Oyster Bay Branch
|Oyster Bay Branch|
Double-decker Train #6506 to Oyster Bay at Mineola
|System||Long Island Rail Road|
|Locale||Nassau County, New York, USA|
|Stations||10 (2 others closed)|
Oyster Bay Branch
|Owner||Long Island Rail Road|
|Operator(s)||Metropolitan Transportation Authority|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Electrification||750V (DC) third rail
(to East Williston)
The Oyster Bay Branch is a rail line and service owned and operated by the Long Island Rail Road in the U.S. state of New York. The branch splits from the Main Line just east of Mineola station, and runs north and east to Oyster Bay.
The first phase of what is now known as the Oyster Bay Branch opened in 23 January 1865 as a branch of the Long Island Rail Road to Glen Head known as the Glen Cove Branch Rail Road. Two years later the railway was extended to Glen Cove and on 19 April 1869 the line was extended further to Locust Valley. The line ended at Locust Valley for two decades until a final extension added four miles to Oyster Bay. One of the reasons for building to Oyster Bay was to create a connection to New England. A large pier, now owned by the Flowers Oyster Company, was built to facilitate the loading of passenger cars onto a ferry, specifically to the Danbury and Norwalk Railroad station and ferry pier in Wilson's Point section of Norwalk, Connecticut. Service lasted only a few years as overland service from New York to Boston, once thought impossible, commenced.
Until 1928, a direct connection to the West Hempstead Branch existed just east of Mineola station. This spur crossed the Main Line, then terminated at the end of a wye at what was often called the Garden City Branch. Until passenger service was abandoned along this branch passengers would transfer between the two lines at Mineola Station itself.
In 2009, the LIRR replaced the bridge over West Shore Road between Locust Valley and Oyster Bay Stations.
|Zone||Station||Miles (km) from
|Connections / notes|
|3||For continuing service to Jamaica and points west, see Main Line|
|4||Mineola||20.3 (32.3)||March 1, 1837|| LIRR: Montauk, Port Jefferson, and Ronkonkoma Branches
NICE Bus: N22, N22X, N23, N24, N40, N41, N78, N79
Originally Hempstead, then Branch or Hempstead Branch
|Main Line diverges|
|East Williston||21.6 (34.8)||1880|| NICE Bus: N22A, N27
Terminus of electrification
|7||Albertson||22.6 (36.4)||1875||NICE Bus: N27|
|Roslyn||24.0 (38.6)||1865||NICE Bus: N23, N27|
|North Roslyn||1924||Originally Wheatley Hills|
|Greenvale||26.0 (41.8)||July 21, 1866|| NICE Bus: N27
|Glen Head||27.2 (43.8)||January 23, 1865||NICE Bus: N27|
|Sea Cliff||28.5 (45.9)||1867||NICE Bus: N27|
|Glen Street||29.1 (45.2)||May 16, 1867||NICE Bus: N21, N27|
|Glen Cove||29.7 (47.8)||1895||Originally Nassau|
|Locust Valley||30.8 (49.6)||April 19, 1869|
|Mill Neck||1889||March 16, 1998||Originally Bayville|
|Oyster Bay||34.7 (55.8)||June 25, 1889|
- Ain, Stewart (2004-08-08). "M.T.A.'s Threat Drops Some Jaws". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
- LIRR map MTA Retrieved 2009-07-12
- PRR chronology: 1865 Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society Retrieved 2009-07-12
- PRR chronology: 1867 Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society Retrieved 2009-07-12
- PRR chronology: 1869 Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society Retrieved 2009-07-12
- Former Mineola to West Hempstead Branch (Unofficial LIRR History Web Site)
- Mineola Station History (Steve Lynch's LIRR Maps, Photos, Charts, etc.) (TrainsAreFun.com)
- Vans Replace Oyster Bay Trains Weekend of November 21-22 (MTA-LIRR News; November 2009)
- Station pages linked from LIRR Stations
- Morrison, David D.; Pakaluk, Valerie (2003). Long Island Rail Road Stations. Chicago: Arcadia. p. 57. ISBN 0-7385-1180-3. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- Oyster Bay Branch Stations (Unofficial LIRR History web site)
- NYCSubways.org: Oyster Bay Branch
- Oyster Bay Branch (The LIRR Today)