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Westwood (LIRR station)

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Owned by  MTA
Tracks  1
Opened  September 1929
Platforms in use  1
Line(s)  West Hempstead Branch
Bicycle facilities  Yes; Bicycle Racks
Rebuilt  1955
Westwood (LIRR station)
Location  Foster Avenue & Motley Street Malverne, NY
Parking  Yes; Village of Malverne & Lynbrook permits required
Address  Malverne, NY 11580, United States
Owner  Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Similar  Canal Street, Lawrence, Union Hall Street, Winfield Junction

Westwood is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's West Hempstead Branch serving the villages of Malverne, Lynbrook, and Valley Stream, New York. The station platform is located on Foster Avenue in Malverne, New York, with parking facilities on both the Malverne (Foster Avenue at Motley Street) and Lynbrook (Whitehall Street at Whittier Street) sides of the tracks. It has no station building other than a pair of open shelters, the larger one on the Malverne side of the tracks. It also features a gated at-grade pedestrian crossing, one of only two such stations on the Long Island Rail Road to exclusively feature such crossings, the other being Stony Brook.

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No buses connect to Westwood Station, however local suburban taxi cabs do stop there. A basketball court can be found on the Malverne side of the station between the platform and parking lot.

History

Before the establishment of Westwood Station, the station itself was the site of a junction of two freight sidings in Lynbrook that existed only in 1924 both of which were abandoned in September of that year. The line was electrified on October 19, 1926 and the station itself was established in September 1929. The small station house had a single platform on the Malverne side, as well as an un-gated pedestrian crossing, and a pedestrian bridge over the tracks which existed only until 1938. By 1955, the station house was gutted, leaving only the roof and the frame, thus transforming it into an open shelter. At some point, an identical open shelter was built on the Lynbrook side of the tracks, which had a separate color scheme from the Malvern shelter until the 21st Century.

Platform and track

This station has one four-car-long side platform on the west side of the single track, which was converted into a high-level platform in the autumn of 1973.

References

Westwood (LIRR station) Wikipedia


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