Middletown (Erie Railroad station)

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MIDDLETOWN
Middletown NY Station LOC 121197pu.jpg
The Middletown station, seen trackside in 1971
Location 11–19 Depot Street, Middletown, New York 10940
Coordinates 41°26′50″N 74°25′12″W / 41.44722°N 74.42000°W / 41.44722; -74.42000Coordinates: 41°26′50″N 74°25′12″W / 41.44722°N 74.42000°W / 41.44722; -74.42000
Owned by Erie Railroad (1843–1960)
Erie–Lackawanna Railroad (1960–1976)
Conrail (1976–1983)
Metro-North Railroad (1983)
Line(s) Erie Railroad Main Line (New York Division)
Middletown and Crawford Branch
Platforms 1 side platforms
Tracks 2 main line
Construction
Platform levels 1
Other information
Station code 2665[1]
History
Opened 1843
Closed April 18, 1983[2]
Rebuilt 1896
Services
Preceding station   Erie Railroad   Following station
Main Line
Terminus Middletown and Crawford Branch
toward Pine Bush

Middletown was the main station along the Erie Railroad mainline in the city of Middletown, New York. Located on Depot Street, the station was first opened in 1843 with construction of the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railroad, which had originally terminated at Goshen. The station was located along the New York Division, which stretched from Pavonia Terminal in Jersey City, New Jersey to the Sparrowbush station just north of Port Jervis.

The building was opened in 1896 to replace one that had been in use since 1843[3][4] when the New York and Erie began service to the city.[5] The Romanesque Revival building was designed by George E. Archer, Chief Architect of the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railroad, later the Erie Railroad.[6] The station saw service for trains going from Chicago to Erie station in Jersey City, and later, to Hoboken, New Jersey. It also saw regular commuter service.

The building served as a railroad station until 1983,[3] when rail service was taken over by MTA's Metro-North Railroad. Service on the route of Erie's original Main Line was discontinued in favor of the Graham Line, an Erie-built freight line now used by Norfolk Southern and the Port Jervis Line and was replaced by the Middletown Metro-North station.

The station depot was renovated and restored, becoming the Thrall Library in 1995.[7]

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  1. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  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 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Patrick, Clifton (April 9, 2010). "Erie RR Station". Historical Marker Database. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 1st station used 1843-1896 This bldg, Romanesque style built 1896, George E. Archer, Architect. This RR station served passengers thru 1983 
  4. ^ "Erie Depot, Middletown, NY". Hagley Digital Archives. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Heritage Trail History". Orange Pathways. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Francis,, Dennis Steadman; (1979), Architects in practice, New York City, 1840-1900 (1979), Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, retrieved May 25, 2013 
  7. ^ Chumard, Barbara C. (1996). "Middletown Thrall Library A historical study of a small city public library". www.thrall.org: 48–49. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 

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