New York and Atlantic Railway

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New York and Atlantic Railway
NY&A System Map.PNG
Map of NY&A System, operating on tracks owned by LIRR and CSX
NY&A EMD MP15AC 159.jpg
NY&A locomotive #159 pulls freight through Jamaica Railroad Station
Reporting mark NYA
Locale Long Island, New York
Dates of operation 1997 (1997)–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Headquarters Glendale, Queens

The New York and Atlantic Railway (NY&A) (reporting mark NYA) is a short line railroad formed in 1997 to provide freight service over the tracks of the Long Island Rail Road, a public commuter rail agency which had decided to privatize its freight operations. An affiliate of the Anacostia and Pacific Company, NY&A operates exclusively on Long Island, New York and is connected to the mainland via CSX's line over the Hell Gate Bridge. It also interchanges with New York New Jersey Rail's car float at the 65th Street Yard and US Rail of New York in Yaphank, NY.[1] Its primary freight yard is Fresh Pond Junction in Queens. The NY&A officially took over Long Island Rail Road's freight operations on May 11, 1997. The initial franchise was for 20 years.[1]


Lumber, building products, scrap metal, construction & demolition debris, bio-diesel fuel, food, beer, gravel, propane, chemicals, structural steel, plastics and recyclable cardboard/paper are NYA's main traffic. Occasionally, NYA transports utility poles and electrical transformers to the LIPA facility in Hicksville, which has its own spurs. NYA also moves municipal solid waste in sealed containers on COFC trains. NYA serves Belmont Park, delivering boxcars, usually BNSF's, full of feed for the race track's horses.[citation needed]

Some NYA customers are located off-line, and make use of NYA's team tracks to receive or ship products. Team tracks are located in Bay Ridge, Hicksville, Huntington, Greenlawn, St. James, Islip, Richmond Hill, Maspeth, Speonk, Medford, Southold, and elsewhere on the Long Island Rail Road lines that NYA serves. Most of NYA's customers have their own spurs, making the use of team tracks unnecessary. A new 28 acre, privately funded transload facility in Yaphank, Brookhaven Rail Terminal, opened in 2011.[2]

In 2014, work was underway to build a transload facility for vegetable oil, food products and construction material at NYA's Wheel Spur Yard along Newtown Creek near Long Island City. NYA expects the facility to support construction of the replacement Kosciuszko Bridge.[3]

Other products shipped to Long Island via the NYA include bentonite and rock salt. The LIRR and the NYCTA occasionally receive new rail cars, and ship out old, retired equipment for scrapping by way of the NYA.[citation needed]


The NYA moved 28,094 carloads in 2013, up from approximately 9200 when it began operating in May, 1997.


Customers include:[4] [5]

  • Allied Extruders - Maspeth, NY
  • Arriva /Nicolia Concrete - Yaphank, NY
  • Astro Ready Mix - Deer Park, NY
  • Bass Oil Company - Bushwick, NY
  • Bluelinx - Yaphank, NY
  • Brookhaven National Labs - Upton, NY
  • Brooklyn Rebar - Bushwick, NY
  • Brooklyn Resource Recovery - Bedford, NY
  • CBS Food Products - Bedford, NY
  • Century Building Products - Babylon, NY
  • City Lumber - Long Island City, NY
  • Coastal Distribution, LLC - Farmingdale, NY
  • Combined Container - Wyandanch, NY
  • Chesler Plywood - New Hyde Park, NY
  • D&M Lumber Supply - Bushwick, NY
  • Dai Sing Trading - Nichols Siding, NY
  • David Rosen Bakery Supplies - Bushwick, NY
  • Decorama Building Supply - Nichols Siding, NY
  • DiCarlo Food Distributors - Holtsville, NY
  • Eastern Wholesale Fence - Hicksville, NY
  • ELM Global Logistics - Brentwood, NY
  • Favorite Plastics - Bedford, NY
  • Feldman Lumber - Nichols Siding, NY
  • Ferrara Lumber - Nichols Siding, NY
  • Gershow Recycling - Medford, NY
  • Giaquinto Masonry - Deer Park, NY
  • Glenwood Mason - Bedford, NY
  • Handyfat Trading - Nichols Siding, NY
  • Healthy Brand Oil - Long Island City, NY
  • Inter-County Bakers - Farmingdale, NY
  • Interstate Plywood - Richmond Hill, NY
  • Island Container - Wyandanch, NY
  • Kings Material - Bushwick, NY
  • Kleet Lumber - Huntington, NY
  • Long Island Railroad - Fresh Pond, NY
  • Manhattan Beer Distributors - Bushwick, NY
  • Marjam Building Supply - Farmingdale, NY
  • Mon Chong Loong Trading - Nichols Siding, NY
  • Nassau/Suffolk Lumber - Huntington, NY
  • New Hyde Park Oil Terminal - New Hyde Park, NY
  • New Yung Wah Trading - Long Island City, NY
  • Nicolia Concrete - Babylon, NY
  • Norampac NYC - Nichols Siding, NY
  • NYC Transit - Bedford, NY
  • One World Recycling - Babylon, NY
  • Ozone Park Lumber - Richmond Hill, NY
  • Paraco Gas Company - Riverhead, NY
  • Posillico - Farmingdale, NY
  • Prima Asphalt / Scatt Materials - Holtsville, NY
  • Riverhead Building Supply - Riverhead, NY
  • Roberts Plywood - Deer Park, NY
  • RockTenn - Deer Park, NY
  • Sherwood Lumber Corp. - Holtsville, NY
  • Sky Materials - Nichols Siding, NY
  • TC Tropical - Bedford, NY
  • Triangle Building Products - Medford, NY
  • Triple Star Feed - Queens Village, NY
  • Unity Fuels - Hicksville, NY
  • Velve Top Products - Islip, NY and Huntington, NY
  • Waste Management of NY - Bushwick, NY
  • Weiner, Crowley & Saint John Lumber - Nichols Siding, NY and Long Island City, NY
  • Western Beef Supermarkets - Bushwick, NY
  • Yang Shing Trading - Nichols Siding, NY


The NY&A has substantially different crewing agreements than the Long Island Rail Road, allowing it more flexibility to match the needs of freight customers. NY&A has two crewbases, one in Glendale, Queens and another near the former LIRR station Pine Aire on the main line, between Deer Park and Brentwood. On a typical weekday, NY&A operates six crews.[6]


The NY&A currently operates twelve diesel locomotives, most of which were built between 1976 (GP38-2) and 1977 (MP15AC, SW1001). The roster includes the following locomotives:[7]

See also[edit]



  • Skeats, William J. (Spring 2005). "The New York & Atlantic Railway". The Railroad Press (65): 32. 

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