Print The oldest house in Northport, Long Island, a North Shore town known for shipbuilding, was built in , and the first rail station was built in the village a little over one hundred years later as part of the eastward expansion of rail service to Port Jefferson. Last year Northport Station, just off Bellerose Avenue, has been restored, and the results are stunning. The station building, originally erected in , has been returned to its Roaring 20s glory. The full architectural station rehabilitation includes improved ADA accessibility, a new waiting room with terrazzo flooring, new restrooms, tile and wood wall and ceiling finishes, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC upgrades.
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However, when the line was extended from Northport to Smithtown, they did not just keep extending the line eastward from Northport, but rather cut into the line from a point west and south of Northport.
This left a short approximately 2 mi. The black line in the first map shows my guess of the ROW of this spur. Mark says that the last service I assume freight on the spur was around , although it was used for storage for some time after this. The line was torn up by at the latest. The following pictures and commentary of the current status of the Northport Spur were also contributed by Mark Kolodny.
This looks toward the terminus of the line. The ROW passes immediately under my feet. I suspect the rails crossing the street here were simply paved over in the years since abandonment. The gated facility is one of at least 2 lumber yards the branch served in its final decades. Word is that a derailment at one of them spelled the end for the branch: Arrows point to stacks of old rails at the "terminus-area" lumber yard.
Jeff main. Sometimes old passenger coaches were stored along the line here after freight service ended. ROW has been disrupted in spots with berms, logs and ditches to discourage local incorrigibles from riding dirt bikes on it. Looking west on Laurel Hill over crossing. I seem to recall that some of the old-fashioned crossbucks that used to guard the crossings on Laurel Hill, Elwood and 25A not sure if there ever were any at Church Street crossing were in place for a while after the tracks were ripped.
Some of the locals eventually made off with them as souvenirs. ROW paralleling Maplewood. Looking NW. To the right not pictured is where Maplewood veers off sharply, away from ROW.
Back when the line was active a fuel facility with a couple large tanks stood along the ROW here. Tracks ran past these sheds, stopping "at" Laurel Road. When this was the end of the branch from Hicksville c. I saw an old photo of them once.
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