Croton Falls (Metro-North station)

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Croton Falls
Croton Falls train station.jpg
Location 5 Front Street, between
West Cross and Center Streets
Croton Falls, NY, 10519
Coordinates 41°20′52″N 73°39′44″W / 41.3479°N 73.6622°W / 41.3479; -73.6622Coordinates: 41°20′52″N 73°39′44″W / 41.3479°N 73.6622°W / 41.3479; -73.6622
Line(s)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Local Transit Putnam Transit: Croton Falls Shuttle
Construction
Parking 202 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 7
History
Opened 1847
Rebuilt 1870, 1910, 1984
Electrified 1984
700V (DC) third rail
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 148,200[1]Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
Harlem Line
toward Wassaic
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
Harlem Division
toward Chatham

The Croton Falls Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of North Salem, New York and surrounding communities via the Harlem Line. It is 47.7 miles (77 km) from Grand Central Terminal and the average travel time to Grand Central is 1 hour, 16 minutes.

This station is located in the Zone 7 Metro-North fare zone on the Harlem Line.

The station, the northernmost on the line in Westchester County, is not far from the Putnam County line. Putnam runs a shuttle to the station for commuters closer to its location than those of Brewster and Southeast stations. While Interstate 684 is further away from the station than at Purdy's and Golden's Bridge, the next two stations to the south, it is a short drive away via Hardscrabble Road (Exit 8).

It is somewhat smaller than some of the other stations on the line, located on the hamlet's main street. Only four cars can platform at Croton Falls. Service to Manhattan is provided approximately every 15–30 minutes during peak hours and approximately every hour during off-peak hours. Some parking is located at the station with more spaces available a short walk away.

History[edit]

Rail service in Croton Falls can be traced as far back as 1847 with the establishment of the New York and Harlem Railroad. The station was the terminus of the line until it was extended to Dover Plains in 1848.[2] The New York and Harlem Railroad was acquired by the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in 1864, and converted the original station house into a freight house in 1870, then built a newer station house on the opposite side of the tracks. A second track was installed through the community by 1907, and the second station house was replaced by a third brick station house in 1910, before the NYC&HR was eventually taken over by the New York Central Railroad. The 1847-built former freight house,[3] and 1910-built former passenger depot [4] still exist to this day. 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. Metro-North electrified the line and added a standard high-level platform with staircases, a pedestrian bridge and elevators shortly after acquisition.

Station layout[edit]

This station has one four-car-long high-level island platform serving trains in both directions.

M Mezzanine Exit/entrance and parking
P
Platform level
Track 2 Harlem Line toward Grand Central (Purdy's)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1 Harlem Line toward Southeast or Wassaic (Brewster)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Using 260 weekdays in a year multiplied by number of weekday passengers (570)
  2. ^ Grogan, Louis V. (1989). The Coming of the New York and Harlem Railroad. Self-Published. pp. 128–134. ISBN 0-962120- 65-0. 
  3. ^ Former Croton Falls NYCRR Freight House (Existing Railroad Stations in Westchester County, New York)
  4. ^ Third Croton Falls NYCRR Passenger Station (Existing Railroad Stations in Westchester County, New York)

External links[edit]

Media related to Croton Falls (Metro-North station) at Wikimedia Commons