Hicksville operations

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Postby WIN Tower » Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:29 am

...you would not have been chosen had you applied . i too " tried " to get an application for a position with L.I.R.R.P.D. but was not picked to receive an application because i did not meet certain socio-economic factors... i am a male with a collge degree , i can also walk , talk and chew gum at the same time and based on your past posts so can you. now , if you had a similar background to or were given the name La-Qwanda at birth...you would already be a " branch " manager ...
WIN Tower

Postby WIN Tower » Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:08 pm

so much for my degree...c-o-l-l-e-g-e !
WIN Tower

Postby Legio X » Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:24 pm

Occasionally back in the '80s I saw tankcars, usually singly and sometimes in pairs spotted on the single track on the east side of the yard. Were these spotted for customers that would load or unload them in the yard, or were they left there to sit until picked up by a westbound freight going to Holban Yard or Fresh Pond?
Legio X

Postby Legio X » Mon Feb 21, 2005 8:22 pm

Can someone at the NYA or LIRR confirm this?
Legio X

Postby Legio X » Mon Feb 21, 2005 8:27 pm

Regarding the above post requesting "confirmation from someone at NYA or LIRR": This was in response to a post made a few moments before about ties being replaced on the long spur to FedEx and the Hicksville Post Office. Why would a post be there one moment, and then gone the next? It was'nt anything obnoxious or offensive. What happened?
Legio X

Postby WIN Tower » Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:57 am

...perhaps La-Qwanda was trying to erase MY post !
WIN Tower


Postby spiker 1 » Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:06 pm

This track you are refering to is just used for storage of freight cars off the north siding. The track is being repaired because MOW wants to use the very end to store machinery for work on the PJ Branch and or the CWR rail train. Also the company was Ameropan that recieved tank cars of home heating oil in late eighties early ninties.
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Postby Legio X » Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:22 pm

A lot to see today at Hicksville Yard....the nice NYA sign, covered hoppers of plastic pellets, the gondolas of radioactive soil, boxcars of building materials, and a lot of stacked bricks, all visible when passing by on W. John St. and Charlotte Ave., as I did today at 1625 hours. I hope to catch NYA switching the Hicksville Yard one of these days. When is my best bet for this?
Legio X

Postby Legio X » Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:40 am

When NYA has a car (or cars) to deliver to LIPA in Hicksville, how is this move made? Does the train stop at Hicksville LIRR station, run the power around the train and then push the train to the LIPA spur, or just spot the cars for LIPA on the way back westbound from servicing customers out east on the Main Line or the Central Branch?
Legio X

Postby One of One-Sixty » Sat Jun 11, 2005 3:56 pm

Where is a good place for one to railfan the area without drawing attention or atleast get off a few good pics?
One of One-Sixty

Postby lirrmike » Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:50 pm

That spur goes into Keyspan not LIPA. I work for Keyspan and I haven't seen a railroad car in the yard for some time. Before that waste guy at PineLawn, flatcars of poles were offloaded there and trucked to Hicksville.


Postby Legio X » Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:38 pm

Odd that they would go there and not Hicksville Yard. I wonder why?
Legio X

Postby jayrmli » Sat Jun 11, 2005 10:14 pm

The pole cars went to Pinelawn because there is a restriction on 90 foot flatcars in Hicksville yard.

When spotting a car at LIPA (or Keyspan), it would depend what the car was. Usually, it was a generator which required a special move. Generally, it was sandwiched in between two locomotives, and you would just go in the clear and spot it using the switches inside the derail.

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Postby Legio X » Sun Jun 12, 2005 9:16 am

I guess 89' flatcars are restricted from Hicksville Yard because of the curves of the yard tracks. Now that Coastal is using the team yard in Farmingdale, where would a movement of poles go now for unloading? Direct to Keyspan in Hicksville?
Legio X

Postby lirrmike » Sun Jun 12, 2005 3:02 pm


Not to be picky, but if anything is delivered to the yard it would be transformers not generators. The last delivery of a generator by rail would be Island Park's Unit 2 back in the early 1960's and that went right to the Power Station because at the time coal was used there and coal was delivered by the LIRR. There was a track right under the station's crane. Next time I'm in Hicksville, I'll try and find out how the poles come there.



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