Collecting and Preserving Long Island's Railroad Heritage


The mission of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum (OBRM) is to heighten public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the railroad’s role in our heritage and history, as well as to increase understanding of rail technology and its impact on Long Island life. The Museum endeavors to educate and promote the significant role that the Long Island Rail Road’s Oyster Bay station played in the public life of Theodore Roosevelt. OBRM will collect and preserve the railroad heritage of Long Island.

OBRM History

In October 1990, a group of dedicated volunteers began to clean and paint steam Locomotive #35, the very last steam locomotive to operate on Long Island. The rail car in Mitchell Field had fallen victim to vandalism.

In time, the group became known as the Locomotive #35 Restoration Committee, operating under the jurisdiction of the Nassau County Parks Department. In 1994, the group formalized their efforts and incorporated as Friends of Locomotive #35 to raise funds to complete restoration and find a suitable home for “Loc 35.”

Along the way, the goal of restoring one car turned into a dream to create a full-fledged railroad museum.

The group reincorporated again in 2006, this time as the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum, a 501c-3 educational, not-for-profit corporation with a new name that better reflected its true mission: creating a first-class railroad museum in the hamlet of Oyster Bay.

Through the years, the Museum has secured other historical railroading equipment and taken great strides in raising the necessary funding to restore the historic Oyster Bay Railroad Station and turntable. Work is well underway. The Museum is dedicated to seeing these restoration efforts through to completion.

The Museum has two locations, the Oyster Bay Railroad Station, a landmark building on the National Register of Historic Places, and the outdoor rail yard featuring Locomotive #35 and historic railroad rolling stock. The two locations are within easy walking distance of each other.

Oyster Bay Railroad Station

The landmark Oyster Bay Railroad Station was constructed by the Long Island Rail Road in 1889 and served for 110 years until 1999.

In addition to serving the needs of all of Oyster Bay, it often hosted the town’s most notable resident, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, as he traveled to and from his home at Sagamore Hill right here in Oyster Bay.

In 2004, this historic structure was designated a New York State Landmark. The following year, the building was acquired by the Town of Oyster Bay and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum is in the midst of a multi-year restoration to bring the historic structure back to as close as possible to its 1902 appearance, with exhibits reflecting the history and significance of the railroad on Long Island, as well as featuring important railroad technology.

Locomotive #35

“Loco 35” was constructed in 1928 in the Juniata PA shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad for service on its subsidiary the Long Island Rail Road.

This Class G5s locomotive employed the 4-6-0 wheel arrangement and was specifically designed to meet the demands of commuter passenger service. It was capable of rapidly accelerating large trains of passenger cars from the many stations encountered on each trip.

After 27 years of faithful service, Locomotive #35 was formally retired in 1955 as the railroad replaced its steam locomotives with more efficient diesel-electric locomotives.

The very last steam locomotive to operate on Long Island, Locomotive #35 was donated by the Long Island Rail Road to Nassau County, and was exhibited for many years in Salisbury (later Eisenhower) Park.

Today, Steam Locomotive #35 is maintained for Nassau County by the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum. The Museum will be awarding a contract to have the locomotive reassembled for yard display.

Board of Directors

John Specce, President
Robert L. Brusca, Esq. V.P.
Thomas Del Sorbo, Treasurer
Dorothy Simons, Secretary
William Burke
Joel Friedman
Ann Balderston-Glynn
Douglas Kassner
John Lavelle
Patrick Lough
David Morrison
John Petsche
Ronald Schnepf
Judith Wasilchuk
James Werner

Advisory Board

Jack Libert, Esq.
Jonathan Moore, Esq.
Jay Silverstein, PhD

Equipment Roster

At the Display Yard

Caboose 12
Caboose 50
M1 Simulator
M7 Simulator
DE/DM Simulator
Coach P54
Box Car
Dinky Locomotive GS 1
Alco Diesel Locomotive World’s Fair Cab
“Speeder” Railcar
Components of Locomotive G5s #35

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