Highbridge Facility

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Highbridge
Hibridge Yard peek jeh.jpg
Highbridge Metro-North Facility, as seen through its namesake
Station statistics
Address Depot Place and Exterior Drive
Bronx, New York
Coordinates 40°50′17.5″N 73°55′53″W / 40.838194°N 73.93139°W / 40.838194; -73.93139
Line(s)
  Hudson Line employees only
Tracks 3 mainline plus 11 yard
Other information
Rebuilt December 2003
Electrified 700V (DC) third rail
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
Hudson Line
toward Poughkeepsie
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Peekskill
Hudson Division
toward Brewster
Putnam Division
Terminus

The Highbridge Facility is a maintenance facility of the Metro-North Railroad in Bronx, New York City, United States. It is the third stop along the Hudson Line, and is for Metro-North employees only. The station is located south of the High Bridge, off Depot Place and Exterior Drive, and is accessible from Sedgewick Avenue by way of a viaduct that carries Depot Place over the Major Deegan Expressway, the Hudson Line, and Exterior Drive. It was originally built by the New York Central Railroad.[1] Photographs from the 1960s indicate that the station was a regular passenger depot before it was a rail yard.[2]

The railroad station in the Highbridge section of the Bronx was once part of the New York Central (later Metro-North) railroad Hudson Division (Line). The station served as a transfer point for the Putnam Division (Line) of the NYC. The Central's long distance passenger trains including the Wolverine, 20th Century and Lake Shore Limited picked up their dining cars at Highbridge after leaving Grand Central Terminal but Highbridge was not an official stop for the trains. The Central also had a passenger car washing facility at Highbridge.

Along with the passenger service, Highbridge also had a tractor trailer/freight yard where trucks would load their trailers on to flat cars for "piggyback" service and at one time had a pier to load freight cars on barges when the Central owned its own fleet of tugboats and car carriers. A scene in the movie Funny Girl shows Barbra Streisand riding one of the Central tugs.[3] The passenger station was closed and demolished in the late 1970s and the freight yard now serves as a maintenance facility of the Metro-North Railroad.

Platform and track configuration[edit]

1 Hudson Line Passing track
2 Hudson Line Passing track
4 Hudson Line Passing track, no platform here

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