Campbell Hall (Metro-North station)

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Campbell Hall
Campbell Hall station from across the tracks.jpg
Westbound train arriving at station, 2014
Location Egberton Road (County Route 77) & Watkins Drive,
Campbell Hall, Hamptonburgh, New York 10916.
Coordinates 41°27′05″N 74°16′07″W / 41.4513°N 74.2685°W / 41.4513; -74.2685Coordinates: 41°27′05″N 74°16′07″W / 41.4513°N 74.2685°W / 41.4513; -74.2685
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Construction
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code 2577 (MQ Junction) (Erie Railroad)[1]
History
Opened April 18, 1983[2]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
toward Port Jervis
Port Jervis Line
toward Hoboken

The Campbell Hall Metro-North station is located just south of the eponymous hamlet in the town of Hamptonburgh in Orange County, New York. It is served by trains on the Port Jervis Line, which either go west to Port Jervis or south to Hoboken, 65.6 miles (106 km) away. Travel time to the latter is around an hour and a half. As with most of the Port Jervis Line stations, this station serves not only Campbell Hall, but customers from such surrounding towns as Goshen, Chester and Montgomery, some areas once served on the original Erie Main Line until 1983.

Situated amidst farms and fields, it is the northernmost Metro-North station west of the Hudson River, as the line begins to curve in a southerly direction just west of the station. Facilities used to be rather minimal, but recent renovations by the MTA have given it similar amenities to other stations along the line: decorative lights, a longer platform roof and an elevated mini-high platform at the east end of the station for access by riders in wheelchairs. Parking is no longer free. A permit/meter system like those at other stations has been instituted.

The station is located at the end of Watkins Road, off Egbertson Road a short distance from NY 207 near its intersection with NY 416. This is also where the Wallkill Valley Railroad once connected to the main line via a still-used wye, and Middletown and New Jersey Railroad still runs freight operations up to customers in Montgomery and the end of the tracks in Walden with its recent takeover of local freight operations from Norfolk Southern. As a result, not only is Campbell Hall the only double-track station besides Harriman and Otisville on the Port Jervis Line (with a wooden platform allowing passenger access to the long siding that goes through the station and some distance past it in case trains have to use it), it has become a small yard for the freight carrier, with unused stock stored along several sidings at and just west of the station. This is all easily visible from the platform, and local railfans sometimes come here on weekends or middays (when passenger service is limited) to watch any action that might be going on.

Station layout[edit]

   Port Jervis Line for Port Jervis
 Port Jervis Line for Hoboken
 Port Jervis Line no stop
1  Port Jervis Line for Port Jervis
 Port Jervis Line for Hoboken

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ "New Port Jervis Service - April 18, 1983". New York, New York: Metro-North Railroad. April 18, 1983. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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