Clifton (Staten Island Railway station)

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Staten Island Railway rapid transit station
Clifton SIRT platform.jpg
Sign at Clifton SIR Station
Station statistics
Address Bay Street & Townsend Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304
Borough Staten Island
Locale Clifton
Coordinates 40°37′17″N 74°04′17″W / 40.6215°N 74.0715°W / 40.6215; -74.0715 (Clifton Station)Coordinates: 40°37′17″N 74°04′17″W / 40.6215°N 74.0715°W / 40.6215; -74.0715 (Clifton Station)
Services SIR Main Line
Structure Embankment / Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened April 23, 1860[1]
Former/other names Vanderbilt's Landing
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Staten Island Railway   Following station
toward St. George
Main Line
Terminus South Beach Branch
Northbound entrance, Bay Street

Clifton is a Staten Island Railway station in the neighborhood of Clifton, Staten Island, New York. It is located at Norwood Avenue and Bay Street on the main line. It is located on an embankment with side platforms and beige canopies. The north end has exits on both platforms that lead to Bay Street. The southbound platform has winding stairs to Townsend Avenue while the northbound platform has stairs under the right-of-way to Midwood Avenue. The northbound platform also has a second staircase on Bay and Edgewater Streets, which is not present on the southbound side.

On Bay Street (sidewalk level) and facing the platform above, are remains of the original steps up to the old station platform, which became inaccessible when the platforms were extended in the 1990s. On the southbound side there is a station house on the outside, but only a shelter on the platform. Some of the boarded up windows and layout of the brick shelter suggest that it was originally a station house.

The SIR Clifton Yard is next to the northbound track, with yard leads and signals north of Clifton station. South of the station are the remains of the South Beach Branch turnout and a dismantled bridge.[2] To the south, a spur on a pair of I-beams on concrete pillars is the location of an old coal, concrete, and lumber business. At Clifton the SIR main line turns southwest to Tottenville, and it no longer runs along the harbor front.

Clifton Yard

Station layout[edit]

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound Main toward Tottenville (Grasmere)
Northbound Main toward St. George (Stapleton)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Exit/Entrance

Bus Connection[edit]


  1. ^ Irvin Leigh and Paul Matus (December 23, 2001). "SIRT The Essential History". p. 4. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Gary Owen’s SIRT Page". Retrieved 2009-03-01. 

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