In 1869, the LIRR built a branch to Sag Harbor, which diverged from the Main Line at Manor (now Manorville). The main purpose of the line was to "head off" the South Side RR from building any further east from its terminus in Patchogue. The line ran southeast to Eastport and then east over the current Montauk line to Bridgehampton, where it turned north to Sag Harbor. In 1879, after the South Side had been assimilated into the LIRR, a connection was built between Patchogue and Eastport. Later, in 1895, the railroad was extended from Bridgehampton to Montauk, completing the south shore line as it exists today. The portion from Manorville to Eastport was abandoned March 3, 1949, although regular passenger service may have ended earlier.
Click Here for track maps of the Manorville to Eastport branch
Here is one of the few pictures of this branch, from the collection of Ron Ziel. An H-10 2-8-0 locomotive (built by Lima in 1915, ex PRR #8222, retired 12/1954) hauling freight is just outside Eastport in 1947.
The following pictures were taken 3/16/99 along what I believe is the old ROW (if anyone has any information on the exact ROW, please let me know)
The first picture is looking west from the site of the no longer existing Manorville station.
Next are two pictures, looking NW and SE, respectively, where the ROW crosses Bauer Ave. The area now seems to be a nature trail of the Suffolk County Parklands. Rich H., who lives near the area says "My family and I use it often for walks. I have never seen spikes or ties or track plates. The only thing you come across is coal cinders and some unburnt coal here and there."
The next two are NW and SE, respectively, at Chapman Blvd. The ROW seems to go right through what is now the Long Island Game Farm!
These were taken NW and SE, respectively, at Clancy Rd.
From this point to Eastport, I couldn't find any other traces of the old ROW.
Here's a map of the area
Paul Haeberle found this topological map on the University of New Hampshire Library Website. Thanks Paul
Paul also found this map which shows that in 2007, the ROW at the Eastport end is still clearly visable (shown on orange in the second map)
The following commentary and pictures were contributed by David Schoeck
I took the following photos in Eastport and Manorville on Feb 10, 2008 showing the old LIRR cutoff. As you and others previously reported, not much remains of the old cutoff. There are now expensive houses in the woods along much of the Eastport-Manorville Road. However, the site of the former Manor station and junction looks the same as it did over a half century ago. And the old Maples Inn is still standing near where the station once stood. It is now a local bar and restaurant. The Eastport junction also looks the same, but the area once famous for duck farms is now more upscale. Ironically, the last time I was in Manorville was on June 5, 1955 when the last steam excursion to Greenport hauled by engine 39 stopped for a photo shoot. The cutoff tracks had been torn up six years earlier.
Here's another account (4/2002), from John Broda, of how he happened to come across the old ROW while biking:
I have no news or information to report, but I had an interesting experience this past weekend. I have just embarked on a new hobby-- mountain biking-- and wanted to test my new Schwinn near my home in Center Moriches. My daughter and I pedaled our way east along a garbage -strewn Sunrise Hwy. Service Road-to-be and came upon Chapman Boulevard. We left Chapman when we saw some trails leading into the woods. We were having alot of fun negotiating the little hills and bumps throughout the woods, but my railfan sense came to life when I realized we were traveling up on top of a berm of some type. I stopped and looked at the perfect arch that the trees made over this trail-- I finally realized that we were riding on the roadbed of the Manorville to Eastport line! But what really convinced me of this was when we came up on the south barrier of the Long Island Game Farm, which I know is adjacent to the old ROW. No signs of anything else railroad-related, though. No ties, spikes, etc. I guess they really cleaned this line up when they abandoned it, unlike other lines where they just stopped running trains and left everything to the elements.
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