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Wed, May 03


Shattemuc Yacht Club

Rail Transportation Along the Hudson River

Join us for a historical and photographic overview of Westchester County’s past and current railroads, including Metro-North, New Haven Railroad, Hudson River Railroad, New York Central (including the Putnam Division), and J.P. Morgan’s New York Westchester & Boston Railway.

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Rail Transportation Along the Hudson River
Rail Transportation Along the Hudson River

Time & Location

May 03, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Shattemuc Yacht Club, 46 Westerly Rd, Ossining, NY 10562, USA

About the Event

Developed by a stagecoach maker in lower Manhattan, Westchester County's first railroad, the New York & Harlem Railroad, arrived in the 1840s. Since commuting by train allowed convenient short travel, its arrival accelerated growth and commerce throughout the county due to New York City's proximity. Within the same decade, the New Haven Railroad arrived in Westchester from New England, followed by the upstate-backed Hudson River Railroad in 1849. At its peak in 1930 and on the eve of the Great Depression, Westchester County maintained as many as eight rail lines and branches. Today, three of the county's original rail lines, the Harlem line, the New Haven line, and the Hudson line, are still in use and as busy as ever.


Kent Patterson, author of “Rails Around Westchester County", is a retired Metro-North Railroad Manager, who grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York and lives in Yorktown, New York.  At Metro-North and earlier railroads, he was a tower operator, yardmaster, trainmaster, planner, and project manager.  He is still active in the industry consulting and helps the Rail Passenger Association and similar rail organizations that educate the public and policy makers about the value of passenger rail.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

There will be a Q&A after the program.

  • RSVP is required for admission to the Lecture Series
  • Limited guest capacity
  • FREE to attend
  • There will NOT be a potluck supper at this event

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