Jamaica Station

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Arcadia Publishing, 2011 - History - 127 pages
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The Long Island Rail Road is the oldest railroad in the country still operating under its original name. Also the busiest railroad in North America, it carries 265,000 customers each weekday on 735 trains over 700 miles of track on 11 different branches. All but one

branch converge at Jamaica Station, making it the railroad's hub. A complex system of interlocking switches and flyover tracks allows trains to move through the eight station tracks servicing the five passenger platforms. Jamaica Station houses the railroad's executive offices and the offices of the train movement director and the electric power

director. The station and its interlocking track system have worked so well that, until recently, little changed in the nearly 100 years of operation. Through historic photographs, Jamaica Station chronicles the history of this nerve center of the Long Island Rail Road.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Acknowledgments
8
Introduction
9
Early Railroad Years in Jamaica
11
Early Street Scenes and Grade Crossings
27
Planning and Construction
37
amaica Station Building and Platforms
51
Signal Towers and Tracks
73
Trains through the Years
87
The Employees Who Made Jamaica Work
103
Preserving the Heritage
119
Bibliography
127
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

David D. Morrison is a retired Long Island Rail Road branch line manager and railroad historian. The author of three other railroad history books, including Long Island Rail Road Stations, and numerous magazine articles, he is a charter member of the Railroad Museum of Long Island.

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