Babylon/Montauk Branch Stations

abandoned stations in this font

The stations from Rockville Centre to Patchogue were originally stations of the South Side RR and opened from 1867-1869. Those from Eastport to Bridgehampton were from the LIRR Sag Harbor Branch, built in 1870. The portion from Patchogue to Eastport was built in 1879 and from Bridgehampton to Montauk in 1895.

All of the stations from Rockville Centre to Babylon seem to be clones of each other, even though the line was elevated in stages from the early 1960's to the mid 1970's.

Long Island City - see the LIC Branch page.

St. Albans- Here are some pictures taken 3/11/2007.

Springfield Gardens

Rockville Centre - Present station dates from July 17, 1950 with the grade crossing elimination. The station was being renovated when the first picture was taken in March, 1999. The remaining pictures are from 3/11/2007.

Baldwin (originally Baldwins) - Probably same as Rockville Centre.

Freeport - Probably same as Rockville Centre.

Merrick - Present station dates from the grade crossing elimination of the early 1970's

Bellmore - same as Merrick

Wantagh (originally Ridgewood) - same as Merrick. Name changed to Wantagh in 1891. An original depot was built in 1875 and replaced in 1885. The 1885 building is preserved today on Wantagh Ave. in a park about 1/2 mile north of the tracks, as shown in the second picture below. It's too bad that the other communities along the south shore didn't preserve their stations. The rest of the pictures are from May, 2007.

 

Seaford - First station opened May, 1899. The pictures are from May, 2007, except the first which is from 2000.

Massapequa - Originally known as South Oyster Bay. Name changed in 1889. Station built 1891 and torn down in 1953. The pictures are from May, 2007, except the first which is from 2000.

Massapequa Park - The first picture is from 2000; the rest are May, 2007

Amityville - Original station from 1868 replaced in 1889 by a brick building which was demolished in 1964. The first picture is from 2000; the rest are May, 2007

Copiague - Service began 1901. Station built 1902 and torn down 1967. The first picture is from 2000; the rest are May, 2007

Belmont Junction - Service from 1873-1885

Lindenhurst - Original station from 1868 called Breslau. Name changed in 1891. New station in 1902 and moved to a park for preservation during the grade crossing elimination of the early 1970's. The pictures are from May, 2007, except the first which is 2000.

Babylon - Original station from 1868 was replaced in 1881. Torn down in 1964 for the grade crossing elimination. The second picture is a postcard from 1941. The third, contributed by Dave Keller, is from 1954. The rest were taken in May, 2007

Bayshore - Original station from 1868 was replaced in 1882 and replaced again in 1912. There are 2 station buildings, one on each of the westbound and eastbound platforms. The first picture is the main building on the westbound side and the second, smaller building on the eastbound side. These were taken in 2000. The next batch are from May, 2007 and the rest 2/15/2009. The station is currently being extensively renovated.

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Islip - Original station from 1868 replaced in 1881, which was torn down in 1963. The current building must date from then. Note the keystone logo on the tower in the second picture. These were taken in 2000. The next batch are from May, 2007 and the rest 2/15/2009.

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Great River - Originally Youngsport until 1881. A station building was first erected in 1897 and burned down in 1943. The second and third pictures were contributed by RL, who adds the following: "I have enclosed 2 old pic's of the Great River station (1897-1943) and also would like to inform you that the East Islip Historical Society saved the lean-to on the North side when the station was renovated. It now sits facing due East on the Southwest corner of the station." The fourth is from 1966 (Dave Keller)

 

Club House - A private station for the members of the South Side Sportsmen's Club.

Oakdale - Present station dates from 1890. The second picture is of the freight house in 1971 (Dave Keller). The third picture was contributed by Andrew Cohen.

 

Sayville - Original station built 1868. New station built 1905.

Bayport - abandoned in the 1980's. Original station dated from 1869 and replaced in 1902. This was demolished in 1963. The picture is from 1927 (Ron Ziel collection)

Blue Point - abandoned in the 1980's. Original station dated from 1870 and replaced in 1910. Demolished 1951. The picture is from 1972 (Dave Keller). The second picture was contributed by Andrew Cohen

Patchogue - original building erected 1869. New building in 1888. Present station opened July 30, 1963. The second picture is a postcard dated in 1930. The rest are 5/25/2009

East Patchogue - Service lasted from 1890 to 1928

Bellport (originally Accobomac and then Brewster Place)

Mastic-Shirley - originally called Forge. Name changed to Mastic in 1882, when a station building was erected. The building was demolished in 1960. The current station must date from shortly after that.

