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Bernie Rudberg's "NDC between Bangall and Pine Plains"

CNE Bus Tour 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.
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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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. Find more about the restoration, volunteer, or make a gift

The Hopewell Junction station restoration is moving right along. Many thanks to ABC Awards for signs. See a Hopewell Junction Station site about the station restoration, volunteering, or make a gift.
Anson Crossing construction

Anson Crossing construction.

Running north from Millbrook the first station was a flag stop called Shunpike. So far I have not found any pictures of that station. North of Shunpike the tracks ran along Anson Road. When first built the tracks were on wooden trestles through swampy areas. Later the trestles were filled in and concrete arches were built for local roads. This work was done by the CNE in 1911.
Anson Crossing arch

Anson Crossing arch.

The fill at Anson Crossing has been completed but the concrete in the arch has not cured yet.
Anson Crossing today

Anson Crossing today.

The tracks have been gone since 1938 but the arch is still in place.
Bangall station

Bangall station.

Next was Bangall where there was a trestle, a mill and a station. This early photo shows a group of people waving to somebody on the train. Perhaps they are celebrating a wedding and honeymoon trip.
USGS map of the Town of Stanford about 1900

USGS map of the Town of Stanford about 1900.

Three different railroads served this area from McIntyre to Pine Plains.
D&C RR Washington at Bangall

D&C RR Washington at Bangall.

This is the locomotive Washington on one of the original wooden trestles near Bangall. As trains got heavier the old trestles were replaced by filling in or with concrete and steel structures.
The ND&C RR at Bangall in 1879

The ND&C RR at Bangall in 1879.

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The Central New England Railway (CNE) was a railroad across northern Connecticut and west across the Hudson River in New York. It eventually became part of the Poughkeepsie Bridge Route (an alliance between railroads for a passenger route from Washington to Boston) and later a line of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.
Bangall station in 1910

Bangall station in 1910.

Bangall station move

Bangall station move.

The Bangall station was moved across the tracks to the west side and turned 180 degrees to face the tracks. This must have been a scheduling problem for the daily passenger and freight trains.
Bangall trestle looking south

Bangall trestle looking south.

In the distance you can see the station in it’s new location on the west side of the tracks. The building on the east side was the freight house.
Bangall trestle looking north

Bangall trestle looking north.

Stissing Junction

Stissing Junction.

The ND&C tracks ran very near the P&C and P&E at McIntyre but did not actually connect. Farther north at Stissing Junction the P&E joined the ND&C. The P&E leased trackage rights on the ND&C from Stissing Junction to Pine Plains. The P&E was perpetually in financial trouble and often failed to pay the monthly rental fee. When the ND&C threatened to lock out the switches they would somehow come up with the money. In the above photo, the box car is on the ND&C tracks. The line at right is the P&E to Salt Point, Pleasant Valley and Poughkeepsie.
Stissing Junction on 5 November 1932

Stissing Junction on 5 November 1932.

Left is the ND&C to Millbrook, Hopewell Junction and Dutchess Junction. Right is the P&E to Stanforville, Salt Point, Pleasant Valley and Poughkeepsie. Of course in 1932 both of these lines actually belonged to the New Haven RR. Six years later these tracks were torn out and sold for scrap to Japan in 1938.
Stissing Junction looking north

Stissing Junction looking north.

Stissing Junction water tank foundation

Stissing Junction water tank foundation.

About a quarter mile north of Stissing Junction there was a water tank. All that remains today is the foundation.
Stissing Junction section house

Stissing Junction section house.

USGS Pine Plains map

USGS map of Pine Plains about 1900.

This map was drawn before the CNE took over and built the connecting link between the P&E and the P&C near Mud Pond in Pine Plains.
Twenty Five Years on the ND&C Join the New York & New England/Central New England Forum
ND&C RR at Attlebury

ND&C RR at Attlebury.

Railroad Historian, photographer and author Lucius Beebe liked this scene so much that he convinced artist Howard Fogg to do a painting of it.
Attlebury station

Attlebury station.

The road at right behind the station is route 82 south of Pine Plains.
Attlebury tangent

Attlebury tangent.

Just south of Pine Plains near Attlebury was the longest straight stretch on the ND&C RR. That area now is part of a cattle farm and a duck hunting preserve. You can actually drive on a mile or two of the ND&C roadbed if you find the gates open. It goes through a wetland area with a number of hunting blinds.
Attlebury tangent creamery ruins

Attlebury tangent creamery ruins.

Near the north end of the tangent near Pine Plains is the ruins of a creamery. The ND&C RR ran on the left side of the building by the smokestack. There was a short siding on a ramp up to a door in the shadows at left
Pine Plains map in the 1870's

Pine Plains map in the 1870's.

The railroad was called the D&C (Dutchess & Columbia) until 1877.
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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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Poughkeepsie Bridge Walkway at Night

Poughkeepsie Bridge Walkway at Night

It is years later. Trains no longer run over the bridge; instead it is a walkway. Bernie Rudberg took a great nighttime picture from the walkway. See more about the great Poughkeepsie Bridge.


The CNE from Wikipedia
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