Valley Stream (LIRR station)

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Valley Stream
Valley Stream LIRR jeh.JPG
Location Franklin Avenue & Sunrise Highway
Village of Valley Stream, NY
Coordinates 40°39′41″N 73°42′17″W / 40.661483°N 73.704679°W / 40.661483; -73.704679Coordinates: 40°39′41″N 73°42′17″W / 40.661483°N 73.704679°W / 40.661483; -73.704679
Owned by MTA
Line(s) Atlantic Branch;
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Connections Local Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n1, Elmont Flexi
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 4
Opened June 1869 (SSRRLI)[1]
Rebuilt 1933
Electrified December 11, 1905
750 V (DC) third rail
Passengers (2006) 4,852[2]
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Far Rockaway Branch
toward Far Rockaway
Long Beach Branch
toward Long Beach
Babylon Branch
toward Babylon
West Hempstead Branch

Valley Stream is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Branch serving the residents of Valley Stream, and is the first station (traveling eastbound) in Nassau County. The station is located at Franklin Avenue and Sunrise Highway, west of Rockaway Avenue, and is 17.7 miles (28.5 km) from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via the Atlantic Branch east of Jamaica. The station is wheelchair accessible with an elevator from street level; parking facilities and taxis are available.


The first Valley Stream station was built by the South Side Railroad of Long Island on October 28, 1867. The station house itself opened in July 1869 with the opening of the Far Rockaway Branch, and was built as a Swiss chalet style station house inside the legs of an old wye. It also served customers of the Southern Hempstead Branch which was built by the short-lived New York and Hempstead Plains Railroad between 1871 and 1900. Along with the rest of the SSRRLI, the station was acquired by the Long Island Rail Road in 1889. In 1893 the station began to serve trains along the West Hempstead Branch. When Nassau County separated from Queens in 1899, Valley Stream station became the first station in Nassau County along the Montauk Branch. The station was electrified with the rest of the Far Rockaway Branch on December 11, 1905, and the Long Beach Branch was extended from Lynbrook station in 1910 and became an extension of the Atlantic Branch.

In 1933, the original station was razed as part of a grade elimination project that was occurring along the Montauk, Atlantic, and Babylon Branches throughout the mid-20th century. Prior to this, a temporary station was relocated on a shoo-fly north of the former station on August 10, 1932, then moved to another one south of the former station on August 31 of the same year. The third elevated center-island structure that exists today was opened north of the former location on February 7, 1933, and although the wye was removed as part of the reconstruction, it remained on many maps well into the late-20th Century, and continues to be shown on some in the present.

Clear Stream station[edit]

Shortly after electrical service of the Far Rockaway Branch was established, the LIRR created a new station west of Valley Stream at Clear Stream Road (now Avenue) called Clear Stream station. It was established in 1906, and used only for rush hour service. The station was eliminated after 1910.[3]

Station layout[edit]

An eight-car long island platform is located between the two south tracks, Officially, Tracks 1 and 2 are on the Atlantic Branch and the bypass tracks are on the Montauk Branch. At the east end of the station the Atlantic Branch designation ends: the two tracks become the Long Beach Branch continuing east to Lynbrook and Long Beach, while the Far Rockaway Branch curves south toward Far Rockaway in New York City. Babylon Branch trains merge with the Montauk Branch right-of-way and continue east towards Babylon. West Hempstead Branch trains also merge with the Montauk Branch right-of-way and further east of the station, switch onto the West Hempstead Branch tracks.

G Ground level Entrance/exit, parking, buses
Platform level
Montauk Branch does not stop here
Babylon Branch does not stop here
West Hempstead Branch does not stop here
Montauk Branch does not stop here →
Babylon Branch does not stop here →
West Hempstead Branch does not stop here →
Track 1 Long Beach Branch toward Jamaica, Atlantic or Penn Station (Rosedale)
Far Rockaway Branch toward Atlantic or Penn Station (Rosedale)
Babylon Branch toward Jamaica or Penn Station (Rosedale)
West Hempstead Branch toward West Hempstead (Westwood)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 2 Long Beach Branch toward Long Beach (Lynbrook)
Far Rockaway Branch toward Far Rockaway (Gibson)
Babylon Branch toward Babylon (Lynbrook)
West Hempstead Branch toward West Hempstead (Westwood)


  1. ^ Vincent F. Seyfried, The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part One: South Side R.R. of L.I., © 1961
  2. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  3. ^ [The Long Island Rail Road, a Comprehensive History - Part 6: The Golden Age 1881-1900, by Vincent F. Seyfried (1975; Page 267)]

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