Welcome to the

Long Island Rail Road History Website





-hosted by Bob Andersen

Early History (1834-1900)

LIRR Timeline The Early Pennsylvania RR Years and Electrification Competing Railroads LIRR Firsts
Searching for Abandoned ROW's Abandoned Stations Individual Branches Joint LIRR - Elevated/Rapid Transit Service System Maps
Old Timetables Current Stations Rolling Stock Towers Yards
LIRR Call Letters Trolleys on Long Island Bibliography 1934 and 1959 100th & 125th Anniversary Booklets Site Map
Bob Emery Track Maps Felix Reifschneider's LIRR History


Old Tickets


New 8/2013 - 1963 Proposal - Better Rail Service for Nassau County State Hospitals

The major sources of the historical information on this website are: i) Vincent Seyfried's seven volume "The Long Island Rail Road - A Comprehensive History" (Sadly, Mr. Seyfried passed away in April 2012, a few days before his 94th birthday); ii) Ron Ziel's many fine books and pictures of the LIRR; and iii) The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online 1841-1902.



On April 24, 2009, the LIRR was 175 years old.

On September 8, 2010, Penn Station was 100 years old.

And in March 2013, Jamaica Station was 100 years old.

(click on the first thumbnail for the MTA's page for LIRR 175; click on the second thumbnail for a larger version of the First Day Cover for Penn Station's 100 years

-contributed by Big John)


LIRR Atlantic Ave. Tunnel recognized by Guinness as world's oldest


IMPORTANT: Sign this petition to re-open the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours, which were recently halted by the City for "safety" reasons.


Rededication of newly-restored Penn Station Eagle at Hicksville


Here are some groups that could use your support


Click this button for some Quick Time movies of LIRR trains


These are some of the various logos used by the LIRR though the years. Click on the fourth image, Dashing Dan, for a larger view. Click on Dashing Dottie in the fifth image for the story of her first appearance.

If you would like to make any additions or have any corrections, please let ME know.

*Note: This website is not affiliated in any way with MTA Long Island Rail Road, and has been created for historical information purposes only. The official website of MTA Long Island Rail Road is located HERE.

Also note that all pictures and text appearing in this website (except those specifically attributed to other sources) are Copyright 1998-2013 Robert W. Andersen. Permission is granted to others to use most of the pictures and text for non-commercial informational purposes, provided the source (either myself, Robert W. Andersen or by reference to this website) is acknowledged. Other pictures attributed to other persons, such as Dave Keller, Ron Ziel, Big John or Vincent Seyfried, may not be used without their permission.

This website was established in May, 1998


This site is a member of the Long Island Web Ring

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