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Boland's Landing - Morris Park Shops

Postby nyandw » Tue May 08, 2018 8:41 pm

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Ever since Morris Park Shops opened in the late 19th century, there has been an employee station stop at that location. "Shops" station was a very large, wooden, shelter-shed, originally located on the Montauk branch across from the Richmond Hill Storage Yard when the Montauk branch was at grade and lasted until the branch was elevated on an embankment (1911-12) . In later years, a small, metal platform was installed on the Atlantic branch. Employees wishing to get off the train here would have to advise the conductor in advance and stand in the vestibule of the lead car. The conductor would notify the motorman/engineer to make an employee station stop. Looking northwest in August, 1975, we see that platform here at the far right on the westbound side of the tracks. In the center is leased Precision National GP9 #1702. This station stop for employees was enlarged in later years and, sometime in the 1990s, named "Boland's Landing." (eBay image) Dave Keller research.

Anyone have a photo/other information on this locale? Thank you. :-)
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Re: Boland's Landing - Morris Park Shops

Postby ConstanceR46 » Tue May 08, 2018 9:38 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV36KjWBE78

I found this video; has a good look at it. It's 2 staggered wooden platforms alongside the sanding track as of 2011.
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Re: Boland's Landing - Morris Park Shops

Postby BuddR32 » Wed May 09, 2018 6:05 am

There is a wooden platform on each track, slightly staggered as mentioned. It is about 2 car lengths each. Some trains are scheduled to stop there regularly. Others you either have to flag, or request the engineer stop for you.

It is named for Al Boland, a retired engineer.
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Re: Boland's Landing - Morris Park Shops

Postby 452 Card » Wed May 09, 2018 3:41 pm

Actually I think it was named for Al Bolens' dad. We were calling it that in 1974, and Al was still around at MP. As an aside, when we wanted to go to MP, we stood next to where the head end would be on the west end of track 3, and when the train stopped the engineer (if he was a good guy) would drop the sash and say "what". We the would ask for a drop at Morris Park (we never said "Bolens Landing"). Sometimes the engineer would say no if he was a p----k. The we had to walk and play dodge-a-train through Hall Interlocking. It was nice to be young and invincible!
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Re: Boland's Landing - Morris Park Shops

Postby 452 Card » Sat May 12, 2018 12:04 pm

I have to correct myself:
Al Boland is his correct name. Station named after his dad who worked at MP in the steam era.
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Re: Boland's Landing - Morris Park Shops

Postby nyandw » Sat May 12, 2018 10:14 pm

ConstanceR46 wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV36KjWBE78

I found this video; has a good look at it. It's 2 staggered wooden platforms alongside the sanding track as of 2011.


Perfect, thank you.
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Re: Boland's Landing - Morris Park Shops

Postby nyandw » Sun May 13, 2018 8:48 pm

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Boland's Landing location map

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2008 Aerial view

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From the video: View E

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From the video View W

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1. When were wooden platforms installed to replace the metal station stop stands?
2. When the wooden pedestrian overpass, built west of Boland, was constructed AND replaced by the steel structure in the 2011 video/photo?

Thanks folks for the education! :-)
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