Brewster (Metro-North station)

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Brewster
Brewster, New York station building.jpg
The station building.
Station statistics
Address9 Main Street
Brewster, NY, 10509
Coordinates41°23′41″N 73°37′11″W / 41.3947°N 73.6198°W / 41.3947; -73.6198Coordinates: 41°23′41″N 73°37′11″W / 41.3947°N 73.6198°W / 41.3947; -73.6198
Line(s)
ConnectionsLocal Transit Putnam Transit: PART 1
Local Transit HART: 3, Danbury Shuttle
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Parking517 spaces
Other information
Opened1848[1]
Rebuilt1931[2]
Electrified1984
700V (DC) third rail
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Owned byMetro-North
Fare zone7
Traffic
Passengers (2006)284,700 Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad Following station
Harlem Line
toward Wassaic
 Former services 
New York Central Railroad
Harlem Division
toward Chatham
TerminusPutnam Division
Lake Mahopac Branch
toward Katonah
 
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Brewster
Brewster, New York station building.jpg
The station building.
Station statistics
Address9 Main Street
Brewster, NY, 10509
Coordinates41°23′41″N 73°37′11″W / 41.3947°N 73.6198°W / 41.3947; -73.6198Coordinates: 41°23′41″N 73°37′11″W / 41.3947°N 73.6198°W / 41.3947; -73.6198
Line(s)
ConnectionsLocal Transit Putnam Transit: PART 1
Local Transit HART: 3, Danbury Shuttle
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Parking517 spaces
Other information
Opened1848[1]
Rebuilt1931[2]
Electrified1984
700V (DC) third rail
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Owned byMetro-North
Fare zone7
Traffic
Passengers (2006)284,700 Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad Following station
Harlem Line
toward Wassaic
 Former services 
New York Central Railroad
Harlem Division
toward Chatham
TerminusPutnam Division
Tilly Foster
Lake Mahopac Branch
Tilly Foster
toward Katonah

The Brewster Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of Brewster, New York via the Harlem Line. It is the southernmost station in Putnam County. Trains leave for New York City every hour, and about every 25 minutes during rush hour. It is 52 miles (84 km) from Grand Central Terminal and travel time to Grand Central is approximately 1 hour, 24 minutes.

This station is located in the Zone 7 Metro-North fare zone.

A sizable amount of the station's ridership comes from across the Connecticut state line given the quicker trips, shorter headways, and (outside peak hours) lack of a mid-trip transfer to Grand Central as opposed to taking the Danbury Branch of the New Haven Line. Because of this, Housatonic Area Regional Transit (the Danbury-area mass transit provider) has a route and a shuttle connecting Danbury to Brewster station.


History[edit]

Railway service in Brewster can be traced as far back as the late-1840s when the New York and Harlem Railroad expanded their main line from Croton Falls to Dover Plains stations. Realizing that the NY&H was going to run through the Town of Southeast, Walter and James Brewster constructed passenger and freight stations in 1848, and donated the buildings to the railroad.[3] By 1869 it also served as the terminus of a railroad named the New York and Boston Railroad which eventually became the New York and Putnam Railroad, and by 1881 it was also a terminus for the Boston, Hartford and Erie Railroad which was eventually acquired by the New York and New England Railroad. On March 7, 1913, the NY&P officially became the Putnam Division[4] trains of the New York Central Railroad and Brewster served as the terminus of that line up until May 28, 1958 when passenger service was discontinued on the Putnam Division main line. After that point, there remained one Harlem Division train which traveled up the Lake Mahopac Branch to the Mahopac railroad station and continued over Putnam tracks and making stops on upper Putnam stations until arriving at Brewster station. This "around the horn"[5] train lasted until April 2, 1959 when all passenger service was terminated.

The station itself which dates back to 1931, is located next to downtown Brewster, on US 6. Since parking on the nearby streets is extremely limited, a large parking lot slightly uphill from the station serves commuters. It is also notable for having a grade crossing right next to the station, like Katonah. Whenever northbound trains come through, the gates remain down for the entire time the train is in the station.

Platform and track configuration[edit]

2Harlem Linefor Grand Central
1Harlem Linefor Wassaic

This station has one four-car-long high-level island platform serving trains in both directions. The Harlem Line has two tracks at this location.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brewster Railroad History (Southeast Museum)
  2. ^ Existing Railroad Stations in Putnam County, New York
  3. ^ Beers 1867 Atlas "Atlas of New York and Vicinity from Actual Surveys by and Under the Direction of F.W. Beers, A.D. Ellis and G.G. Soule, New York 1867"
  4. ^ Gallo, Daniel; Frederick A. Kramer (1981). The Putnam Division. New York: Quadrant Press Inc. ISBN 0-915276-29-1. 
  5. ^ Schiavone, Joe; Brian Vangor (2007). The Old Put. Merit Printing & Publishing. 

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