DM30AC #500 pulls a string of bi-level coaches westbound through Pinelawn, NY amidst the full glory of a Long Island Autumn in this October, 2011 view, looking east. (George Povall photo, Dave Keller archive)
http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/pinelawn/pinelawn.htm 1st Depot Opened: c. 1895-1897 as “Melville” on NW. side of Wellwood Avenue. Listed on timetables as flag stop. Then as “Pinelawn (Melville)” in timetable of June, 1898. Listed as “Pinelawn” in timetable of 1899. 2nd Depot Built: 1915, Closed: 1925 and relocated to S.E. side of Wellwood Avenue. Opened at new location: 1925. Agency closed: 19 ? . Greatly remodeled: 6/79 and reopened as shelter only.
Here's the interior of a car: Photo: Mario Craig Sandite is a sticky, slimy goo stuff. These are a set of cars that were converted with large tanks inside. They're used during the fall/winter. The cars drop the sandite on the railhead and it helps with traction. Alcohol is used on the 3rd rail to prevent freeze ups. A pair of these cars are out in KO, the one above, W85 and a P72. Both haven't been used in awhile. Now there are M1s used in place that have been converted. #2907 and #2909 are alcohol cars. Paul Strubeck
Title of this thread jogged my memory a bit. I seem to recall, going into the "wayback machine," the LIRR used to run "Fall Foliage Tours." I'm talking in the 50's and 50's now, and I believe they were weekend excursions to Planting Fields Arboretum and Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Any recollections of those trips?
Ocala Mike (formerly Hillside Mike and Deer Park Mike)
The picture you posted at Pinelawn is of a weekend train during a track work program in which Ronkonkoma Branch trains serving Wyandanch through Ronkonkoma run via the Central and Montauk Branches by way of Babylon.
Fall has had a noticeably late start this year for two reasons - primarily warmer weather and the lack of significant rain in any semblance of regularity. The leaf fall this year is peaking as of now (mid-November) after the peak fall colors which was later then normal.
OM: The LIRR did once offer tours to places such as Bayard Cutting Arboretum. In any case a seasonal walk to view colors and the crisp fall air would be very enjoyable. Some of the walks and bridges at BCA parallel the Montauk Branch and would be an interesting place to trainspot...
The Sandite trains are no doubt out and about on the various LIRR branches this time of year. The leaf residue affects MU car performance more and Sandite does help traction - it can be visibly spotted on rails somewhat easily. It is expensive but it works...
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS