The upgrade of Morris Park Diesel Locomotive Shop, located near Jamaica Station, is more than 40 percent complete.
Morris Park is used to maintain and overhaul diesel LIRR locomotives, and the upgraded shop, which will comprise lockers, storage, drop tables, employee facilities, parts storage, a truck wash and wayside power for storage tracks, will be able to service four diesel locomotives at a time, ultimately improving turnaround time for repairs and increasing the reliability and extending the life of the Rail Road’s diesel locomotives, which remain in use east of Babylon, Huntington, Ronkonkoma and on the Oyster Bay Branch.
There will be two cranes at the facility to lift locomotives and locomotive engines and skylights on the roof of the shop, with a large bay (drop tables, pictured here) to enable the removal and repair of locomotive axles. Work on tracks so locomotives can be rolled into the shop begins in April – the ground along the westbound tracks north of Morris Park is being prepared for these tracks. There will be four layup tracks and four shop tracks providing access to the shop.
A drainage system is in progress, and the retention system is finished. Sheridan Shop, which is adjacent to Morris Park, is now servicing locomotives and cars, but it will only service cars once Morris Park is complete.
The upgrade of Morris Park Diesel Locomotive Shop is expected to be completed in March 2020. The project is part of a broader LIRR initiative to modernize infrastructure and to support the economic development of Long Island and the region. For more information, please visit the Morris Park Diesel Locomotive Shop project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/morris-park-diesel-locomotive-shop/.