St. James (LIRR station)
St. James Long Island Rail Road station
|Location||Lake Avenue & Railroad Avenue
St. James, New York
|Owned by||MTA / LIRR|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Connections||NYS Bike Route 25|
|Parking||Yes; Free and Town of Smithtown permits|
Saint James Railroad Station
|Location||Saint James, New York, USA|
|Part of||Saint James Historic District (#73001275)|
|MPS||Saint James District MRA|
|Added to NRHP||July 20, 1973|
Saint James is a historic station on the Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. The station is located on Lake Avenue and Railroad Avenue, just south of New York State Route 25A in St. James, Suffolk County, New York. The LIRR gives the address as being at Lake Avenue and Second Street, however Second Street is across the tracks and terminates at Lake Avenue on the opposite side of a parking lot for a King Kullen shopping center. This train station is in the Smithtown Central School District.
Built in 1873 by Calvin L'Hommedieu for the Smithtown and Port Jefferson Railroad in the northern part of the Town of Smithtown, it remains the second-oldest existing station-house of the Long Island Rail Road, surpassed only by Hewlett Station, which was originally built in 1869 by the South Side Railroad of Long Island. When the Flowerfield station to the east was abandoned in 1958, the commuters who previously used that depot at the Gyrodyne Company of America were redirected to the St. James and Stony Brook, New York depots. Until 1964, the station also contained an express house and an outhouse, both of which were demolished along with some trees to make room for an expanded parking lot, much to the chagrin of the community. The station is located within the Saint James District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The station faced two restoration projects in the MTA era. The first took place in 1974, and the second took place in 1997, when the LIRR installed high-level platforms at the station.
No buses stop at the station. However, local suburban taxicab service is available, and the station serves as a stop along New York State Bicycle Route 25. The only modifications to the depot in recent years have been to make the station more accessible to the disabled.
Platform and track configuration
|1||■ Port Jefferson Branch||toward New York (Smithtown)|
|■ Port Jefferson Branch||toward Port Jefferson (Stony Brook)|
This station has one 12-car-long high-level side platform, north of the track. The Port Jefferson Branch has one track at this location.
- Port Jefferson Branch Stations (Unofficial LIRR History Website)
- Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
- National Register of Historic Places Listings; October 2, 1986
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "Long Island Bike Map". New York State Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
Media related to St. James (LIRR station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Official LIRR station information page for St. James
- Station timetable for St. James
- Sant James Station, March 1999 (Unofficial LIRR History Website)
- St. James Station Historical Restoration Project; March 21, 1997 (TrainsAreFun)
- Flickr Photo
- Station from Lake Avenue from Google Maps Street View