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West Islip Yard Layout

Postby interface76 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:21 pm

Something that hit me the last time I rode through the West Islip yard going east of Babylon...

If Babylon was always to have been the end of electrification (as it has been all along on the line), I'd have expected the yard east of the station to have had its multiple tracks all dead ended. However, the majority of the tracks on the east side of the yard all reconvene into one lead just in time to cross Higbie Lane, and continues a while further down (this and the Montauk tracks also have third rail up until the signal gantry).

I assume this was done for extra equipment moves at the very least? Did the yard always look this way, or was this another move to maybe get the line ready for electrification eastward (such as elevating the platforms at Bay Shore in the early 80s)?

Arrts has a "little" bit of info at the bottom: http://arrts-arrchives.com/babelectr.html

Side note, it is cool how some of the Arrts photos show the evolution of the west end of the yard...
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Re: West Islip Yard Layout

Postby ConstanceR46 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:59 pm

Possibly due to how many trains east begin at Babylon?
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Re: West Islip Yard Layout

Postby interface76 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:08 pm

I would tend to agree, if I didn't already know that diesels are stored in Speonk for the most part.

For those not local to LI, the Babylon-Patchogue "Scoot" comes westbound into track 2, then discharges its passengers on its right side, facing track 1 for westbound electric service. Some time later on, the doors on the other side are opened, facing track 3, and when an eastbound electric stops at the station, the consist then continues back east.

I'm not sure I've ever in my 40-plus years seen any diesel or bi-levels staying in the West Islip yard.
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Re: West Islip Yard Layout

Postby BuddR32 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:47 am

Babylon Yard, it's called that, though it is in West Islip has 9 tracks (plus the shed track) that can be accessed from both the west and east ends. Occasionally, but seldom, MU equipment will go out the east end, over Higbie Lane, then come back west to the station. (ie when there is a disabled train on the west leg of the yard)

How long back it (the east exit tracks) have been electrified is anyone's guess. I will say, at least the last 48 years, as the MU shop has both east and west doors/trackage.

Diesel equipment also does lay up in the yard, usually on weekends, also not often.
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Re: West Islip Yard Layout

Postby nyandw » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:08 pm

[quote="BuddR32"]Babylon Yard, it's called that, though it is in West Islip has 9 tracks (plus the shed track) that can be accessed from both the west and east ends. Occasionally, but seldom, MU equipment will go out the east end, over Higbie Lane, then come back west to the station. (ie when there is a disabled train on the west leg of the yard) How long back it (the east exit tracks) have been electrified is anyone's guess. I will say, at least the last 48 years, as the MU shop has both east and west doors/trackage.

Here's the pre-1925 Emery map: http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/babylo ... e-1925.jpg
Emery's notes: Electrification to Babylon - 5/01/1925.

BuddR32: On this map which is the "shed track"? http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/babylon/mp36-37.jpg Thanks
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Re: West Islip Yard Layout

Postby BuddR32 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:24 am

nyandw wrote:BuddR32: On this map which is the "shed track"? http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/babylon/mp36-37.jpg Thanks


The shop track is 10A, which was added after the 1958 map, between 10 & 11 tracks.

I find the 1958 map interesting. It has the old substation (torn down in 2008) and the old welfare building (torn down in 1998 or so)

Interesting to me is the wye track, much of the land for it was probably claimed by the construction of Rt 231.
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Re: West Islip Yard Layout

Postby nyandw » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:45 pm

BuddR32 wrote:
nyandw wrote:BuddR32: On this map which is the "shed track"? http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/babylon/mp36-37.jpg Thanks
The shop track is 10A, which was added after the 1958 map, between 10 & 11 tracks..


Thanks for the"Shop Track" clarification which I added to the LIRR Track Names page: http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/lirrtracknames.htm

Here's the First 5/20/1925 Babylon Electrification Train Special Run photos:
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Re: West Islip Yard Layout

Postby nyandw » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:04 pm

As per Emery: The Babylon Electrification of May 1925: Patchogue was terminus of Jamaica & LI City Trains via Montauk Branch. "Scoot" started May 1925.
http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/Scoot/lirrscoot.htm

Thus, we have Scoot service via leased PRR Brill cars to continue to Patchogue upon completion of the Babylon electrification project May 1925.
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Re: West Islip Yard Layout

Postby nyandw » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:48 pm

Gas cars used as the Babylon-Patchogue Scoot - May 1925 after completion of the Montauk Branch Electrification project to Babylon: http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/gas%20 ... 20cars.htm
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