Tag Archives: Central New England Railway

CNE 2017 BUS TRIP

The annual CNE 2017 Trip will be on Sunday April 2, 2017.
We will be departing Renegade Stadium, Wappingers Falls at 9:00 AM.

Our route takes us on the mountain division of the NYNH&H between
Hopewell Jct. and Danbury which employed pushers up the hill.

Our route shows what we can see of the row which is still in place and we are using the
57 seat coaches which have PA’s and restrooms.

The cost includes lunch and guide book and is still $55 per person.

Make your check out to Joe Mato-CNE 2017 and mail it to
Joe Mato, 62 Wood Rd, Redding, CT 06896

For further questions, I can be reached at (203) 938-9992 or email at
joemato@sbcglobal.net

Please arrive at 8:30 AM for guide-book, coffee and muffin. We will depart
promptly at 9:00 AM.

Renegade Stadium Address:
1500 Rt. 9D
Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 12590

Find out more about the Central New England Railway

Rhinecliff Railroad Station Centennial March 15

Image

Image

Reservations may be made in one of four ways: with a credit card via our website, http://www.hudsonriverheritage.org, via an email sent to office@hudsonriverheritage.org, via a phone message to (845) 876-2474 (calls will usually be returned within 48 hours), or by sending a check to Hudson River Heritage, PO Box 287, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

See more on our Hudson River Railroad site and on our Central New England Railway site.

Folk Singer, Activist Pete Seeger Dies

Image

2009, the Poughkeepsie  Bridge Walkway is open The fellow in the yellow jacket carrying a banjo is Pete Seeger. Pete touched a lot of people. His support of the revitalized Great Bridge at Poughkeepsie, as well as the Hudson River was immense.

Unable to carry his beloved banjo, Pete Seeger used a different but equally formidable instrument, his mere presence, to instruct yet another generation of young people how to effect change through song and determination two years ago.

A surging crowd, two canes and seven decades as a history-sifting singer and rabble-rouser buoyed him as he led an Occupy Wall Street protest through Manhattan in 2011.

“Be wary of great leaders,” he told The Associated Press two days after the march. “Hope that there are many, many small leaders.”

The banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage died Monday at age 94. Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. Family members were with him.

“He was chopping wood 10 days ago,” Cahill-Jackson recalled.

With his lanky frame, use-worn banjo and full white beard, Seeger was an iconic figure in folk music who outlived his peers. He performed with the great minstrel Woody Guthrie in his younger days and wrote or co-wrote “If I Had a Hammer,” ”Turn, Turn, Turn,” ”Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.” He lent his voice against Hitler and nuclear power. A cheerful warrior, he typically delivered his broadsides with an affable air and his fingers poised over the strings of his banjo.

In 2011, he walked nearly 2 miles with hundreds of protesters swirling around him holding signs and guitars, later admitting the attention embarrassed him. But with a simple gesture — extending his friendship — Seeger gave the protesters and even their opponents a moment of brotherhood the short-lived Occupy movement sorely needed.

When a policeman approached, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger said at the time he feared his grandfather would be hassled.

“He reached out and shook my hand and said, ‘Thank you, thank you, this is beautiful,'” Rodriguez-Seeger said. “That really did it for me. The cops recognized what we were about. They wanted to help our march. They actually wanted to protect our march because they saw something beautiful. It’s very hard to be anti-something beautiful.”

That was a message Seeger spread his entire life.

With The Weavers, a quartet organized in 1948, Seeger helped set the stage for a national folk revival. The group — Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman — churned out hit recordings of “Goodnight Irene,” ”Tzena, Tzena” and “On Top of Old Smokey.”

Seeger also was credited with popularizing “We Shall Overcome,” which he printed in his publication “People’s Song” in 1948. He later said his only contribution to the anthem of the civil rights movement was changing the second word from “will” to “shall,” which he said “opens up the mouth better.”

“Every kid who ever sat around a campfire singing an old song is indebted in some way to Pete Seeger,” Arlo Guthrie once said.

His musical career was always braided tightly with his political activism, in which he advocated for causes ranging from civil rights to the cleanup of his beloved Hudson River. Seeger said he left the Communist Party around 1950 and later renounced it. But the association dogged him for years.

He was kept off commercial television for more than a decade after tangling with the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. Repeatedly pressed by the committee to reveal whether he had sung for Communists, Seeger responded sharply: “I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent this implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, or I might be a vegetarian, make me any less of an American.”

He was charged with contempt of Congress, but the sentence was overturned on appeal.

Read More:

 

Central New England Railway (CNE) Bus Tour 2014

Image

This is a heads up for those planning to join us for the 2014 segment of the annual bus tour along various portions of the former Central New England Railway. The 2014 tour will be on April 6th (rain or shine).

This year our trip will take place on Sunday April 6 starting at Poughkeepsie Waryas park on Water St at 9am. Waryas Park is just across the street from the Poughkeepsie RR station parking garage. Come early so you can have coffee and donuts before the tour starts. We will finish the R&C from Rhinecliff to Pine Plains and have lunch at Lia’s again. After lunch we will take the P&E and P&C back to Poughkeepsie and the Hospital Branch to the former NYC main.

There are a couple nice restaurants for some refreshments within a block of the Park.

We picked the date because Palm Sunday is 4-13 and we wanted to avoid any conflict with Easter and train shows. . It seems like the weather is better the first week of April than March and that is another factor.

Please notify your friends so that everyone who wants to go has a chance. The price will be $55 again.

