Rego Park (LIRR station)
Site of former Rego Park station
|Address||At 63rd Drive
Rego Park, Queens
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Tracks||6 (when the station was open)
|Closed||June 8, 1962|
|Rebuilt||N/A; station abandoned|
Rego Park is a former Long Island Rail Road station. It was made of wood, unlike most other stations that were concrete. The station opened in May 1928 with two side platforms outside the two Rockaway Beach Branch tracks that bracketed the four-track Main Line, so only Rockaway trains stopped there. After the Rockaway Trestle fire in 1950, the line was closed station by station. The station closed on June 8, 1962, one day before the Rockaway Beach Branch was abandoned. Nothing remains at the site today.
Two former stations near Whitepot Junction were named Matawok, and were located on both the Main Line and Rockaway Beach Branch. Both stations were named for the Matawok Land Company, which built the neighborhood surrounding the junction known at the time as "Forest Hills West."
Matawok Rockaway Beach Line station
The first station to be given the name Matawok, near the junction at Rego Park was located along the Rockaway Beach Branch at Fleet Street on the northeast corner of a bridge over the street. It was opened between 1910 and 1913, although LIRR records of the station show it's existence dating back to 1908 and into 1915. Some maps show the station existing as recently as 1922.
Matawok Main Line station
The other Matawok Station was located along the main line east of Whitepot Junction at 66th Avenue. It was built on September 10, 1922 and had two platforms along four tracks, and a pedestrian bridge not only over the main line, but also over the Rockaway Beach Branch leading from 64th Road east of Alderton Street. The station closed on May 21, 1925, but the remnants of the station remained for decades.
- Former Rockaway Beach Branch, including Rego Park Station (Forgotten New York)
- LIRR History (TrainsAreFun.com)
- Bob Emery map of Rego Park Station and Whitepot Junction (LIRR Unofficial History)
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