ARRT'S     ARRCHIVES




THE   L.I.R.R.'S   BETHPAGE   BRANCH

A new page APRIL 8, 2002 - - - Revised MARCH 2016

ALEXANDER T. STEWART'S CENTRAL RAIL ROAD OF LONG ISLAND WAS BUILT TO PROVIDE
PASSENGER SERVICE TO GARDEN CITY AND ACCESS TO THE BRICK YARD AT BETHPAGE.
THE BETHPAGE BRANCH CROSSED THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AT BETHPAGE JUNCTION.

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1892 BLUEPRINT OF BETHPAGE JUNCTION INTERLOCKING
TOWER NUMBER 49 INSTALLED AUGUST, 1885.


1925 BLUEPRINT SHOWS BETHPAGE BRANCH SWITCH IS HAND OPERATED BUT LOCKED BY LEVER NUMBER 9 IN "B" TOWER.


1916 PLAN SHOWS BRANCH RUNNING NORTH NEARLY TO THE MOTOR PARKWAY.
THE BRANCH THEN SERVED TWO BRICKYARDS AND TWO PICKLE HOUSES.


1916 PLAN OF QUEENS COUNTY BRICK COMPANY AND PICKLE HOUSE SIDINGS.


1927 BLUEPRINT OF NASSAU BRICK COMPANY SHOWS THAT TRACK TO
QUEENS CONTY BRICK COMPANY HAS BEEN DISCONNECTED.


LOOKING SOUTH FROM BETHPAGE-SWEET HOLLOW ROAD/
BETHPAGE-SPAGNOLI ROAD. THE RAILROAD RAN THIS FAR NORTH.


LATER MAPS SHOW THE BRANCH CUT BACK TO BATTLE ROW.


THOMAS POWELL BOULEVARD OCCUPIES THE OLD RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY






A BRIDLE PATH OCCUPIES PART OF THE RIGHT OF WAY


 



THE RAILS WERE PAVED OVER AND SHOW(ED) THROUGH IN SOME PLACES






A BRICK ENGINEHOUSE AND 50 FOOT TURNTABLE HAD OCCUPIED PARCEL NUMBER SIX.
THE TURNTABLE PIT REMAINED FOR YEARS AND HAS BEEN PRESERVED.


THE RECENTLY CLEARED STEWART LINE 50 FOOT TURNTABLE PIT. THESE TWO PHOTOS COURTESY DAVE MORRISON.






THE   NASSAU   BRICK   COMPANY

NASSAU BRICK HAD A NUMBER OF SMALL LOCOMOTIVES - THIS IS A PLYMOUTH.
IN THE RIGHT BACKGROUND IS ANOTHER "CRITTER" - ARTHUR MIRICK 1958 PHOTO.












BEFORE THE BRANCH WAS ABANDONED BILL RUGEN FOUND SOME UNUSED TRACK.



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