Sayville (LIRR station)

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Sayville
Sayville Station from across the tracks.jpg
Sayville station house, including the pedestrian bridge and a departing westbound express train to Jamaica.
Station statistics
Address Depot Street & Greeley Avenue
Sayville, New York
Coordinates 40°44′25″N 73°05′11″W / 40.740388°N 73.086497°W / 40.740388; -73.086497Coordinates: 40°44′25″N 73°05′11″W / 40.740388°N 73.086497°W / 40.740388; -73.086497
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking Yes (free)
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1868 (SSRRLI)[1]
Rebuilt 1906, 2001
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Long Island Rail Road
Fare zone 10
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 1,086[2]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Montauk Branch
toward Montauk

Sayville is a station on the Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road in the village of Sayville, New York, on Depot Street between Greeley Avenue and Railroad Avenue.

Ferries to Fire Island board from a port near the station.[3]

History[edit]

Sayville Station was originally built by the South Side Railroad of Long Island in December 1868, and was the end of the line until April 1869 when the line was extended to Patchogue. From that point until the early 20th century, the station also served as the local post office. At the time, it contained coal sidings, spurs into lumber yards, a freight house west of Greely Avenue, a dairy farm, and even a horse trolley to the Great South Bay.[4] The horse trolley was eventually converted into an electric trolley line by the Suffolk Traction Company. In November 1905, mail that was delivered to the railroad station was blown out of its pouch by a speeding train and scattered under the tracks and was searched by the postmaster along "half a mile of track."[5] The original station was razed sometime in 1906 and a second depot opened on August 3 that year. When Bayport Station was closed by the LIRR in 1980, former Bayport commuters opted to use Sayville station. A renovation project took place sometime in 2001. It brought the current pedestrian overpass and sheltered platforms.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1 Montauk Branch toward New York (Oakdale)
2 Montauk Branch toward Montauk (Patchogue)

The station has two high-level side platforms each eight cars long. The north platform next to Track 1 is generally used by westbound trains. The south platform next to Track 2 is generally used by eastbound trains. The Montauk Branch has two tracks here, the last such station on the line; all stations from Patchogue east to Montauk have only a single platform, as the double track becomes single track between Sayville and the former Bayport station.

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External links[edit]

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