August 24 in History: These Tiny Trains Make Riding the LIRR Look Like Fun
Looking over the arrival and departure times in this 179-year-old train schedule could make you expect the LIRR to be the kind of fun ride you'd find circling a miniature golf course.
The modern reality of riding the LIRR may be a fight against delays, track construction, and the all-too-intimate odor of urine, but the Morning Herald from August 24, 1837 shows whimsical icons that put the "railroad" back in LIRR. The cheerful choo-choos are chugging along, hopefully sticking to the three-times-a-day schedule.
The trains of the time didn't look too much different than the newspaper depicted, as this 1800s lithograph shows, but they would make quite a splash if the LIRR ever decides to run a 179-year-old nostalgia train!