Medford (LIRR station)

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Medford
Medford Station(from parking lot).jpg
View of Medford Station's sheltered platform from the parking lot.
Station statistics
Address NY 112 & Railroad Avenue
Medford, NY
Coordinates 40°49′02″N 72°59′57″W / 40.817356°N 72.999159°W / 40.817356; -72.999159Coordinates: 40°49′02″N 72°59′57″W / 40.817356°N 72.999159°W / 40.817356; -72.999159
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit Suffolk County Transit: S61
McRide's Taxi
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Parking Yes; Free
Other information
Opened 1844
Rebuilt 1889, 1940, 2000-2001
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by MTA
Fare zone 10
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 41[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Main Line
(Ronkonkoma Branch)
toward Greenport

Medford is a station in the hamlet of Medford, New York on the Main Line (Greenport Branch) of the Long Island Railroad. Medford is located on New York State Route 112 between Peconic Avenue and Long Island Avenue. Access to the station is available from a narrow curving roadway leading off Route 112. This roadway used to connect with the Ohio Avenue intersection until Ohio Avenue was closed north of Peconic Avenue in 2007. It is also accessible from the north end of Oregon Avenue, although the Medford Fire Department periodically closes the Oregon Avenue access road for drills or other exercises. This train station is located in the Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District.

History[edit]

Medford station was originally opened on June 26, 1844 when the main line terminated at the former Carman's River station east of Yaphank station. On August 20, 1863, the station burned down, but wasn't rebuilt until 1889. This version was a two-story structure located near an at-grade crossing with NY 112 that was considered one of the most dangerous crossings on the Long Island Rail Road. Demands for a bridge were ignored throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Only when a relative of a government official was killed at the crossing in 1940, was there any effort to build a bridge over Route 112.[2] When the tracks were elevated, the station was rebuilt as a two-level station house along the embankment with the passenger waiting area on the top floor and an REA Express freight depot near the parking lot at ground-level. The bridge across NY 112, which has a low clearance of 12 feet, 9 inches,[3] was designed for two tracks, but the second track was abandoned in the early 1960s.[4] The station house was closed in 1958, with the first floor blocked off and second floor torn down in 1964 and filled in with dirt. A small wooden shelter was added to the platform in 1988, and was later replaced by a plexiglass one.

In the late 1990s, the station was rebuilt again in preparation for the new fleet of double-decker coaches, which require high-level platforms for boarding, and for future electrification of the line. In the rebuilding, the former ground-level platform was elevated, with a new stairway and a wheelchair access ramp from the parking area, and a small shelter was constructed at platform level. Parking at Medford station is free and unrestricted, in sharp contrast to the situation at many other LIRR stations.

A freight spur exists along the embankment of the track in the parking lot. This was built for a nearby building-products factory and was one of numerous spurs and sidetracks that have existed in Medford since the LIRR came through the town. When Holtsville station was closed on March 16, 1998, commuters from Holtsville were advised to use both Medford and Ronkonkoma stations, although more use Ronkonkoma. The station also contains a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

LIRR Demonstration Farm #2[edit]

Due to the success of the Long Island Rail Road Demonstration Farm on the Wading River Branch, a second one opened east of Medford station from 1907-1927. The site was also known as the Medford Prosperity Farm, and the remainder of site of the farm can be found near the Horse Block Road bridge over Long Island Avenue. Former President Theodore Roosevelt visited the farm on his 1910 "Whistle-Stop Campaign."

Platform and track configuration[edit]

1 Greenport Branch toward Ronkonkoma (Terminus)
Greenport Branch toward Greenport (Yaphank)

This station has one high-level side platform south of the track that is long enough for one and a half cars to receive and discharge passengers. Other than the siding noted above, the Main Line has one track at this location.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ Medford: The Early Years, 1844-1944, by Mary Gubitosi (Patchogue-Medford Library Local History Department)
  3. ^ 1969 Photo of NY 112-LIRR Bridge in Medford (TrainsAreFun)
  4. ^ Medford Station History (TrainsAreFun.com)

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