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Great Neck is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Port Washington Branch in Great Neckmarker, the first station in the branch (heading from Manhattan) in Nassau Countymarker. The station is located at Middle Neck Road and Station Plaza at Great Neck Road, 1/4 mile (0.4 km) North of Northern Boulevard, and is 15.9 miles (25.3 km) from Penn Stationmarker in Midtown Manhattan. From this point on, the line becomes single tracked onto Port Washington.

Great Neck was originally the terminus of the New York and Flushing Railroad when it was built in 1866 by a subsidiary called the North Shore Railroad. The NY&F was consolidated into the Flushing and North Side Railroad in 1874, only to be leased in 1876 by the LIRR who, in 1898, built Long Island's highest railroad bridge to extend the line to Manhassetmarker and Port Washingtonmarker. In 1924 the station was closed and moved to its current location on February 26, 1925, as a grade crossing elimination project brought the tracks below ground by June 8, 1934. Elevators exist on both sides of the tracks. The wall along the southeastern platform contains an aluminum sculpture by artist David Saunders that was installed in 2001.

This station was referenced in The Great Gatsby as "West Egg".


Port Washington Branch trains generally run every 30 minutes in both directions during the daytime. During rush hours, when express service is provided, Great Neck is an express station. Local trains terminate here during rush hours. Trains run every two hours overnight.

Platform and track configuration

This station has two high-level side platforms each 10 cars long. The north platform, adjacent to Track 1, is generally used by westbound or Manhattanmarker-bound trains. The south platform, adjacent to Track 2, is generally used by eastbound or Port Washingtonmarker-bound trains. The Port Washington Branch has two tracks at this location.

MTA Long Island Bus Connections

  • N20: Flushing-Hicksville.
  • N21: Flushing-Glen Cove.
  • N25: Lynbrook-Great Neck.
  • N57: Great Neck Loop.
  • N58: Great Neck-Kings Point.


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