Early 1900’s views of the Erie’s Campbell Hall station, which was on the Montgomery Branch. The current Campbell Hall station is now located on what was the Graham Line.

As we continue our tour of the Port Jervis line, the next stop we arrive at is Campbell Hall. While the Metro-North facilities here are rather dull, there is a little bit of interesting stuff that does go on at this station. What you’ll immediately notice are the multiple tracks – since the majority of the Port Jervis line is single-tracked. Stowed on a few of the tracks are various train cars, and maybe if you’re lucky you’ll see a locomotive. Though a few of them might belong to Metro-North or New Jersey Transit, the majority probably belongs to the Middletown and New Jersey Railroad, which operates through Campbell Hall.

Postcard view of freight on the Graham Line in Campbell Hall, 1971

Though the Erie did have a station at Campbell Hall, it was not located along this line. When Metro-North took over operations in the 80’s, a small facility was established here, as there were no stations on the Graham Line previously. Like many of the other Port Jervis line facilities we’ve seen, there is not too much here. The low-level platform is partially covered by a canopy, and there is a small shelter to protect riders from the elements. Located inside the shelter are two New Jersey Transit ticket vending machines. The station has a small high-level platform section to accommodate riders in wheelchairs, but is not considered a fully ADA accessible station. Dispersed along the platform are a few planter boxes containing trees… which would probably be a nice touch anywhere else, but we are pretty much located in the wilderness already.

Wilderness case-in-point. You can photograph both trains and wildlife at Campbell Hall. I’ve named this little fellow Paulo coelho.


Photos of the Metro-North station at Campbell Hall in the late 80’s. The station has been renovated since, and there is a far nicer shelter for riders. [photo credit]

Campbell Hall was certainly a lot more interesting in the past, with several railroads passing through the small hamlet – but today it is just serviced by Metro-North’s commuter trains, and some occasional freight. On the commuter side of things, a ride from Campbell Hall to Penn Station in the city will take you slightly less than two hours, and to Hoboken about an hour and a half.

Though my stormy-day photographs of Campbell Hall are hardly spectacular, thankfully they are not the worst photos ever taken here – I bestow that honor upon Metro-North itself. One of these days they are totally going to update their site, so it doesn’t say that Campbell Hall is “65.6 miles to Grand Central Terminal” – but that day probably isn’t today.


5 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    Haha, I know, right? That would probably be a whole lot more interesting than “East Penn Railroad” :P

  2. Adam Moss says:

    No direct mention of MQ Junction? :(

    – Nice to see you saw the Campbell Hall station on Montgomery Branch mention I made last week.

    – Not many people notice this, but at MQ, the Montgomery Branch went south to the area called Kipps, which had a station before the Mont. Branch met the Main Line near Goshen. At the other side was the Pine Island branch.

    • Emily says:

      Sorry :(

      I did make sure I put the Montgomery Branch detail in, just for you, Adam! Not gonna lie, this really isn’t my area of expertise… :P Since I think you mentioned Otisville as another place with “historical” significance, is there anything you think I should definitely mention when we get there? I guess the interesting part would be the tunnel…

  3. Adam Moss says:

    – The tunnel constructed 1908.

    – The original Otisville station was constructed on the main line through downtown Otisville in 1858, and served the Erie for 96 years until a minor rerouting at Graham Junction (FX or Guymard) put a new site for the Otisville station, at which point, a new station depot was constructed (the current site by the way). That was later demolished, and this is the Otisville you have today.

  4. Brett says:

    I recall looking at the Metro North pictures and it seemed like someone rode the train along the line and took pictures as it went along… Note the lighting changes…

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