Central New England Railway

Bernie Rudberg's "Dutchess Junction and Matteawan."

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.
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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.

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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. See our WebSite

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Dutchess Junction Map

Dutchess Junction is on the east bank of the Hudson River just south of Beacon NY. This map was drawn after the NY&NE had built their ferry and yard facilities at Fishkill Landing at upper left in 1881. Fishkill Landing and Matteawan were combined into the City of Beacon in 1913. The first mayor of Beacon was a former ND&C RR conductor named Frost.

Drawing of the Dutchess Junction station in 1873

Drawing of the Dutchess Junction station in 1873.



The double track main line of the NYC&HR RR runs through the middle. At right the tracks of the Dutchess & Columbia RR go up the hill and across the Tioronda bridge over Fishkill Creek to Wicopee Junction and Matteawan. The bridge in the distance is left from the failed BH&E RR plans to build a deep water port on Dennings Point at the far left. The pilings in the bay were intended to hold a trestle which was never completed.

The station was jointly owned by the two railroads and the D&C offices were on the second floor over the passenger waiting room at right. An overhead walkway connected the passenger station to the freight house on the left. This station was destroyed by fire in April 1876. All of the D&C office records were lost in the fire.
Dutchess Junction station fire

This newspaper clipping describes the Dutchess Junction station fire in April 1876.

Dutchess Junction about 1880

View of Dutchess Junction about 1880.



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Over the years the center of ND&C Railroad activity was Dutchess Junction. At the peak of operations, Dutchess Junction was a thriving town with a train station that served two railroads, the ND&C Railroad and the NYC&HR Railroad. There was also the busy ferry and freight dock for Hudson River boat traffic. The ND&C Railroad repair shops were located at Dutchess Junction as well. Workers lived in tenement houses owned by the railroad. Descriptions of the ND&C facilities include a locomotive repair shop, a carpenter shop, brass foundry, paint shop, car repair and build shop, coal and water facilities plus a turntable with a roundhouse and train yard. Adjacent to the ND&C Railroad property was a brick manufacturing company. Dutchess Junction was a bustling, active community.

Today there is very little evidence that Dutchess Junction ever existed. When you ask, Where is Dutchess Junction?, most local residents respond with only a puzzled look. The nearest passable road is more than a mile away, but if you hike through the trees to Dutchess Junction, all you are likely to find are a few overgrown foundations and some scattered bricks. Metro-North and Amtrak trains thunder past what seems to be only woodland along the banks of the Hudson River.
The last Dutchess Junction station

The last Dutchess Junction station.



The first Dutchess Junction station was detroyed by fire in April 1876. The replacement station also burned in November 1893. The station in this photo was actually the third and last station at Dutchess Junction. The 1893 fire also burned the ND&C RR lumber shed, storehouse, roundhouse and the timber supports of the water tank. Three steam engines were severely damaged in the roundhouse fire but #1 was driven to safety by an ex slave named George Washington who was working as a night watchman. It was early in 1894 before the ND&C trains were back to a normal schedule.
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Dutchess Junction agent in an undated photo.

Dutchess Junction agent in an undated photo.

Dutchess Junction in 1950

Dutchess Junction in 1950


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By 1950 a lonely passenger shelter was all that remained of the bustling town of Dutchess Junction. Even that shelter is now long gone.

We are going up the hill out of Dutchess Junction over the Tioronda Bridge and through Wicopee Junction.

Tioronda Bridge over Fishkill Creek in Beacon NY

Tioronda Bridge over Fishkill Creek in Beacon NY.



Just up the hill from Dutchess Junction the ND&C tracks crossed high over Fishkill Creek. This bridge was strengthened and repaired a number of times while it was in service. The last train across this bridge was in 1916. Shortly after that the bridge was sold for scrap by the CNE.

This area is now part of Madam Brett Mill Park in the City of Beacon NY. The bridge is gone but the stone abutments are still guarding the spillway.
Tioronda Bridge abutments still stand in Madam Brett Mill Park in Beacon NY.

Tioronda Bridge abutments still stand in Madam Brett Mill Park in Beacon NY.

track level view over Tioronda Bridge

This would have been the track level view over Tioronda Bridge

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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.
Wicopee Junction with the New York Rubber plant in the background

Wicopee Junction with the New York Rubber plant in the background.

The NY&NE RR built a ferry facility at Fishkill Landing in 1881. They leased trackage rights on the ND&C from Hopewell Junction to Wicopee Junction. They built their own tracks from Wicopee Junction to Fishkill Landing. Wicopee Junction was near the east end of Tioronda bridge. At this point the NY&NE tracks connected to the ND&C tracks from Dutchess Junction.

After many years and many different names, these tracks are still in service and owned by Metro North MTA. There is no regular train service on this “Beacon Branch” but they are keeping the line open for possible future use.
Wicopee Junction in 1932

Wicopee Junction in 1932 was no longer a junction.

