The City Terminal
Zone, also called the City Zone Branch, refers to all of the
stations west of Jamaica. On my layout, this includes stations at
Jamaica, New Hyde Park, Long Island City, 134th Street, and
Pennsylvania Station, along with Sunnyside yard, Holban yard, and
the Long Island City Car Float Yard.
The areas that I model that include these stations and yards are
Sunnyside Yard, Holban Yard, Long Island City, Long Island City Car
Float yard, Jamaica,and New York City.
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Sunnyside Yard is used primarily for freight operations on my
Holban yard in the Borough of Queens is used primarily for freight
operations during my operating sessions.
The LIRR car float yard in Long Island City in Queens is the
connection point to many floats yards around the Port of New York
and New Jersey.
Jamaica was a significant transition location for the LIRR. First
steam, and then eventually diesel, engines would pull passenger
trains filled with commuters who lived on Long Island but worked in
NYC to Jamaica. There, the commuters would “Change at Jamaica” onto
electric trains powered by an electrified third rail. These trains
would carry the commuters from Jamaica through Queens, under the
East River, and into Pennsylvania station, since steam or diesel
powered trains could not operate in the underground tunnels or
stations on Manhattan
Long Island City is a rail terminal of the Long Island Rail Road in
the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York City. Located
within the City Terminal Zone at Borden Avenue and Second Street, it
is the westernmost LIRR station in Queens and the end of both the
Main Line and Montauk Branch.
I chose to model selected aspects of New York City.
- Pennsylvania Station, including the LIRR ticket booths
an the shopping plaza below Penn Station, and the LIRR’s
underground tracks below the shopping plaza
- The “urban canyons” of the city, so-called because of the
skyscrapers that rise up on each side of the Manhattan streets
- The feel of an urban environment
- A double track elevated subway, which loops around my city
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