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Smartcat Sundays: All Aboard for the Westchester County Fair History

These days if you want to get to a county fair on Metro-North you head up to Dutchess County, are conveniently met by a bus at Poughkeepsie station, and are whisked away to the long-running Dutchess County Fair. Westchester County used to have a fair too, although it wasn’t quite...

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Bridges of Metro-North: The Norwalk River Bridge, Part 1 Trains History Photos

Continuing into the new year with our visits to some of Metro-North’s movable bridges, today’s feature is the Norwalk River Bridge. This bridge, owned by the state of Connecticut, is commonly known as WALK, and is the bane of the New Haven Line. Built in 1896, the bridge is one...

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H.H. Richardson’s Last Station – New London Union Station Trains Photos

When it comes to great American architects, one must certainly mention the name Henry Hobson Richardson. Richardson’s name may not be as widely mentioned as some others – likely because he unfortunately passed in his prime at the age of 47 – but his influence in American architecture is obvious....

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The Railroad Photos of Jack Delano Museums History Photos

These days almost everyone has a camera – whether it be a point and shoot, an SLR, or just the stock camera that came with your cell phone. Despite all the criticism of people these days and what they’re photographing, part of me thinks that the people of the future...

A last look at Port Jervis… 2

A last look at Port Jervis… History Photos

Bird’s eye view of Port Jervis, circa 1900. The railroad tracks and roundhouses are visible in the lower right. From the New York State Archives. As promised, before moving onto the Pascack Valley Line I said we would take one more look at Port Jervis. While the Metro-North station at...

Tuesday Tour of the Port Jervis Line: Harriman 7

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

  The two above photos were on a single postcard, showing the old and new stations at Harriman. The station at left was known as Turners, and was replaced with the station on the right in 1911. From the collection of Steve Swirsky. As we continue north on our tour...