Jamaica is a town
in the NYC borough of Queens. Since the LIRR was primarily a
commuter railroad, 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.
My Jamaica Station model does not model the actual Jamaica station,
and has two tracks for incoming or outgoing steam or diesel pulled
trains, and three tracks for the electrified cars that went to
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