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LIRR History

MTA Long Island Rail Road - 175 Years of Experience

Railroads had been in existence for only nine years when the Long Island Rail Road was chartered on April 24, 1834. The LIRR, which celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2009, is now the busiest commuter railroad in North America - and the oldest railroad in the U.S. still operating under its original name. There is no doubt that the development of Long Island is directly linked to the growth of its railroad.

Over the years, the LIRR's unique and colorful history has been documented in photographs, on film and on video. Link below for four commemorative perspectives on the LIRR's past:

Commemorative Videos

(videos best viewed in Internet Explorer)

LIRR - A Reflection (1984)
A Tradition of Service (1994)
Another Miracle on 34th Street (2000)
Honoring 175 Years of Service (2009)

Commemorative Poster Available for Purchase

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