I didn’t think it could get worse than Speonk, until one cold February morning around1 amI had to drive out to Montauk. I now know why they call it “the end” . you actually believe that you are visiting the twilight zone and the worlds end is close at hand. It is actually a very scary experience. Well I survived this and many other experiences as well. One such experience was in June of 2004. The U.S. Open Golf Tournament was being held at Shinnecock Hills. All ofLong Islandwas agog because Tiger Woods was coming to town. In the eyes of theRail Road, this was a major event. They even built a temporary platform across the street from the golf course to accommodate all the crowds. We had people stationed all over theHampton’s, just incase something happened and they were needed. I happened to have been one of those people. First I was stationed inSouth Hampton, then Bridgehampton, then I was sent out to Montauk to build an extra train. I must admit that it was a most hectic time, but it was also a most successful U.S. Open in the eyes of theLong Island Rail Road. And in case you’re interested Tiger Woods did not win, Retief Goosen did.
Each experience was different and unique in its own way. What I find so enthralling was all the locations and sights that I witnessed all as a result of being and employee of theLong Island Rail Road.Long Islandis truly a vast and beautiful place. I consider myself privileged to have lived here most of my life and to have witnessed all of the beauty thatLong Islandhas to offer.
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