Take a Ride on the LIRR!

  • On the side of a LIRR multiple unit.
    On the side of a LIRR multiple unit.
  • The Long Island Rail Road (two words) is one of America’s most intensive heavy-rail commuter operations.My late friend ‘Uncle’ Harry Vallas—a locomotive engineer on the line—affectionately called it the ‘Wrong Island Fail Road.’On the morning of June 25, 2015, my father, Jack May, Walter Zullig and I, took a trip from New York Penn Station to Far Rockaway. We changed at Jamaica (cross platform, no stairs). Our trains were air conditioned. The tracks were smooth and welded. And we arrived on time.
  • I made these photos with my digital cameras.
  • Exposed with a Fujifilm X-T1.
    Exposed with a Fujifilm X-T1.
    Tickets to ride. Lumix LX7 photo.
    Tickets to ride. Lumix LX7 photo.
    The back of a paper ticked shows a schematic map of the network. Jack May gave me this as a souvenir. LX7 Photo.
    The back of a paper ticked shows a schematic map of the network. Jack May gave me this as a souvenir. LX7 Photo.
    Inside the train on the way to Jamaica. LX7 photo.
    Inside the train on the way to Jamaica. LX7 photo.
    Changing trains at Jamaica didn't allow much time to take in the sights. LX7 grab shot on the platform.
    Changing trains at Jamaica didn’t allow much time to take in the sights. LX7 grab shot on the platform.
    Recalling old times on the LIRR on the way to Far Rockaway. It was really different back in the day (so I learned).
    Recalling old times on the LIRR on the way to Far Rockaway. It was really different back in the day (so I learned).
    Interior panoramic composite of a Long Island Rail Road car. Exposed with a Fuji X-T1.
    Interior panoramic composite of a Long Island Rail Road car. Exposed with a Fuji X-T1.
    Fuji X-T1 view.
    Fuji X-T1 view.

    Far Rockaway is a functional facility. Shortly after our arrive and in-bound train departed. Fuji X-T1 photo.
    Far Rockaway is a functional facility. Shortly after our arrival an in-bound train departed. Fuji X-T1 photo.
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2 thoughts on “Take a Ride on the LIRR!”

  1. HI Brian: I remember Harry Vallas from the New Haven RR. Furloughed there and went to LIRR. Nice man, could talk a lot.

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