Brentwood LIRR Station - March 2019
|Location||Brentwood Road & Suffolk Avenue|
Brentwood, New York
|Owned by||Long Island Rail Road|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||Suffolk County Transit: S27, S41, S45, 3A, 3B, 3D|
|Electrified||January 18, 1988|
750 V (DC) third rail
|Previous names||Modern Times|
Brentwood is a station along the Main Line (Ronkonkoma Branch) of the Long Island Rail Road. It is officially located at Suffolk County Road 100 (Suffolk Avenue) and Brentwood Road in Brentwood, New York. However, it has parking facilities and other amenities that are extended far beyond its given location. The actual station is located across the tracks from the dead end of Eighth Street near Leroy Avenue. The parking lot entrance is on Suffolk Avenue 1⁄2 mile (0.80 km) east of Brentwood Road/Washington Avenue.
The first station was originally known as Modern Times station and was renamed Brentwood on September 7, 1864. The post office moved here from Thompson's station on January 17, 1870. Inhabitants donated land and money for the depot which was erected in 1870. The depot was burned in April 1903 and was replaced on November 10, 1903. Until 1987, Brentwood station was located on First Avenue between Fourth Street and Brentwood Road. It was moved as part of a major electrification and reconstruction project of the line in Ronkonkoma, Central Islip, Brentwood, Deer Park, and Wyandanch. Originally, the LIRR had planned to merge Deer Park, Pineaire, and Brentwood stations into a single station, but residential opposition blocked that proposal, and only Deer Park and Pineaire were merged. The current station was built close to the former Brentwood station, which was converted into a restaurant shortly after it was abandoned. All grade crossings in the Brentwood area remain unchanged after the station was moved.
Prior to the construction of Brentwood station, another station existed in Brentwood where the Sagtikos State Parkway now crosses over the Main Line of the Long Island Rail Road. This was known as Thompson's station or Thompson's Siding, and served as a private home, a station, an Inn, and a general store. It was opened as a station on June 24, 1842, with the arrival of the railroad, and closed in December 1869, before Brentwood station was built further east. The railroad spur continued to exist through the 20th Century and was used as a freight spur which served industries such as Hills Supermarkets, Thompson Tires and Carnation Paper. The site was replaced with the former Pineaire in 1915, until it was closed in 1986 and combined into the new Deer Park west of Sagtikos State Parkway.
This station has two high-level side platforms, each 12 cars long. Track 1 generally serves westbound trains and Track 2 generally serves eastbound trains. However, trains traveling in either direction can use either track.
|Platform A, doors will open on the right|
|Track 1||← Ronkonkoma Branch toward Jamaica, Atlantic or Penn Station (Deer Park)|
|Track 2||Ronkonkoma Branch toward Ronkonkoma (Central Islip) →|
|Platform B, doors will open on the right|
- Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
- Seyfried, Vincent F. "The Long Island Rail Road, a comprehensive history. ... v.3. - Full View - HathiTrust Digital Library - HathiTrust Digital Library". HathiTrust. Archived from the original on 2015-02-17.
- LIRR station History (TrainsAreFun.com) Archived January 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- Brentwood LIRR map 1966 by Bob Emery (TrainsAreFun)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to:|
- Unofficial LIRR History Website
- Brentwood History Collection
- Ron Ziel Collection
- Unofficial LIRR Photography Site (lirrpics.com)
- Brentwood Station and "SG" Cabin History (TrainsAreFun.com)
- BRENT Interlocking (The LIRR Today)
- Station from Brentwood Road from Google Maps Street View