August 18 Governors Island Railroad Day

Governors Island Railroad

Governors Island Railroad

Celebrate the Centennial of the Governors Island Railroad, called the “shortest railway in the world.” Visit the Governors Island National Monument on Saturday, August 18, for free talks and tour of where the Railroad once ran from 1917-1931.

The events will be held at Castle Williams, on Governors Island.

The U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps on Fort Jay operated the 8 miles of track, with engines and freight cars. During World War I more than $1 million of supplies were moved daily on Governors Island.

12:30: Talk “WWI on Governors Island and the Railroad” by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of WWI New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War and the Governors Island Explorer’s Guide.

1:00: Tours of Castle Williams and its rooftop parapet, led by the National Park Service.

2:00: Walk the Line, retracing the route of the long gone GIRR. Walking tour of railroad.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, carry a bottle of water.

Ferries are available from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Ferry information.

There is food and restaurants on the island; a group visit to one is planned.

A presentation of:
* World War I Centennial Committee for New York City
* Governors Island National Monument
* East Coast Doughboys