• St. Patricks Day Dashing Dan

  • Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.
Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

Moderator: Liquidcamphor

  by nyandw
Here's what I have:

St Patrick's Day one time special from 1966. The loco looks like a C420 judging by the location of the image by the cab and also the roof details. Bearded Pat carries a Shillelagh.* Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

* A cudgel (club that is used as a weapon) made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn wood) believed to be magical tool corresponding with the staff. Info: Steve Lynch

Anyone with more info/photos/etc.? An interesting item, for sure!
A bit of Irish whimsy from the LIST-NRHS Semaphore March issue
Steve - A Happy St. Patrick's Day to You and the Long "Ireland" Rail Road...

In recent years (2019 and back when schedules were being printed) the LIRR issued card timetables showing
extra trains scheduled for parade goers for certain branches that have higher ridership.

A more obscure timetable is the one issued for the Montauk St. Patrick's Day Parade - which is one of the last
parades in March - showing extra Montauk Branch trains scheduled for that event.

Mentioned on St. Patrick's Day timetables is the "Alcohol/Safety Message" which is "To maintain orderly
travel for customers, alcoholic bevarages will not be permitted on trains, platforms or stations.
Any alcoholic beverage observed or found will be confiscated by the MTA Police."

From past experience there is only so much that the MTA Police or anyone else can actually do to control
alcohol consumption on St. Patricks Day in any way, shape or form...There is only a small percentage
of drinkers that can ruin things for all the rest with their misuse of "Liquid Courage"...