List of streetcar lines on Long Island

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The following streetcar lines once operated on Long Island, New York in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties.


Babylon Railroad[edit]

The Babylon Railroad Company began as a horse-drawn trolley from Belmont Junction to the Fire Island Ferry. This was established after the Central Railroad of Long Island failed to extend its line to the Great South Bay in Babylon, New York.[1] A second line existed west into Amityville until 1920.

Name From To Route Notes
Fire Island Line Belmont Junction Babylon Village Trolley Line Road(Suffolk CR 12), Deer Park Avenue(Suffolk CR 34), Fire Island Avenue to the Great South Bay. Abandoned 1918. Current S47 bus route.
Amityville Line Amityville Babylon Village Oak Street, Hoffman Road, South Railroad Avenue, Trolley Line Road (Suffolk CR 12) Abandoned May 15, 1920. Current S20 bus route.

Cedarhurst Railway[edit]

The Cedarhurst Railway Company ran a line from Woodmere (LIRR station) to Brosewere Bay where the Rockaway Hunt Club and Rockaway Steeplechase Association were located.[2]

Name From To Route Notes
Cedarhurst Railway Woodsburgh Railroad Station Brosewere Bay Wood Lane, Railroad Avenue, Rutherford Lane. Abandoned 1894.


Echo Line Railroad[edit]

The Echo Line was a trolley line that ran from Port Jefferson Harbor to Port Jefferson (LIRR station) in what was then the Hamlet of Echo, New York. It was acquired by the Suffolk Traction Company to be merged into the main trolley line to Patchogue, but collapsed along with the rest of Suffolk Traction Company.

Name From To Route Notes
Echo Line Port Jefferson Harbor Port Jefferson Station Main Street, East Main Street, East Broadway. Abandoned in 1919.


Freeport Railroad[edit]

The Freeport Railroad was based in Freeport, New York, and existed between 1913 and 1924.

Name From To Route Notes
Freeport Railroad Freeport station Freeport Otten Street?, Guy Lombardo Boulevard. Served the Ferry to Point Lookout. Abandoned in 1924. Current N62 bus via Guy Lombardo Blvd.


Garden City Shuttle[edit]

In the early-20th Century, the Long Island Rail Road installed a trolley line that ran along the former CRRLI Main Line between Garden City Station and Plainedge from 1915 to 1933. A connection to Country Life Press station was established in 1927. Trolleys were replaced by MP41's and later MP54's.

Name From To Route Notes
Garden City Railroad Station Plainedge LIRR Central Branch. Abandoned 1933. Replaced by LIRR MP 41 cars.
Country Life Press Railroad Station Plainedge LIRR Central Branch. Abandoned 1933. Replaced by LIRR MP 41 cars.

Glen Cove Railroad[edit]

The Glen Cove Railroad was one of two trolley lines that ran from the Sea Cliff Railroad Station into the City of Glen Cove. The line existed between 1905 and November 15, 1924.[3]

Name From To Route Notes
Glen Cove Railroad Sea Cliff Railroad Station City of Glen Cove Oyster Bay Branch, Duck Pond Road, Landing Road. Abandoned 1924. Split up between current N27 bus route, and City of Glen Cove bus loop route.

Huntington Railroad[edit]

The Huntington Railroad was established on July 19, 1890 with a trolley line between Huntington Village and Halesite. It was eventually extended to Huntington Railroad Station, then along what is today mostly NY 110 through Melville, Farmingdale, and as far south as the docks of Amityville.

Name From To Route Notes
Huntington Railroad Halesite Amityville Wincoma Drive, East Shore Drive, New York Avenue, Walt Whitman Road, Amityville Road, Broad Hollow Road, Conklin Street, Main Street(Farmingdale), Broadway, Sterling Place, Greene Street, Bennett Place, Richmond Avenue. Service ended September 23, 1919. Current S1 bus route.

Huntington Traction Company[edit]

The Huntington Traction Company was the successor to the Huntington Railroad Company inheriting the original line between Huntington Railroad Station and Halesite. The company ran the line only as far south as Jericho Turnpike until it was finally abandoned in 1927.

Name From To Route Notes
Huntington Traction Company Halesite South Huntington Wincoma Drive, East Shore Drive, New York Avenue, Walt Whitman Road. Abandoned in 1927. Northern portion of current S1 route.


Nassau County Railway[edit]

The Nassau County Railway, also known as the Sea Cliff Village Trolley was the other trolley that ran from the Sea Cliff Railroad Station. However it ran between July 2, 1902 and December 31, 1924, towards Sea Cliff Landing.[4]

Name From To Route Notes
Sea Cliff Railroad Station Sea Cliff Landing Sea Cliff Avenue Abandoned 1924. Incorporated into current N21 bus route.

New York and Long Island Traction[edit]

The New York and Long Island Traction Company operated east to Freeport, Hempstead, and Mineola in Nassau County.

