Dover Plains station
|Location||Market Street and Mill Street, Dover Plains, New York|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Connections||Dutchess County Public Transit: D|
|Opened||December 31, 1848|
|Rebuilt||1860; August 19, 1996|
Dover Plains station is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's Harlem Line, located in Dover, New York. Trains leave for New York City every two hours, and about every 30 minutes during rush hour. It is 76.5 miles (123.1 km) from Grand Central Terminal and travel time to there is approximately two hour, two minutes.
The 7.5-mile (12 km) distance from Dover Plains to Harlem Valley–Wingdale, the next station to the south, is the longest between two stations on the Harlem Line.
Rail service in Dover Plains can be traced as far back as December 31, 1848 with the establishment of the New York and Harlem Railroad, which became part of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in 1864 and eventually taken over by the New York Central Railroad (NYC).
Besides passenger service, freight service also originated and stopped at this location, in both directions north and south. It even contained a nearby railroad hotel. Under the New York Central, for the first five decades of the 20th century the station hosted through trains such as the Berkshire Hills Express to North Adams, Massachusetts via other towns in the Berkshires section of Massachusetts.
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 and abandon service north of Dover Plains, thus transforming it into a terminal station in 1972. Freight service north of Dover Plains was abandoned by Conrail on March 27, 1980. The ticket office was closed in September 1981. The line itself became part of Metro-North in 1983. The 1860-built NYC station house, now abandoned, more recently contained a bagel restaurant, and the former freight house also still exists. Dover Plains was a terminal station until 2000 when Metro-North expanded the line back to Wassaic.
- Dana 1866, p. 216.
- "New York and Harlem Railroad ---- Winter Arrangement". The Evening Post. New York, New York. December 12, 1849. p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Nicole R. Stokes (August 20, 1996). "New Railroad Station Debuts". Poughkeepsie Journal. p. 3B. Retrieved November 21, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Old Dover Plains Passenger Station (Existing Railroad Stations in Dutchess County, New York)
- Old Dover Plains Freight Station (Existing Railroad Stations in Dutchess County, New York)
- "Metro-North Railroad Track & Structures Department Track Charts Maintenance Program Interlocking Diagrams & Yard Diagrams 2015" (PDF). Metro-North Railroad. 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
- Dana, William B. (1866). The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review, Volume 55. New York, New York: William B. Dana. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
- Media related to Dover Plains (Metro-North station) at Wikimedia Commons