Thank you to New York Central fan John Ruth for a great bit of Putnam Division history.
The Lake Mahopac Freight House, which was served by the Putnam Division and the Lake Mahopac Branch, has been repurposed as a Café. They’ve named it “The Freight House Café”
The building has been relocated about 100 feet and possibly rotated. A kitchen structure was added to one side. The original roll-aside door is still in place between the main floor and the kitchen addition. (Modelers could enjoy studying this door and its hardware, which resembles barn door hardware.)
The interior is more-or-less intact. There are a few RR-related décor items and, very appropriately, an ice saw hanging on the wall. This commemorates that there was once a nearby RR-served Ice House to store and distribute the ice harvested on Lake Mahopac. (Knickerbocker Ice, IIRC.)
NYCRR fans should stop in for a look-see and a coffee. The proprietor recognizes the NYCS history of the building.
On the same trip, I observed that the Baldwin Place Freight House is still extant. These two structures appear to have been built from the same plan.
When was L.C.L. freight discontinued on the Putnam Division? That would have marked the last RR use of these freight houses, no?
May 29, 1958 – Last passenger service on the Putnam Division.
September 17, 1962 – Last freight run to Yorktown Heights.
1963 – Twenty-three miles of track between Eastview and Lake Mahopac is abandoned and removed.
1969 – Three miles of track between Lake Mahopac and Carmel is abandoned and removed.
March 14, 1970 – Last freight run to Carmel.
Question of the day:
Who lived near the end of the long-gone Mahopac Falls Branch for many years.