Happy Birthday to the New York & Harlem Railroad – 180 years!

On this day, 180 years ago, the New York and Harlem Railroad was chartered. It was the first railroad in New York City, and began operations on November 26, 1832: on a single mile of track, pulled by horses. We’ve come a long way since then, and the Harlem Line still thrives as part of one of the nation’s busiest commuter rail lines.

In celebration of 180 years, here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about the early years of the New York & Harlem Railroad…




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