Parkside Station - Then and Now

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Parkside Station - Then and Now

Postby interface76 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:48 pm

Saw this photo recently on Arrts: http://arrts-arrchives.com/MATAWOK.html

http://arrts-arrchives.com/LIParksideStaRs.jpg

It would be my "home" station were it open now (with proximity being the factor). Earlier, while out and about, I took a photo from the same spot as the original photographer (the corner of Metropolitan Ave and Trotting Course Lane)

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The service station in front of eastbound (Rockaway bound) platform stairs was actually still there when I moved into the area in 2012 (though in pretty terrifying shape IIRC), the brick building you see there now is a Petco that opened up about 3-4 years ago. The other side of the tracks (where the station house used to be) is now the site of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters.
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Re: Parkside Station - Then and Now

Postby adamj023 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:28 pm

Lots of abandoned stations in Queens. Considering the usage of train today, train stations seem to be making a comeback at least by the replacement Elmhurst station for instance.

Queens has way too much mass transit overall. It should focus on rail and subway improvements and eliminating redundant mass transit from other sources. I would be in favor of additional new train stations in Queens and cut off redundant bus routes.

Parkside was an example of a station which should never have been closed.
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Re: Parkside Station - Then and Now

Postby whitepot46 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:44 am

I was aboard the last LIRR train to stop at Parkside on June 8, 1962. In the photo of that train stopped at Parkside on ARRT's-ARRCHIVES you can see me hanging out a window along with two of my buddies. By that time the eastbound track had been removed and the westbound track had a spring switch near the Whitepot under jump. The high eastbound platform had been demolished and a cinder ground-level platform put in its place. That served both the westbound morning train and the eastbound evening train that pulled in at 5:59 when it was on schedule.
The Rockaway Branch needs to be reactivated to relieve the horrendous traffic jams on Woodhaven Blvd. and Crossbay Blvd.
I hope I live long enough to ride the first train on restored service, as I rode the last train on the original service.
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Re: Parkside Station - Then and Now

Postby whitepot46 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:48 am

Also, Hepburn's garage had live chickens running around way back then. When I was born, Vandeveer's Dairy Farm still had cows on the corner of Metropolitan Ave. and Woodhaven Blvd. And if you looked down at what is now the Little League field as the train passed over Fleet St., you would have seen a pig farm that looked like it belonged in the Ozarks! The old geezer who owned it used to come to the green grocer adjacent to Combe's meat market that became the Stadium Market to get refuse cabbage leaves for his pigs.
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Re: Parkside Station - Then and Now

Postby newkirk » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:22 pm

Whitepot46 wrote: The Rockaway Branch needs to be reactivated to relieve the horrendous traffic jams on Woodhaven Blvd. and Crossbay Blvd.

Yes, I agree with you that this strip of right of way needs to be repurposed for railroad or transit operations and not a bike and jogging path.
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