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THE     CEDARHURST     CUT     OFF
THE   NEW   YORK   &   ROCKAWAY   RAILROAD   COMPANY
THE   JAMAICA   AND   SOUTH   SHORE   RAILROAD   COMPANY


THE     CEDARHURST     CUT     OFF


IN   1945   THE   RIGHT   OF   WAY   OF   THE   N.   Y.   &   R.   -   CEDARHURST   CUT   OFF -
WAS   VISIBLE   SOUTH   OF   THE   ATLANTIC   BRANCH,   EAST   OF   LAURELTON   STATION.




THE LAND PLAN BELOW SHOWS WHEN THE VARIOUS PARCELS OF PROPERTY WERE PURCHASED.

IN JULY 1876 RIGHT OF WAY IN THE NORTHEAST QUADRANT WAS OBTAINED FOR THE
CONNECTION OF THE NEW YORK & ROCKAWAY WITH THE SOUTHERN RAILROAD.



THERE WAS A TWO CAR SIDE TRACK JUST WEST (NORTH) OF WEST BROADWAY.


AT CEDARHURST THE  N.Y. & R.R.R. RIGHT OF WAY CURVED
AROUND AND RAN PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH SIDE TRACK.


AFTER THE MERGER OF THE THREE COMPETING COMPANIES THE SINGLE SOUTHERN RAILROAD TRACK AND THE SINGLE LONG ISLAND TRACK WERE OPERATED AS A DOUBLE TRACK LINE.


IN 1880 OR SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE LINE BETWEEN
LAURELTON AND CEDARHURST WAS ABANDONED.

THESE   EXCERPTS   ARE   FROM   A   1934   L.I.R.R.   REPORT






IN 1904 - 1905 THE L.I.R.R. WAS PLANNING TO REBUILD THE CEDARHURST CUT OFF AND CONNECT IT WITH THE ATLANTIC DIVISION.   ELECTRIFICATION AND DOUBLE TRACK OPERATION WOULD HAVE EXTENDED EAST OF LAURELTON VIA THE CUT OFF TO CEDARHURST AND THE ROCKAWAYS.   IN MARCH 1905 PROPERTY IN THE SOUTHEAST QUADRANT WAS PURCHASED FOR CONNECTING THE ATLANTIC BRANCH WITH THE CEDARHURST CUT OFF.

LAURELTON   STATION
IN   THE   FOREGROUND   IS   THE   SWITCH   TO   THE   CEDARHURST   CUT   OFF.




BY   1919   THE   LINE   WAS   ABANDONED   AGAIN.



THIS   IS   AN   EXCERPT   FROM   A   1934   L.I.R.R.   REPORT


WHEN THE CEDARHURST CUT OFF WAS REBUILT IN 1927 - 1928 INSTEAD OF
A   FACING POINT SWITCH AT LAURELTON THERE WAS A SWITCHBACK.
THE LINE WAS DOUBLE TRACK - THE CONNECTIONS WITH THE MAIN TRACKS SINGLE TRACK.


THIS JULY 1933 PLAN SHOWS THE HIGHWAY AND WATERWAY CROSSINGS.


THANKS TO MIKE STEINKE FOR THESE THREE IMAGES AND DESCRIPTION:
"..... a kayak launch at the end of Huxley Street, where the cutoff would have crossed Hook Creek to begin its run
down what is now Branch Blvd. You can see the old wood pilings in the water where the cutoff crossed the creek."




"Here's an even better photo of the pilings from the NYC Dept. of Parks website."






CEDARHURST AVENUE CROSSING WAS ARRANGED FOR DOUBLE TRACK.


THE DECEMBER 1934 PETITION TO VICE PRESIDENT G. LE BOUTILLIER
TO AUTHORIZE THE FINAL ABANDONMENT.


THIS PLAN SHOWS CONDITIONS AFTER ABANDONMENT IN 1934 - 1935.
NOTICE THE EXTENSION TO THE STATION PLATFORM.


APRIL 1939 PHOTOGRAPH OF CEDARHURST AVENUE CROSSING - THE GATE STANCHIONS HAD BEEN
MOVED BUT THE DIAMOND CROSSING SIGN WAS STILL LOCATED A DISTANCE FROM THE TRACKS.
THE RIGHT OF WAY HAS BEEN PAVED OVER AND THE STATION PLATFORM EXTENDED TO THE STREET.


THE CUT OFF CROSSED THE INTERSECTION OF LINWOOD (LYNWOOD) AND BAY VIEW AVENUES.


THE GATES AT LINWOOD AVENUE WERE OPERATED FROM CEDARHURST AVENUE.