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Sayville (LIRR station)

Sayville
Sayville station house, including the pedestrian bridge and a departing westbound express train to Jamaica.
Station statistics
Address Depot Street & Greeley Avenue
Sayville, New York
Coordinates
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking Yes (free)
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1868 (SSRRLI)[1]
Rebuilt 1906, 1999
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Long Island Rail Road
Fare zone 10
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 1,086[2]
Services
Preceding station   LIRR   Following station
Montauk Branch
toward Montauk

Sayville is a station on the Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road in the village of Sayville, New York, on Depot Street between Greeley Avenue and Railroad Avenue. Ferries to Fire Island board from a port south of the station.[3]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Platforms and tracks 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

Sayville Station was originally built by the South Side Railroad of Long Island in December 1868, and was the end of the line until April 1869 when the line was extended to Patchogue. From that point until the early 20th century, the station also served as the local post office. At the time, it contained coal sidings, spurs into lumber yards, a freight house west of Greely Avenue, a dairy farm, and even a horse trolley to the Great South Bay owned by the South Shore Traction Company.[4] The horse trolley was eventually converted into an electric trolley line after being acquired by the Suffolk Traction Company. In November 1905, mail that was delivered to the railroad station was blown out of its pouch by a speeding train and scattered under the tracks and was searched by the postmaster along "half a mile of track."[5] The original station was razed sometime in 1906 and a second depot opened on August 3 that year. When Bayport Station was closed by the LIRR in 1980, former Bayport commuters opted to use Sayville station. A renovation project took place sometime in 1998-1999. It brought the current pedestrian overpass and sheltered high-level platforms.

Platforms and tracks

1 Montauk Branch toward New York (Oakdale)
2 Montauk Branch toward Montauk (Patchogue)

The station has two high-level side platforms each eight cars long. The north platform next to Track 1 is generally used by westbound trains. The south platform next to Track 2 is generally used by eastbound trains. The Montauk Branch has two tracks here, the last such station on the line; all stations from Patchogue east to Montauk have only a single platform, as the double track becomes single track between Sayville and the former Bayport station.

References

  1. ^ Vincent F. Seyfried, The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part One: South Side R.R. of L.I., © 1961
  2. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  3. ^ "Life's a Beach on Long Island; The MTA LIRR is the "Greenest Way" to a Summer in Blue Ocean and White Sand Luxury". MTA. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Sayville Station; Steve Lynch's LIRR Maps, Photos, Charts, etc. (Trains Are Fun)
  5. ^ Sayville Post Office History

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official LIRR station information page for Sayville
  • Station timetable for Sayville
  • February 2000 Photo (Unofficial LIRR History Website)
  • Sayville Station (South Shore Railroad of Long Island) (Arrt's Arrchives)
  • Sayville Station (Sayville Library)
  • 1999 Sayville Westbound Train (YouTube)
  • Unofficial LIRR Photography Site (www.lirrpics.com)
    • Sayville Station
  • Y Interlocking (The LIRR Today)
  • Station from Railroad Avenue from Google Maps Street View
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