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Long Island City is more of a train yard that just so happens to allow passengers to board and detrain from trains there. The train yard itself has 12 tracks and is where diesel bilevel trains are stored between their peak hour runs. Service to the station is with just five trains each weekday in each direction, during peak direction only and all but one AM trip runs along the short line to Hunterspoint Avenue before stopping there and continuing up and via the main line to Jamaica (bypassing Woodside and the other intermediate stops). Today, just one AM arriving trip runs via the Lower Montauk Line passing the five abandoned low-platformed stations (closed only in 1998 just before the introduction of BiLevel Cars) along a grade with many level crossings over to Jamaica, one of the LIRR's most unique rides through industrial Queens. The reason the station is more of a train yard is because passenger access is to just a tiny short island platform (for about two cars), access is from a small walkway on Bordon Avenue up to the platform, where a TVM is.
All photos of this station taken on 13 June, 2011
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C3 BiLevel cars in the train yard
17 January, 2005
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The Long Island City platform used to be ~5 cars when it was completely low-level, when the 1950s diesel cars that had steps were still used. When the Bi-level cars (C-3s) came the two car high level patform was built over the beginning of the low level platform
17 January, 2005
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A C-3 enters the yard next Long Island City after presumably terminating at Hunterspoint Avenue
17 January, 2005
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Looking down the short platform with a dusting of snow, towards the stairs/ramp to track level and the exit
17 January, 2005
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One of the two platform signs at Long Island City
17 January, 2005
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C-3 #5006 at the buffer after terminating in Long Island City
17 January, 2005
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The Daily Tickets Machine at Long Island City
17 January, 2005
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C-3 #5006 at Long Island City
17 January, 2005
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A sign for the $4.00 ferry to Manhattan
17 January, 2005
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Looking at C-3 #4104 platformed at Long Island City, trough the fence for the street.
17 January, 2005
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C-3 #4057 in Long Island City, next to a small employees only platform designed to get employees off the trains to track level
17 January, 2005
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Diesel Locomotive DM-30 #520 in the station at Long Island City
17 January, 2005
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pealing sign left over from the threatened Amtrak strikes in the 1990's when Penn Station would have been shut down, saying 'Notice: in the event of an Amtrak strike only L.I.C. Personnel with a valid parking permit will be allowed to park on the Premises-L.I.R.R Management', Long Island City was a big part of the contingency plans
17 January, 2005
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Two DM-30 Locomotives at Long Island City: #520 is in the station, #419 is in the yard
17 January, 2005
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DM-30 Locomotive #520 at the platform at Long Island City
17 January, 2005
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Three DM-30 Locomotives in Long Island City, #520 is in the station, #419 and #410 are in the yard
17 January, 2005
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Entrance to Long Island City
14 August, 2008
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Three trains at LIC one with a door open for passengers haven't pulled fully up on the platform
14 August, 2008
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A grade crossing on the -- branch that is electrified and leads to Long Island City
15 June, 2011
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Stand-by Locomotive SW1001 #100
15 June, 2011
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