The Railroad Museum of Long Island is pleased to announce its 2014 Educational Forum

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“A Fond Look Back at the LIRR’s East End”

Riverhead, NY - March 7, 2014 - Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM in the Suffolk County Historical Society Education Hall, 300 West Main Street, (across from the Riverhead Public Library), Riverhead, NY.  Ample municipal parking is available in the courthouse parking area, Osborne and Court Streets - behind the Historical Society building.  (Snow date Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM. Check the RMLI web site.)
 
You are invited - John Kilbride will present his trackside views of the Long Island Railroad’s East End trains in the two decades, 1975 – 1995.  He has capturing the operations in what he considers the newer ‘Golden Age’ of LIRR trains – the era before the newer equipment entered service.  He will focus on the Greenport and Montauk branches service, as well as a few Oyster Bay and Pt. Jefferson scenes. This all happened before push-pull trains were introduced.  Cab ride views will be included as will a historical review of East End service. John’s presentation will remind attendees of the years of train orders, meets on single track lines, ALCo locomotives, parlor cars and open vestibules!
 
Retired from a 34-year (Amtrak) railroad career that began with a daily commute from Bellerose, that locale provided him with an early interest in the LIRR. An annual summer job on Shelter Island introduced him to the East End’s 1960’s diesel operations. College and USAF assignments led to wider interests, including the Panama Railroad. Now living in the Garden State, he’s kept busy with historical research and writing on various rail topics, centering around the Camden & Amboy Railroad (C&A) and its inclusion into the Pennsylvania Railroad System. Current projects include the completion of an index of C&A topics from various present-day publications and sources. Rail travel remains a keen activity.
 
A frequent speaker in the Tri-State area, he is able to provide programs on a variety of railroad topics, from the C&A up to more contemporary themes.  He is a member of both Long Island National Railway Historical Society chapters. He has escorted three groups of rail historians to Greenport to visit the Railroad Museum of Long Island and the Peconic County Miniature Railroad.
 
Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this fascinating retrospective of railroading history on Long Island.  Admission is open to the public and is FREE.  Visit the Museum on the web at www.rmli.org
 
Please direct questions to Mr.Don Fisher at 631-765-2757 or via e-mail at dfisher@rmli.us   Thank you for your continuing interest and support in the Railroad Museum of Long Island.
 
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The Railroad Museum of Long Island (the Museum), was founded in 1990. The Museum is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York, and is an IRS 501(c)3 non profit organization. The Museum is run by a Board of Trustees made up of members throughout Long Island. The goal of the Museum is to preserve and display Long Island's railroad heritage. All of the work of the Museum is done by volunteers. The Museum operates two locations; Greenport, NY on Fourth Street at the tracks and Riverhead, NY on Griffing Avenue just north of the tracks.
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