LIRR Christmas

LIRR Getaways - Miracle on 34th Street 12/2019

LIRR 10 trip ticket Christmas poster   c.1970

Steven Lynch's LIRR Christmas Cards 
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Christmas Recollections of the LIRR

Bob Anderson -  c. early 1960's 6-8 years old

"...Brings back lots of memories. I went to sacred heart school in Bayside, and we helped decorate bayside station in the early sixties. I remember another tradition was Christmas carolers at Bayside station every year. It was like a scene out of "It's a Wonderful Life"; man I miss those days..."

Pat Scopelliti -   c.1958 10 years old

"...I remember the Christmas nativity scene setup at Hall Tower, especially on a snowy evening with the flames from the turnout points softly glowing. Can't see that anymore... and that's good? I also remember the Christmas decoration contests between all the stations. Can't do that stuff anymore either I imagine..."

The Man Who Made the Trains Run: Harry Glueck

"...Dad hated the snow.  I can’t remember how many Christmas and post-Christmas storms he worked 72 hours straight, with little or no sleep, either in Jamaica or in Hicksville.  Some trackmen wouldn’t pick up the phone when they were needed, others were true “railroad men” who like my father, came out and slugged away in the cold, thawing switches, digging out drainage conduits, and doing what needed to be done.  Until the seventeenth year of his retirement, when he succumbed to lung cancer, he still hated snow, although in the end, he rode his own Kubota tractor to clear his one driveway, and there was some satisfaction in that..." Author: Richard Glueck   Excerpt

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LIRR GP38-2 #264 Christmas Day 1998
Port Jefferson Yard
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Alco #619 Christmas Day 1998 Port Jefferson Yard
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NYA #66 ex-LIRR Christmas caboose at Fresh Pond 12/1998

LIRR Sunrise Special Christmas Card sold by National Railway Museum. Artwork  by David Tutwiler 

NYA #62 ex-LIRR Christmas caboose at Fresh Pond
12/1999 Photo: George Greig

Happy Holidays 2020 - LIRR Merrick Station

LIRR #409 Train #562 eastbound at NASSAU Tower 12/24/2019 Photo/Archive: Joe Vila


Jamaica Station Christmas 1953
Archive: Dave Morrison

Christmas 1963 at HALL Tower, Jamaica
Archive: Ron Ziel


LIRailroader 12/26/1968 cover HALL Tower Archive: Dave Morrison

Special Services Director, Steve Anglin as Santa Claus Christmas Party
eastbound to Babylon  12/12/1965

Islip Station Christmas - View NW
12/1971 Photo/Archive: Dave Keller

Hicksville Station Christmas 1961

NASSAU Tower Santa c.12/1993+
Photo/Archive: James Donohue


Malverne Station Christmas 2003
View W, View N below

Inwood Station sign Christmas 2004

LONG ISLAND Railroader Christmas Covers 1956-1968
Archive: Dave Morrison

LIRR Information Bulletin 12/1928
Archive: Dave Morrison
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LIRR "Holiday Express" from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station Ad  12/03/2016
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Holiday Express 12/03/2016
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Santa boarding the Holiday Express 12/03/2016

Holiday Express Farmingdale view E 12/03/2016


Santa "Thumbs Up"  Holiday Express 12/03/2016
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Holiday Express - LIRR ad banner 2017


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Limited Engagement Saturday, December 16th @9:35 AM
(non-stop from Ronkonkoma Station to Penn Station) 
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Sunday, December 17th @ 9:50 AM
(non-stop from Babylon Station to Penn Station) 
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Holiday Express at Floral Park 12/16/2017 Photo: Marc Glucksman
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Penn Station, NY 12/17/2017 Photo: Marc Glucksman
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#521 Holiday Express 2017 Archive: J. Stroop
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Holiday Express at Babylon - 12/17/2017
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#521 westbound Holiday Express at NASSAU Tower 2017 Archive: J. Stroop
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Holiday Express at Jamaica Station 2017 Photo: Gary Farkash

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#521 Holiday Express in action 2017 Archive: J. Stroop

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#521 Holiday Express through station 2017 Archive: J. Stroop
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#500 Holiday Express 2017 Archive: J. Stroop
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#500 Holiday Express in action 2017 Archive: J. Stroop
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Holiday Express Smithtown View W 12/16/17
Photo: Bill Skeats
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Holiday Express #500 Ronkonkoma
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Holiday Express #521 Ronkonkoma
track 1 12/16/17 Photo: Bill Skeats

Christmas Train #562 at NASSAU Tower 12/24/2019 Photo/Archive: Joe Vila

Christmas wreath LIRR M7 #7769
12/20/2021  Photo/Archive: Joe Vila

Christmas wreath LIRR #502 12/20/2021 Photo/Archive: Joe Vila

Christmas night - 12/25/2021 Jamaica, Track 8  eastbound Babylon train with Joe Vila, Engr.   Photo/Archive: Joe Stroppel 



Semaphore 4/2001 - Dennis the Menace