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On exhibit at the NY Transit Museum is the photograph of Rosie the Riveter aboard Locomotive #49 in 1942.

The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is participating in the celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the LIRR. The museum is a co-presenter of a day long symposium that takes place on Saturday, April 25, in Hicksville. The co-presenters are The Sunrise Trail Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Railroad Museum of Long Island and the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum. The event will be held at the Hicksville Middle School, 215 Jerusalem Ave. Hicksville, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Refreshments and a luncheon will be provided as part of the admission fee, which will be $15 for members of RR museums and railroad historical societies; and $20 for the general public. _For additional information log on to www.nrhs-list.org or call David Morrison, at 935-3145.

OBRM board member Gary Farkash said, "We are happy to be a part of the symposium because we are a part of the LIRR's rich history." Mr. Farkash will be speaking at the event on behalf of the OBRM.

As an added attraction to the symposium, there will be an art display by Lou Mallard in the Community Room of the Hicksville Public Library at 169 Jerusalem Ave., Hicksville. Lou Mallard, who has been painting and drawing Long Island Rail Road equipment and scenes for over 30 years, will have his artwork on display throughout the month of April. _An additional art display will be in the Gregory Museum in Hicksville. George Wybenga, who has been drawing cabooses from L.I. as well as around the United States, will have his artwork featured on display throughout the month of April in the Museum located at 1 Heitz Place Hicksville. Admission $5.

The Saturday before, on April 18 at 2 p.m. the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights (call 718-694-4915 for information), Mr. Morrison, the former LIRR Oyster Bay branch manager, will be giving a talk on "Beloved Vintage Postcards of the Long Island Rail Road." Railroad historian Morrison presents a collection of historic postcards that show the breadth and variety of stations along the Long Island Rail Road. As the author of a book on the topic, Mr. Morrison discusses these historic station buildings, many of which are still intact, thanks to the efforts of local preservation groups. Free with paid Museum Admission. $5 adults; $3 children (3 - 17) and seniors (62+).

To commemorate the Long Island Rail Road's 175th anniversary, the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights is presenting a new exhibition from April 14 to Sept. 13 entitled, "The Route of the Dashing Commuter: The Long Island Rail Road at 175." The exhibition will examine the transition of Long Island from an idyllic farming community to one of the nation's premiere suburbs, with some of the Northeast's most beautiful beaches, and easy access to jobs in New York's hub.

Using vintage photographs, maps, illustrations and objects on loan from the museum's and private collections, the exhibit unfolds a fascinating story of the railroad and how it continues to contribute to the development of Long Island. In addition to the historical aspects of the Rail Road, the exhibition will look at the current East Side Access tunnel construction project, bringing Long Island commuters into Grand Central Terminal and bringing the Long Island Rail Road into the future.

"When we were first chartered in 1834, it is doubtful our founders envisioned what we would become 175 years later - the largest commuter railroad in North America, serving 87.4 million customers on more than 700 miles of track stretching from Penn Station to Montauk, and many communities in between. This great enterprise - kept strong by our proud workforce of 6,800 - has served as an economic engine for Long Island and for the entire New York Metropolitan region, getting customers safely and quickly to and from work, leisure activities and other destinations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The decade to come will see continued efforts to modernize our operation as we get ready for the largest expansion of our service in recent times. The East Side Access project will provide LIRR customers with a one-seat ride to Grand Central Terminal, a key service improvement benefiting travelers for the next 175 years to come! The TransitMuseum's exhibit celebrates our rich history and illustrates the exciting changes ahead. We encourage all to make the trip to Brooklyn to see where it all began," said LIRR President Helena Williams.

Initially planned as a rail and steam boat connection between Brooklyn and Boston, the Long Island Rail Road has adapted to the ever changing needs of its customers and survived competition, takeovers, hard times and bankruptcy. The LIRR, whose official 175th anniversary date is April 24, 2009, is also the oldest railroad in the United States still operating under its original name and the busiest commuter railroad in North America. The railroad is comprised of 11 different branches, stretching from Montauk - on the eastern tip of Long Island -- to Penn Station in the heart of Manhattan, approximately 120 miles away. Along the way, the LIRR serves 124 stations in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

To better serve their customers, the Long Island Rail Road is currently embarking on a massive expansion project known as East Side Access, allowing LIRR trains access to the East Side of Manhattan via new tunnels and a transit hub to be built under Grand Central Terminal. For a closer look at the LIRRs East Side Access project currently under construction, the exhibition The Future Beneath Us: 8 Great Projects Under New York, on view through July 5, 2009 at the Transit Museum's Grand Central Gallery Annex presents amazing photographs of the construction site, architectural renderings and scale models and videos. Admission to the Gallery Annex is free.

The Long Island Rail Road is marking its 175th milestone with Customer Appreciation Days. For more information on this and future Long Island Rail Road 175th Anniversary special events sponsored by the railroad, log on to www.mta.info/lirr.

Special events offered in celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Long Island Rail Road included a tour on April 4, that began with a presentation at Flushing Town Hall and an artist-led tour of Jean Shin's Celadon Remnants, a recent mosaic installation at the Broadway station of the Long Island Rail Road. Shin's work portrays the rich culture of the Korean diaspora, represented by the vibrant local Korean-American community.

FYI: Steve Torborg, OBRM board member as well as a member of The Long Island - Sunrise Trail Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, will become the editor of the society's monthly newsletter, the Semaphore, with meeting notices, previews, and recapitulations, historical vignettes and feature articles, reminiscences by old-time railroad employees, and railroad modeling information._


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