The Central New England Railway (CNE)

Bus Tour 2006

The Central New England Railway (CNE) Bus Tour 2006 Central New England Railway Rudberg Research Collection of the Central New England Railway. Dates: 2002-2011.

Dates: 2002-2010.
Quantity: .75 linear feet.
Abstract: The collection consists of tour guidebooks compiled by Bernard L. Rudberg of photocopies of photographs, maps, correspondence, and documents related to the history of the Central New England Railway, which ran from Maybrook, New York, to Hartford, Connecticut, in the period between 1898 and 1927, at which point it was taken over by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Mr. Rudberg creates the books for the participants of an annual guided bus tour he coordinates, in April or May of each year beginning in 2002, that follows portions of the old railway line, and provides information about the towns on the route, train wrecks that occurred, old carbarns, turntables and roundhouses, and such features as the Poughkeepsie River Bridge.
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CNE Tour April 2 2006

A.J Belliveau President of the "New" Central New England Railroad Company "east" again sponsored his loyal staff on a day long adventure starting with the great CNE Bus tour. I am sorry that I don't know everyone who contributes personal effort to make the trip go so smoothly and I do not wish to slight someone by not knowing their name. I will rely on Bill S and a few others to fill in the blanks.

Bernie Rudburg put together a great book for us to see what once was there. Information and picture items were contributed by many members to make the book so interesting.

Jack Swanberg having walked the entire route, pointed everything out as we followed along with the the books. It was evident that other men helped put this trip together to make the day so special. A.J. and I want to thank everyone responsible this year again for a great railroad fun time. Also our thanks to new and former NH railroad friends and NHRHTA board members who also attended for supplying great conversation and open friendliness.

For me it was great to meet my new friend Fred Schaefer. He is "the keeper of the Keys" to the Poughkeepsie Bridge. I myself a new member of the Walkway over the Hudson group got to meet and talk with Fred and see what has been accomplished so far. As with several of us on the trip the bridge played an exciting part of our railroad personal history and it is great to see a strong movement toward preserving the bridge for everyone to enjoy. Many funny stories were bandied about between us while in the view of the great bridge.

Last but not least I met Bernie Rudberg. Besides the literary giant that he is, he is also another "keeper of the Keys" to another special place in my heart. None other than my "Home away from home" for two years, the Hopewell Junction Station house. He along with others are restoring the grand old building that I spent two years of my life in. When I first moved into the station I had a two holer outhouse, and a hand water pump for running water inside. I had bid the job after having been laid off with a wife and two children so our nest egg was long gone. I had to live there as it was a 124 mile each way commute to work during two gas shortages no less. Though rustic when I first moved into the old station it is nothing to what Bernie has left to work with. Fire damage and vandels have taken their toll on the station. I was shocked when I saw the station on the way home from the trip.

Of course I have a story to tell about my days spent in Hopewell Jct. The nasty Penn Central bigshots were fast cutting jobs including the Poughkeepsie Bridge gang after a hyrail trip of M&W bosses saw the gang resting at 1:30 or so and not at work. The foreman told how he kept them out on the span through the noon lunch to finish riveting in lattis bars. They the M+W officials smiled as they often did nodding in understanding, and than went back to NH and cranked out abolishment notices for the entire bridge crew. The Div Engineer called for cuts in track also so several track men were cut from Poughkeepsie and Hopewell also. I don't remember how it got started but the Bridge gang had a bunch of new stuff to fix up the Poughkeepsie yard building they used for thier HQ. But with the track guys cut it was not needed. So,they came down to deliver the stuff to Hopewell figuring on the New Haven B+B installing it. When the Guys saw how I was living they all came together and decided to paint the outside and inside, installed a shower, toilet, electric well pump and tank and put up new ceilings. Understand these guys were getting laid off, some for good, in just a few weeks and when they could have been goofing off they worked hard to fix the station up great for the three of us who were left to use for our headquarters. I will never forget Tommy Hustons Bridge gang for that and the track guys who dug the septic system with the backhoe. Electricians and Plumbers from New Haven who concealed the job from the hated PC bosses. The guys who came up with the material list Tommy gave them and helped with its installation. The New Haven Men were the best and we stuck together when possible against the PC changes. Wow what a bunch of memories were stirred up Sunday.....

I am sure it was the same for others on the trip.....

Bill Goff
restored Pleasant Valley station For those of you who took the CNE Tour on April 2, here is a group photo by Mark Kolodny to add to your guide book. I have a more detailed version but the file size is much larger. If you want the bigger file send me a note.

The photo shows our group exploring the restored Pleasant Valley station on West Road in Pleasant Valley NY. A few years ago the station had to be moved or torn down to make way for new construction. A group of volunteers saved the station and had it moved to West Road. The Town of Pleasant Valley is considering moving the station back into town and using for business. We will see what happens.

Bernie Rudberg
old caboose in a field in Van Wagners NY Here is the group exploring an old caboose in a field in Van Wagners NY.
cornfield meet in Salt Point NY in 1904 Russ Nelson recreates the scene of a "cornfield meet" in Salt Point NY in 1904.
Creamery tour Stanfordville NY Here is a shot of our tour goup stopped at the creamery in Stanfordville NY.
River Station Poughkeepsie This is the view of where our tour ended at The River Station in Poughkeepsie.

