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Queens Village station

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Queens Village is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line, located between 218th Street and Springfield Boulevard, in the Queens Village neighborhood of Queens, New York City. It has two side platforms along the four-track line, and, except for one AM peak westbound train from East Williston on the Oyster Bay Branch, is served by Hempstead Branch trains only. Just east of the station is Queens Interlocking, a universal interlocking that splits the four-track line into two parallel two-track lines—the Main Line and Hempstead Branch—and controls the junction with the spur to Belmont Park. The station is elevated and the tracks leading in and out are on raised ground and only above the road at intersections.

Queens Village
Queens Village LIRR Station; Front Gate.JPG
The front entrance to Queens Village station from Amboy Lane on the corner of Jamaica Avenue & Springfield Boulevard.
LocationJamaica Avenue and Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village, Queens, New York
Coordinates40°43′03″N 73°44′11″W / 40.717469°N 73.73638°W / 40.717469; -73.73638Coordinates: 40°43′03″N 73°44′11″W / 40.717469°N 73.73638°W / 40.717469; -73.73638
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Line(s)Main Line
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks5 (1 used for storage)
ConnectionsLocal Transit NYCT Bus: Q1, Q27, Q36, Q88, Q83 (nights)
Local Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n24
Construction
ParkingYes; Metered and Private
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone3
History
Opened1879[3]
Rebuilt1924, 2013
ElectrifiedOctober 2, 1905?
750 V (DC) third rail
Previous namesInglewood (1871–1879)[1]
Queens (1879–1924)[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2006)1,582[4]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Hempstead Branch
toward Hempstead
  Future services  
Hempstead Branch
toward Hempstead
Former services
Bellaire   Main Line
(Hempstead Branch)
  Bellerose

HistoryEdit

 
1909 Map of Queens (now Queens Village) station.

Between March and November 1837, the current site of Queens Village station was the site of an early Brooklyn and Jamaica Railroad station named Flushing Avenue station then renamed DeLancey Avenue station and later named Brushville station until it was moved to what is today 212nd Street, the site of the former Bellaire station, which was used to serve Ben Lane's Hotel. By 1871, a new station was originally installed across Jericho Turnpike from the estate of Colonel A.M. Wood which was on the northwest corner of Springfield Boulevard. The estate was named "Inglewood," and the new station which resulted in the closing of the Brushville-Ben Lane's station was named for this estate.

Queens Village station originally opened at ground level as Queens station in 1879 (some sources say 1881). The original station house contained a sign with the distance to Long Island City and Greenport stations.[5] The station house was moved to a private location as a new one was being built as part of a grade elimination project, and opened on September 24, 1924. It was then renamed "Queens Village." On October 30, 2013, the LIRR unveiled a renovated station, with passenger elevators, improved lighting, security cameras and a repainted building.[6]

Station layoutEdit

The station has two high-level side platforms, each eight cars long; each is served by a passenger elevator and stairs. Platform A has the station's only station house, a two-story building. The two middle tracks, not next to either platform, are used by nearly all trains except the Hempstead Branch. A non-powered storage track is south of the south platform. The Queens Village Freight Yard is located just west of the station, and consists of three tracks. It is used by the LIRR for maintenance and storage, and was sporadically by LIRR freight customers before the New York and Atlantic Railway assumed freight service operations.[citation needed]

G Ground level Exit/entrance and buses
P
Platform level
Side platform (Platform A), doors will open on the right  
Track 3 Hempstead Branch toward Long Island City, Atlantic or Penn Station (Hollis)
Belmont Park Branch does not stop here
Track 1 Port Jefferson Branch, Oyster Bay Branch, Ronkonkoma Branch, Montauk Branch do not stop here
Track 2 Port Jefferson Branch, Oyster Bay Branch, Ronkonkoma Branch, Montauk Branch do not stop here →
Track 4 Hempstead Branch toward Hempstead (Bellerose)
Belmont Park Branch does not stop here
Side platform (Platform B), doors will open on the right  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brushville and Queens Village Station Histories (Arrt's Arrchives)
  2. ^ Long Island Railroad Station History (TrainsAreFun.com) Archived January 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Long Island Railroad". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. October 3, 1879. p. 1.
  4. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  5. ^ Morrison, David D.; Pakaluk, Valerie (2003). Long Island Rail Road Stations (Images of Rail). Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-1180-3.
  6. ^ "MTA Long Island Rail Road Unveils Restored Queens Village Station". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 30, 2013.

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