MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdale

Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

Moderator: Liquidcamphor

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby newkirk » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:59 pm

Milepost 39 wrote:What are the plans for the Wyandanch and Pinelawn stations?


I don't much about Wyandanch, but is the Pinelawn station to be eliminated, replaced by a new station where the Republic used to be ?

I read somewhere that a new Republic station is supposed to be an inter-modal, hooking up with Nassau and Suffolk county buses. Or is this plan now dead in the water ?
Bill Mangahas (AKA Newkirk Images LLC)
Train to Rockaway Park now boarding on Track 22
User avatar
newkirk
 
Posts: 228
Joined: Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:39 pm
Location: Farmingdale,NY

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby rr503 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:13 pm

rr503
 
Posts: 519
Joined: Sat May 02, 2015 4:13 pm
Location: North by Northwest

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:54 pm

The plan for Wyandanch station is of course converting it from a one-track/one-12 car platform into your obvious two-track/two-12 car platforms. Cold Spring Harbor used to be that way before 1985 because from Amott Interlocking to the Western-most Huntington Interlocking was only single-tracked along the twists and turns of Cold Spring Hill.

Pinelawn they are either tearing down the current platform and putting one platform on one side of Wellwood and the other on the other side, or they will probably relocate the current one by moving it further South.
This station is Babylon, this is the train to Penn Station. Stopping at: Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Massapequa Park, Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Penn Station.
User avatar
MattAmity90
 
Posts: 578
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:46 pm
Location: Easton, PA

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby nyandw » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:16 pm

http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/Wyandanch/wyandanch.htm Wyandanch
Image
Wyandanch Station View NE 10/24/17 Photo: Dave Morrison
User avatar
nyandw
 
Posts: 3042
Joined: Fri Mar 19, 2004 12:41 am

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:28 am

The silver shed next to the crossing signal is the signal box for the Straight Path crossing and was moved from the Dave's position to its current location on one of the weekend outages. Where he is standing is where the second track and second platform will be constructed. In addition to what is being added, the pedestrian bridge located beyond the East end of the platform will be razed, and in some renderings the new station will have a walkover bridge similar to Ronkonkoma's. I think there will be two, one that is handicap-accessible and the other just like the other Ronkonkoma Branch stations that you see at Deer Park, Brentwood, and Central Islip. Hopefully they can invest in some money and build a pedestrian bridge at Bethpage instead of having to cross Stewart Ave.
This station is Babylon, this is the train to Penn Station. Stopping at: Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Massapequa Park, Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Penn Station.
User avatar
MattAmity90
 
Posts: 578
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:46 pm
Location: Easton, PA

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby Amtrak7 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:52 pm

There will be another Main Line shutdown this weekend, 11/18-19.
Amtrak7
 
Posts: 2173
Joined: Thu May 01, 2008 4:39 pm
Location: Long Island / Pittsburgh

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:43 pm

Saw some new pictures that Edward Hand posted, and one key component is in Ronkonkoma they have the crossover switch in between Pond and Ocean has been installed with most of the new third rail installed to the pedestrian bridge. Other highlights in his photos:

-Commack Road and Islip Avenue are closed to traffic as they are being converted into two track crossings with the installation of it at those locations.
-Work is starting in between Brentwood and Islip Avenue, and the new interlocking in between Peters and Islip has been laid and evenly leveled.
-Wellwood Avenue is now a two track crossing.
-Grading and brush clearing has now reached opposite of the Wyandanch platform with the signal circuit shed moved to the North side of the ROW.

NOTE: All of this has been going on with service still in place. Commack Road and Islip Avenue had trenches dug where the new track will be placed. They have the concrete road sections at the sight.
This station is Babylon, this is the train to Penn Station. Stopping at: Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Massapequa Park, Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Penn Station.
User avatar
MattAmity90
 
Posts: 578
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:46 pm
Location: Easton, PA

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:56 am

Photos of the progress as the work continues this weekend with the outage for switch installation work. Even with trains in service, they are still getting work done. The only crossings that has yet to be converted to two tracks is Little East Neck Road and Straight Path.

