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Visit to the Railroad Museum of Long Island

The Railroad Museum of Long Island is a cool place to visit if you are interested in railroads and trains. It is in an old LIRR freight house. When you go inside of the caboose you see three beds and a stove. There is an old plow train. They call it Jaws because it has teeth on its plow. Jaws was a snow plow train that removed snow from the tracks. Before plow trains, 40 to 50 men had to shovel the snow back up the tracks and onto the potato fields so the trains could get by.

Inside the museum they have a model train system. The train system represents Greenport and Mattituck. It was very detailed to show how it was a freight station. The museum used to be a freight station. A freight station is where trains dropped off cargo and cars would come and take their merchandise. It also has train signals that light up. They were used by the flag men.

Come on down to the Railroad Museum. It is located: 440 Fourth St., Greenport. Call: 631-477-0439; rmli.us

It is open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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