Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

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Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby nyandw » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:24 pm

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From the June '54 LI Railroader mag

Can you folks ID the unloading spot in the Mineola-Garden City yards area? Thank you.
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby FrankAndCindy » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:13 am

Hello everyone, I think the location is a spur between Nassau tower and the Garden Mitchel Secondary. Thanks Frank and Cindy
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby nyandw » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:35 pm

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http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/mineola/EmeryMapsMineolaHempstead/Emery-Map-Mineola-Hempstead-3after1926.jpg

It appears this unloading occurred at Franklin Ave/11th Street 'Mineola-Garden City' Freight House location.
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby tomdoyle409 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:33 am

My recollection is that the circus tent(s) were erected nearby, on what was then vacant land located at the northeast corner of what was (still is) Courthouse Drive and 11th Street. This was the site of the early 70's era Nassau County Social Services building, which I believe has since been demolished.
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby krispy » Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:08 pm

How did they get there? Via Mineola, or Garden Interlocking? That area was called the Fairgrounds waaaaaaay back, and the 4 tiered big barn at Bethpage Restoration is a replica of one that stood in that area. That must have been one of the last moves on that track, didn't it come up in that era? TIA...
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby tomdoyle409 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:49 pm

The train came in via Mineola.

In the early 70's I worked at a bank that was headquartered at 1401 Franklin Avenue, which is on the east/northbound side.

Immediately behind this building was an industrial building on a side street that parallels Franklin Avenue, which my employer had acquired, and the tracks behind it had already been removed. At the time the Bloomingdale's store, which is now Sears, or perhaps something else, had opened and its parking area covered what had been the right of way.

Please excuse my giving you such a tentative answer.
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby nyandw » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:40 pm

tomdoyle409 wrote:The train came in via Mineola. Yes
In the early 70's I worked at a bank that was headquartered at 1401 Franklin Avenue, which is on the east/northbound side.
Near the current Nassau Police Dept 1490 Franklin Ave, parallel west from Court House Dr.?

Immediately behind this building was an industrial building on a side street that parallels Franklin Avenue, which my employer had acquired,

current Kellum Place? and the tracks behind it had already been removed. At the time the Bloomingdale's store, which is now Sears, or perhaps something else, had opened and its parking area covered what had been the right of way.
Just south at Franklin Ave and 11st. Please excuse my giving you such a tentative answer.
Most helpful. Thank you.
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby tomdoyle409 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:46 am

nyandw wrote:
tomdoyle409 wrote:The train came in via Mineola. Yes
In the early 70's I worked at a bank that was headquartered at 1401 Franklin Avenue, which is on the east/northbound side.
Near the current Nassau Police Dept 1490 Franklin Ave, parallel west from Court House Dr.?

When I was there, the NC Police were headquartered in what was then referred to as the "Old Courthouse", and the address of 1490 Franklin Avenue would be about right.

Immediately behind this building was an industrial building on a side street that parallels Franklin Avenue, which my employer had acquired,

current Kellum Place? Kellum Place is correct.

and the tracks behind it had already been removed. At the time the Bloomingdale's store, which is now Sears, or perhaps something else, had opened and its parking area covered what had been the right of way.
Just south at Franklin Ave and 11st. That's it.

Please excuse my giving you such a tentative answer.
Most helpful. Thank you.
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby nyandw » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:24 pm

Thanks to all for nailing this down! :-)
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby jack butler505 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:42 pm

Any pictures of this area around that time?
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby nyandw » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:13 pm

jack butler505 wrote:Any pictures of this area around that time?

Not that I have... :-(
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Re: Circus train 1954 ID the unloading location?

Postby nyandw » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:58 am

nyandw wrote:
jack butler505 wrote:Any pictures of this area around that time?

Not that I have... :-(


Here's the updated page: http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/Circus/Circus.htm
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