Bellmore (LIRR station)

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Bellmore
Bellmore LIRR Station Parking Lot.jpg
The south side of Bellmore Station from the parking lot
Location Sunrise Highway between Bedford & Center Avenues
Bellmore, New York
Coordinates 40°40′08″N 73°31′44″W / 40.668766°N 73.528833°W / 40.668766; -73.528833Coordinates: 40°40′08″N 73°31′44″W / 40.668766°N 73.528833°W / 40.668766; -73.528833
Owned by Long Island Rail Road
Line(s)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Construction
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 7
History
Opened October 1869 (SSRRLI)
Rebuilt 1968–1975
Electrified May 20, 1925
750 V (DC) third rail
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 6,535[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Babylon Branch
toward Babylon

Bellmore is a station on the Babylon Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. It is located on the north side of Sunrise Highway between Bedford and Centre Avenues in Bellmore, New York, however the actual land area occupied by the station's several parking lots begins west of Centre Avenue and continues east of Bellmore Avenue.

History[edit]

Bellmore station was established by the South Side Railroad of Long Island in October 1869, and the original structure was replaced sometime in the early-20th century. As with many other ground-level stations along the Babylon Branch in Nassau and Western Suffolk counties which had been elevated during the 1950s and 1960s, preliminary work began on February 18, 1968, to raise the tracks in Bellmore. Like Merrick station, temporary facilities containing a ticket window and a waiting room opened on December 4, 1970, but the elevated station wasn't completed until June 28, 1975.

The station today[edit]

The small structure occupying the grassy island on the north side of the station's waiting room began as an open shelter for LIRR customers waiting for eastbound trains. Constructed at the same time as the early-1900s station, it had been located on the south side of the grade-level tracks, just west of Bedford Avenue. At one point, it was partially enclosed, and became the dispatch office for Bellmore Taxi. When the tracks were elevated, the cab company moved its facilities to a storefront on Pettit Avenue, and the shelter was relocated to preserve it from the destruction which saw the demise of the old station itself. After many years of neglect, it was renovated and further enclosed to its present condition. The Bellmore Historical Society has occupied the small building for the past several years, making its treasury of antique photographs and historical artifacts available to school groups as well as to visitors to the annual Bellmore Family Street Festival hosted each fall by the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce.

Station layout[edit]

The station has one 14-car-long high-level island platform between the two tracks.

G Ground level Entrance/exit, parking, buses
P
Platform level
Track 1 Babylon Branch toward Jamaica or Penn Station (Merrick)
Montauk Branch does not stop here
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 2 Babylon Branch toward Babylon (Wantagh)
Montauk Branch does not stop here →

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study

External links[edit]

Present-day view of the north side of Bellmore Station (in the background) with the restored former shelter which had been preserved from the early-1900s grade-level station complex (in the middle-ground, on the right) and the pavement of Pettit Avenue (in the foreground).