About 87 people signed up for the LIRR Hillside and Morris Park Tours and most attended. Both tours were excellent and a great day was had by all attendees. Special thanks have been conveyed to our tour guides, Barney and Rob. The success may encourage us to try to do this trip again within the next year.
The N.Y. Division of the ERA is pleased to announce a day of visits to two Long Island Rail Road facilities: the Hillside Maintenance Complex in Hollis, Queens, and the Morris Park Facility just west of Jamaica Station. This trip will be on Saturday, March 28, 2009. The Hillside Complex consists of a maintenance facility, a support complex and a wheel truing and car servicing facility. Morris Park is a maintenance facility focused on the diesel fleet. Although final details have not yet been worked out with LIRR, we assume we will first visit Hillside, return to Jamaica for lunch (on your own), and then reconvene at Morris Park.
All attendees will meet in the ticket office at the Jamaica LIRR Station, which is at street level on the west side of Sutphin Boulevard, just south of Archer Avenue, no later than 10:15 AM We are still working on final details for our trip over to the Hillside Complex, but anticipate we will all be led aboard a regular service train that will drop us off at the Hillside Station (which is restricted to employees and guests). Please be sure to have your N.Y. Division trip ticket with you, as it may be needed to board the train we will be taking.
Transportation to Jamaica LIRR Station from your home is, of course, on your own. You can reach that Station by LIRR from Penn Station, Woodside, Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, and many other locations. The Jamaica Station can also be reached by E and J subway trains to Sutphin Boulevard and by many local buses. It is expected that the visit and tour to both facilities will last approximately until mid-afternoon.
Ticket Price: $20 Per Person
Join us for a very special visit and tour of two important maintenance facilities operated by LIRR in the New York metropolitan region. The ticket price of $20 includes transportation between Jamaica Station and Hillside and the tour of the Hillside and Morris Park facilities. Transportation between Jamaica and Morris Park will be at your cost. For further updates and information, please e-mail Sid Keyles. Please see the flyer to be mailed with the March Meeting Notice to see if there are any changes in the arrangements detailed above. This visit and tour operates rain or shine.