Floral Park (LIRR station)

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Floral Park
FloralParkStation.jpg
Looking east at Floral Park
Station statistics
Address Tulip Avenue & Atlantic Avenue
Floral Park, NY
Coordinates 40°43′29″N 73°42′23″W / 40.724622°N 73.706398°W / 40.724622; -73.706398Coordinates: 40°43′29″N 73°42′23″W / 40.724622°N 73.706398°W / 40.724622; -73.706398
Line(s)
Main Line (limited service):
Platforms 2 side platforms
1 island platform
Tracks 4
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1878
Rebuilt 1909, 1960
Electrified May 26, 1908
750V (DC) third rail
Owned by MTA
Fare zone 4
Formerly Stewart Junction (1878-1879)
Hinsdale (1879-1887)
East Hinsdale (1887-1890)
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 2,991[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Main Line
(Port Jefferson Branch)
(also Oyster Bay Branch
and Ronkonkoma Branch)
Hempstead Branch
toward Hempstead

Floral Park is a Long Island Rail Road train station in Floral Park, New York at Tulip and Atlantic Avenues, on the Main Line and Hempstead Branch just west of their split. Most trains serving this station run to or from Hempstead, but one westbound train from East Williston on the Oyster Bay Branch and three eastbound Port Jefferson Branch trains (one to Port Jefferson and two to Huntington) stop here on weekday mornings. The station is not wheelchair accessible.

History[edit]

The first Floral Park station was built between October and November 1878 as "Stewart Junction," for the junction between the LIRR Main Line and the Central Railroad of Long Island built by Alexander Turney Stewart. Five years earlier the CRRLI had bridged the LIRR, and the station served as a connection between both lines. Connecting tracks were available at the southwest corner of the bridge at the station, and on the northwest corner of the bridge west of the station. It was renamed "Hinsdale" in 1879 with the closing of the CRRLI depot of the same name along the Creedmoor Branch, then renamed "East Hinsdale" in 1887. That same year, the station gained a control tower known as "Tower #47." Apparently due to the presence of the florist John Lewis Childs, the station was renamed "Floral Park" by 1890.[2] Tower #47 was replaced with the "FK Tower" in 1904, the station itself was razed in 1909, and a second station was rebuilt and relocated the same year in July.[3] In 1924, the LIRR replaced the FK Tower with the Park Tower, and rebuilt it again in 1946.[4] The third and current elevated structure was built in 1960, as the second one was razed on October 20 of that same year.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1A Main Line toward New York (Queens Village)
2B Main Line toward Ronkonkoma, Oyster Bay, or Port Jefferson (New Hyde Park)
1B Hempstead Branch toward New York (Bellerose)
2C Hempstead Branch toward Hempstead (Stewart Manor)

This station has three high-level platforms serving four tracks. There are two tracks between each platform. Main Line trains use the two northernmost tracks, while Hempstead Branch trains use the two southernmost tracks. Platform A (northernmost) is an eight-car long side platform next to Track 1 of the Main Line, generally used by passing westbound Main Line trains and the one train from East Williston that stops here. Platform B is a 10-car long island platform, generally for access to eastbound trains on Track 2 of the Main Line on the north side and westbound trains on Track 1 of the Hempstead Branch on the south side. Platform C (southernmost) is a 10-car long side platform next to Track 2 of the Hempstead Branch and generally used by eastbound trains.

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