Holtsville was a station stop on the Greenport Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. It was located off the southeast corner of the Waverly Avenue grade crossing on the south side of the tracks between Long Island Avenue and Furrows Road in Holtsville, New York.

Holtsville
The entrance to the former Holtsville station from Waverly Avenue.
General information
LocationWaverly Avenue between Long Island Avenue and Furrows Road
Holtsville, New York
Coordinates40°48′48.4″N 73°2′39.6″W / 40.813444°N 73.044333°W / 40.813444; -73.044333
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Line(s)Main Line
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
Other information
Station codeNone
Fare zone10
History
Opened1843
ClosedMarch 16, 1998
Rebuilt1888, 1912, 1914
Previous namesWaverly (1843–1897)
Former services
Preceding station Long Island Rail Road Following station
Holbrook
toward Ronkonkoma
Ronkonkoma Branch
Greenport Branch
Medford
toward Greenport
Preceding station Long Island
Rail Road
Following station
Holbrook Main Line Medford
toward Greenport

History

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The station first opened in a local store as Waverly around 1843. Although the surrounding area was renamed Holtsville in 1860 when a post office opened, the station retained the name "Waverly" until the 1890s, when farmers complained about their shipments going to an upstate town named Waverly by mistake.[1][2] Holtsville Station was rebuilt on May 13, 1912,[3] only to be burned in another fire on January 4, 1914, and replaced again later the same year.[4] South of the station was the northern terminus of the Suffolk Traction Company's main trolley line, which was proposed to be extended to Port Jefferson, New York, across a bridge over the tracks before the company went bankrupt in 1919. The station building was bulldozed in June 1962, but the station itself continued to operate until March 16, 1998, when it was closed due to low ridership.[5]

References

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  1. ^ Bayles, Richard Mather. Bayles' Long Island Handbook (Budget Steam Print: Babylon, New York, 1885) (1885 guidebook notes that the train station is called Waverly)
  2. ^ "Holtsville History Recalled as a Result of Handbook Story". Mid-Island Mail. November 13, 1935.("According to the Terrys and Mr. Bates the name was changed in 1897, on petition of the residents, mostly farmers, of Selden and Farmingville.")
  3. ^ "The Long Island Rail Road in Early Photographs," by Ron Zeil(1990)
  4. ^ "LIRR Station History (TrainsAreFun.com)". Archived from the original on 2017-05-26. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  5. ^ Sengupta, Somini (March 15, 1998). "End of the Line for L.I.R.R.'s 10 Loneliest Stops". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
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