Peekskill (Metro-North station)

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Peekskill railroad station house.jpg
The station house in October 2014
Location 300 Railroad Avenue
Peekskill, New York, 10566-4412
Coordinates 41°17′06″N 73°55′51″W / 41.28500°N 73.93083°W / 41.28500; -73.93083Coordinates: 41°17′06″N 73°55′51″W / 41.28500°N 73.93083°W / 41.28500; -73.93083
Platforms 1 side platform
1 island platform
Tracks 4
Connections Local Transit Bee-Line Bus System: 16, 18, 31
Parking 488 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 6
Opened 1874
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
Hudson Line
toward Poughkeepsie
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Water Level Route
Terminus Hudson Division

The Peekskill Metro-North Railroad station serves residents of Peekskill, New York via the Hudson Line. Trains leave for New York City every hour on weekdays and about every 25 minutes during rush hour. It is 41.2 miles (66.3 km) from Grand Central Terminal and travel time to Grand Central is approximately one hour.[1] It is the northernmost station on the line in Westchester County.

It is just south of a grade crossing whose gates remain down as long as any northbound train is in the station. The former station building built by the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in 1874[2] still stands, although it is no longer staffed.[3]


Rail service in Peekskill can be traced as far back as 1850 to the Hudson River Railroad. The freight depot, was the site of a February 19, 1861 visit by Abraham Lincoln who stopped there during his train trip to his inauguration. The railroad was acquired by the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in November 1869, and they rebuilt the passenger station in 1874. NYC&HR rebuilt the freight depot around 1890 and today it is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the Standard House which served the railroad, as well as ships on the Hudson River.

A 1943 New York Central schedule lists Peekskill as the northern terminus of its Hudson Division commuter service. Trains continuing north of Peekskill were "long distance" trains, continuing not just to Poughkeepsie but also to Albany and other destinations.

With the railroads in decline during the post-WW II era, New York Central merged with their long time rival Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968 and the station became a Penn Central station. Amtrak took over intercity passenger service in 1971, but Peekskill station continued to serve only the expanded Penn Central Hudson Division trains which by that time ran to Poughkeepsie and were subsidized by the MTA. Conrail took over Penn Central in 1976 and ran Hudson Branch trains as far north as Albany until 1981 when they reverted to Poughkeepsie where it has remained ever since. MTA assigned the station to the newly established Metro-North Commuter Railroad in 1983.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

6    no service
4  Hudson Line for Grand Central
2  Hudson Line for Grand Central
 Empire Service no stop
1  Hudson Line for Poughkeepsie
 Empire Service no stop

The station has four tracks and two high-level platforms each six cars long. Tracks 4 and 6 terminate at the North end of the station while tracks 1 and 2 continue North. The west platform is an island platform between Tracks 2 and 4. Trains on Track 2 are primarily southbound . Track 4 ends at this station and is used by terminating trains. The east platform is a side platform next to Track 1 which is used primarily by northbound trains. Track 6 also terminates at this station but it is not next to either platform.

Station layout[edit]

1F Crossover Transfer between platforms to ground level
G Track 6 No service
Track 4 ← Terminating Hudson Line trains
Island platform
Track 2 ← Through Hudson Line and Amtrak trains
Track 1 Through Hudson Line and Amtrak trains →
Side platform
Street level Exit/Entrance


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