Rockaway Beach Branch

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Rockaway Beach Branch
Flag of Rockaway Beach Branch
The Forgotten Spur
 • TypeAutocracy
 • Total0
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)

The Rockaway Beach Branch is an abandoned railroad claimed as a territory of the Bepistani Reich, formerly owned and operated by the Long Island Railroad. The territory stretches from the neighborhood of Rego Park to Ozone Park as a 5.56 km (3.45 mi) long strip of heavily overgrown trench, embankment, and viaduct, with several abandoned stations along the route.


Early history

The Rockaway Beach Branch was originally established as the New York, Woodhaven and Rockaway Railroad on 21 March 1877[1] as a narrow gauge line from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to Rockaway Beach.[2][3] The line was intended to cut travel time to the Rockaways to 30 minutes compared to an hour and a half via the South Side Railroad.[4] Plans were changed on 13 March 1878[5] to build the line in standard gauge from Hunter's Point rather than Greenpoint.

The line eventually opened on 26 August 1880 after being delayed by financial problems.[6] The company operated for seven years before going bankrupt, and was sold under foreclosure to Austin Corbin, owner of the LIRR. Corbin reorganized the company as the New York and Rockaway Beach Railway on 19 August 1887.