The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) reports that more than 15,000 items are brought to its Lost and Found every year. That's an indication of just how many people accidentally leave things on the train on a regular basis. They're in a hurry to make the next leg of their trip. They have too much on their mind to sweat the small stuff. They're older and forgetful. You get the idea: It can happen to anyone.
If you left something on a Long Island Rail Road train or an LIRR platform, you need to report your loss right away. There are several ways to do that:
- Go online: You can go online and fill out the LIRR Lost & Found Lost Property Customer Inquiry Form. You'll provide information about the time of the train that you were on, and what items you lost.
- Go in person: If you prefer and you're in New York City, you can go in person to the Penn Station Lost & Found Office to see if someone turned in your lost items. If nobody turned it in, fill out a Lost & Found Property Inquiry Form. The Lost & Found Office is located at Penn Station's LIRR Concourse level, main gate area. It is across from tracks 13 and 14, and to the right of the 7th Avenue escalators. The office is open weekdays from 7:20 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
- Call the LIRR: You may also choose to call 718-217-5477 to speak to an LIRR representative who can advise you about what to do if you're trying to retrieve your lost items.
In all cases, the LIRR Lost & Found Office will email you if someone turns in a found object that matches the description of your lost item. You'll probably need to show identification, and if you are in New York, go to the Lost & Found Office to pick up what you lost. Then say thank you, because you were very, very lucky that someone actually turned it in.