Rockville Centre (LIRR station)
The main entrance of Rockville Centre Station along Front Street
|Address||North Village Avenue & Front Street
Rockville Centre, New York
|Connections||NICE Bus: n14, n15, n16, n17|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Rebuilt||1881, 1901, 1950|
|Electrified||May 20, 1925
750V (DC) third rail
|Owned by||Long Island Rail Road|
Rockville Centre is a station along the Babylon Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. It is officially at North Village Avenue and Front Street north of Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre, New York, but the station property spreads west to North Center Avenue and east to North Park Avenue. Parking is available throughout the Village of Rockville Centre, near the station for those with residential and non-residential permits. The station is east of the Rockville Centre Bus Depot. An LIRR article says it is 21.1 miles from Penn Station.
Rockville Centre Station was originally built by the South Side Railroad of Long Island on October 28, 1867 and remodeled in July 1881. The station was rebuilt on October 14, 1901, as the original station was moved to a private location that year and razed in 2004. The second station was razed in March 1949 as part of a grade elevation project that would dominate the Babylon Branch throughout the post-WW2 era. A temporary station was built southeast of the former location between April 19–22, 1949.
Rockville Centre Station was the site of a major railroad accident on February 17, 1950 that resulted in the deaths of 32 people, and serious injury of over 100 people. This occurred nine months before a similar accident in Kew Gardens, Queens that killed 79 people, and injured hundreds more. The current elevated structure was opened on July 17–18, 1950, and renovated toward the end of the 20th Century.
Though some scenes from the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind took place at Rockville Center Station, they were actually shot at Mount Vernon East Station on the Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line.
Platform and tracks
|1||■Babylon Branch||toward New York (Lynbrook)|
|2||■Babylon Branch||toward Babylon (Baldwin)|
The station has one 12-car-long high-level island platform between the two tracks.
- Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
- Official MTA-LIRR Rockville Centre Station Article
- Old Rockville Centre Station photos (Arrt's Arrchives)
- Long Island Rail Road Wrecks
- Site about the film
Media related to Rockville Centre (LIRR station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Official LIRR station information page for Rockville Centre
- Station timetable for Rockville Centre
- ROCKY Interlocking (The LIRR Today)
- Rockville Centre Station Photo; March 11, 2007 (Unofficial LIRR History Website)
- Rockville Centre Grade Project (TrainsAreFun.com)
- Village Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Station House from Google Maps Street View
- Park Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View