The watchman’s shanty is gone and the former ND&C tracks end at the tanks in the distance. Tracks to the right go down the hill to Fishkill Landing. Just beyond the tanks is what remains of Tioronda Bridge abutments.
ND&C RR engine #6 in 1882

ND&C RR engine #6 in 1882.

This engine was built by the Brooks Locomotive Works in 1873 and purchased new by the NYB&M which went bankrupt that same year. The trustees of the NYB&M leased this engine to the ND&C in 1877. The ND&C purchased her from the trustees in September 1888. The CNE scrapped this engine in 1912 or early 1913.

Mostly Matteawan

The D&C RR along Tioronda Avenue in 1869

The D&C RR along Tioronda Avenue in 1869.



Between Wicopee Junction and Matteawan the tracks run alongside of Tioronda Avenue. This photo is of a D&C RR train before Wicopee became a Junction and before the City of Beacon was formed. This scene today is part of the City of Beacon. Behind the train is Tioronda Bridge and Dutchess Junction. Ahead of the train is the station stop at Matteawan. These tracks are still in service today and owned by MTA Metro North RR.
New Haven RR alongside Tioronda Avenue in 1949

The New Haven RR alongside Tioronda Avenue in 1949.



Eighty years have passed since the previous photo but little has changed along Tioronda Avenue in Beacon NY.
Matteawan NY 1876

Matteawan NY 1876

At lower right the D&C RR tracks run along Tioronda Avenue. You can see the two-story Matteawan station toward the upper right with a couple box cars parked on the siding. Just beyond in the upper right corner you can see a tower on a factory building. This distinctive tower shows up on several old photos of Matteawan and later Beacon. Also visible is a siding leading into a coal handling business. In later years new concrete silos were built to hold the coal.
Matteawan station on Main Street in the 1870's

Matteawan station on Main Street in the 1870's.



A few years after this photo, another story was added to this station to hold the offices of the ND&C RR successor to the D&C RR. This scene is now part of the City of Beacon.
Matteawan station after the third floor was added

Matteawan station after the third floor was added.



When this building was renovated in the 1990s, the record books of the ND&C RR were found in the loft over the third floor. Those books are now at the Beacon Historical Society in the old Howland building which is on the corner of Tioronda Avenue just to the right of the church steeple.
Matteawan station in 1933

Matteawan station in 1933.



Gasoline powered railbuses were used for the last few years of passenger service. Some old timers may recall riding the “galloping goose” to high school in Beacon or Poughkeepsie. Railbus service ended in September 1933.
Matteawan station in 2003

Matteawan station in 2003.



This building now contains a beauty shop, nail salon and apartments.
Matteawan station RR fans

Matteawan station RR fans.



The Matteawan station has been visited by several fan trips from the Danbury RR Museum.
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.
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Crossing guard on duty in Matteawan

Crossing guard on duty in Matteawan

Main Street in Matteawan in 1869

Main Street in Matteawan in 1869.



Here again you can see the tower attached to the factory building. This scene is now part of East Main Street in the City of Beacon NY. The Matteawan station was just off the right edge.
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.

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Main Street in Matteawan in the 'blizzard of 88'

Main Street in Matteawan in the “blizzard of 88".


This is almost the exact same view as the previous picture. Notice the horse drawn street car behind the snow bank. Later photos of this area show the top section of the tower was removed.
Derailment in 1976

Derailment in 1976



Almost 100 years later the tower was badly damaged by a train derailment. Notice the Penn Central truck at far right. After the accident the tower was removed completely so that only the markings of a stairway show on the factory wall.
Matteawan station today

Matteawan station today.



The Matteawan station building still serves as apartments, a beauty shop and nail salon on the revitalized Main Street of the City of Beacon. In the distance you can see the factory building with the markings from the tower that was knocked down by the derailment.
These coal silos are still standing in Beacon.

These coal silos are still standing in Beacon.

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

The Central New England Railway Yard at Maybrook, New York

We have a really new and really cool feature about the Central New England Railway / New Haven Railroad. It is a Journal of the Maybrook Yard. All kinds of previously unpublished and fascinating things!

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.

The New Haven's Maybrook Line and connections to other railroads

Railroad History of Maybrook Region By Ken Kinlock at kenkinlock@gmail.com
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Just Around the Corner by Bertrande H. Snell

Bertrande H. Snell, author of the following article, a native of Parish, Oswego County, N.Y., was a telegrapher all his working life. For many years he was employed by the New York Central Railroad, and for 33 years was a telegrapher for Western Union in Syracuse.

