CNE/NDC Bangall and Pine Plains

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Anson Crossing construction.

Running north from Millbrook the first station was a flag stop called Shunpike. So far I have not found any pictures of that station. North of Shunpike the tracks ran along Anson Road. When first built the tracks were on wooden trestles through swampy areas. Later the trestles were filled in and concrete arches were built for local roads. This work was done by the CNE in 1911.

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Anson Crossing arch.

The fill at Anson Crossing has been completed but the concrete in the arch has not cured yet.

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Anson Crossing today.

The tracks have been gone since 1938 but the arch is still in place.

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Bangall station.

Next was Bangall where there was a trestle, a mill and a station. This early photo shows a group of people waving to somebody on the train. Perhaps they are celebrating a wedding and honeymoon trip.

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USGS map of the Town of Stanford about 1900.

Three different railroads served this area from McIntyre to Pine Plains.

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D&C RR Washington at Bangall.

This is the locomotive Washington on one of the original wooden trestles near Bangall. As trains got heavier the old trestles were replaced by filling in or with concrete and steel structures.

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The ND&C RR at Bangall in 1879.

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Bangall station in 1910.

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Bangall station move.

The Bangall station was moved across the tracks to the west side and turned 180 degrees to face the tracks. This must have been a scheduling problem for the daily passenger and freight trains.

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Bangall trestle looking south.

In the distance you can see the station in its new location on the west side of the tracks. The building on the east side was the freight house.

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Bangall trestle looking north.

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Stissing Junction.

The ND&C tracks ran very near the P&C and P&E at McIntyre but did not actually connect. Farther north at Stissing Junction the P&E joined the ND&C. The P&E leased trackage rights on the ND&C from Stissing Junction to Pine Plains. The P&E was perpetually in financial trouble and often failed to pay the monthly rental fee. When the ND&C threatened to lock out the switches they would somehow come up with the money. In the above photo, the box car is on the ND&C tracks. The line at right is the P&E to Salt Point, Pleasant Valley and Poughkeepsie.

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Stissing Junction on 5 November 1932.

Left is the ND&C to Millbrook, Hopewell Junction and Dutchess Junction. Right is the P&E to Stanforville, Salt Point, Pleasant Valley and Poughkeepsie. Of course in 1932 both of these lines actually belonged to the New Haven RR. Six years later these tracks were torn out and sold for scrap to Japan in 1938.

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Stissing Junction looking north.

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Stissing Junction water tank foundation.


About a quarter mile north of Stissing Junction there was a water tank. All that remains today is the foundation.

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Stissing Junction section house.

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USGS map of Pine Plains about 1900.

This map was drawn before the CNE took over and built the connecting link between the P&E and the P&C near Mud Pond in Pine Plains.

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ND&C RR at Attlebury.

Railroad Historian, photographer and author Lucius Beebe liked this scene so much that he convinced artist Howard Fogg to do a painting of it.

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Attlebury station.

The road at right behind the station is route 82 south of Pine Plains.

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Attlebury tangent.

Just south of Pine Plains near Attlebury was the longest straight stretch on the ND&C RR. That area now is part of a cattle farm and a duck hunting preserve. You can actually drive on a mile or two of the ND&C roadbed if you find the gates open. It goes through a wetland area with a number of hunting blinds.

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Attlebury tangent creamery ruins.

Near the north end of the tangent near Pine Plains is the ruins of a creamery. The ND&C RR ran on the left side of the building by the smokestack. There was a short siding on a ramp up to a door in the shadows at left

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Pine Plains map in the 1870’s.

The railroad was called the D&C (Dutchess & Columbia) until 1877.

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