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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. It is though one of the historic terminuses of the Long Island Railroad (the other being Brooklyn) and where passengers transferred to ferries across the East River till the 1910 when Penn Station opened. The gantries of the former ferries remain and the East River Ferry's Long Island City Stop is located a block from the station along the water. The train yard itself has 14 tracks and is where diesel BiLevel trains are stored between their peak hour runs. Service to the station is just 6 AM, and 5 PM peak-direction only trains each weekday, since the Lower Montauk Branch was closed at the end of October 2012 (the last runs didn't run as scheduled in early November due to Superstorm Standy) all trains run north 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). Before October 2012 some trains (just one AM arriving trip in the last years) ran via the Lower Montauk Line passing the four closed low-platform and one high-platform (Richmond Hill) 'stations' (closed only in 1998 just before the introduction of BiLevel Cars) along a grade with many level crossings over to Jamaica. It was the LIRR's most unique ride through industrial Queens.

The station itself has one primary entrance along Borden Avenue. There is a second driveway entrance along 2nd Street who's status as a passenger entrance is unknown. Gates are at both entrances that are closed shut during middays, evenings and weekends when no trains are departing or arriving in the station to allow vehicles to service the trains in the station, including refueling locomotives. For passengers there are just three, short 2 car island platforms with ramps down form the end of the bumper blocks to different tracks in the yard. These platforms only contain lampposts and signs. The 'main' platform is towards the northern end of the yard and has a small green Tickets Machine at the entrance from Borden Avenue that leads immediately to the ramp up to this platform. To reach the other two platforms passengers are directed to walk (your webmaster has twice gotten on trains at LIC, but both times though at the main platform) through the paved parking lot/driveway that runs through the train yard to the other platforms.

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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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