David D. Morrison is a retired Long Island Rail Road branch line manager and the author of two other railroad histories. He is the chairman of the Oyster Bay Station Restoration Committee. Valerie Pakaluk is the founding president of the Hicksville Historical Society and is active in local community endeavors.
Long Island Rail Road Stationsby David D. Morrison, Valerie Pakaluk
Chartered in 1834 to provide a route between New York City and Boston, the Long Island Rail Road ran from the Brooklyn waterfront through the center of Long Island to Greenport. The railroad served the agricultural market on Long Island until branches and competing lines eventually developed on the north and south shores of the island and several hundred passenger… See more details below
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Chartered in 1834 to provide a route between New York City and Boston, the Long Island Rail Road ran from the Brooklyn waterfront through the center of Long Island to Greenport. The railroad served the agricultural market on Long Island until branches and competing lines eventually developed on the north and south shores of the island and several hundred passenger stations were built. After Penn Station was opened in 1910, the number of passengers commuting between Manhattan and Long Island began to multiply. Today, one hundred twenty-five stations serve the Long Island Rail Road. Long Island Rail Road Stations contains vintage postcards of the old Penn Station, which was demolished in the mid-1960s; the Grand Stairway at the Forest Hills Station, where Theodore Roosevelt delivered his famous unification speech on July 4, 1917; and the Amagansett station building, where Nazi spies boarded a train bound for New York City on June 13, 1942. Many of the historic stations featured in this book have been preserved by local preservation groups, while others have been replaced with modern buildings to accommodate the passengers who commute on the nation's largest commuter railroad.
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There are approximately 20+ books devoted solely to the LIRR. Some are still available and a few are out of print. Many of the books are concerned with the history of the LIRR, or a specific time period, or subject (ie, Motive power, Cabooses, etc.). What makes Mr. Morrison and Ms. Pakaluk's book unique,in my opinion, is the approach of using solely post cards to represent scenes of the LIRR's past. It is not a history book per se, yet it dipicts an historical view (akin to separate vignettes) of long ago people, places and structures associated with the LIRR, many of the latter two now gone or altered. It is refreshing in that post cards many times offer views that a photographer might miss. One example would be a RR Station shot from the rear, which provides a look at the horses, buggies, early automobiles, or people in period dress. My final comment is that Mr. Morrison and Ms. Pakaluk do not overwhelm the reader with a dreary monologue or long winded self importance. They simply do what 'nature' intended...let the post cards 'speak' for themselves!!!