US Open Golf (Shinnecock Hills) 2018 Service

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US Open Golf (Shinnecock Hills) 2018 Service

Postby CentralValleyRail » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:36 am

We are approaching this rather rapidly considering it was announced 5 plus years ago and there is less than 8 months to go...

Are there any plans to run specials trains out to "Southampton College Station" with a temporary platform across from the entrance? Under transportation for the event it talks about a shuttle bus but no word of LIRR (at least yet)

I know there was service in 1992 and 2004 but cannot find the 2004 schedule using wayback machine. Does anyone have a copy they can post?
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Re: US Open Golf (Shinnecock Hills) 2018 Service

Postby JamesRR » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:40 am

This article from January 2017 mentions possible discussions with the LIRR about building a temporary station.

I imagine they would want to do this to reduce the amount of vehicular traffic.

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/ ... cock-Hills
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Re: US Open Golf (Shinnecock Hills) 2018 Service

Postby electricron » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:37 pm

The 2018 US Open will be the fifth held here. What did LIRR do the other four times?
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Re: US Open Golf (Shinnecock Hills) 2018 Service

Postby MACTRAXX » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:08 pm

Everyone:

I found these two topics about the US Open back in 2004:
viewtopic.php?f=63&t=2479
viewtopic.php?f=63&t=3598
The LIRR Forum Archives contain these topics and since Railroad.net in its current form began
in 2004 it was actually somewhat easy to find.

There more then likely be a temporary station constructed for the 2018 US Open golf tournament
similar to what was there in 2004. Back then almost 75,000 attendees used the LIRR...

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Re: US Open Golf (Shinnecock Hills) 2018 Service

Postby JamesRR » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:21 am

Can't seem to find any pictures of the 2004 temporary station. Hopefully this time around someone will document it, as it's not everyday they build a temporary station.
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Re: US Open Golf (Shinnecock Hills) 2018 Service

Postby SwingMan » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:20 am

So, per the numbers provided from back in 2004:

The final figures for the U.S. Open LIRR service, as per the LIRR employee newsletter, are:

Nearly 75,000 customers total

Saturday 16,744
Sunday 15,213
Friday 14,072
Thursday 12,813
Wednesday 7,629
Tuesday 4,959
Monday 2,985

Train 2602 on Thursday was the busiest train, carrying 1,927 customers in 7 [?] (TIMACS printout showed 7 cars) bilevel coaches. (Can you say. "Sardines"?)

132 of 134 C-3 coaches owned were in service.

Very interesting numbers. A lot will have changed by the time the 2018 U.S. Open begins. Some key things to note for 2018 that will be different from 2004:

- No more manual block over this portion of the railroad. The station will be nestled in between the two new interlockings: SH (Southampton) and RPK (Hampton Bays).

- The prospect of 21 MARC cars. It is unclear if they will be on the property by that point, but if they are they will not be wasted. The railroad has not added any power since 2004, so they are still strapped of locomotives at this point.

- Trains to Montauk are longer than they were in 2004. Trains 8702-8706 going east generally consisted from anywhere between 8-12 cars consistantly throughout this summer. Not even 5-10 years ago this was not the case, especially not in 2004. The Open is actually in about the best time of the summer for it to take place, as the period between Memorial Day and Independence Day is generally the lightest travel period to the East End between May-September.

I am agreement that it needs to be documented better. Luckily, we live in a time where we have all the resources in the palm of our hands. Even back in 2004 smartphones were just a futuristic thought.
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