Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter Calendars

of the National Railway Historical Society

NRHS Long Island Sunrise Trail WebSite

The History of the LIST Chapter Calendars

Dave Morrision published the first calendar - 1986 - with his own money and told the Chapter that if the project was successful, he would turn it over to the Chapter.  Dave had 1,000 calendars printed and they sold like "hotcakes".

He turned the project over to the Chapter and with the leadership and publishing skills and hard work of John Scala, the calendar has been published since 1986. 

Dave indicates, "I should add - John Scala set me up with the printer in Hong Kong which allowed me to do the calendar in color. Had it not been for John, the calendar would have been B&W."    Info: D. Morrison

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RDC #3101 Eastward from Babylon 1955 - Harold Fagerberg photo shot from Babylon Tower
Dave Morrision Archive
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March Photo: Alco Power Pack # 612 at Easthampton Station - 03/1985 1985 - D. Morrison photo, archive
1986 Calendar 
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RS-3 Diesel at Oyster Bay - November 1976 - V.F. Grappone photo D. Morrison  archive
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"Cannonball with observation car "Setauket" on the rear.  East of Great River.  August 1963 photo by Art Huneke.
1987 Calendar 
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LIRR #2402 C-Liner arriving at Wyandanch  1952 
Photo: Malcolm Young
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West Hempstead Shuttle Photo: Ben Young
1988 Calendar 
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The sun broke through for only a moment on this otherwise rainy October 16, 1955. G5s class, 10 wheeler #35 heads up a steam special and is shown at a photo stop in LI City. LIST Collection
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As the 1977 season ends in the summer playground area of  Long Island, we find a westbound near Napeague Beach. 
Photo: Bob Felber
1989 Calendar 
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On the morning of January 9, 1988, GP38-2 #266, with parlor car and train in tow, races an M-3 class electric M.U. consist east of Mineola, NY. Photo: Mark Conca
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An eastbound diesel hauled train rushes its charge towards the rising moon at Mineola, NY 02/13/87 Photo: John Scala
1990 Calendar 
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Fairbanks-Morse 1506, brings the nine cars, including parlor, of train #552, to Roslyn on May 20, 1964. Photo: Robert B. Dunnet
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It's October 25, 1987 at 5:00 in the evening and as dusk falls over Deer Park a train approaches from the west on the eve of electrification of the Main Line to Ronkonkoma. 
Photo: Paul H. Espersen
1991 Calendar 
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C420's #229 & 225, lead the "Kabin Kar" special westbound at Floral Park. The train consisted of the two ALCOs, power cab #609 and eight cabooses bracketing two P72 class  coaches. This was to be the final run for the 229 and 225 which ended the American Locomotive Company era on Long Island. (Except for re-powered ALCO FA units.) This era lasted form 1945, with delivery of the first 660 HP switcher #404, until 1989 when the last "Centuries" were sent to Naporano Iron & Metal Co. in New Jersey. Our thanks to member Gene Collora and his many associates on the LIRR for making September 10, 1989 a memorable day for the Chapter and friends. John J. Scala
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The P.M. rush hour is done and evening is nigh as Manhattan Island's one-of-a-kind light show would indicate. With the sun's aura quickly dissipating, SW1001 reposes on track 1 at the LI City yard after attending to the day's switching chores.
Photo: Peter Lenz
1992 Calendar 
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G5s class ten wheeler #28, stands by as Hicksville "protect" engine in April of 1955. The era of steam would soon be over as the order had already been placed with ALCO for ten RS-3 road switchers. Photo: George J. Abere, Jr.
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The venerable depot at St. James is the subject of this winter's night scene of February 27, 1991. Photo: Paul H. Espersen
1993 Calendar 
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SW1001's 104 & 102 pose on the Morris Park turntable just prior to going into service as the "Harold" protect set. In an effort to recapture the history of the railroad, the duo was painted into the gray and orange. 04/05/1992
