Ghost Train Station Then and Now…

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the now defunct Putnam train line, reader Wiscogirl emailed to say that a rare picture of the Van Cortlandt train stop in its heyday is currently up for sale on Ebay. Here’s the station today…


…and in 1963, a few years after passenger service ended:

I have to say that the above picture is really quite a haunting shot. The bid for the picture is currently at $3.50, for anyone interested!


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  1. Hi Nick, thanks for the post. What you might not know is that hundred yards north of this station on the main line of the Put, a branch led straight into Getty Square in downtown Yonkers. My organization is exploring the idea of turning it into a RailTrail. Happy to discuss more if you’re interested.

  2. That guy is going to be waiting for a long time

  3. Janice Delaney Stearns

    That’s its heyday??

  4. Ha! Well said, Janice.

  5. I’ve seen pictures of some pretty sketchy NYC rail stations, but this one is a bit… Rustic… Don’t know that I’d like to wait for a train there after dark.

  6. I love that old color film from the 60’s.

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