By Jim Herron
is actually or was a train that ran from Long Island City , from
Greenpoint to Greenport in the 1950's and 60's. It was operated
by the Long Island Rail Road, which at the time was owned by the
The "Greenport Scoot" was a Push-Pull Diesel Series
with an M-15 Engine in front and a dummy Alco FA at the rear,
which carried a generator for the lights and air-conditioning
to the passenger and parlor cars. It also had dummy controls too
which the engineers did not like!
These Coach and Parlor cars were very popular with the Manhattanites
who traveled to their respective summer homes and rentals on Long
Island beaches and the North Fork and Shelter Island. Greenport
was the last stop on this North Shore Line. The trip took about
2 1/2 hours and you had to remember the Long Island Expressway
(the world's longest parking lot) was just in the planning stages
at this time, so this was the most efficient way to travel out
There were many varieties of passenger cars on this run; I remember
train car, one of which is parked out in the Riverhead train museum
in its natural state of disrepair.
There were parlor, bar and coach cars but one unique type of
car was the Montauk Parlor Car. It had seats that were movable
and were positioned differently for weekend and weekday travel.
Weekdays the seats would be set with backs to the windows that
were like a club car setting on the modern trains now. On the
weekend, more seats were added to accommodate the increased passenger
traffic. All the seats faced forward with a row of two seats on
one side and a row of single seats on the other, same as the seating
on a Boeing MD-80 Jet -Liner.
There were no seat reservations, unlike the European Rail Road
systems, and it was first come--first serve. Ah! This was a true
Jim shows us the K-Line version of the Greenport Scoot in his
LIRR "Greenport Scoot" as it is today