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An RS-1 brings caboose C54, into the tunnel portal at East New York. Atop the bore is the inscription heralding the grade crossing elimination of 1914. Photo: Gerald H. Landau
1994 Calendar 
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The grade crossing elimination project is well underway in Floral Park as C-Liner #2402 negotiates the shoofly with a westbound passenger consist 04/1961 Photo: Matthew J. Herson, Jr.
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It's 5:15 A.M. at Amityville interlocking and the sun is making its first appearance on the Sunrise Trail.  Photo: George Maccarone
1995 Calendar - Produced by Hobby Images
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As Gotham towers in the background, trains await their evening departure times to Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay respectively. Photo: John  Henderson  Produced by Hobby Images
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End of the line out east at Montauk Point. Trains lay over for the weekend with observation cars Setauket on the Cannonball and Jamaica on the Weekender, July 7, 1963. Photo: Norman Kohl
Produced by Hobby Images
1995 Calendar 
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LIRR #40 G5s moves off the turntable and across the yard in Oyster Bay, NY to couple on to its train for the next trip west. Photo: Francis Goldsmith, Jr. 
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LIRR Train #8051 arrives at the new Deer Park Station with a consist of M-3s. 03//14/1993 Photo: Paul H. Espersen
1996 Calendar
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Multi-purpose RS-1's #466 & #469 are westbound with nine reefers and caboose #80 which make up freight symbol L63. The north fork of Long Island, big on agriculture, makes for a colorful and spoiled backdrop for this scene snapped at Mattituck on October 20, 1962.  Robert B. Dunnet
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Even while this photo was being taken, the future of this equipment was in danger. By June of 1969, Budd-built M-1 class cars were well on the way to replacing double-deck MP70's, MP54's and eventually MP72's & MP75's would be converted to push-pull diesel hauled cars. Our rear cover train is a Port Washington job for Penn Station, NY and is ducking under the Barstow Road bridge and slowing for a station stop in Great Neck.  John J. Scala
1997 Calendar 
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Veteran's Day in 1954, with crystal clear skies, was a good day to go out and catch a steam train in action. Railfan-photographer Norman E. Kohl leveled his camera at train #610 for Port Jefferson as it slowed for a station stop at Hicksville. G5s #50 does the honors with four Tichy-painted "ping-pong" coaches in tow. It doesn't get much better than this!
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RS-1 #462 shoves five cars and caboose #18 back into Glen Cove team track towards the freight house. (11/12/55) Photo: Norman Kohl
1998 Calendar 
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C420 #202, is in her second year of service and has train #635 in tow for Jamaica. To the left, caboose C-64 brings up the markers on the Port Jefferson freight and will proceed west after the passenger job has cleared. This meet is just west of the Smithtown station. (01/09/196) Photo: Norman E. Kohl
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Alco model S-1 #416 was one of four units of its class to be outfitted with multiple unit and speed control for road freight service. It is January 1976, and the switcher has a little more than a year to go before being retired. The float bridges in Long Island City are quiet this Saturday and accordingly, the #416 and its float reach car get the weekend off. (01/10/76) Photo: Fred Wilczewski
1999 Calendar 
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Power Pack #603 and eight cars make up train #233 which is seen making a station stop at Pinelawn. The fine trimmed lawns of the National Cemetery (right) are blanketed with snow. The engine exhaust form LIRR #211 (pushing) is barely visible from the west end of the train. 02/11/1972 Photo: Robert B. Dunnet
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Years ago the LIRR's employee magazine, The Long Islander, featured a segment on railroad locations whereby the reader was called upon to figure out "where are we?" Such is the situation here, where the humble beginnings of Hicksville's (West John St.) freight yard are in evidence. A ballast train drops stone and a rare NX23 cabin car, fashioned from an X23 boxcar, brings up the markers. Photo: Norman E. Kohl
