New York and Atlantic Railway

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New York and Atlantic Railway
NY&A System Map.PNG
The NY&A System Map using tracks owned by LIRR, and CSX.
Reporting mark NYA
Locale Long Island, New York
Dates of operation 1997–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Glendale, Queens
NY&A locomotive #159 pulls freight through Jamaica Railroad Station.

The New York and Atlantic Railway (NY&A) (reporting mark NYA) is a short line railroad formed in 1997 to provide freight service over the tracks of the Long Island Rail Road, a public commuter rail agency which had decided to privatize its freight operations. An affiliate of the Anacostia and Pacific Company, NY&A operates exclusively on Long Island, New York and is connected to the mainland via the Hell Gate Bridge. It also interchanges with New York New Jersey Rail's car float at the 65th Street Yard.[1] Its primary freight yard is Fresh Pond Junction in Queens. The NY&A officially took over Long Island Rail Road's freight operations on May 11, 1997. The initial franchise was for 20 years.[1]


Lumber, building products, scrap metal, construction & demolition debris, bio-diesel fuel, food, beer, gravel, propane, chemicals, structural steel, plastics and recyclable cardboard/paper are NYA's main traffic. Occasionally, NYA transports utility poles and electrical transformers to the LIPA facility in Hicksville, which has its own spurs. NYA also moves municipal solid waste in sealed containers on COFC trains. NYA serves Belmont Park, delivering boxcars, usually BNSF's, full of feed for the race track's horses.

Some NYA customers are located off-line, and make use of NYA's team tracks to receive or ship products. Team tracks are located in Bay Ridge, Hicksville, Huntington, Greenlawn, St. James, Islip, Richmond Hill, Maspeth, Speonk, Medford, Yaphank, Southold, and elsewhere on the Long Island Rail Road lines that NYA serves. Most of NYA's customers have their own spurs, making the use of team tracks unnecessary. A new 28 acre, privately funded transload facility, Brookhaven Rail Terminal, opened in 2011. In 2014, work was underway to build a transload facility for vegetable oil, food products and construction material at NYA's Wheel Spur Yard along Newtown Creek near Long Island City. NYA expects the facility to support construction of the replacement Kosciuszko Bridge.[2]

Other occasional products shipped to Long Island via the NYA is bentonite and rock salt. The LIRR and the NYCTA both receive new passenger equipment via the NYA, and ship out old, retired equipment for scrapping by way of the NYA.


The NY&A has substantially different crewing agreements than the Long Island Rail Road, allowing it more flexibility to match the needs of freight customers. NY&A has two crewbases, one in Glendale, Queens and another near the former LIRR station Pine Aire on the main line, between Deer Park and Brentwood. On a typical weekday, NY&A operates six crews.[3]


The Railroad operates with former Long Island Rail Road locomotives through a lease. These locomotives include ex-LIRR:

Number Builder/model
101 EMD SW1001
105 EMD SW1001
106 EMD SW1001
151 EMD MP15AC
155 EMD MP15AC
156 EMD MP15AC
159 EMD MP15AC
261 EMD GP38-2
268 EMD GP38-2
270 EMD GP38-2
271 EMD GP38-2

Formerly used in service were Louisville and Indiana Railroad SW1200s #9321 and 9373 and GP-10's #201 and 202. 9373 and 202 were sent to the Louisville & Indiana, while 9321 has remained stored out of service at Fresh Pond Yard since around 2005. GP-10 201 suffered a breakdown and was scrapped at Gershow Recycling in Medford.

In August of 2012 NY&A leased former Iowa Interstate/Missouri Pacific GP-38 - #2081. It was brought into boost power on the long trains the NYA runs eastbound and westbound on the Main Line. It only ran a few months before GMTX sold the locomotive and sent Gp-38-2 #2199 (A former CSX locomotive) to replace it. This locomotive was returned at the end of its lease in January 2014. [4]

It was also reported in spring of 2014 that NY&A had bought MP15AC #156. it was shipped to Altoona Works works for rebuilding. [5]


  • AJM Packaging
  • Allied Extruders
  • Amersino Marketing Group
  • Astro-Ready Mix
  • Azteca Milling LP
  • Belden Brick
  • BlueLinx
  • Boening Brothers
  • Boro Lumber & Timber
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Brookhaven Rail Terminal (Multiple Customers)
  • Brooklyn Resource Recovery
  • CBS Food Products
  • Centre Lumber & Plywood
  • Century Building Products
  • Chesler Plywood
  • City Lumber
  • Coastal Distribution
  • Consolidated Brick
  • Dai Sing Co.
  • David Rosen Bakery Supplies
  • DiCarlo Food Distributors
  • Eastern Wholesale Fence
  • Eastern Wholesale Plastics
  • ELM Global Logistics
  • Emjay Environmental Recycling
  • Favorite Plastics
  • Feldman Lumber
  • Ferrara Lumber
  • Gershow Recycling
  • Glenwood Mason Supply
  • Global Tropical Fresh Fruit
  • H.D.F. Trading
  • Handyfat Trading
  • Healthy Brand Oil Co.
  • Home Depot (BRT)
  • Inter-County Bakers
  • Island Container
  • Kea Produce/Tai Shing
  • Kings Material
  • Kleet Lumber
  • Lumber Exchange
  • Manhattan Beer Distributors
  • Marjam Supply
  • Meserole Street Recycling/Vortex Inc.
  • METRO Fuel
  • Mon Chong Loong Trading Co.
  • New Hyde Park Oil Terminal
  • New Yung Wah Trading
  • Nicolia Concrete
  • Norampac, NY
  • NYC Transit Authority
  • One World Recycling
  • Ozone Park Lumber
  • Paraco Gas Company
  • Prima Asphalt/Pavco
  • Riverhead Building Supply
  • Roberts Plywood
  • Sherwood Lumber
  • Sky Materials
  • Southeast Produce
  • Southern Container Corp.
  • State Materials
  • Supreme Poly Products/American Plastic Bags Inc.
  • T&C Tropical Products
  • Terminal Produce
  • Triangle Building Products
  • Triple Star Horse Feed
  • Velvetop Products - LIC
  • Waste Management
  • Weiner, Crowley & Saint John
  • Wenner Bread (BRT)
  • Westbury Paper Stock
  • Western Beef
  • Weyerhauser Plywood
  • Young Shing Trading

(This list is incomplete)

2009 derailment[edit]

On January 8, 2009 a NYA train derailed east of the Deer Park station. Six cars went off track and one was flipped to its side. The freight train containing construction debris did not injure anyone but caused commuter trains to be delayed for several hours and resulted in some disruptions to rush hour service the following morning. The LIRR was unsure what caused the derailment.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "New York & Atlantic Railway Begins Long Island Rail Freight Service" (Press release). New York & Atlantic Railway Co. May 12, 1997. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Kilgannon, Corey (January 31, 2007). "Mystery Freight Train Out of Queens? It May Soon Be a Familiar Sight". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
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  6. ^ Newsday on-scene video report Derailment (page no longer available)
  7. ^ Castillo, Alfonso A. (January 9, 2009). "Freight Derailment Slows LIRR". Newsday (Long Island). p. A5. 

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