10 Coolest Renovated Train Stations

RR redux: Built during the 19th century, and often abandoned in the 20th, Valley train stations are being revamped for other uses



In the 19th century, railroad lines crisscrossed the Valley, and train stations sprang up everywhere from Middletown to Millerton. By the 1950s, automobiles had replaced trains as our favorite way to travel, and many of these depots were abandoned. But more than a few have been given new life as museums, community centers, restaurants, and even private homes.

In November came the news that a historic old brick depot in Hudson was in danger of being demolished; local preservation groups have already sounded the rallying cry to save the landmark building. Perhaps they should keep in mind that museums and private homes are not the only games in town when it comes to transforming former railroad depots. While there are a handful of other stations that have been converted into homes in the region — including ones in Stanfordville, Amenia, and Lagrangeville — others have become libraries, restaurants, and other businesses.

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Cold Spring Train Station, Cold Spring

One of Putnam County’s renovated train stations
copake falls train station

Copake Falls Train Station, Copake Falls

One of Columbia County’s renovated train stations
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Erie Depot, Middletown

One of Orange County’s renovated train stations
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High View Depot, Bloomingburg

One of Sullivan County’s renovated train stations
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Hopewell Depot, Hopewell Junction

One of Dutchess County’s renovated train stations
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Millerton Train Station, Millerton

One of Dutchess County’s renovated train stations
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Milton-on-Hudson Station, Milton

One of Ulster County’s renovated train stations
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New Paltz Train Station, New Paltz

One of Ulster County’s renovated train stations
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Union Station, Chatham

One of Columbia County’s renovated train stations
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West Shore Station, Newburgh

One of Orange County’s renovated train stations
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Must-Read Blog: I Ride the Harlem Line

Local blogger Emily Moser chronicles her railway travels

 

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