2009-07-10 / Community

LIRR Hosting Anniversary Walking Tours

The Long Island Rail Road is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a program of walking tours. On Sunday, August 16, the New York Transit Museum is offering a walking tour exploring the LIRR's connection to the Rockaways led by historian Joe Cunningham from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The first LIRR electric cars on the Rockaway line were designed for joint IRT subway service. After NYC acquired the line, direct subway service from Manhattan began in 1956. Cunningham will examine elements of the LIRR's ownership that remain.

The Hillside Maintenance Complex of the LIRR will be visited on Thursday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will have a rare peek at LIRR's million square foot maintenance shop, the largest facility for commuter trains in North America. Built in the 1990s, this sprawling complex is equipped with robots and other high-tech tools that maintain this enormous fleet of railcars.

Finally, Sunday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. visitors can take the Nostalgia Ride at 81st Street-Central Park West. Ride the Transit Museum's vintage fleet! Enjoy exclusive access to the Museum before boarding for a trip on the A line, terminating on Manhattan's Upper West Side and view "For Want of a Nail," at the American Museum of Natural History. Walking tours of Central Park or the Museum wrap up the day. If you love trains, stay on board for an uptown trip and shop tour.

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