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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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Northbound NY Central train near Fishkill Landing

Northbound NYC train near Fishkill Landing.

Beacon Historical Society collection

The Hudson line which became part of the NYC had been in operation for nearly 20 years when the first east-west railroad was built. The Dutchess & Columbia connected to the Hudson line at Dutchess Junction in 1868. In 1881 the NY&NE built a connecting track and ferry service at Fishkill Landing just north of Dutchess Junction. This NYC train is along the shore of the Hudson River between those two points. Fishkill Landing became part of Beacon in 1913.
Fishkill Landing was built on trestles and fill

Fishkill Landing was built on trestles and fill.

Beacon Historical Society collection

The shoreline at Fishkill Landing changed shape many times when the railroads needed more room. The lettering on the tender of this engine says “Walsh Construction Company, Davenport Iowa”. Most of the train cars are NY Central.
Bridge over Fishkill Creek

Bridge over Fishkill Creek.

Beacon Historical Society collection

Here is the Walsh Construction Company crew working on the bridge over Fishkill Creek. The creek was the dividing line between Fishkill Landing and Dutchess Junction. In the background you can see what appears to be a cliff at the edge of the NYC main line. This was the fill leading up to a bridge over the main built by the BH&E RR that went bankrupt in 1870. That bridge and a trestle over the bay was to be the access to a deep water port on Dennings Point which is behind the locomotive to the right. Dutchess Junction was just beyond the BH&E fill and bridge.
The Hudson line south of Fishkill Landing

The Hudson line south of Fishkill Landing.

Beacon Historical Society collection
The Hudson line south of Fishkill Landing

The Hudson line south of Fishkill Landing

Beacon Historical Society collection
South end of the tunnel at Breakneck Ridge

South end of the tunnel at Breakneck Ridge.

Art Church collection

When this photo was taken there were only two tracks and no road tunnel. This looks like a very dangerous road crossing with almost no visibility to the north through the tunnel. This tunnel was one of the obstacles that slowed the construction of this line in the late 1840's. There was no room to go around the cliff because it drops into deep water in the Hudson River at left.
Tunnel at Breakneck Ridge

Tunnel at Breakneck Ridge.

Beacon Historical Society collection

The story says that Breakneck Ridge got it’s name because of a farmer’s stray bull that fell down the cliff and broke his neck. You can see a bit of the Hudson River at far left.
Twentieth Century Limited Wreck 13 March 1912

Twentieth Century Limited Wreck 13 March 1912

Richard Teed collection

The Hudson River seems to be frozen over. There are people walking on the ice.
NY Central rotary snowplow

NYC rotary snowplow.

Beacon Historical Society collection

When clearing the Hudson Line the plows could conveniently throw the snow in the river in many places.
NY Central tunnel ice breaker

NYC tunnel ice breaker.

Beacon Historical Society collection

This modified hopper car was used on the Hudson Line to break ice that formed around the tunnel ports along the river. In warm weather you could often find it parked south of Beacon.
Twenty Five Years on the ND&C
NY Central Niagara pulling a passenger train

NYC Niagara pulling a passenger train.

Beacon Historical Society collection

This train is southbound at Beacon. You can see the road bridge over the tracks in the background. At left is the former NY&NE ferry yard that later was occupied by the CNE and the New Haven.

See the specifications for this locomotive.
ALCO PA and PB at Beacon

ALCO PA and PB at Beacon.

Beacon Historical Society collection

A New York Central ALCO PA and PB are charging past Beacon on the way north and west. The National Biscuit Company building at left was the carton printing plant for Nabisco products. That building today is a museum of modern art in Beacon. The tracks at right were the CNE and New Haven which crossed over the NYC main on a bridge to Fishkill and the Maybrook line connection at Hopewell Junction. These tracks are still in use by MTA Metro North and AMTRAK.
NY Central  20 Century Limited along the Hudson

New York Central 20th Century Limited along the Hudson

Bruce Wolfe collection, courtesy of Bernie Rudberg

In 1947 a trio of EMD E units are powering the 20th Century Limited southbound along the banks of the Hudson River. This train had just thundered through Beacon and was heading for the engine change at Harmon. Since these diesel engines were not welcome under the streets of Manhattan, an electric engine would pull the limited the rest of the way into Grand Central Terminal.
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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.
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Dutchess Junction in 1950

Dutchess Junction in 1950.



Lee Beaujon collection

When the CNE took over operation of the ND&C RR they began a program of abandonment. Among the first things to go in 1907 were the ND&C shop facilities at Dutchess Junction. In 1916 the passenger service stopped. Over the year the rest of Dutchess Junction followed. By 1950 all that was left was a lonely passenger shelter. Today even that shelter is gone. AMTRAK and Metro North riders might glance up from their newspaper to see only woodland and maybe a few bricks as the train thunders past what was Dutchess Junction. In the distance along the tracks you can see the bridge over Fishkill Creek. Beyond that short bridge is the Fishkill Landing section of the City of Beacon. In the left distance across the bay is Dennings Point.
Dutchess Junction today

Dutchess Junction today.



Austin McEntee colletion

You can still find some weathered concrete and a few bricks where Dutchess Junction used to be.
The Hudson Line south of Beacon

The Hudson Line south of Beacon.



Austin McEntee collection

The Hudson Line is no longer a four track main. AMTRAK and Metro North make do with two tracks. At left is Bannerman’s castle on Polopel Island. At one time the castle housed a collection of war relics and surplus ammunition. The City of Newburgh is along the river bank in the distance. Dutchess Junction and Beacon are out of view around the bend to the right.
Beacon station in the 1980's

Beacon station in the 1980's



Jim Moseman collection

In this photo there is no sign of the stations and platforms built in 1915. In the background is the outline of the Beacon Newburgh bridge which drove the ferry out of business in 1963.
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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.
Beacon station today

Beacon station today.



B Rudberg photo

In 2005 the passenger ferry service has been revived and seems to be doing well with commuters who take the Metro North trains to New York City.

Several years ago I wrote a story on the major railroads of 1950 and what happened to them.

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Metro-North plans to create a destination that serves as a “gateway” to Beacon, reclaim the riverfront and link the riverfront to downtown Beacon. The station master plan calls for building a parking garage with landscaped rooftop garden elements, an intermodal plaza, and an expanded and improved train station.

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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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