Bertrande Snell commenced his writing career with the Syracuse Syracuse Post-Standard in 1945 and continued it until shortly before his death in 1949. His columns were primarily of a reminiscent or historical nature, which included railroad stories.
Syracuse Post-Standard, Feb. 17, 1946

Just Around the Corner
By Bertrande Snell

Jim Jackson gazed from his kitchen window, early one February morning in 1903. and remarked:

'She's comin' from the northwest an' I'll bet we're goin't to have an old ripsnorter. When you see the snow comin' down slantwise that way, you can get ready fer a storm."

The wind howled around the big white house on the hill, across the tracks from Mallory depot, and the soft flakes were falling faster and faster. And, as I struggled down to the depot for the morning passenger train, it was getting worse by the minute. No passengers emerged from, or boarded No. 7 that morning - and that was the last train we saw for some time. Clayt Fellows, section boss, showed up for a brief survey of the situation and then he and his men holed up in the section house to await developments.

All morning and afternoon the storm increased in fury and the uproar of its mighty travail was almost deafening. My telegraph wires had been unworkable since late morning, and on the road between Richland and Salina, I had no means of knowing their position, or condition.

About 4 p.m. I got my switch lamps ready and started south with two of them. One was to be placed at the junction of Corbett's spur, and the other on the sidetrack switch stand. The wind was blowing ferociously, the snow was swirling in such compact clouds that it was impossible to see a single foot in any direction, except at intervals, when the storm lulled for a few brief moments.

I was walking down the center of the main track, when suddenly from out of nowhere came a mental urge, intuition, "hunch," or whatever you care to call it, that I should step across to the adjacent side track. Almost involuntarily I did so - and I had taken not one step from my new location, when a snow plow, pushed by two engines whizzed by on the track I had just left! All I got was a slight addition to the storm's mighty roar, a ghostly flash, a shadowy, fast-moving mass - and the show was over!

Must I admit I was a bit weak at the knees for the next few minutes?

Sam Hollingsworth, one of the engineers on the plow, said afterward that he got just one glimpse of me as i stepped over to the siding. He claimed he could sense, by my leisurely manner that I had no idea there was anything behind me. And he swore mightily and oft it was so close, that had I been two inches larger at the waste, the snow plow flange would have hit me!

Jim Jackson was sitting in his big chair by an east window, and during a break in the storm he saw the plow bearing down and apparently running right over me. Grabbing his coat and cap, he ran down the hill "faster," as he said, "than any 72-year-oldster ought to travel." Plodding down the side track, he finally glimpsed a form ahead of him and yelled lustily, but I didn't hear him. I went on and set my lamps, and returning, met him.

We went back to the depot, and my day's work being done, we went up the hill for supper. As we left the station, however, Jim's wife, "Car'line" came plowing through the snow in eager search for us.par After supper we sat rather quietly in the big cheery living room, discussing my near-adventure and listening to the wild hullabaloo outside. Finally, Jim looked at me with a speculative eye, and remarked: "Y'know, I don't hold, generally, to the use of liquor, but it seems to me, Bert, that in memory of a dumb out-an' -out miracle, we could do worse than to celebrate your good luck with a nice hot toddy - that is, providin' of course that we had anything to make it with!"

The old rascal knew that I had a bottle of Tucker's rye up in my room. I used to get a reasonable supply of that famous brand at Garlock's liquor store, across from the old New York Central depot, whenever I came to Syracuse. Perhaps the reason my supply was a bit low at that time, was due to the fact that I hadn't been in town for some time!

Anyway, we had our hot toddies - one apiece - and, although Car'line sipped hers in very small portions nd with a most deprecatory manner, as if she did it under protest, she left no final dregs in her glass.

Jim related again, in full detail, the story of his one and only extended journey beyond the confines of Hastings- a two weeks sojourn in Oswego on jury duty, 'way back in the '70s. It had been a great adventure for him and he seldom failed to recount it, exhaustively, whenever he could induce any listeners to stay within hearing distance, long enough for the telling.

One of his favorite episodes of the occasion was about the waitress at the old Adams House in Oswego, who, at the end of each dinner, came to the tables and chanted: "Apple, mince, cherry, raspberry, custard an' punkin," to which outburst, Jim claimed he always replied, "I'll take a small hunk of each!"



"And," he used to chuckle, "I always got 'em, too!"

Then, when the yawns became alarmingly manifest, Jim arose from his big morris chair, knelt beside it; and, while we reverently bowed out heads, he offered thanks in his own sturdy and unflowered tones - thanks for the preserving hand of the Father, which had been held over me that day...And, folks, when he had finished, I felt myself nearer to the Throne of God than I had ever been before!

So - a mighty storm howled and raged outside; the force of nature seemed to be at war; but here, within, was peace and comfort and thankfulness and good fellowship. Perhaps just a tiny preview of heavy - who may know?

Jim and his Car'line have slept for, now, these many years; but I never journey by the big white house on the hill without thinking of that day, long ago, when death passed so closely by me, that I could feel the brush of his ebony wing.

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