Name From To Route Notes
Mineola Line Queens Village (Becomes Long Island Electric Railway at the Queens-Nassau Line) Mineola Jamaica Avenue abandoned April 3, 1926
now the N24 bus
Jamaica-Hempstead Line Jamaica (Becomes Long Island Electric Railway at the Queens-Nassau Line) Freeport 160th Street Jamaica to Belmont Park on 160th Street, Jamaica Avenue, and Hempstead Avenue(Turnpike) Joint NY&LI-LIER service; abandoned April 3, 1926 Current N6 bus.
Brooklyn-Freeport Line Brooklyn (Becomes Long Island Electric Railway at the Queens-Nassau Line) Freeport Rockaway Boulevard, North Conduit Avenue, and Sunrise Highway abandoned April 3, 1926 Current N4 & N36 bus.


New York and North Shore Traction[edit]

The New York and North Shore Traction Company operated from northeastern Queens east into Nassau County. It was established in 1902 and was originally known as the "Mineola Roslyn & Port Washington Traction Company," then renamed 1907.

Name From To Route Notes
North Shore Line Flushing, Queens Roslyn 35th Avenue, 39th Avenue, and Northern Boulevard abandoned 1920
now the N20 bus
Port Washington Line Port Washington Mineola Main Street (Port Washington), Port Washington Boulevard, Middle Neck Road, Old Northern Boulevard, Main Street (Roslyn), Mineola Avenue, Willis Avenue. abandoned 1920
Now the N23 bus.
Hicksville Line Mineola Hicksville Westbury Avenue, Maple Avenue, Post Road, Union Avenue, Prospect Avenue, West John Street. abandoned 1920
Includes part of the N22 bus.

Northport Traction Company[edit]

The Northport Traction Company operated from the Northport East Railroad Station into downtown Northport Village.

Name From To Route Notes
Northport Traction Company Northport East Station Northport Village Larkfield Avenue, Laurel Avenue, Main Street, Woodbine(Cherry) Avenue by Northport Harbor. abandoned 1924
now includes some of the HART H40 bus route.



Seashore Municipal Railroad[edit]

The Seashore Municipal Railroad was another trolley line based in Freeport, New York.

Name From To Route Notes
Seashore Municipal Railroad Freeport Freeport Freeport (Atlantic) Avenue south to Scott's Dock between Miller Avenue and Ocean Avenue Abandoned. Currently occupied by condominiums. Current N62 bus via Guy Lombardo Blvd.

South Shore Traction Company[edit]

The South Shore Traction Company was based in Sayville, New York. It had plans to expand into Patchogue and north through Bohemia, Lake Ronkonkoma, St. James and Stony Brook towards Port Jefferson, not to mention through Nassau and Queens County. However, because it was unable to break through the monopoly of the LIRR-held lines in Nassau County, it sold off it's two original lines to the Suffolk Traction Company.

Name From To Route Notes
Sayville Railroad Station Sayville @ the Great South Bay Railroad Avenue, Montauk Highway, Candee Avenue Acquired by Suffolk Traction Company, then abandoned. Part of current S57/S59 bus route.
Bayport-Blue Point Line Sayville Railroad Station Blue Point Middle Road, Oakwood Avenue, Railroad Street/Maple Street, Blue Point Avenue, Montauk Highway Acquired by Suffolk Traction Company, then abandoned. Part of S40 bus route.

Suffolk Traction Company[edit]

The Suffolk Traction Company operated between Patchogue, Canaan Lake, and Holtsville in Suffolk County. It also had lines to Medford, Blue Point, Bayport, and even a connection to Sayville. The Sayville, and Bayport-Blue Point Lines were originally owned by the South Shore Traction Company. Plans to extend the main trolley to Port Jefferson failed, even as a bridge was being built over the LIRR Main Line. Another extension that was never built included a line towards Bellport and Brookhaven.

Name From To Route Notes
Main Line Patchogue Railroad Station Holtsville South Ocean Avenue, North Ocean Avenue, Old North Ocean Avenue, Suffolk Traction Boulevard Abandoned. Segments of the ROW no longer exist north of the Canaan Lake neighborhood. Part of current S63 bus route.
Medford Line Patchogue Railroad Station Medford Unknown(Presumably, the current NY 112). Abandoned. Part of current S61 bus route.
Bayport-Blue Point Line Sayville Railroad Station Patchogue @ Medford Avenue Middle Road, Oakwood Avenue, Railroad Street/Maple Street, Blue Point Avenue, Montauk Highway Abandoned. Served Bayport, Blue Point, and went as far east as what is today NY 112. Part of current S40 bus route.
Sayville Line Sayville Railroad Station Sayville @ the Great South Bay Railroad Avenue, Montauk Highway, Candee Avenue Abandoned. Part of current S57/S59 bus route.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Images of Rail: Lost Trolleys of Queens and Long Island, by Stephen L. Meyers(2006).

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