Long Island Rail Road: Main Line East

Long Island Rail Road: Main Line East


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The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), the oldest railroad in the country still operating under its original name, was chartered in 1834 for the purpose of running trains from the Brooklyn waterfront to the eastern terminal at Greenport. The east end of the LIRR main line consists of a 70-mile stretch of track from Hicksville to Greenport. At one time, there were 29 passenger stations along this east end route, 14 of which are active today. A decommissioned signal tower and obsolete turntable are located on this route. Two stations, Riverhead and Greenport, are locations of the Railroad Museum of Long Island. The 23 miles of track between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma is electrified by third rail current, the electrification having been completed in 1987. Single-track territory since 1844, the line is currently being double-tracked as far east as Ronkonkoma.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467102537
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/26/2018
Series: Images of Rail
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 778,504
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David D. Morrison is a retired LIRR branch line manager and railroad historian. The author of five other books in Arcadia's Images of Rail series, he is a charter member and past secretary of the Railroad Museum of Long Island. Morrison has given countless presentations to libraries and historical societies on Long Island, and he still enjoys doing so.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

1 Bethpage 11

2 Farmingdale 25

3 Pinelawn to Central Islip 37

4 Ronkonkoma 51

5 Holbrook to Calverton 65

6 Riverhead 81

7 Aquebogue to Soutbold 95

8 Greenport 107

9 Steam Locomotive No. 39 119

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