Central Islip (LIRR station)

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Not to be confused with Islip (LIRR station) situated on the Montauk Branch.
Central Islip
Central Islip LIRR Station.jpg
Central Islip Station. Taken on May 22, 2008.
Location Suffolk Avenue & Lowell Avenue
Central Islip, New York
Coordinates 40°47′31″N 73°11′41″W / 40.79188°N 73.19467°W / 40.79188; -73.19467Coordinates: 40°47′31″N 73°11′41″W / 40.79188°N 73.19467°W / 40.79188; -73.19467
Owned by MTA
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Local Transit Suffolk County Transit: S42, S45, 3C, 3D
Lindy's Taxi
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes; Bike racks and lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 10
Opened 1987
Electrified January 18, 1988
750V (DC) third rail
Passengers (2006) 3,574[1]
Ticket vending machines
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Main Line
(Ronkonkoma Branch)
toward Greenport
Suffolk station Main Line
(current and former locations)
Nichols Road station

Central Islip is a station on the Main Line (Ronkonkoma Branch) of the Long Island Rail Road. It is at the southwest corner of Suffolk County Road 100 (Suffolk Avenue) and Lowell Avenue in Central Islip, New York. Short-term parking is also available on Suffolk CR 100 across from the intersections between Pineville and Hawthorne Avenues.


Central Islip depot and station was built in August – October 1873 and opened on November 14, 1873, on the southeast corner of Suffolk County Roads 17 & 100 as a replacement for the former July 14, 1842-built Suffolk station on Islip Avenue (now NY 111, then Fifth Avenue). The condition for getting the depot was that the people had to donate all the land that was needed in addition to $600. The land was deeded over on June 14, 1873 and the $600 paid by July 1, 1973. It was remodeled in 1916 and the original depot was razed in August 1958.[2] On November 16, 1987, it was moved to the corner of Lowell Avenue as part of a major reconstruction of the line in Ronkonkoma, Central Islip, Brentwood, Deer Park, and Wyandanch. The station was built on the site of a former spur to the Central Islip Psychiatric Center, including the hospital's power plant that was abandoned years before the hospital was closed.[3] Across Lowell Avenue is the site of a Waldbaum's warehouse that once had a freight spur leading to it.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Siding  Ronkonkoma Branch toward New York (Brentwood)
 Ronkonkoma Branch toward Ronkonkoma (Terminus)
Main  Ronkonkoma Branch toward New York (Brentwood)
 Ronkonkoma Branch toward Ronkonkoma (Terminus)

The station has two high-level side platforms, each 12 cars long. The north platform is next to the siding track, while the south platform is next to the main track. Most trains on weekdays and all trains at all times serve Platform B, and a few weekday trains serve Platform A.


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