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dwinans4739 wrote: What would be the best source of information about the NH from Poughkeepsie to Hopewell Junction in the 1950s? I grew up on Noxon Road and could see the NH run across Titusville Road. I would like to model some aspects of this line and am looking for sources of information and photos.
There are several good books available about this territory, most of which are out of print but might be available used at a hobby shop or train show. This section was originally the Dutchess County Railroad, then part of the Central New England Railway, the New Haven Railroad, Penn Central and finally Conrail. The tracks were abandoned and pulled up a few years after the 1974 bridge fire. My grandfather was a CNE fireman and moved the family from Poughkeepsie to Hopewell Jct in 1922. He was a fireman for many years on the pusher engines stationed at Hopewell. They first lived right next to the tracks where Rte 82 was a grade crossing. When the State took their house by imminent domain in 1935, the family moved up to the next crossing at Bridge Street in Hopewell and bought the second house from the track. Good train watching spot! There is a Shoreliner article (volume 26, issue 2) "Hopewell Junction - Pushers and Santa Fe's" that I wrote back around 1995, which might be available as a back issue from NHRHTA. If you would like a list of books about the railroad in Hopewell or have any other questions, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.