Woodhaven Junction (LIRR station)
Former Woodhaven Junction Station site
|Location||Atlantic Avenue and 100th Street,
East of Woodhaven Boulevard
Woodhaven, New York
|Platforms||4 side platforms (2 on each level)|
|Tracks||4 (2 on each level)|
|Opened||1881 (Rockaway Beach Branch, elevated station)
1893/1895 (Atlantic Branch, street-level station)
|Closed||June 8, 1962 (Rockaway Beach Branch, elevated station)
December 1976 (Atlantic Branch, underground station)
|Rebuilt||December 28, 1942 (Atlantic Branch underground station opened, replaced street-level station)|
Woodhaven Junction is a closed station complex on the Atlantic Branch and Rockaway Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. Located at Atlantic Avenue between 98th and 100th Streets, the elevated Rockaway Beach station was closed in 1962 along with the rest of the branch, while the underground Atlantic Branch station was closed and abandoned in 1976. It should not be confused with the former Woodhaven Station two stops west along the Atlantic Branch.
The station was first opened by the LIRR in the 1880s for the Rockaway Beach Branch (then known as the New York, Woodhaven and Rockaway Railroad), and in 1893 for the Atlantic Branch. Beginning in May 1940, both stations were rebuilt when the Atlantic Branch was grade separated and placed in an underground tunnel. The elevated Rockaway Beach station opened in September 1941, while the underground Atlantic Branch station opened for service on December 28, 1942.
The elevated station, located on a trestle adjacent to 100th Street, was built with two concrete high-level side platforms, with staircases down to the street and the Atlantic Branch on either side of Atlantic Avenue. The underground station's design resembled an Independent Subway station, with tile work of the same design; the name mosaic reads "Woodhaven." South of the elevated station was a two-track wye, curving northwest from the Rockaway branch to merge with the Atlantic branch west of its station at about 96th Street.
In the early expansion plans of the city's Independent Subway System in the 1930s, the Rockaway Beach Branch was planned to be absorbed into the new subway, which would have turned the Woodhaven elevated station into a stop on the IND Queens Boulevard Line or a new Queens crosstown line. In 1950, the Rockaway Beach Branch south of the Howard Beach station had closed after the trestle on Jamaica Bay between The Raunt and Broad Channel Stations was destroyed by a fire. The city purchased the entire line in 1955, but only the portion south of Liberty Avenue was reactivated for subway service. Ridership declined on the remaining portion of the LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch, and fewer trains were scheduled to stop at Woodhaven on the Atlantic Branch. Passengers who would normally use the station had to ride buses to the next nearest stations. The elevated station of the Rockaway Beach Branch closed first on June 8, 1962, along with the rest of the Rockaway Beach Branch. The underground station of the Atlantic Branch closed in 1976.
Woodhaven Junction is one of two stations on the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch still standing (the other being Ozone Park), while the underground Atlantic Branch station is still visible from passing trains. The now-abandoned LIRR substation is present on the south side of Atlantic Avenue west of the elevated line. The northern staircases to the elevated station are still visible. The former track junction and part of the Rockaway Branch right-of-way south to 97th Avenue has been paved over and is used as a school bus depot for the Logan Bus Company; the ramp and tunnel portal of the wye have been filled in.
Former Rockaway Branch platform
|Side platform, not in use|
|Side platform, not in use|
|G||Street Level||Exit; underpass|
Former Atlantic Branch platform level
|Side platform, not in service|
|Westbound||← Atlantic Branch (City Terminal Zone) does not stop here (East New York is the next operating passenger stop)|
|Eastbound||Atlantic Branch (City Terminal Zone) does not stop here (Jamaica is the next operating passenger stop) →|
|Side platform, not in service|
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