Center Moriches - abandoned in the March 16, 1998 (thanks to Bill S for the date). Station built in 1881 and demolished in 1964.

East Moriches - abandoned in 1958. Station built 1897 and burned down 1936.

Eastport - abandoned in 1958. This was originally the Moriches station on the Sag Harbor branch from Manor to Sag Harbor. Renamed Eastport in 1881. The picture is from c. 1923 (Ron Ziel collection)

Speonk - Station erected 1870 and replaced in 1902. From 1895-1897 it was known as Remsenburg. The building is now used as a small restauant with a couple of tables and counter service.

Westhampton - Station built in 1870 and replaced in 1905. The first picture is from March, 2000 and the rest are 5/21/2009

Quogue - Station erected in 1875, replaced in 1882 and 1905. The latter building, pictured below in 1958 (Ron Ziel collection) was demolished in 1964. Service ended in the March 16, 1998.

Hampton Bays (formerly Good Ground) - Name changed in June, 1922. Original station built 1869, which burned down and was replaced in 1874. The second picture is a postcard from 1915. The rest are from 5/21/2009

Suffolk Downs - service began 1907 and ended 1927

Shinnecock Hills - service began 1886 and ended ???? Here's a photo of the still standing station from W. Hahn.

Golf Grounds - service began 1907 and ended ????

Southampton College - abandoned March 16, 1998.

Southampton - the present station dates from 1902. Earlier stations were from 1871 and 1883. First picture is March, 2000; the rest are 5/21/2009

This old ticket was contributed by "Big John - Fan of the Sunrise Trail"

Water Mill - Service began in 1875. I'm not sure when service ended but George N. has a timetable from 1968 which still shows this station in service. Original depot built in 1875 on the west side of Halsey Lane. New station built 1903 on the east side of Deerfield Rd. Ron Ziel informed me that this building was being used as a restaurant. The First Picture is from 1925 (Ron Ziel collection). The rest of the pictures were taken by Mike Danisi in March, 2009. Thanks Mike!

Bridgehampton - Old stations date from 1870 and 1884.  First picture is March, 2000; the rest are 5/21/2009

Wainscott - Service began 1897 and ended ???? Old stations date from 1898 and 1915. We have the following information from Tom W. "My grandfather purchased the old railroad station [the 1915 station] in Wainscott, NY shortly after it was closed.  He moved it down along the beach and made it into a beach cottage.  The family that rented it there rented from us for about 53 years over 3 generations starting their summering habit somewhere in the 1950's or '49.   I am curious to find out when the Wainscott station closed." Tom also supplied the following information and three pictures. "You may know about the following - From what I am told, - it may have come from Ron [Ziel];  Wainscott and one other station were built with segregated waiting rooms.  After it was incorporated into a beach camp, one of these dividing walls was taken down.  In the late 60's the family that was renting it added to the structure; actually filling in the space from the exterior wall to the edge of the overhung roof along one long side of the building. - this space became two small bathrooms, laundry, kitchen and a master bedroom.  The ticket window became a window seat." The first picture is from "The LIRR in Early Photographs" by Ron Ziel, the caption of which does indeed mention that this was a segregated station with separate waiting rooms and facilities for whites and blacks.

     

 

East Hampton - Station opened June 1, 1895. Original station still standing. First picture is March, 2000; the rest are 5/21/2009

Amagansett - Station built June 1, 1895. Destroyed by fire in 1909, rebuilt 1910 and demolished 1964. The second picture is a postcard from 1911. The brick freight building on the left is still standing. The third picture is another postcard from the 1910's. The rest of the pictures are from 5/21/2009.

Montauk - original station erected in 1895, when service to Montauk commenced. Demolished 1907. A new station was built in 1927. The following information is from J. Fusto "The present Montauk station was built in the mid 1940's, a copy of the station that was built in 1927. The Navy took the original Montauk village over during the war and, literally, relocated the town. Also, I believe the 1927 station was built perpendicular to the stub-end yard tracks, while the current station is parallel to the tracks. " That's yours truly in the second picture.The first two pictures are from March, 2000. The rest are 5/21/2009