passenger platforms. Jamaica Station houses the railroad's executive offices and the offices of the train movement director and the electric power director. The station and its interlocking track system have worked so well that, until recently, little changed in the nearly 100 years of operation. Through historic photographs, Jamaica Station chronicles the history of this nerve center of the Long Island Rail Road.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738576411
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/14/2011
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,371,881
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


David D. Morrison is a retired Long Island Rail Road branch line manager and railroad historian. The author of three other railroad history books, including Long Island Rail Road Stations, and numerous magazine articles, he is a charter member of the Railroad Museum of Long Island.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Acknowledgments 8

Introduction 9

1 Early Railroad Years in Jamaica 11

2 Early Street Scenes and Grade Crossings 27

3 Planning and Construction 37

4 Jamaica Station Building and Platforms 51

5 Signal Towers and Tracks 73

6 Trains through the Years 87

7 The Employees Who Made Jamaica Work 103

8 Preserving the Heritage 119

Bibliography 127

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