View looking south down platforms from road overpass to former ferry landing.
|Location||Hutton and Charles Streets
Rhinecliff, NY 12574
|Line(s)||CSXT Hudson Subdivision|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Passengers (2015)||194,477 4.4%|
|Official name||Rhinecliff New York Central Railroad Station|
|Designated||December 14, 1990|
|Part of||Hudson River Historic District|
|Architectural style||Mission-Spanish Revival|
Rhinecliff–Kingston, commonly and formerly known as simply Rhinecliff, is a train station located in Rhinebeck, New York. It serves northern Dutchess County and the nearby Kingston area across the Hudson River. The station has one low-level island platform that serves two tracks. Track 1 is normally used by northbound trains heading to Albany and beyond and Track 2 is normally used by trains heading south to New York. Passengers board/disembark the trains using stools that the conductors and station staff connect to the train. There is also an unused second platform, connected to the first via an overpass.
Rhinecliff station is somewhat popular with owners of weekend homes in the area as well as some commuters who prefer Amtrak's service to that of Metro-North's out of Poughkeepsie. These riders, along with students and others going to and from nearby Bard College, made Rhinecliff the 46th-busiest Amtrak station in 2004 with 86,466 boardings. Occasional suggestions to bring Metro-North service to Rhinecliff have been stalled by community opposition and track ownership issues.
Though the station's name implies an easy connection to Kingston and vicinity, usually only taxicabs serve the station from Kingston. However, it is the closest station to the Kingston–Rhinecliff Bridge. Beginning in July 2015, a Kingston–Rhinecliff Ferry provides service between the two communities. The Kingston–Rhinecliff Ferry allows easy access to Kingston from Rhinecliff and vice versa. The next-closest Hudson River crossings are in Hudson, about 30 minutes north; and Poughkeepsie, about the same distance to the south. Both Hudson and Poughkeepsie have their own Amtrak stations.
The station building was built by the New York Central Railroad in 1914, in the Mission-Spanish Revival style similar to the next station down the line at Hyde Park. Like much of the hamlet of Rhinecliff, it is a contributing property to the Hudson River Historic District.
All trains heading southbound from Rhinecliff–Kingston terminate at Penn Station in New York City, while all northbound trains besides the Lake Shore Limited stop at Hudson and Albany–Rensselaer before diverting.
- Adirondack to Montreal
- Empire Service to Poughkeepsie, Westchester County (Croton-on-Hudson/Yonkers) and New York or Schenectady, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls
- Ethan Allen Express to Rutland or New York
- Lake Shore Limited to Chicago
- Maple Leaf to Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto or New York
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- TABLE 1-8 Top 50 Amtrak Stations by Number of Boardings: Fiscal Year 2004, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, accessed November 8, 2006