Fishkill Landing NYC station before the reconstruction.
It looks like the photographer was standing on the old road bridge over the main line. This area today is the Beacon train station for MTA Metro North.
NYC station at Fishkill Landing before reconstruction
At far right you can see the freight area that would be used for the passenger service during the reconstruction.
Fill operations to expand Fishkill Landing.
In the distance, on top of Mt Beacon you can make out the shape of the dance hall and casino. Just down a bit and to the left of the casino you can just make out the slanting tracks of the Mt Beacon Inclined Railway. Some of D. W. Griffith’s early silent films were shot on Mt Beacon.
Old ferry dock on Fishkill Landing Point.
The reconstruction moved the old ferry dock facilities to a new location just north of the point next to the new train station.
Reconstruction is under way.
Beacon Historical Society collection
The road to the old ferry dock on the point runs off into the distance. The trolley is turning onto the old road bridge over the NYC main line. The CNE station is gone. It used to be about where that big pile of dirt is left of center. Behind the pile of dirt you can see the water tower for the former NY&NE car ferry yard. By 1913 there were no more car ferries but there was still a freight dock in service for river boats and barges.
NYC freight at Fishkill Landing.
The old ferry dock on the point is in the distance and the newer ferry building is left of center. This ferry building is temporary until the new ferry docks are built about in the center of this photo. A new train station will also be built in the center.
Fishkill Landing/Beacon Ferry in 1912
This ferry building was torn down after the new ferry building was completed in late 1913. In 1912 this was Fishkill Landing. In 1913 it became part of the City of Beacon.
Construction begins on the new ferry building.
The temporary ferry building is at left with the “Ferry Lunch” next to it. At right is the beginning of work on the new ferry building. In the foreground there seems to be parts of foundations of buildings torn down to make way for the new track alignment.
New track alignment at Fishkill Landing.
The new ferry building is completed.
The new ferry dock seems to be in operation in December 1913. You can see a boat near the dock. The old passenger station is still in place but many other buildings are gone to make way for the new NYC mainline alignment.
New ferry in full operation.
It seems to be a breezy day in May 1914. The flags are standing out on the new ferry building and also on the ferry boat at far left.
Pedestrian bridge at the north end
Beacon Historical Society collection
At the north end of Fishkill Landing yard there was a pedestrian bridge for access to the dock area. This would have been a great place to watch the construction work.
Fishkill Landing ferry
In this view of the Fishkill Landing ferry and yard you can see the pedestrian bridge at far right. The new station will be built to the right of where the teams are coming off the ferry.
New station construction has begun.
The foundation of the new station seems to be in place in the center. The pedestrian bridge is very evident at far right. In the foreground is the street leading to the bridge over the NYC main line.
New station foundation
Beacon Historical Society collection
At lower right is the foundation of the new train station while freight and passenger service continues in the background.
NYC passenger train at Fishkill Landing.
Construction on the new station continues in the foreground while a NYC passenger train stops at the temporary facility in the background. You can see a group of people walking from the train toward the new ferry building.
Station construction from a boat on the river.
A bit more of the new station building is beginning to show in this view from a boat in the river.
Fishkill Landing NYC freight yard.
In this general view of the Fishkill Landing yard you can see the new pedestrian stairs up to the new road bridge at far left. They are at the new main line alignment which had not been built yet.
The new road bridge is in place.
A new steel road bridge has replaced the old bridge over the main line. In this photo both bridges are shown. From the looks of the road approach, it seems like the new bridge is not yet in use. You can see the pedestrian stairs leading up to a walkway on the new bridge. Note in the center background that the temporary ferry building and launch are now gone.
Fishkill Landing road bridge.
The photographer was standing on the new road bridge to take this picture of the old bridge. New station construction continues in the background.
The Maybrook Line was a line of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad which connected with its Waterbury Branch in Derby, Connecticut, and its Maybrook Yard in Maybrook, New York, where it interchanged with other carriers.
If one looks at the most popular Pages on our WebSite, over half directly reference the Maybrook Line. Lot’s of folks have an interest in it. The “Maybrook Line” was important to New England before the advent of Penn Central and before the Poughkeepsie Bridge burned. This piece of the railroad carried freight from Maybrook Yard, across the Poughkeepsie Bridge to Hopewell Junction where it joined a line from Beacon. The railroad then went to Brewster, then Danbury, and finally to Cedar Hill Yard in New Haven.
WHY and How To Fix The “MAYBROOK LINE”?
Container port/intermodal facility/rail bridge
The construction of a railroad bridge between New Hamburg and Marlboro is likely the least expensive place to build a Hudson River crossing between Manhattan and Albany. The stone for ramps, sand and gravel for concrete and a steel beam assembly and storage area would be right on sight. All materials and equipment could be transported by barge or boat. The bridge itself would have only four or five piers (the most costly part to build) since the Hudson River is about the same width as it is in Poughkeepsie.
The Hudson River component connects Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties to the world economy (finished goods, spare parts, components parts, raw materials, food stuffs) and the railroad and interstate road components connect these NY counties to the rest of North America (US, Mexico, Canada).
With the container port/intermodal facility/rail bridge, the flow in and out of raw materials, spare parts, partially finished goods, foodstuffs and components will allow for new industries and businesses to locate near this facility and add to the tax base of these three NY counties: Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties.
Although the Dutchess County Airport is a tiny regional airport with a 5,000 foot runway, it has some big potential. The airport land extends a mile Northeast of the present runway end at New Hackensack Road and borders on the former New Haven Maybrook Line/Dutchess Rail Trail. As the NY Air National Guard gets crowded out by international air traffic at Stewart International Airport their operation could be moved over to Dutchess Airport without disrupting the lives of the guard members and their families through forced relocation.
Beacon itself is exploding with “developer” activity, and it needs a trolley or light rail for the city only to transform back into a pedestrian oriented city.
Other activities include: Solidization of rail links in Connecticut to handle increased traffic; a possible HYPERLINK for improved service along the Beacon Line and in/out of New York City
Now you are going to ask. What does the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority have to do with the “BEACON LINE”? IT OWNS IT! Must realize that NYCMTA is a “regional” organization. With all that went on with Penn-Central and CONRAIL somebody had to own it!