Garrison station (Metro-North)

The Garrison station is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line, located in Garrison, New York. Trains leave for New York City every hour on weekdays and about every 25 minutes during rush hour. It is 49.9 miles (80 km) from Grand Central Terminal and travel time to Grand Central is approximately one hour, 17 minutes.

It is known for its sweeping views of West Point across the river.

Garrison
Garrison train station
Garrison Metro-North station
Location1 Upper Station Road,
Garrison, New York, 10524
Coordinates41°22′58″N 73°56′50″W / 41.3828°N 73.9471°WCoordinates: 41°22′58″N 73°56′50″W / 41.3828°N 73.9471°W
Line(s)Empire Corridor
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone7
Traffic
Passengers (2006)90,480 Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
Hudson Line
toward Poughkeepsie
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Main Line
toward New York

History

Rail service in Garrison can be traced as far back as the 1850s with the Hudson River Railroad. Prior to this, the only major transportation in the community was the ferry to West Point.[1] Garrison Landing was built around the station, which along with the line was acquired by the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in 1864, and like many others on the Hudson Line, it is also right on the Hudson River. In 1892, NYC&HR rebuilt the station with elements of the Italianate, Victorian Gothic and Hudson River Bracketed styles, similar to stations such as Dobbs Ferry. On October 24, 1897, the Garrison train crash occurred 1.75-mile (2.82 km) south of the station at Kings Dock resulting in 19 deaths (mostly from drowning) and hundreds of injuries. A pedestrian tunnel was added to the station beneath the tracks in 1929.

Hello, Dolly!6
Screenshot from the trailer to "Hello Dolly!" using Garrison as 1890's Yonkers.

The station house became a Penn Central station upon the merger between NYC and Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968, like many NYCRR stations in Putnam County. Bankruptcy for Penn Central in 1970 forced them to turn passenger service over to the MTA in 1972, even through the period when it was taken over by Conrail in 1976, and then by Metro-North Railroad in 1983 which rebuilt a new station south of the former NYC station house. The former station house became a contributing property to the Garrison Landing Historic District in 1982, and has been the headquarters of the Philipstown Depot Theatre since 1996.[2]

In popular culture

The original Garrison Depot building (Still standing just north of the current Metro-North station), the surrounding buildings, the overpass, and the tunnel just north of the depot were prominently seen in 1969's "Hello, Dolly!" during the "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" number. The building was given some retro facade work and was "dressed up" as Yonkers, New York.[3][4][5]

Station layout

This station has two high-level side platforms each six cars long. The Garrison Landing Historic District is immediately to the northwest of the station.

M Mezzanine Platform crossover
Street/platform
level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 1 Hudson Line toward Grand Central (Manitou or Peekskill)
Empire Corridor trains do not stop here
Track 2 Empire Corridor trains do not stop here →
Hudson Line toward Poughkeepsie (Cold Spring)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Street level Exit/entrance and parking

References

  1. ^ "Railroad Extra -The Hudson River and Hudson River Railroad--New York Central Railroad Hudson Division". Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ Saunders, Jean (1996). "History of the Garrison Train Station / Depot Theatre". Philipstown Depot Theatre. Retrieved May 3, 2009.
  3. ^ Hello, Dolly! (film) Trailer (1969). Hello, Dolly!6 (photograph). Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Barbra Archives DOLLY Pages: Posters & Behind the Scenes, Locations, DOLLY Sights and Sounds
  5. ^ Hello, Barbara! (Penn Central Post: November 1968)

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