The Babylon Branch is a rail service operated by the Long Island Rail Road in the U.S. state of New York. The service is the identification for trains that serve the section of the longer Montauk Branch from Valley Stream east to Babylon. As the electrification of the Montauk Branch ends east of the Babylon station, the Babylon Branch is characteristically served with electric trains.

The west end of the Babylon Branch is at the junction between the West Hempstead Branch and Montauk Branch (Valley Interlocking); the Montauk Branch from Valley Stream west to Jamaica is part of the West Hempstead Branch service. Trains that continue past the east end of the Babylon Branch are known as Montauk Branch trains; several of these use the Central Branch between Belmont Junction west of the Babylon station and a junction at Beth Interlocking on the Main Line southeast of the Bethpage Station, running to New York City via the Main Line.[1][2] On weekends, Babylon Branch trains typically stop at Forest Hills and Kew Gardens in the eastbound direction as opposed to other Main Line trains that serve other branches.[2]

The Babylon Branch portion of the Montauk Branch is fully grade separated with bridges over almost all intersecting roadways.


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[edit] HistoryEdit

See also: Montauk Branch#History

The South Side Railroad of Long Island in the 1860s built what was to become the Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. The Babylon Branch as a separate operational entity began as the electrification of the Montauk Branch between Valley Stream and Babylon on May 20, 1925. Eventually, this would also include the former "Springfield Branch" which the Montauk Branch was relocated to northeast of Springfield Junction. The tracks were elevated from ground-level from the 1950's through the 1970's. The last station to be elevated on the branch was Massapequa Park on December 13, 1980.[3]

==[edit] Stations==





Miles to Penn Station Connections/notes
Penn Station [2]34th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues Penn Station [1] 0.0 Subway: 1 2 3 trains at 34th Street – Penn Station (Seventh Avenue)

A C E trains at 34th Street – Penn Station (Eighth Avenue) Bus (New York City Bus): M4, M7, M10, M16, M20, M34, Q32

Woodside [3]61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue Woodside [2] 4.9 Transfer to Port Washington Branch trains

Subway: 7 <7> trains at Woodside – 61st Street Bus (New York City Bus): Q32 (MTA Bus): Q18, Q53

Forest Hills [4]Continental Avenue (71st Ave) & Austin Street, 2 blocks South of Queens Boulevard Forest Hills [3] 8.5 Subway: E F R V trains at Forest Hills – 71st Avenue

Bus (MTA Bus): Q23, Q64

Kew Gardens [5]Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard, between Queens Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue. Kew Gardens [4] 8.8 Bus (New York City Bus): Q10
Jamaica [6]Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue Jamaica [5] 10.8 Subway: E J Z trains at Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport

AirTrain JFK Bus (New York City Bus): Q24 Q30 Q31 Q43 Q44 Q54 Q56

Saint Albans (some trains)Linden Boulevard and Montauk Street, Saint Albans [6] 14.0 Bus (New York City Bus): Q4
Valley Stream [7] (eastbound, late nights only)Franklin Avenue and Sunrise Highway, Valley Stream [7] 17.9 Transfer to Far Rockaway Branch trains

Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N1, N2, N3

Lynbrook [8] (some trains)

Sunrise Highway and Peninsula Boulevard, Lynbrook

[8] 19.5 Transfer to Long Beach Branch trains

Long Beach Branch diverges South Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N4, N25, N31, N32, N36, N65, N66

Rockville Centre [9]

North Village Avenue and Front Street, Rockville Centre

[9] 20.9 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N14, N15, N16, N17
Baldwin [10]

Sunrise Highway and Grand Avenue, Baldwin

[10] 22.9 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N37
Freeport [11]

Henry Street and Benson Place, Freeport

[11] 24.5 Transfer to Montauk Branch Trains

Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N4, N19, N36, N40, N41, N43, N62, N88 (summer service to Jones Beach)

Merrick [12]

Sunrise Highway, between Hewlett Avenue and Merrick Avenue, Merrick

[12] 25.9 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N51, N53
Bellmore [13]

Sunrise Highway and Bedford Avenue, Bellmore

[13] 27.2 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N45, N46, N50

Wantagh Avenue and Railroad Avenue, Wantagh

[14] 27.8 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N73, N74, N87 (summer service to Jones Beach)
Seaford [14]

Sunrise Highway and Jackson Avenue, Seaford

[15] 29.5 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N54
Massapequa [15]

Sunrise Highway east of Broadway (NY 107), Massapequa

[16] 30.3 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N54, N55, N80, N81
Massapequa Park

Sunrise Highway and Park Boulevard, Massapequa Park

[17] 30.8 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N54, N55, N80, N81

John Street, between Sunrise Highway and Montauk Highway (NY 27A), Amityville

[18] 32.9 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N54

Bus (Suffolk County Transit): 1A, S1, S33


Marconi Boulevard and Great Neck Road, Copiague

[19] 34.0 Bus (Suffolk County Transit): 1B, S20, S31

Wellwood Avenue and East Hoffman Avenue, Lindenhurst

[20] 35.5 Bus (Suffolk County Transit): 1B, S20, S35
Babylon [16]

Railroad Avenue just west of Deer Park Avenue, Babylon

[21] 38.4 Transfer to Montauk Branch trains

Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N19, N72 Bus (Suffolk County Transit): S20, S23, S25, S27, S29, S40, S42, S47 (seasonal service to Robert Moses State Park)

For continuing service to Montauk, see Montauk Branch

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