Goose Creek station

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Goose Creek
Aerial view of North Channel Bridge and causeway, August 2019.JPG
Aerial view of North Channel in 2019. Goose Creek station was located near the left edge of the photo.
General information
LocationJamaica Bay
Queens, New York
Coordinates40°37′58.4″N 73°49′20.5″W / 40.632889°N 73.822361°W / 40.632889; -73.822361Coordinates: 40°37′58.4″N 73°49′20.5″W / 40.632889°N 73.822361°W / 40.632889; -73.822361
Line(s)Rockaway Beach Branch
Platforms2 side platforms
ElectrifiedJuly 26, 1905
Former services
Preceding station Long Island
Rail Road
Following station
Hamilton Beach
toward Howard
Rockaway Beach Division The Raunt

Goose Creek was a former Long Island Rail Road station on the Rockaway Beach Branch. Located on the north end of the trestle across Goose Creek, it had no address and no station house, because it was meant strictly as a dropping-off point for fisherman using a small island in Jamaica Bay.[1]

The station opened in the summer of 1888 and by the following year it served a small community consisting of six fishing clubs, two saloons, and a hotel. The area was known as a popular fishing ground for weakfish and boats could be hired at the docks.[2][3]

The Rockaway Beach Branch was electrified on July 26, 1905.[4] The following year, spoils from the construction of the tunnels leading to Pennsylvania Station were used to fill in the trestle across Goose Creek.[5] The station closed in September 1935 and by 1940 all of the buildings at Goose Creek were eliminated.[2][6]


  1. ^ Brooklyn, NY Quadrangle (Map). 1:62,500. 15 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 1898. § SE. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  2. ^ a b Black, Frederick R. (1981). "Jamaica Bay: A History" (PDF). National Park Service. p. 58. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  3. ^ Hendrick, Daniel M. (2006). Jamaica Bay. Images of America. Charleston: Arcadia. p. 34. ISBN 0-7385-4559-7.
  4. ^ Seyfried, Vincent F.; Asadorian, William (1991). Old Queens, N.Y., in Early Photographs. New York: Dover. p. xi. ISBN 0-486-26358-4.
  5. ^ Black, Frederick R. (1981). "Jamaica Bay: A History" (PDF). National Park Service. p. 74. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  6. ^ "LIRR Station History". TrainsAreFun. Archived from the original on 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2010-04-18.

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