The big fellow on the left is Pete MacLachlan., retired engineer. Farther back on the left in the brown cap is Don Konen from the Danbury RR Museum. On the right in the brown CNE cap is Richard Schumann who flies in from Hannover Germany for the tour every year.

OK! Now it is starting to fall into place thanks to Stan Madyda (at the far end of the table on the right hand side). Opposite him in the white hat with arms folded is David Wilson. Hidden between David and Don Konen is Carol Wilson. To Stan's immediate left (appears to be hidden) is Gerry Herrmann (Gray shirt with arm folded). All are members at the Danbury Railway Museum.

Stan enjoyed the tour (his second) and brought three friends along for their first tour. Everyone was very pleased with the way the day turned out.

It would be great to identify everybody in the picture. Let us know!
Great Bridge at Poughkeepsie New York This is the view from the parking lot where our tour started.
CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny

CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny.

This photo gives you a little feel for the amount of steel that has been hanging over the Hudson River since the 1880's. Maybe one day we will be able to walk across that steel. Bring your camera.
CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny.

Our group took time to inspect the former P&E freight house in Pine Plains.
CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny- CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny.

A view from inside the bay window of the Pleasant Valley station.
CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny.

This shot is the pot belly stove in the restored Pleasant Valley RR station now located on West Road.
CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny.

Here are the two intrepid tour narrators during the stop at Van Wagners. On the left is Jack Swanberg and on the right is Lee Beaujon.
CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny CNE Tour photo by Mark Kolodny.

This is a view out the windshield of the first bus driving under the big bridge in Poughkeepsie.
CNE Home Page

Central New England Railway Home Page

This page is an overview of the entire railway in Connecticut and New York.

Central New England Railway in New York State

This page is an overview of the railway as it existed in New York State.

Central New England Railway in Hopewell Junction

This page is about the CNE in the Hopewell Junction area.

Central New England Railway's Great Bridge at Poughkeepsie

This page is about the CNE' bridge at Poughkeepsie.

The Rhinebeck & Connecticut

This page is about the Rhinebeck & Connecticut which became part of the Central New England Railway.

The Railroads of Pine Plains

Pine Plains was the intersection of three railroads, all of which became part of the Central New England Railway.

Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut Railroad

One of the railroads that formed the Central New England Railway was the Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut.
The CNE / ND&C from Dutchess Jct to Matteawan.
The CNE / ND&C Glenham to Hopewell Jct.
The CNE / ND&C from Hopewell Jct to Millbrook.
The CNE / ND&C from Bangall to Pine Plains.
The CNE / ND&C from Pine Plains to Millerton.

Connecticut Connection

A trip along the Central New England Railway (CNE) from Canaan, Connecticut to the New York State Line.

Maybrook Yard

The major freight yard where the CNE connected with other railroads was at Maybrook.

The Maybrook Line across Dutchess County

The "Maybrook Line" was important to New England before the advent of Penn Central and before the Poughkeepsie Bridge burned.

The Poughkeepsie Bridge after the 1974 Fire

The "Maybrook Line" lost its importance with Penn Central. See the effects of this fire on Eastern Railroading.

P&E in the Poughkeepsie Area

Part of the The Central New England Railway (CNE) was the Poughkeepsie & Eastern (P&E)

P&E North of Poughkeepsie Area

Part of the The Central New England Railway (CNE) was the Poughkeepsie & Eastern (P&E)

Poughkeepsie & Connecticut

One of the railroads that formed the Central New England Railway was the Poughkeepsie & Connecticut.

The Central New England in Connecticut

A great WebSite from Tim Dowd on the remains of the CNE in Connecticut

Fishkill Landing

The Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut Railroad became part of the CNE. The New York Central ran from New York City to Albany and beyond through the Hudson Valley. The two roads met at Fishkill Landing.
The first phase of the NYC rebuilding at Fishkill Landing starting in 1913.
The second phase of the NYC rebuilding in 1914 and 1915.
New York Central in the Fishkill Landing Area.
Restoration of Hopewell Junction Railroad Station

The Central New England Railway (CNE) and later the New Haven Railroad, ran through Hopewell Junction, New York. The abandoned station is being restored. Follow its progress. Better yet, contribute to its progress. See our WebSite

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Fly Along the Central New England Railway!

If you have "GOOGLE EARTH" installed on your computer, you can "fly" along the routes of the Central New England Railway with the "PLACEMARK" below: (Click to get GOOGLE EARTH)

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We will be adding more routes
Because many of the locations on our tour have varying "resolutions" of the pictures, you may need to stop the tour and adjust the height you are viewing.
On several locations, you may also stop the tour and click on the placemark icon for more information.

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The Central New England Railway (later New Haven RR) Maybrook Yard connected to other railroads: Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, New York Central, Lehigh & Hudson River, Lehigh & New England, Erie, Ontario & Western, Lehigh Valley

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The Maybrook Line across Dutchess County The "Maybrook Line" was important to New England before the advent of Penn Central and before the Poughkeepsie Bridge burned. This piece of the railroad carried freight from Maybrook Yard, across the Poughkeepsie Bridge to Hopewell Junction where it joined a line from Beacon. The railroad then went to Brewster, then Danbury, and finally to Cedar Hill Yard in New Haven.

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