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The Long Beach Branch is an electrified rail line and service owned and operated by the Long Island Rail Road in the U.S. state of New York. The branch begins at Valley Interlocking, at Valley Stream station, where the Atlantic Branch continues west and the Far Rockaway Branch heads south. The Long Beach Branch runs east, paralleling the Montauk Branch, until Lynbrook, where it turns south towards Long Beach. [1][2]


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[edit] HistoryEdit

The Long Beach Branch originally began as the New York and Long Beach Railroad Company from Lynbrook to Long Beach in 1880. The original southern terminus was along the Atlantic Ocean. LIRR leased and operated the NY&LB RR from 1880 to 1904, at which time the NY&LB RR merged with the LIRR. Five years later, the station was moved from the ocean front to Reynolds Channel, where it remains today.

A five mile (8 km) extension to Point Lookout, New York owned by the Long Beach Marine Railway Company existed between 1881 and 1895. When the LIRR bought the line in 1886, they continued to operate passenger trains along the line until 1890.[3]

The northern terminus of the branch was extended westward from Lynbrook to Valley Stream in 1910 as part of its integration into the Atlantic Branch. The line was double-tracked from Valley Stream to Lynbrook in late 1910, then from East Rockaway to Wreck Lead (“WL”) on January 15, 1927. Electrification of the line occurred from Valley Stream to Long Beach on main tracks in September 1910. Electrification came to freight sidings between 1928 and 1930. Color light signals were installed in January, 1927.

[edit] ServiceEdit

On weekdays, most Long Beach Branch trains serve Penn Station, with limited service to/from Flatbush Avenue, and run express between Jamaica and Valley Stream. On weekends, trains also stop at Locust Manor, Laurelton and Rosedale, and all trains serve Penn except for some post-midnight trains to/from Flatbush Avenue and one to Jamaica.

[edit] StationsEdit

Station/

location

Station

link

Miles to Penn Station Connections/notes
For continuing service to Jamaica and points west, see City Terminal Zone
Jamaica-Beaver Street

Jamaica

closed 1913
Cedar Manor

South Jamaica

closed January 28, 1959
Locust Manor

Farmers Boulevard and Bedell Street, Locust Manor

[1] 14 Bus (New York City Bus):Q3 (to JFK Airport); Q85
Higbie Avenue

Locust Manor

closed February 2, 1960
Laurelton

225th Street and 141st Road, Laurelton

[2] 14.9 Bus (New York City Bus): Q77, Q85
Rosedale

North Conduit Avenue and 243rd Street, Rosedale

[3] 15.8 Bus (New York City Bus): Q5, Q85
Valley Stream [1]

Franklin Avenue and Sunrise Highway, Valley Stream

[4] 17.9 Transfer to Far Rockaway and West Hempstead Branch trains

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

Lynbrook [2]

Sunrise Highway and Peninsula Boulevard, Lynbrook

[5] 19.5 Transfer to Babylon Branch trains

Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N25, N31, N32, N36

Centre Avenue [3]

Forest Avenue between Rocklyn Avenue and Centre Avenue, East Rockaway

[6] 20.4 Originally named South Lynbrook from 1898 to 1924.
East Rockaway [4]

Ocean Avenue and Davison Place, East Rockaway

[7] 20.9 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N36
Oceanside [5]

Weidner Avenue and Lawson Boulevard, Oceanside

[8] 21.4
Barnum Island Channel Bridge
Jekyl Island

Barnum Island

Originally named Barnum Island from 1901-1903, then renamed Island Park in October 1921; closed July 1922
Island Park [6]

Long Beach Road and Austin Boulevard, Island Park/Barnum Island

[9] 23.9 Originally named The Dykes from 1898 to 1924.

Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N15

Reynolds Channel Bridge
Wreck Lead

Long Beach

closed December 31, 1927
Queenswater

Long Beach

closed June 1936
Long Beach [7]

Park Place and Park Avenue, Long Beach

[10] 24.9 Bus (MTA Long Island Bus): N15, N33

Bus (City of Long Beach): Long Beach shuttles, N69

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