2000 Calendar 
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One of the railroad's new trains scoots across Mill Creek with train 200 for Greenport in March 1999. Photo: John J. Scala
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"C-Liner City" The west yard at Port Jefferson is alive with Fairbanks-Morse locomotives. This includes train 4651 which is seen negotiating the Baylis Ave grade crossing. Engineer R. Smith throttles up for the westbound trip o independence Day in 1959. Photo: Norman E. Kohl
2001 Calendar 
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As the sun sets on Saturday 14, 1963, the lights come up on the evening activities at Morris Park. Minor running repairs, wheel truing and fueling will be facilitated throughout the night preparing motive power for the next day's assignments. Looking across the turntable pit, we see various motive power in the roundhouse and engines on the patio for washing. Such is the night trick seldom seen, but nonetheless, an important aspect in daily railroad operations. Photo: Robert B. Dunnet
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For the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, the Long Island Rail Road pavilion had an operating model railroad, miniature railroad for children to ride, duck hatching and two facades for souvenir photography. These photos show both locomotive and observation car facades which spent many years, after the "fair" at the Tanglewood Day Camp , Rockville Centre and have most recently been preserved by Steam Loco 35 group. 
Photos: Robert B. Dunnet
2002 Calendar 
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Is there a race going on here? More than this picture shows is the fact that steam is heading toward the "great roundhouse," located just out of the mind's eye. The year is 1954, the last full season for steam operations and H10s No. 113 eastbound through Floral Park before the grade crossing elimination project. The consolidation (2-8-0) with "lines west" tender and seemingly endless freight is challenged by the black diesel coming up fast on her right. History has already told us who won, but let us remember this era fondly with the 113 ahead by a smoke box! 
Photo: George J. Abere, Jr.
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Do you remember the famed Volkswagen bus? It wasn't just a vehicle for the "flower power" generation for it served many other purposes as well. The Long Island Rail Road employed the "bus" as a high rail vehicle for inspections as for security during strikes. The "Gandy Wagon" which it was called, reposes in Bridgehampton on November 15, 1962 amongst the other rubber-tired veterans of the road. And no, the logo doesn't stand for Ontario & Western!  Photo: Norman E. Kohl
2003 Calendar 
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G5s class #24 gathers momentum just west of the Locust Avenue crossing in Glen Head. She tows three aged "ping-pong" coaches which will survive way beyond the ten-wheeler itself. The date is January 14,1955 and steam will bow out later this year. Enjoy the moment and the effort of the photographer to capture it. Train #533, will never be the same after October 1955 as the growl of the diesel will carry on from there. Photo: Norman E. Kohl
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Freight symbol RF-61 is westbound at Pinelawn with its twenty-seven cars and a hand-me-down bringing up the markers. Caboose C-94 was one of a group of hacks purchased from the Illinois Central during the MTA era of the LIRR. The caboose is just another example of classic railroading gone extinct. So, on the morning of January 29, 1974, the C-94 carried out its duties, unaware that it would be sidelined in favor of a "FRED." (flashing rear end device) Photo: Robert B. Dunnet
2004 Calendar 
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It seems appropriate to cast a C-Liner for the cover of this year's calendar. LIRR 2004 heads up a train #4009 at Montauk and is shown making its 5:40pm departure. The parlor cars toward the end appear to be 4009's train, but are actually the equipment for the Sundowner, the all-parlor car train which is scheduled for 6:40pm. (06/22/1963) Photo: Norman E. Kohl
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What a difference six months cam make! Top: It's hard to believe, but the LIRR MP15Ac fleet hit its 26th year of service in March 2003. Whatever wasn't painted previously of sold to the New York & Atlantic is subject to a facelift. At the suggestion of an employee the 167 was repainted in this four color likeness using New York State colors with some added gray and black. (10/08/2002)

