railfan365 wrote:When i worked at the DMV Garden city office in 1994/'95 the tracks going behind that building on Axxinn Avenue were impassable and interrupted - although there was traces of the rails going accross the street to where Avis was at the time. The freight lines over there seemed to have been abandoned for a long time already.
As I may have mentioned, I worked in the area in the 1990s, and so a lot of that branch - unfortunately, by the mid-1990s there were small trees between the tracks in the section that curves NE around the Magnacare parking lot, and large trees (and disconnect/heaved-up rail) in the section alongside the south of Avis/Cendant's parking lot (along the way to the Chemical Firm).
Looking at the 1966 Historic Aerial
view, which is a bit unclear, even by 1966 it looks as if the chemical company wasn't using rail freight (and Avis and Verizon...er, NYNEX...er NY Telephone had no need of rail freight at those locations - if NY Telephone had a gondola of poles or cable reels or whatever, shipped by rail, they would have probably off-loaded at the nearby Garden City team track.
I do recall in 1991 (1990 at the earliest), watching a track test car (Sperry, I think) traverse up the MagnaCare curve, and come back south - maybe that was the last piece of rail equipment to traverse that curve. South of the curve, alongside the future site of the NY DMV, was a run-around track.
Again, looking at the 1966 aerial, looks like the only two active customers north of the Meadowbrook was White Rose and whatever was in the erstwhile Fortunoff Outdoor outlet - I don't see any other active-looking sidings in those images.