St. James (LIRR station)

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St. James
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St. James Long Island Rail Road station
Location Lake Avenue & Railroad Avenue
St. James, New York
Owned by MTA / LIRR
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Connections NYS Bike Route 25
Parking Yes; Free and Town of Smithtown permits
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 10
Opened 1873[1]
Rebuilt 1974, 1997
Passengers (2006) 588[2]
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Port Jefferson Branch
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Smithtown station Port Jefferson Branch
(current and former locations)
Flowerfield station
Saint James Railroad Station
St. James (LIRR station) is located in New York
St. James (LIRR station)
Location Saint James, New York, USA
Coordinates 40°52′59.78″N 73°9′29.35″W / 40.8832722°N 73.1581528°W / 40.8832722; -73.1581528Coordinates: 40°52′59.78″N 73°9′29.35″W / 40.8832722°N 73.1581528°W / 40.8832722; -73.1581528
Built 1873
Architect Calvin L'Hommedieu
Part of Saint James Historic District (#73001275)
MPS Saint James District MRA
Added to NRHP July 20, 1973[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] The only modifications to the depot in recent years have been to make the station more accessible to the disabled.

Platform and track configuration[edit]

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.

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