Bottom: On April 6, 2003 the 167 is seen again repainted, reversing the blue and gray giving and almost CSX-like appearance. The Gabreski-era "We Serve With Pride" slogans with flags have returned and grace the railroad's equipment. Photos: John J. Scala

2005 Calendar 
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A subtle change of image is seen here in Brooklyn's VD yard. One of the MP54C class multiple class unit cars now models the new paint scheme designed by Lester Tichy. The freshly painted car is surrounded by the Pennsy-inspired tuscan red livery and it sits below the elevated freight track that provided access to the Rabinowitz Warehouse. Photo: John J. Scala


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During the early 1980's, the LIRR shop forces sampled many different designs for the ends of the M-1 fleet. Most incorporated the use of reflective tape... all were aimed at better visibility. The 9014 models one option while its mate (9015) carried the yellow across the face of the car to where the MTA logo is. Neither option was du0plicated in mass  numbers, but it made interesting fodder for J.C. Smith, Jr. to take notice and record the moment on October 21, 1982. 
2006 Calendar 
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With large battleship-styled road numbers emblazoned across its nose, a 2400 horsepower Consolidation Line Fairbanks-Morse diesel has the point of a main line train to Ronkonkoma. Steam has taken its leave and now the diesel locomotive will take the railroad into the new century and beyond. Efforts are under way to revive steam on Long Island excursion service, but sponsors are needed to underwrite the costs to make this dream a reality. For information, contact the chapter. Photo:  Norman E. Kohl 1956


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The second phase of the bi-level era story of the LIRR is in evidence here as train #660 ambles through the Divide Interlocking in Hicksville. At first this train was propelled by two leased Chicago Metra E8s, phase three with FL9s and phase four which is in progress with DE & DM30 locomotives. Here GP38-2s #259 and #266 have the point and trailing the consist is the 3100, (providing head-end power) which was fashioned from power cab #608. Photo: William Mangahas 09/1991
2007 Calendar 
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Before the grade separation project of the 1960s, there would be no doubt when a train was in Hicksville. With the main line and Port Jefferson branch coming to confluence here, it meant a lot of freight and passenger movements. G5s class #35 heads up a job from Port Jefferson which has just  passed Bethpage Road and will trip many more grade crossing circuits before leaving town. With the new elevated structure planned, pedestrian and vehicular traffic only need watch out for their own. The year was 1955 and time was running out for the steam locomotive on Long Island. Photo: Norman E. Kohl.
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RS3 #1560 is made compatible with brand new R-44 subway cars by way of compromise car M502. The eight R-4s will be shoved up the hill to the Bay Ridge Branch and delivered to the Parkville interchange where the NYC Transit Authority will forward them to Coney Island to be put into service. Photo: Steve Zabel 01/27/1972
2008 Calendar 
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Locust Tower (Locust Valley), on the Oyster Bay branch, was once manned by the LIRR personnel. Switching responsibilities are now handled elsewhere and the structure acts as a sub-station for the Nassau County Police. On Sunday, January 5, 2975 a westbound train passes "Locust," which is still decorated with garland from the holiday season. Local businesses recently funded the restoration of Locust tower and its looks great. The structure can be seen at the Forest Avenue grade crossing in Locust Valley. The tower will stand so that future generations will learn about railroading's past. Photo: Norman E. Kohl.
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For Many years PD tower stood as a sentinel on the Montauk branch handling east and westbound train movements. Its charming list gave it many nick-names and worried railroad officials as to the structural integrity of the building. In May 2006, the last orders were handed up and the venerable tower closed...still standing! The word was passed along to preservationists, but alas there were no takers. PD was demolished. It is shown (left) in a view taken on August 6, 1963 (Photo: Norman E. Kohl) and it its final days (right).  Photo: Steve Quigley
2008 Calendar - NYA 
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The RS-3 spots a covered hopper full of duck feed for Eastport Feeds. Both #270 and #271 wear the new paint scheme. 02/24/2007 Photo: William J. Skeats
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NYA # 105 has halted beneath the Belt Parkway overpass in BA Ridge to swap out loads with the NYCHRR on March 26, 1999. Photo: Benjamin W. Shaeffer
2009 Calendar 
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On summer Sundays train No. 4012 would typically return serviced locomotives to Montauk for westbound trains that evening. LIRR #205, #202 and #201 roll through  Bethpage with a mixed consist of cars on September 7, 1964. Photo: Norman E. Kohl
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Destinations on the Long Island Rail Road.* 
All photos by retired LIRR Gateman George Basch
*lower left photo is Smithtown Station
2010 Calendar 
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Locomation...It's no wonder why the steam enthusiasts lamented the loss of their beloved iron horse. The diesel, while being easier and less costly to maintain, could never compare to the animation provided by the drivers of a steam locomotive. The machine was a delight to the senses, except taste. Although if you liked steam locomotives, you were said to have good taste, according to some of the older generations of the hobby. The Pennsylvania R.R., during the their ownership of the LIRR would lease locomotives to use here on Long Island. Such was the case when K4 #7938 came in town. She was mainline train No. 4232 in tow at Bethpage on March 3, 1946. Photo: F.R. Dirkes Collection: Ron Ziel
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There were two transfer tables in Morris Park to move equipment from building to building. The west transfer table, shown in this photo is the lesser photographed due to accesability. Note how the rails are laid. They are spaced apart where as the east table used 4' 8 1/2" guage track. Both ran off trolley wire. In this image, one of the GE 25 ton shop switchers moves the Setauket business car about the facility. Photo: Robert C. Sturm 
2011 Calendar 
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On January 4, 1997, FL9AC No. 300 lays over for the weekend in Port Jefferson.  It is tethered to ground power to keep the equipment from freezing up while stored.  The rail where the train sits is the last evidence that service on the Port Jefferson branch once continued eleven miles further east to Wading River.  The line was abandoned in 1938.  Carl G. Perelman
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Except for the equipment that brackets the sunset, this timeless genre has seen many arrivals and departures.  Day is about done, but the night will bring lesser, but steady traffic through the plant.  Jay tower is silhouetted against the amber sky and will be a sleepless sentinel for comings and goings on the west end of Jamaica.  
11/74 Phil Imbro
2012 Calendar 
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The winter of 2010 was memorable and seemingly everlasting.  Snow scenes like this, while being beautiful, became nothing more than something to shovel or plow.  The LIRR worked its hardest to keep their right-of-way clear and trains running, but Mother Nature was unrelenting.  Speonk is shown here just about all cleared out.  The running track is to the left and new signaling is in place.  William Skeats
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Elevated railroad crossing signals are usually found on highways and where visibility may be an issue.  This is Main Street in Mineola and just out of view, to the left, is Nassau tower which protects the interlocking where the Oyster Bay branch converges with the main line. (see December photo) On a balmy December eve, a train has entered the circuit and thus, the ensuing light show.  John J. Scala.
2013 Calendar 
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LIRR photographer John Spoltore took this contemporary photograph of the east end of Jamaica Station. Captured in all its glory are an eastbound diesel train led by DE30AC #420, a westbound M7 MU train in the station and the railroad's office building at the right.

