Manorville Branch

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LIRR E51sa-4 Cannonball 
Manorville Branch at Eastport 1923
Archive: Dave Keller 

Ticket from Bellport to Jamesport - 9/19/1896  Collection: Richard Makse

The rider, from Bellport (Montauk Branch), takes the eastbound Montauk, Amagansett or Speonk train and gets off at Eastport. At Eastport, the rider waits for the "Greenport Scoot" heading westbound back up to Manorville via the Manorville branch, then eastbound as the "Scoot" takes the east leg of the wye to the Main Line and out to Greenport, making the stop at Jamesport. 

Bob Emery Maps of the Manorville Branch - 1949

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MP65-66 03/1949
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MP66-67 03/1949

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MP67-68 03/1949

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MP68-69 03/1949

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MP69-70 03/1949

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MP65-70 03/1949
Composite Map
Created by: Steve Lynch 06/27/07
Eastport  Junction

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PT Tower Eastport 1923
Photo: James V. Osborne 
Collection: Dave Keller

Elevated exterior view from semaphore block signal showing connecting Manorville Branch.

PT  cabin viewed from signal mast looking west up the Manorville Branch (straight ahead) with Montauk Branch curving off to the left. 
Info: Dave Keller


Manorville Junction 
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Manorville map key 
Archive: Dave Keller
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Emery map 1934 Manorville - MP65 to Lanes Rd. Archive: Dave Keller

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Emery map 1929 Manorville - Lanes Rd. to east leg of wye Archive: Dave Keller

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Tower MR  Manorville 1921
Photo: James V. Osborne 
Collection: Dave Keller

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   Manorville demolished 6-1941 
Collection:  Robert Emery, SUNY @ Stony Brook, NY

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Zoom view of 9/27/06 photo showing the station sign says "Manor".  It wasn't changed to Manorville until 1907. Research: Dave Keller
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Manorville Jct. Station view E 9/27/1906
Archive: Dave Keller 
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Manorville Jct. Station LIRR valuation photo view NW c.1921 with the added express house, which led to Raynor Rd. being diverted.
Archive: Dave Keller
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Photo: James V. Osborne 
Collection: Dave Keller

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Photo: James V. Osborne 
Collection: Dave Keller

These shots (above left/center) are of the Manorville-Eastport branch. The only signal on the branch was installed on the north side of the Bauer St. crossing at MP66, one mile south of MP65 where MR cabin was located.

View NW towards MR and Manorville. The signal cable running along the side of the tracks connected with MR cabin one mile away and was controlled from there. Way in the distance you can just about make out the white crossbuck post for the crossing diamond for the Eastport-Manor Road crossing. 

The signal was installed in 1927 and block operator James V. Osborne climbed to the top right after installation to get some nice elevated views of the branch.

He wound up getting the only known views of the branch and, by being elevated, some of the best views of the ROW and rural LI in the process.

The 2nd shot posted is looking SE  into the early morning sun. ROW and tracks straight as an arrow in each direction.  Info: Dave Keller

Cabin-PT-H10s-108_Freight-East-Mtk-Branch_Jct-Eastport-c.1943_Keller.jpg (101570 bytes)H10s #108 is pulling an eastbound freight along the Montauk branch at the junction of the Montauk and Manorville branches at Eastport c. 1943 in this view looking northwest directly up the Manorville branch. An indication that this was a wartime shot (and wartime photos were very rare because of the security policy that was strongly enforced) is the color of the smokebox.  Smokeboxes of the locomotives during the war years were painted a dull, dark grey.  They were painted a lighter grey/graphite after the war was over.  

The locomotive is passing the "PT" unattended block limit signals.  The old signal masts are still standing but have had their semaphre blades removed.  In the foreground is the out-of-service "PT" cabin.  

Per the G.O. dates I have, the cabin was taken out of full-time service on January 19, 1933 and was open for summers only beginning on June 25 of that same year and was last placed out of service on September 9, 1942. It WOULD have been necessary  for the cabin to have been  in service during the summers due to the number of trains running past this junction on their way to the Hamptons and Montauk however, beach and Hamptons traffic was probably significantly reduced during the war years so the cabin was most probably no longer needed after 1942 and by the time the war ended, the railroad probably had a notion to eliminate this junction which they did within a few years. 

Only unattended block limit signals were used after that 1942 date. Train #12 the "Shinnecock Express" was the last train to operate along this branch in 1946 and the unattended block limit signals were removed on June 25, 1948 The Junction was taken out of service on December 27, 1949 and the track swiftly torn up and sold for scrap. Why there was a 3-year delay between the last train to run along that branch until it was officially taken out of service by General Order #1710 remains a mystery to me.   (Dave Keller data)

These are the semaphore signals when very much in use back around 1921, only looking from the opposite direction:

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Tower PT Eastport - Manorville Jct.1921
Collection: Dave Keller
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Tower PT Eastport - Manorville Jct. 1921 Alternate view
Collection: Dave Keller
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Tower PT Block Limit Signal (BLS)
put into service on 4/25/49 (replacing the ones on the old semaphore signal masts) and taken out of service permanently on 5/6/2006 In the distance, the tracks make the sharp curve to the left with the former Manorville branch ROW continuing straight ahead. Eastport 1970 Photo/Archive: Dave Keller