Cos Cob station

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Cos Cob
West side of the station house
Location 1 Station Drive,
Cos Cob, CT 06807-2736
Owned by ConnDOT
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Parking 567 spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Fare zone 15
Opened December 25, 1848
Rebuilt 1890
Electrified 12,500V (AC) overhead catenary
Passengers (2006) 215,020[1]Steady 0%
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
New Haven Line
Cos Cob Railroad Station
Cos Cob station is located in Connecticut
Cos Cob station
Location Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Coordinates 41°1′52″N 73°35′54″W / 41.03111°N 73.59833°W / 41.03111; -73.59833Coordinates: 41°1′52″N 73°35′54″W / 41.03111°N 73.59833°W / 41.03111; -73.59833
Built 1894
Architectural style Stick/Eastlake
NRHP reference # 89000928
Added to NRHP August 28, 1989

Cos Cob station is a Metro-North Railroad station that serves the residents of the Cos Cob area of Greenwich, Connecticut, via the New Haven Line.

Cos Cob is 29.6 miles (47.6 km) from Grand Central Terminal. The station has 567 parking spaces, 361 owned by the state.[2]

Built in about 1890, the station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 as Cos Cob Railroad Station.[3] The nearby Mianus River Railroad Bridge is also listed on the National Register. The Cos Cob Power Station, a former New Haven Railroad electrical substation on the western edge of that bridge is also NRHP-registered despite being demolished during the turn of the millennium.


An Amtrak train passing Cos Cob in 1975

On December 25, 1848, the last section of track, over the Cos Cob Bridge, on the railroad from New Haven to New York was completed. The first trial run was made on that day.[4]

Editors of two Stamford newspapers reported on the event. William H. Holly, Esq., founder of the Stamford Sentinel and a guest on the first trial run, wrote: "The train had to remain at Cos Cob Bridge some three hours for the last rails to be laid over it and the delay gave ample opportunity to the people to come and witness the wonderful feat. The general impression among them seemed to be, that the first train that attempted to cross this pass would also be the last."[4]

Edgar Hoyt, editor of the Stamford Advocate: "The citizens of the village as well as the horses, cattle, etc., were nearly frightened out of their propriety ... by such a horrible scream as was never heard to issue from any other than a metallic throat. Animals of every description went careening round the fields, snuffling the air in their terror."[4]

The New York and New Haven Railroad was merged into the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in 1872, and the station became part of that railroad. Beginning in 1907, the NYNH&H built the Cos Cob power plant as part of an effort to electrify the main line. As with all New Haven Line stations along the Northeast Corridor, the station became a Penn Central station upon acquisition by Penn Central Railroad in 1969, and eventually became part of the MTA's Metro-North Railroad in 1983. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Station layout[edit]

This station has two high-level side platforms each six cars long.

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 3 New Haven Line toward Grand Central (Greenwich)
Track 1 Northeast Corridor, New Haven Line express trains do not stop here
Track 2 Northeast Corridor, New Haven Line express trains do not stop here →
Track 4 New Haven Line toward Stamford, New Canaan, New Haven or New Haven–State Street (Riverside)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
G Street level Exit/entrance and parking

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Using 260 weekdays in a year multiplied by number of weekday passengers (827)
  2. ^ Urbitran Associates Inc. (July 2003). "Table 1: New haven Line Parking Capacity and Utilization" (PDF). Task 2: Technical Memorandum parking Inventory and Utilization: Final Report. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-12. 
  3. ^ Bruce Clouette (August 29, 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Cos Cob Railroad Station". National Park Service.  and Accompanying six photos, exterior and interior, from 1988 (see photo captions page 9 of text document)
  4. ^ a b c "Murals: Scenes from Yesteryear". Stamford Historical Society. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Cos Cob (Metro-North station) at Wikimedia Commons