Calendar 2013 March page
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 The new Jamaica Station opened on March 9, 1913 complete with tell-tale warnings on Station Tracks 1 and 2 as well as semaphores in this print provided by Dave Morrison. The insert on the left is LIRR Chief Engineer John Richard Savage, who personally led the design and construction work on the project. The insert on the right is Kenneth M. Murchison, a leading architect of the time who designed the railroad's office building. The tracks at the far right led to the Adikes Farm Supply Company. Emery Collection - SUNY Stony Brook Library

Jamaica Then and Now 1913-2013 A Century of Service
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1. (Top left) The Jamaica office building of the railroad is new in this 1913 photo of the building's east and south sides. Two automobiles on Sulphin Blvd. and a shoeshine stand complete this scene as the rest of the area is relatively undeveloped. Dave Morrison Print-Emery Collection-SUNY Stony Brook Library.

2. (Top right) More than eight decades later a photograph taken by Bob Myers revels that while much of the surrounding area has changed, the exterior of the office building has basically remained the same.

3. (Lower left) On April 30, 1931 a train of MP54s was photographed in "The Pocket", a track that was used for switching and not for storage. The platforms of Union Hall Street Station can be seen on both sides of the tracks in this view that was taken from an overhead signal bridge.

4. (Lower right) Forty years later, it's July 12, 1971 and "The Pocket" still sees much use; this train of Pullman-Standard cars in MTA colors, an MP54 and two double-deckers is making a switching move.  The end car is #1296 while the second, in orange stripe, is #1307, rebuilt by the LIRR in 1966.  Photo by Doug Grotjahn.

2014 Calendar
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An MP15AC leading an MU train bound for either Hempstead or E. Williston slows to a stop at Hollis Station. The freight cars to the left are on the secondary tracks leading to Holban yard. An arson fire destroyed the station building in the background during 1967. This is a Vincent Albino photograph from the James Mardiguian collection.   


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Rear Cover: A collage of the 2014 monthly photographs.



