Deer Park (LIRR station)
Deer Park Station from the parking lot
|Address||Pineaire Drive, Grant (Executive) Avenue & Long Island Avenue
West Brentwood, New York
|Connections|| Suffolk County Transit: S27
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Bicycle facilities||Yes; Bicycle Rack|
|Electrified||January 18, 1988
750V (DC) third rail
Deer Park is a station along the Main Line (Ronkonkoma Branch) of the Long Island Rail Road. It is officially located at Pineaire Drive, Executive (formerly Grant) Avenue, and Long Island Avenue near Deer Park, New York. The actual location is in West Brentwood, New York.
Deer Park station was previously located at the bridge over New York State Route 231, until it was moved as part of a major reconstruction project of the line at Ronkonkoma, Central Islip, Brentwood, Deer Park, and Wyandanch. The original station was built in 1842, then rebuilt in 1884, and again 1936 for the bridge over Deer Park Avenue (NY 231 did not exist at the time). The 1987-built station was built close to the former Pine Aire station near the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center (see below), served as a replacement for both stations, and was also originally planned also to replace Brentwood Station until public opposition from Brentwood thwarted that proposal. As a result, some people refer to it as "Pine Aire" station rather than its given name. In the process of reconstruction, a former one-lane bridge was blocked off.
Pineaire (or Pine Aire) was a station stop along the Ronkonkoma Branch of the Long Island Rail Road in West Brentwood, New York. It was located east of the Pilgrim State Hospital Spur than the currently combined Deer Park-Pineaire complex. In fact it was located on the east side of Sagtikos State Parkway on the opposite side of the intersection of Pine Aire Drive (formerly Edgewood Road) and Manatuck Boulevard. The station first opened around 1915 near the former Thompson's Station across from a freight spur, and was finally closed around October, 1986, when the two stations were being combined into one.
Pilgrim State Hospital station
The former Pilgrim State Hospital station is located within Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center in West Brentwood, at the end of a spur leading south to the main line. The station was opened during the early-20th Century and closed in 1978. The remains of the station can be found where G Road becomes Suffolk County Road 106 on the southwest corner of the Sagtikos State Parkway underpass.
Nearly a century before the current Deer Park station was built, another LIRR station was built between the former Deer Park and Pine Aire Stations in the same area named Edgewood Station. The station was a two-story wooden depot built in 1892 on Grant Avenue by a developer, but originally only existed as a signal stop. Service began to decline by June 1911 and it was closed down in 1914. Local residents used the station for scrap lumber. By the 1940s it became the site of the spur for Edgewood State Hospital., which began just west of the current Deer Park station and ran parallel to the west side of Grant Avenue. The hospital closed in 1971, and was demolished in 1988. While the existing Deer Park station is located on the west side of Executive Boulevard, the site of Edgewood Station was on the east side of Grand Avenue and is occupied by a miniature golf course today.
Platforms and tracks
|1||■Ronkonkoma Branch||toward New York (Wyandanch)|
|2||■Ronkonkoma Branch||toward Ronkonkoma (Brentwood)|
The station has two high-level side platforms, each 12 cars long. The north platform, next to Track 1, is generally used by westbound or New York City-bound trains. The south platform, next to Track 2, is generally used by eastbound trains. The Main Line has two tracks here.
- Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
- Valenti, John (April 25, 2007). "Pine Aire station fire disrupts LIRR service". Newsday.
- East of Edgewood (Arrt's Arrchives; includes the former Secatogue Road bridge)
- Hagstrom's Map of Western Suffolk County, New York (1941)
- Pilgrim State Hospital LIRR spur (Arrt's Arrchives)
- Edgewood: The Station and The Hospital (Arrt's Arrchives)
- Edgewood State Hospital Maps
- Official LIRR station information page for Deer Park
- Station timetable for Deer Park
- Unofficial LIRR History Website
- JS Interlocking (The LIRR Today)
- Deer Park Station History (Arrt's Arrchives)
- Station from Grant Avenue from Google Maps Street View