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Valley Stream is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Branch serving the residents of Valley Stream, and is the first station (traveling eastbound) in Nassau County. The station is located at Franklin Avenue and Sunrise Highway, west of Rockaway Avenue, and is 17.7 miles (28.5 km) from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via the Atlantic Branch east of Jamaica. The station is wheelchair accessible with an elevator from street level; parking facilities and taxis are available.

Valley Stream
Valley Stream LIRR jeh.JPG
LocationFranklin Avenue & Sunrise Highway
Valley Stream, New York
Coordinates40°39′41″N 73°42′17″W / 40.661483°N 73.704679°W / 40.661483; -73.704679Coordinates: 40°39′41″N 73°42′17″W / 40.661483°N 73.704679°W / 40.661483; -73.704679
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Line(s)Atlantic Branch
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2 (Atlantic Branch), 2 (Montauk Branch)
ConnectionsLocal Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n1, Elmont Flexi
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
OpenedJune 1869 (SSRRLI)[1]
ElectrifiedDecember 11, 1905
750 V (DC) third rail
Passengers (2006)4,852[2]
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
West Hempstead Branch
Far Rockaway Branch
toward Far Rockaway
Long Beach Branch
toward Long Beach



The first Valley Stream station was built by the South Side Railroad of Long Island on October 28, 1867. The station house itself opened in July 1869 with the opening of the Far Rockaway Branch, and was built as a Swiss chalet style station house inside the legs of an old wye. It also served customers of the Southern Hempstead Branch which was built by the short-lived New York and Hempstead Plains Railroad between 1871 and 1900. Along with the rest of the SSRRLI, the station was acquired by the Long Island Rail Road in 1889. In 1893 the station began to serve trains along the West Hempstead Branch. When Nassau County separated from Queens in 1899, Valley Stream station became the first station in Nassau County along the Montauk Branch. The station was electrified with the rest of the Far Rockaway Branch on December 11, 1905, and the Long Beach Branch was extended from Lynbrook station in 1910 and became an extension of the Atlantic Branch.

In 1933, the original station was razed as part of a grade elimination project that was occurring along the Montauk, Atlantic, and Babylon Branches throughout the mid-20th century. Prior to this, a temporary station was relocated on a shoo-fly north of the former station on August 10, 1932, then moved to another one south of the former station on August 31 of the same year. The third elevated center-island structure that exists today was opened north of the former location on February 7, 1933, and although the wye was removed as part of the reconstruction, it remained on many maps well into the late-20th Century, and continues to be shown on some in the present.

Clear Stream stationEdit

Shortly after electrical service of the Far Rockaway Branch was established, the LIRR created a new station west of Valley Stream at Clear Stream Road (now Avenue) called Clear Stream. It was established in 1906, and used only for rush hour service. The station was eliminated after 1910.[3]

Station layoutEdit

An eight-car long island platform is located between the two south tracks, Officially, Tracks 1 and 2 are on the Atlantic Branch and the bypass tracks are on the Montauk Branch. At the east end of the station the Atlantic Branch designation ends: the two tracks become the Long Beach Branch continuing east to Lynbrook and Long Beach, while the Far Rockaway Branch curves south toward Far Rockaway in New York City. Babylon Branch trains merge with the Montauk Branch right-of-way and continue east towards Babylon. West Hempstead Branch trains also merge with the Montauk Branch right-of-way and further east of the station, switch onto the West Hempstead Branch tracks.

Platform level
Bypass tracks Montauk Branch, Babylon Branch, West Hempstead Branch do not stop here
Montauk Branch, Babylon Branch, West Hempstead Branch do not stop here →
Track 1 Long Beach Branch toward Atlantic, Hunterspoint Avenue, or Penn Station (Rosedale)
Far Rockaway Branch toward Atlantic or Penn Station (Rosedale)
West Hempstead Branch toward Atlantic or Penn Station (Jamaica)
Montauk Branch, Babylon Branch do not stop here
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right  
Track 2 Long Beach Branch toward Long Beach (Lynbrook)
Far Rockaway Branch toward Far Rockaway (Gibson)
West Hempstead Branch toward West Hempstead (Westwood)
Montauk Branch, Babylon Branch do not stop here →
G Ground level Entrance/exit, parking, buses


  1. ^ Vincent F. Seyfried, The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part One: South Side R.R. of L.I., © 1961
  2. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  3. ^ [The Long Island Rail Road, a Comprehensive History - Part 6: The Golden Age 1881-1900, by Vincent F. Seyfried (1975; Page 267)]

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