2015 Calendar
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Long Island Rail Road class H10s locomotive third 105 (Pittsburgh 52491 of 9/1913) heads the eastbound on Montauk freight as it works through the 'sag' between Valley Stream and Lynbrook in an undated photograph whose photographer is also unknown. Clearly visible are the old Automatic Block Signals S16.7
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LIRR AGP20msc third number 221 (Alco Products 2284-01 of 7/1964) heads Train 4251 through Deer Park on a snowy Sunday afternoon in 1976. Image from the collection of the Long Island - Sunrise Trail Chapter, photographer unknown.


2016 Calendar
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The station at Central Islip Hospital was constructed to serve the relatives and friends from New York City visiting patients. They arrived aboard Sunday-only trains. April 1966 photo. 1556 currently resides at the Railroad Museum of LI in Riverhead.
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The past and the future. Compare the Kawasaki full-scale model of the projected M-9 car with the first generation LIRR MP-41. The MP-41 photo was taken at the Country Life Press Station.
2017 Calendar
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MP15AC 170 stands outside Jamaica Station as a multiple unit train heads west off of the Atlantic Branch. Image by John Spoltore, Long Island Rail Road Manager Education Program Development (retired).
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This image of Long Island Rail Road C-liner class FP20sc 2002 during a station stop in Hicksville was captured by Gene Collora at a time that the Hicksville station was at ground level.
2018 Calendar
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While the future looks on, a power car is being towed onto the turntable to correctly position it for road service. The dinky shop switcher is now at the Railroad Museum of Long Island in Riverhead.
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(Left) LIRR SW1001 #100 and a NY&A SW1001 coupled nose to nose on the Atlantic Avenue viaduct. This image is by Gregory Grice, a NY&A conductor. (Right) LIRR MP15AC #164 switches the final arrival of the circus train on May 10, 2017. Image by Stephen Melrose.
2019 Calendar
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The photographer, a former LIRR Chief Mechanical Officer, had just stepped down from the cab of the LIRR 175th Anniversary Special (train on the right in the siding - with specially designed drumhead) at Riverhead. A short time later, he captured the passage of a revenue train No. 6200 on a sparkling Saturday, June 24, 2009. - Photo by Mark Sullivan
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Fairbanks Morse No. 1501 is shown leaving Ronkonkoma RR Station for points west. - Photo by Gerard H. Landau
2020 Calendar

Barry Johnson, who is a LIRR "Road Foreman of Engines/Rolling Stock Projects", captured this westward view of the John D. Caemmerer West Side Storage Yards in 2013. 

West Side Yard view east in 2017: Photo: John Kilbride
2021 Calendar

It is October 23, 1992 and power car PC6 607 leads a special train of parlor cars on the Mill Creek bridge west of Greenport. Image by Edward M. Koehler, Past President LIST NRHS

A pair of MP15AC locomotives assigned to non-revenue services pass each other in the employee only Hillside station. The 163 has some Bi-level cars and a DE/DM locomotive in tow; the 168 is running light. Image from Mark Sullivan.
2022 Calendar

Arthur Raabe (left), MTA Chief Engineer, and Joseph Valder (right), LIRR Superintendent of Transportation, discuss the latest acquisition twenty-two GP38-2's, arguably one of the best locomotives to serve on the LIRR. Image by Robert Sturm

T'was the night of Christmas 2019 and all was quiet save for John Grocki photographing NASSAU Tower!
2023 Calendar

On October 19, 2021 the Chapter and the LIRR cooperated in the operation of a special tour party to Greenport to mark the anniversary of the completion of the Main Line to Greenport.  Train 6202 is seen here passing LD Block Limit signal and the Railroad Museum of Long Island in Riverhead. Image by Andrew Grahl.

2024 Calendar

Fairbanks-Morse H16-44 number 1501 westbound at Ronkonkoma circa 1950, notice that the cars are still in Tuscan Red.  Image by the late Gerry Landau

A special thanks to Kevin Katta, Ed Koehler, Jr., Robert Myers, and Steve Quigley of LIST, for providing many of the fine examples in this collection, Dave Morrison for starting the series, additional photos and commentary, Dave Keller for inspiration and assistance, and John Scala (RIP) for making the color printing possible.