Elmhurst (LIRR station)

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Elmhurst
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Site of the former Elmhurst Station on Broadway across from Cornish Avenue. There was an entrance to the Port Washington bound platform and there are some visible platform support members remaining.
Station statistics
Address Broadway between Whitney and Cornish Avenues.
Elmhurst, Queens, New York City
Coordinates 40°44′29″N 73°52′45.8″W / 40.74139°N 73.879389°W / 40.74139; -73.879389Coordinates: 40°44′29″N 73°52′45.8″W / 40.74139°N 73.879389°W / 40.74139; -73.879389
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 1855(NY&F)
Closed January 1, 1985
Rebuilt 1888, 1927
Station code None
Owned by LIRR
Fare zone 1
Formerly Newtown (1855–1897)
Services
None
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Winfield Junction station Port Washington Branch
(current and former locations)
Corona station

Elmhurst was a station stop along the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. It was located on Broadway between Cornish and Whitney Avenues in the Elmhurst section of Queens, New York City. The first depot opened as Newtown around 1855 by the Flushing Railroad,[1] later renamed Elmhurst around June 1897 and razed around 1888. The second depot opened around December, 1888 and razed around 1927. The elevated and third depot opened around 1927 and the station stop and depot was finally closed and razed on January 1, 1985.[2] It stood on the east side of Broadway, a block south of the Elmhurst Avenue subway station. In March 2012, lawmakers and the rail road announced that they are considering whether to restore service to Elmhurst by building a new station stop at an estimated cost of between $20 million to $30 million.[3]

Station layout[edit]

  Port Washington Branch does not stop here (Woodside)
  Port Washington Branch does not stop here (Mets – Willets Point)

Elmhurst Station was built on street level going across Broadway past Whitney Avenue. The station had a long platform and had a pedestrian underpass near the corner of Ketcham Street and 43rd Avenue to 88th Street. There was an additional overpass for passengers who wanted to cross platforms from 94th Street and 44th Avenue to the other side of 94th, which currently continues to Corona Avenue. Both the overpass and the underpass still remain today and are still in use. Additionally, there was an entrance to the Port Washington-bound platform near the corner of Cornish Avenue and Broadway (see picture). There was also a tunnel leading from the LIRR station all the way to the Elmhurst Avenue station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line. Last, there was a freight loading area near the Durkee Spice Factory (now the new Elmhurst Educational Complex) where freight would be unloaded. Separate tracks leading to the loading dock still remain in sight.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Shore Railroad". Arrt's Arrchives. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  2. ^ "LIRR Station History". TrainsAreFun.com. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  3. ^ Trapasso, Clare (March 15, 2012). "Queens lawmakers urge LIRR to reopen Elmhurst station". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2013-06-22. 

External links[edit]

1891 map of Elmhurst station, when it was still called Newtown station.