Laurelton (LIRR station)

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Laurelton
Laurelton LIRR Station Staircase.jpg
A staircase at Laurelton Station
Station statistics
Address 224th Street & 141st Road
Laurelton, NY
Coordinates 40°40′07″N 73°45′06″W / 40.66853°N 73.7518°W / 40.66853; -73.7518Coordinates: 40°40′07″N 73°45′06″W / 40.66853°N 73.7518°W / 40.66853; -73.7518
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit NYCT Bus: Q85
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Other information
Opened April 1907[1]
Rebuilt 1941, 1942, 1948, 1950
Electrified October 16, 1905
750V (DC) third rail
Owned by MTA
Fare zone 3
Formerly Central Avenue
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 1,755[2]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Atlantic Branch
(Far Rockaway Branch)
Current and former locations
Higbie Avenue station Atlantic Branch Rosedale station

Laurelton is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Branch, in the Laurelton neighborhood of Queens, New York. It is 14.9 miles (24.0 km) from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. The station is at 225th Street and 141st Road and has an eight-car island platform between the two tracks. There are enclosed waiting rooms and ticket vending machines on street level. Service is provided by Far Rockaway and Long Beach branches.

Station layout[edit]

1 Long Beach Branch toward New York (Locust Manor)
Far Rockaway Branch toward New York (Locust Manor)
2 Long Beach Branch toward Long Beach (Rosedale)
Far Rockaway Branch toward Far Rockaway (Rosedale)

This station has one high-level island platform that is eight cars long. Track 1, the westbound track, is generally used by New York City-bound trains. Track 2, the southbound track, is generally used by Long Island-bound trains. The rail line has two tracks at this location.

History[edit]

Laurelton Station was originally built in April 1907. The line was electrified on October 16, 1905, two years before the station opened, and was one of two stations along the Atlantic Branch to replace the former Springfield Station, the other being at Higbie Avenue. The original station house was built in connection with the Laurelton Land Company, and the tracks were laid below ground with a floral arrangement on the embankment spelling out the community's name. It was also located northwest of Springfield Junction. On November 26, 1941, the eastbound facilities were relocated south in anticipation of a proposed grade elimination project, but relocated north again on April 10, 1942, when the project was canceled, more than likely due to the war effort. All facilities were again relocated south of the former location between November 16–18, 1948, when the aforementioned grade elimination project was revived. The old depot was razed sometime in 1950. The new elevated structure was opened for westbound trains on October 31, 1950, and eastbound trains on November 27, 1950.

As this station is in fare zone 3, it is eligible for the weekend's CityTicket program. The station's current appearance is similar to that of Rosedale Station, except that the trim is blue rather than maroon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Long Island Railroad Station History (TrainsAreFun.com)
  2. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study

External links[edit]

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