Postcards and tickets from Cold Spring

Views of the tracks and the Hudson Highlands near Cold Spring.

While beautiful views can be found along the entire Hudson Line, there’s something about the upper, un-electrified portion of the line that I find especially attractive. Nestled amongst the Hudson Highlands, many of the stations we’ve featured, like Breakneck Ridge and Manitou, offer hikes with wonderful views of both the mountains and the river. Today’s Tuesday Tour takes us to Cold Spring, just less than 53 miles from Grand Central. Unlike the aforementioned stations, Cold Spring is unique in that it offers both a charming downtown area with shops and restaurants, as well as hikes with beautiful views. The trail to hike up Mount Taurus (visible in one of the postcards above) is less than a mile walk from the train station. And if you’re not into the whole hiking thing, you could probably spend the day at the various Main Street shops, or the local Putnam History Museum. In other words, if you’re looking for a cool place accessible by Metro-North, Cold Spring would certainly be a nice pick.

Civil war era station at Cold Spring, and the brick station it was replaced with in 1884.

As one would expect from such a charming downtown area, the original Cold Spring station still stands, though it is not in use for any railroad purposes. Instead the station is home to the aptly named Cold Spring Depot restaurant. Built in 1884, the historic brick station replaced an earlier wooden one built at that site. The station used by Metro-North is south of the historic station and village area, though the two are connected via pathways.

Some interesting shots near Cold Spring… When we featured Garrison, I failed to mention that both that station and the tracks around Cold Spring were used in the filming of the movie Hello Dolly.


A little non-Metro-North action near Cold Spring. First three photos by Mike Foley, fourth by Chris Southwell.

If you happen to make the journey all the way up to Cold Spring, the Metro-North station probably is the least interesting thing you’ll see along the way. Typical of many Hudson Line stations, Cold Spring is composed of two side platforms, connected by an overpass. As previously mentioned, each platform is connected via a pathway to the old station and village area. Besides the usual ticket vending machines, blue trash bins, and wire benches found at most Metro-North stations, there isn’t much else noteworthy here at Cold Spring. It is, however, the gateway to a pretty interesting place, certainly worth visiting, and under an hour and a half from Manhattan.


3 Responses

  1. Otto Vondrak says:

    Really nice tour, looks like you found some great images! I used to spend a lot of time at Cold Spring station when I was a little kid. My parents used to go to the antiques auction that was up the street, and I would spend hours sitting on the stone wall watching the trains come and go. I knew it was getting late in the night when I’d see the old SPV shuttles show up!

  2. Backshophoss says:

    The cars used for the movie shoot were from the Strassburg RR in Lancaster Pa. along with the steam engine used as well. The last car was made for the film and still exists at Strassburg RR, used in “tourist” service and marketed as the “Hello Dolly” car. (Been years ago since I visited Strassburg RR, not sure if the car
    was extra fare.) It retained the yellow paint used in the movie, everything else was restored back to original colors.

  3. renmi86 says:

    I am just coming back from here. My mom and I took a day trip there after I told her about it. I never heard of it until I read about it here, so thanks!!

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