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The Electrification of Grand Central, and Metro-North’s Third Rail History

Over the past few years this site has significantly delved into the history of Grand Central Terminal and how it came to be. We’ve talked about the Park Avenue Tunnel wreck that led to the banning of steam locomotives in Manhattan – considered one of the catalysts for building the...

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The Night of the Bus – North White Plains Photos

I Ride the Harlem Line has never been much of a news website. While we’ll certainly talk about (and give commentary on) current events, we’re not really the place where you should be checking for breaking stories (if such a term hasn’t completely been shot to death by 24-hour news)....

Monday Morning Old Photos: Scenes on the Upper Harlem 1

Monday Morning Old Photos: Scenes on the Upper Harlem History Photos

Today’s collection of historical Harlem Division photos features the Upper Harlem… including several crashes that occurred on the line. A huge thanks goes to Ron Vincent, who shared these photos from his family’s collection. Ron’s grandfather worked as an RPO clerk on the Harlem for 36 years. Many of the...

Tuesday Tour of the Hudson Line: Garrison 6

Tuesday Tour of the Hudson Line: Garrison Trains History Photos Tuesday Tours

Excerpts from old Hudson River Railroad timetables, from 1853 and 1889, showing the station name as “Garrison’s.” If you’re looking for attractive views along the Hudson, Garrison might be the station for you. Garrison station is located along the waterfront, and from there are lovely views of West Point on...

Tuesday Tour of the Port Jervis Line: Tuxedo 3

Tuesday Tour of the Port Jervis Line: Tuxedo Trains History Photos Tuesday Tours

  Postcard views of Tuxedo, from the collection of Steve Swirsky. While taking a ride on the Port Jervis Line, you will travel through Metro-North’s most rural territory. Although the trees and greenery along the route can be quite scenic, the stations along the line are rather rudimentary, bare-bones facilities....

Tuesday Tour of the New Haven Line: Fairfield 0

Tuesday Tour of the New Haven Line: Fairfield Trains Photos Tuesday Tours

Postcard view of Fairfield station Welcome to Fairfield, the next stop on our tour of the New Haven Line. Although it isn’t as hip as the new Fairfield Metro station, it does have a bit of history – including an 1882 station listed on the National Register of Historic Places....