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Anybody want to live in an old train station? Revisiting Lagrange… Train History Photos

Lagrange station in 1932

Have you ever dreamt about living in an old train station? Every now and again old, restored train stations converted into residences appear on the market. The Harlem Division’s former Sharon station is one such example that we’ve posted on the site before. Today’s station was previously featured once before, but in the years since we last visited there have been more renovations, and the place looks gorgeous. In fact, it is practically ready for you to move right in!

The former station today
Lagrange station… the spot where I’m standing is where the tracks once were.

Really though, the place is full of history. What train buff doesn’t love that? The station here was first established in 1869 as part of the Dutchess and Columbia Railroad, which later became the Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut Railroad. Although Lagrange (also called Lagrangeville at times) was certainly not the most important station on the line, it warranted the construction of a small station building which had a ticket window and waiting area for passengers.

Timetable which shows Lagrange station from 1873
Timetable which shows Lagrange station from 1873

Timetable which shows Lagrange station
Timetables which shows Lagrange station, circa 1900 at left, and an excursion train from 1869.

Postcards and ticket from the station

Looking at the station from the track side, photo undated
A collection of historical items from the station’s long history.

After selling his business in Pennsylvania, Pete Roberts bought the old station in 2007, with the goal of restoring it to “keep busy.” Over the subsequent years he restored the station to beauty, and converted it into a residence. The old ticket window still exists, though the ticket office has been turned into a kitchen. The former waiting area is now a perfect living room/sitting area. A hidden foldaway staircase provides access to a loft above the old ticket office. The loft has space for a bed, but could be used for other various purposes.

  
   

Some of the later restoration work on the station. Unfortunately there were no photographs taken of the station before the restoration began.

Since our last visit, the most changes have happened with the loft. Formerly accessed by a big and clunky ladder, the loft now has a railing and a hidden folding staircase. Along with the furnishings, which also were absent the last time we visited, the place really looks like a home. For anybody interested in learning about the place, or giving in to their secret desire to live in an old train station, you can find info here and here. Alternately, you can email Pete directly at pete@theharlemline.com.

 
  
  
 
  
 
  
 
 

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  • Richie:

    From what I read in Berie Rudberg’s book, Twenty FIve years on the ND&C this station replaced the original after it burned down around 1900. Still a nice Station. I would love to own it and put my Railroadiana in it.

  • Very, very nice… so this was part of the Beacon secondary at one point? Trying to follow the TT’s. I know before the Poughkeepsie Maybrook bridge was built, there was a car float operation at Fishkill which I think was AKA Dutchess Junction? Or was that something else?

    • Backshophoss:

      Jeff,If you have a copy of the SPV RR atlas,Notheast,La Grange was on a NH/CNE
      branch,north of Hopewell Jct to Pine Plains,then heading east via Millerton to
      Canaan Ct
      Dutchess Jct was the original connection to the Hudson Line,
      south of New Hamburg moveable Bridge
      Look at map NY-11 pg 39,map NY-9a pg 37, and map NY-15 pg 43.

  • Lee:

    A number of stations on SEPTA commuter liners were built with apartments on the second floor to house the station agent and his family. Today, SEPTA rents out some of those apartments–the first floor is retained as the ticket office and waiting room, but the second floor is a private residence.

    Some stations have been converted into restaurants, banks, or bookstores.

  • Mary Vincitore:

    I for one, (and hopefully the only one), would love to live there!
    The grounds are peaceful to me, and that doorbell sound of a
    train coming in blowing its whistle makes me smile!
    Love it, love it, love it!

  • therealguyfaux:

    If I could afford it, I’d buy it, to live out my Tyrion Lannister fantasy. (The Station Agent, 2003, starring Peter Dinklage)

  • Lee:

    Some Long Island Rail Road stations have two-story buildings. Do they rent out the upper floors to people or businesses?

    Bayside station:
    http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?70260

    Great Neck station:
    http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?101612

  • Michael Napolitano:

    That was quite a film, therealguyfaux. Check out the cast, and you will see that many went on to way bigger and better things.

  • I was just revisiting this post; thinking a porch swing on the “platform” would be awesome. And you’d definitely need a riding mower!

  • Al Brecken:

    The W & B Quaker Ridge Station

  • This is what I was referring to:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newburgh,_Dutchess_and_Connecticut_Railroad

    “The first main line abandonment was from Shekomeko (about halfway from Pine Plains to Millerton) east to Millerton, abandoned in 1925. In 1935 came the abandonment of the part from Shekomeko west to Pine Plains. In 1938 both remaining sections north of Hopewell Junction were abandoned – from the junction north to Pine Plains and from Millerton east to the Connecticut state line.

    The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad was merged into Penn Central in 1969; by then the former ND&C was known as the Beacon Secondary Track. After the Poughkeepsie Bridge closed in 1974, the former Dutchess County Railroad was abandoned west of Hopewell Junction, and the former ND&C, as well as the former New York and New England Railroad (then the Maybrook Line), became the Danbury Secondary Track. Conrail acquired Penn Central in 1976, including the remaining part of the HD&C. The remaining part of the line from Hopewell Junction to Beacon is now owned by the Metro-North Railroad as part of its Beacon Line.”

    Although LaGrange was not part of the Beacon Secondary, the headquarters of the ND&C was at Matteawan, and the remaining portion is now part of MNRR albeit inactive. Matteawan was what confused me.

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