Valhalla (Metro-North station)

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Valhalla
Valhalla train station.jpg
Northbound view of Valhalla station from the southbound side of the platform.
Station statistics
Address 2 Cleveland Street
Valhalla, NY 10595
Coordinates 41°04′24″N 73°46′22″W / 41.0732°N 73.7729°W / 41.0732; -73.7729Coordinates: 41°04′24″N 73°46′22″W / 41.0732°N 73.7729°W / 41.0732; -73.7729
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit Bee-Line Bus System: 6
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 191 spaces
Other information
Opened 1890
Electrified 1984
700V (DC) third rail
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Fare zone 5
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 73,320 Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
Harlem Line
toward Wassaic
(closed 1984)
toward Wassaic
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
Harlem Division
toward Chatham

The Valhalla Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of Valhalla, New York, via the Harlem Line. Trains leave or arrive approximately every 20 minutes during peak periods, hourly otherwise. It is 25.5 miles (41.0 km) from Grand Central Terminal and the average travel time to Grand Central is 39 minutes.

The station is popular with commuters from the interior of northern Westchester County given its location at the foot of the Taconic State Parkway.

This station is the northernmost station in the Zone 5 Metro-North fare zone.

History[edit]

Rail service in Valhalla can be traced as far back as 1846, with the establishment of the New York and Harlem Railroad, which installed a station named "Davis Brook," but by 1851 the name had been changed to "Kensico." The NY&H became part of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in 1864 and eventually taken over by the New York Central Railroad. By the late-1880s Kensico and the rail line that ran through it were relocated to make way for the Kensico Reservoir despite protests from the community lasting for the rest of the century, and the community that replaced it was named "Valhalla." The current station house was built in 1890, and at some point was converted into a restaurant.[1]

As with most of the Harlem Line, the merger of New York Central with Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968 transformed the station into a Penn Central Railroad station. Penn Central's continuous financial despair throughout the 1970s forced them to turn over their commuter service to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority which made it part of Metro-North in 1983.

Prior to Metro-North Railroad's electrification of this section of the Harlem Line in 1984, service at the station had been greatly reduced compared to other similar stations. In the late 1970s, weekday service was about half that of most other stations north of North White Plains, and weekend service was limited to a flag stop for six trains.[2] By 1990, service had been restored to fourteen trains a day on weekends, the equivalent of that at other similar stations.

Platform and track configuration[edit]

2 Harlem Line for Grand Central
1 Harlem Line for Wassaic

This station has one six-car-long high-level island platform serving trains in both directions. The Harlem Line has two tracks at this location.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NY Existing Stations-Westchester
  2. ^ Harlem Line timetables effective 30 October 1977 and 17 September 1979

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