24467766478_8d44fbdde1_z.jpg
Islip Avenue grade crossing rehabilitation

37601373485_4275797cbe_z.jpg
Looking East from 18th Street

24467766028_9c65ab1abd_z.jpg
New interlocking looking West from Peters Boulevard
This station is Babylon, this is the train to Penn Station. Stopping at: Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Massapequa Park, Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Penn Station.
User avatar
MattAmity90
 
Posts: 578
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:46 pm
Location: Easton, PA

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby alcoAL » Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:36 pm

I saw today that the Pinelawn station was razed. Was able to get a photo while sitting in traffic but can’t seem to upload it here.
User avatar
alcoAL
 
Posts: 182
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:15 pm
Location: West Babylon NY

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby newkirk » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:18 pm

alcoAL wrote:I saw today that the Pinelawn station was razed. Was able to get a photo while sitting in traffic but can’t seem to upload it here.


Platform and building too ? No more train stops at Pinelawn, full us in.
Bill Mangahas (AKA Newkirk Images LLC)
Train to Rockaway Park now boarding on Track 22
User avatar
newkirk
 
Posts: 228
Joined: Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:39 pm
Location: Farmingdale,NY

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby alcoAL » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:28 pm

From what I saw it’s just the building down.
User avatar
alcoAL
 
Posts: 182
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:15 pm
Location: West Babylon NY

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby berlintransit » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:53 pm

http://web.mta.info/mta/news/books/pdf/171023_1415_CPOC.pdf Pages 60 - 65 give the following completion data for the project:

- Phase 1 Track, Systems - 1st Quarter 2018
- Phase 1 + 2 Signal Equipment - 1st Quarter 2018
- Phase 2 Track, Systems + Platforms - 3rd Quarter 2018

This could mean that after a signal and track cutover in early 2018 the second track between Ronkonkoma and Central Islip could finally come into use?!
berlintransit
 
Posts: 17
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:36 pm

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:48 am

alcoAL wrote:I saw today that the Pinelawn station was razed. Was able to get a photo while sitting in traffic but can’t seem to upload it here.


I got you. Over the weekend they razed the station depot, the platform is still standing, but they are boring into the soil to the North of the ROW installing concrete pillars for the new platform across from the platform. Seems as soon as the new platform is put up, they will demolish the current platform. In addition they are rehabilitating Straight Path to a two-track crossing, and that only leaves New Highway and Little East Neck Road as the remaining crossings in between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale that have yet to be rehabilitated. The scene at Straight Path reminds me of the Westbound shoulder on Sunrise Highway when Massapequa Park was undergoing its grade crossing elimination project where you could lose the right side mirror on your car if you got too close. Once again, thank you Edward Hand for these picturesque treasures showing a new age of what the Ronkonkoma Branch will go to in just a few short years. It brings a tear to my eye, the engineering prowess of the project is unbelievable as it piques my interest in it from Cloud 9 to who knows what is above that, on the same level as what the LIRR has done with previous projects since it was bought by the state in the mid-1960's.

24635287308_94d5cb83e3_z.jpg
Station depot is gone, and you can see the second track segment laid as it leads to what was once the decorative canopy

37808088974_4a04d563a4_z.jpg
Pinelawn looking West towards Wellwood Avenue
This station is Babylon, this is the train to Penn Station. Stopping at: Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Massapequa Park, Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Penn Station.
User avatar
MattAmity90
 
Posts: 578
Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:46 pm
Location: Easton, PA

Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby newkirk » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:08 am

Pinelawn Station - January 1985

Image
Bill Mangahas (AKA Newkirk Images LLC)
Train to Rockaway Park now boarding on Track 22
User avatar
newkirk
 
Posts: 228
Joined: Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:39 pm
Location: Farmingdale,NY

Previous

Return to Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests