West Hempstead (LIRR station)

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West Hempstead
West Hempstead Station - Front View.jpg
Distant shot of West Hempstead Station from Hempstead Avenue on April 29, 2009
Station statistics
Address Hempstead Avenue & Hempstead Gardens Drive
West Hempstead, New York
Coordinates 40°42′07″N 73°38′30″W / 40.70194°N 73.64167°W / 40.70194; -73.64167Coordinates: 40°42′07″N 73°38′30″W / 40.70194°N 73.64167°W / 40.70194; -73.64167
Connections Local Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n15, n31, n32
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 1928
Rebuilt 1959
Electrified October 19, 1926
750V (DC) third rail
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by MTA
Fare zone 4
Passengers (2006) 313[1]
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
West Hempstead Branch Terminus
Current and former locations
Hempstead Gardens station West Hempstead Branch Country Life Press station

West Hempstead is the terminal station at the east end of the Long Island Rail Road's West Hempstead Branch serving West Hempstead, New York, United States. It is located at Hempstead Avenue and Hempstead Gardens Drive.


Between 1870 and 1879 the Southern Hempstead Branch of the South Side Railroad of Long Island had a terminal station located on Greenwich Street further to the east. The station and the line were abandoned in May 1879, but the station itself was converted into a skating rink that burned down in July 1888.[2]

In 1893, the Long Island Rail Road established a subsidiary that ran through West Hempstead between Valley Stream and Mineola called the New York Bay Extension Railroad Company which was merged into the LIRR nine years later. By 1926, the line was electrified. West Hempstead Station was originally built in 1928 on the north side of Hempstead Avenue and relocated onto the south side of the road on September 15, 1935. The line initially extended north and connected with the current Hempstead Branch, leading to Mineola Station, and also contained a link to the Oyster Bay Branch. It was then cut back in the 1959 to its current terminus of West Hempstead.[3]

Platform and tracks[edit]

Pocket West Hempstead Branch toward New York (Hempstead Gardens)
Main West Hempstead Branch toward New York (Hempstead Gardens)

This station has one six-car-long island platform between the two tracks. The mostly single-tracked West Hempstead Branch expands to two tracks north of the previous station.


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Side view of West Hempstead Station, also from Hempstead Avenue.