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Donate to the Engine 39 Restoration Project!

Riverhead Opens on Saturdays only

beginning April 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Greenport Opens on

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Admission is $10.00 for adults (13+)

$5.00 for children 5-12 years old

Children under 5 are FREE

"Steam Up LIRR 39” PS-1 40’ HO Scale Boxcar

by Bachmann

The Railroad Museum of Long Island is pleased to announce a

VERY SPECIAL, “Silver Series” Bachmann HO scale commemorative car.

Production of this car will be limited only to those who purchase this car in advance.

All funds raised from the sale of this car will go toward the restoration of

Long Island Rail Road steam locomotive #39.

Download the Order Form

or Purchase with PayPal

The Boynton Electric Bicycle Railroad, 1885 - 1895

You are invited to a slideshow and discussion by Historians, Art Tillman, George Walsh and Randy Hagerman who will present their views and data on the 1890’s history and development of the Boynton Electric Bicycle Railroad.  This talk will focus on the work done by this little known “Long Island” railroad that ran from East Patchogue north to the LIRR tracks.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:30 PM in the Riverhead Public Library education hall, 330 Court Street, (across from the Suffolk County Historical Society), Riverhead, NY.  Ample municipal parking is available in the Town parking lot, Osborne and Court Streets – across from the entrance to the Library. 

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this fascinating retrospective of railroading history on Long Island.  Admission is FREE and open to the public.  Visit us on the web at

Fourth Annual


Saturday, April 1, 2017

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

416 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead

Admission for children 8 - 14 yrs. $20.00

Parent or Guardian: FREE 

Space is limited, please RSVP e-mail or call at: or 631-765-2757

This is an educational Museum event geared toward young people interested in model building.  Our focus is to introduce the concepts of building a model train layout, including electricity, scenery, painting, trackwork and the history of toy trains and their relationship to people on Long Island.  By the end of the evening, each child will have built his or her own model diorama from materials provided.  Each participant must be accompanied by an adult.  Class space is limited to ten (10) children and ten (10) adults.

2017 Special Guest Educator: Professor Ron Hollander, author, journalist and historian of Lionel Toy Trains.  Mr. Hollander wrote the book on the history of Lionel, “All Aboard, The Story of Joshua Lionel Cowen & His Lionel Train Company!”  In class, Ron will cover the history of toy trains, Lionel and the Historic Lionel Layout at the Riverhead RMLI!

Sidor’s Farms “North Fork Potato Chips” Boxcar

The Railroad Museum of Long Island is pleased to present to you, our Spring-Summer 2017 offering, the Lionel SKU 6-84958 “North Fork Potato Chips” boxcar.

Long Island has been a source of fresh potatoes since the mid 1800’s.  Each year the Long Island Rail Road delivered long unit trains of “State of Maine” seed potatoes to farmers on the Twin Forks of Long Island.  During the Fall harvest, one-hundred-ten car “unit trains” full of mature potatoes headed west to New York City markets and up and down the East Coast of America!


1853 saw the potato chip become an All-American snack and nearly one-hundred years later, in 1952, the potato chip became a “Long Island Grown” commodity.  Since 2004, the potato chip tradition continues on the East End with Sidor Farm’s North Fork Potato Chips!  The RMLI celebrates potato chips grown on our North Fork and our farm/railroad heritage with this finely detailed 9700 Series, “Made in America” collectible boxcar built by Lionel.

Please note that this will be a very limited edition collectible, received only by those who order and pay for the car on or before Friday, May 5, 2017.  Your order enrolls you in the “RMLI Collectible Car Club” and you will receive future announcements about the cars we produce for our Museum’s club members.  Remember, this is a one-time offer for this particular boxcar, after May 5th no more orders will be taken and this car will not be re-issued.  These cars are not available in stores!

Your collectible car purchase will not only bring you a highly detailed Lionel “Traditional O” model, but will help sustain the all-volunteer Railroad Museum of Long Island.  Your purchase supports our education and restoration programs, care for our collections and the development of new exhibits, and importantly, the care, maintenance and operation of the Historic Lionel Layout!

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or Purchase with PayPal

RMLI Featured on

LI Transportation News Blog

“Steam Up LIRR #39”

Wall of Honor as of March 2017



Welcome to the Home Page of the Railroad Museum of Long Island, known also as RMLI, (pronounced RimLee). Come, explore the website and take a ride through Long Island railroading history.

Created in 1990, our Mission continues to this day:  “Dedicated to the restoration, preservation and interpretation of the history and artifacts pertaining to the railroads which participated in the growth of Long Island, its communities and industries for the entertainment, edification, and good of present and future generations.”

The Museum maintains facilities at Greenport, L.I., N.Y. and Riverhead, L.I., N.Y. and is officially recognized by the New York State Education Department.  The RMLI serves primarily the communities of Suffolk County.  Our visitors and patrons also come to us from Nassau County, New York City, from across the United States and throughout the World!

The RMLI established itself at Greenport in the historic 1892 freight house of the Long Island Rail Road. “Greenport, (the Eastern terminal of the Long Island Rail Road mainline from Brooklyn since 1844), was the reason for the LIRR.” The approximately 3.4 acres that make up “the yard,” including the passenger station, railroad dock, turntable and the Museum, appear on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.  The Museum building has been lovingly restored by our members and volunteers and displays the Museum’s permanent collection of railroad artifacts as well as being host to annually changing exhibits.

The RMLI’s Restoration Site & Visitor’s Center is located on the historic property of the Corwin & Vail Lumber Company and also occupies land that made up the Long Island Rail Road “Riverhead Yard.”   Riverhead, the County Seat of Suffolk County, is at the apex of the North and South Forks of Long Island. Here is where we maintain and exhibit our collection of historic rail cars and locomotives and invite our visitors to “be interactive” with our Museum.  You can ride the Long Island Rail Road miniature park train from the 1964 – 1965 New York World’s Fair, climb inside a 1960’s LIRR caboose, activate the fifty-seven accessories on the Historic Lionel Layout and watch scale model trains operate on two indoor train layouts and one outside garden railway.


Although the Museum does not operate an excursion train ride, we are located on the Long Island Rail Road mainline and we encourage our visitors to travel between our two museum sites on the LIRR “Greenport Scoot” on weekends, once each day, from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.  Step back in history on your ride through the North Fork.  Experience a Long Island steeped in agriculture with farm views from your coach window reminiscent of the 1930’s and 40’s.  Tickets are available from your conductor on the train.  Click on our “Visiting Us” link for details.

Now, roam through our website.  See who we are, where we’ve been and what we are doing.  Please “experience Long Island railroading” with a visit to our all-volunteer Museum on a Saturday or Sunday between Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekends, bring the entire family!  Please follow us on Facebook and visit this sight frequently for Museum news and updates.

(Extended Saturday openings: the first Saturday of April through the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Closed for the season from Thanksgiving through March. Special Holiday Open Houses the first and second weekends of December.)

The Railroad Museum of Long Island, RMLI, the Historic Lionel  Layout, the Railroad Museum of Long Island logo, and the 39 keystone logo are Trademarks of the Railroad Museum of Long Island and may not be used without the written permission of the Railroad Museum of Long Island. Unauthorized use will be prosecuted. Lionel is a Trademark of Lionel LLC, used with permission.