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THE     LONG     ISLAND     RAIL     ROAD     COMPANY
WILLOW   TREE   STATION   -   ROCKAWAY   JUNCTION   -   RJ   INTERLOCKING
THE   JAMAICA   IMPROVEMENT   CABIN   TEN
THE   NEW   YORK   AND   ROCKAWAY   RAILROAD   COMPANY


WILLOW   TREE   STATION

WILLOW TREE STATION WAS LOCATED AT HAMILTON AVENUE, LATER 184TH STREET.
THIS 1837 BLUEPRINT SHOWS PROPERTY 50 FEET BY 562.6 FEET PURCHASED
APRIL 18, 1836 AND IDENTIFIED AS "WILLOW TREE STATION".

NOT LISTED IN TIMETABLES PUBLISHED IN NEWSPAPERS WE FIND IT LISTED IN PUBLIC
TIMETABLES AS EARLY AS OCTOBER 1, 1852 AND AS LATE AS NOVEMBER 4, 1867.




BEER'S 1873 ATLAS SHOWS WILLOW TREE ON TWO MAPS.
COLTON'S 1873 MAP DOES NOT SHOW WILLOW TREE BUT DOES SHOW ROCKAWAY JUNCTION.




ON FRIDAY APRIL 23, 1869 - THE EVE OF THE RAILROAD'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY -
A BROKEN RAIL CAUSED A SERIOUS DERAILMENT JUST EAST OF WILLOW TREE
STATION.   THERE WERE SIX DEATHS AND FOURTEEN WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED.

THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE WROTEVINCENT SEYFRIED WROTE


ROCKAWAY     JUNCTION

WHERE THE NEW YORK & ROCKAWAY RAILROAD CONNECTED WITH THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD IN
1871 - 1872.   A STATION WAS OPENED AND WILLOW TREE STATION CLOSED BY 1877 - SEYFRIED SAYS 1872.


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JUNE   17,   1877   PUBLIC   TIME   TABLE   MAIN   LINE


AND   SOUTHERN   DIVISION


A TOWER AND INTERLOCKING WERE INSTALLED IN 1880.
A SECOND TRACK WAS INSTALLED ON THE N.Y.& R.R.R. IN 1880 AND ON THE L.I.R.R. MAIN LINE IN 1882.



THIS PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AFTER THE FAMOUS 1888 BLIZZARD SHOWS THE TOWER IN THE DISTANCE




IN 1890 RAPID TRANSIT SERVICE WAS EXTENDED TO ROCKAWAY JUNCTION AND THIRD AND
FOURTH TRACKS WERE INSTALLED BETWEEN NEW YORK AVENUE AND ROCKAWAY JUNCTION.

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ROCKAWAY   JUNCTION   STATION   IN   1896


THE FIREMAN ON THE RAPID TRANSIT'S FORNEY WAS JOHN TOOKER WHO WAS INTERESTED IN
RAILROAD HISTORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY.   BILL SLADE AND JOHN CORRESPONDED FOR YEARS.



A NEW BRICK TOWER WAS BUILT IN 1895   -   NUMBER 42, LATER "RJ" TOWER


IN 1903 JAMAICA STATION WAS WIDENED TO SIX TRACKS WITH FOUR ISLAND PLATFORMS.
THE RIGHT OF WAY EAST OF THE STATION WAS WIDENED AND NEW OVERHEAD
BRIDGES REPLACED THE OLD ONES AT PROSPECT, WASHINGTON AND UNION HALL STREETS.
TWO TRACKS WERE ADDED BETWEEN JAMAICA STATION AND NEW YORK AVENUE.

THE MONTAUK DIVISION NOW RAN SOUTH OF THE MAIN LINE

LOOKING WEST FROM THE MONTAUK DIVISION IN 1903
WHEN "RJ" WAS A MECHANICAL INTERLOCKING.



IN 1906 AN ALL-ELECTRIC INTERLOCKING WAS INSTALLED AT RJ.
THIS 1906 MAP IS FROM RAILWAY AGE MAGAZINE.


THIS 1906 MAP WAS A MIMEOGRAPH ACCOMPANYING A GENERAL ORDER


WHEN THIS PLAN WAS REVISED IN 1913 THE SWITCHES WERE STILL PROTECTED
BY DETECTOR BARS   -   TRACK CIRCUITS HAD NOT YET BEEN INSTALLED.



IN 1905 - 1906 AN MU LAYUP TRACK WAS ADDED

CABIN     TEN

WHEN THE NEW JAMAICA STATION OPENED MARCH 9, 1913 THE WESTBOUND MONTAUK BRANCH TRACK HAD TO
BE RE-ALIGNED TO CROSS MAIN LINE TRACK TWO TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THE WESTBOUND SIDE OF THE STATION.


CABIN TEN CONTROLLED THE SIGNALS WITH TWO MECHANICAL LEVERS.

BOB EMERY LOCATED CABIN TEN IN A LOCATION DIFFERENT FROM HENRY WILHELM'S.

BOB   EMERY   MAP


THE   HENRY   WILHELM   MAP


IN NOVEMBER 1922 RJ'S SIGNAL 12L WAS REMOVED FROM THE SIGNAL
BRIDGE AND CABIN TEN'S MAIN LINE SIGNAL BECAME RJ'S SIGNAL 12L.
LEVER 10 WAS ADDED TO RJ'S MACHINE AND TOOK OVER
CONTROL OF CABIN TEN'S MONTAUK BRANCH SIGNALS.


CABIN   TEN   WAS   CLOSED.

 

HENRY WILHELM'S OVERALL MAP



SUB-STATION NUMBER FOUR AND "RJ" TOWER'S
EASTWARD HOME SIGNALS FROM BRENTON AVENUE.



THE CROSSING OF MAIN LINE TWO BY THE WESTBOUND MONTAUK BRANCH







LOOKING WEST OCTOBER 28, 1929







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