Honor the Past, Moving Forward: Local Historians Meet 3TC Project Team

Talking Trains with Sunrise Trail Chapter of NRHSOld colleagues and new friends traveled from near and far, enjoying a train-filled evening at the Community Information Center in Mineola.

Know any big train enthusiasts? The LIRR Expansion Project Team may have met some of them this past Friday night. Over 30 members of the Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) held their monthly meeting at the project’s Community Information Center (CIC) in Mineola. The LIRR Expansion Project Team presented an overview of the project and its countless commuter and community benefits, then gave a tour of the CIC in Mineola. The CIC was an ideal meeting location, as it displays both recent project updates and an exhibition of historical photos originally provided by Sunrise Trail Chapter member and LIRR historian David Morrison.

This group of railroad buffs reminisced about notable milestones in LIRR’s history and expressed their excitement about the ongoing modernization of the LIRR. The members also marveled over recent videos of the Cherry Lane Bridge Replacement and Urban Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination – they are delighted at what today’s technology has made possible. Thanks to the NRHS for joining us and sharing your excitement for the future of the LIRR!

Materials on railroad history were endless – from the Sunrise Trail Chapter’s annual calendars to member David D. Morrison’s book on LIRR stations.

Residents and commuters along the Main Line corridor have long sought a mass transit solution to reduce road congestion, improve safety and provide an appealing alternative to driving – all with minimal disruption to existing train services and without residential property takings.

The construction of a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville will reduce train congestion and delays and enable true bi-directional service during peak hours with a more reliable rail network. This transformative work includes several related projects, including the construction of parking garages, retaining walls, improvements to rail bridges and the removal of eight street-level grade crossings. Construction is being managed to minimize the impact on daily routines, with extensive mitigation and public outreach efforts in local communities. For more information, please visit the LIRR Expansion Project Floral Park to Hicksville project page on AModernLI.com.

The Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter of the NRHS is a group of dedicated railroad enthusiasts who gather regularly for companionship and fun to preserve and enjoy Long Island’s significant contribution to railroad history, as well as all other aspects of railroading. Part of their work includes the publication of a monthly newsletter, the Semaphore, which includes historical photos and information alongside present-day LIRR updates for the LIRR. The Sunrise Trail chapter has been around since 1966, but the NRHS itself was founded in 1935 with a modest 40. It has since grown to more than 13,000 members.