We have planned this trip to reach as many of the remaining historical spots as our intrepid scouts could locate. In many cases we have had to rely on photographs, new and old, to fill in parts of the puzzle. We hope that you will gain a better understanding of the part that the railroads played in the history and development of New York.

As usual, everybody will get a copy of the 2014 CNE Tour guide book. We have a lot of ground to cover so we will have coffee and buses will roll at 9:00.

The cost of this year’s tour will be $55.00 per person and payment should be made out to: Joseph Mato CNE 2014

Be sure to include your E-Mail address so we can contact you if we need to. If you don’t have E-Mail then include your phone number.

Send it to:
JOE MATO-CNE 2014
62 WOOD ROAD
REDDING, CT. 06896

Any money that is left after expenses will be used as “seed money” for next years trip.

As we did last year, we have two buses with 47 seats each. In past years we sold all seats and had a waiting list so don’t wait too long to send in your reservation. Please note that any request for refunds must be received thirty (30) or more days in advance of the tour date. If you can find a replacement to take your bus seat, that’s OK just let us know who it is. We have to know who to let onto the bus when the tour starts. If you can’t find a replacement then we may have somebody on the waiting list to suggest but we can’t refund money that has already been spent on tour expenses.

Bernie Rudberg
7 Marion Ave.
Wappingers Falls, NY
12590-6017 E-Mail Brudberg@optonline.net

Central New England Railway in New York State
This page is an overview of the railway as it existed in New York State.
Central New England Railway in Hopewell Junction
This page is about the CNE in the Hopewell Junction area.
Central New England Railway’s Great Bridge at Poughkeepsie
This page is about the CNE’ bridge at Poughkeepsie.
The Rhinebeck & Connecticut
This page is about the Rhinebeck & Connecticut which became part of the Central New England Railway.
The Railroads of Pine Plains
Pine Plains was the intersection of three railroads, all of which became part of the Central New England Railway.
Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut Railroad
One of the railroads that formed the Central New England Railway was the Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut.
The CNE / ND&C from Dutchess Jct to Matteawan.
The CNE / ND&C Glenham to Hopewell Jct.
The CNE / ND&C from Hopewell Jct to Millbrook.
The CNE / ND&C from Bangall to Pine Plains.
The CNE / ND&C from Pine Plains to Millerton.
Connecticut Connection
A trip along the Central New England Railway (CNE) from Canaan, Connecticut to the New York State Line.
Maybrook Yard
The major freight yard where the CNE connected with other railroads was at Maybrook.
The Maybrook Line across Dutchess County
The “Maybrook Line” was important to New England before the advent of Penn Central and before the Poughkeepsie Bridge burned.
The Poughkeepsie Bridge after the 1974 Fire
The “Maybrook Line” lost its importance with Penn Central. See the effects of this fire on Eastern Railroading.
P&E in the Poughkeepsie Area
Part of the The Central New England Railway (CNE) was the Poughkeepsie & Eastern (P&E)
P&E North of Poughkeepsie Area
Part of the The Central New England Railway (CNE) was the Poughkeepsie & Eastern (P&E)
Poughkeepsie & Connecticut
One of the railroads that formed the Central New England Railway was the Poughkeepsie & Connecticut.
The Central New England in Connecticut
A great WebSite from Tim Dowd on the remains of the CNE in Connecticut
Fishkill Landing
The Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut Railroad became part of the CNE. The New York Central ran from New York City to Albany and beyond through the Hudson Valley. The two roads met at Fishkill Landing.
The first phase of the NYC rebuilding at Fishkill Landing starting in 1913.
The second phase of the NYC rebuilding in 1914 and 1915.
New York Central in the Fishkill Landing Area.

 

Central New England Railway (CNE) Bus Tour 2013

CNEtour01

 

This is a heads up for those planning to join us for the 2013 segment of the annual bus tour along various portions of the former Central New England Railway. The 2013 tour will be on April 7th (rain or shine).

This years trip will be the area around Millerton and , New York. There were 5 railroads in this area and 4 were predecessors of the CNE and New Haven RR. The plan is to start at 9:00 AM from the Millerton Post office lot on Century Blvd. We plan to cover Mt Riga, Boston Corners Silvernails and Pine Plains. The railroads in that area were the P&E, the P&C, the ND&C, and the R&C. As usual lunch will be provided on this trip.

We have planned this trip to reach as many of the remaining historical spots as our intrepid scouts could locate. In many cases we have had to rely on photographs, new and old, to fill in parts of the puzzle. We hope that you will gain a better understanding of the part that the railroads played in the history and development of New York.

As usual, everybody will get a copy of the 2013 CNE Tour guide book. We have a lot of ground to cover so we will have coffee and buses will roll at 9:00.

The cost of this year’s tour will be $55.00 per person and payment should be made out to:
Joseph Mato CNE 2013

Be sure to include your E-Mail address so we can contact you if we need to. If you don’t have E-Mail then include your phone number.

Send it to:
JOE MATO-CNE 2013
62 WOOD ROAD
REDDING, CT. 06896

Any money that is left after expenses will be used as “seed money” for next years trip.

As we did last year, we have two buses with 47 seats each. In past years we sold all seats and had a waiting list so don’t wait too long to send in your reservation. Please note that any request for refunds must be received thirty (30) or more days in advance of the tour date. If you can find a replacement to take your bus seat, that’s OK just let us know who it is. We have to know who to let onto the bus when the tour starts. If you can’t find a replacement then we may have somebody on the waiting list to suggest but we can’t refund money that has already been spent on tour expenses.
Bernie Rudberg
7 Marion Ave.
Wappingers Falls, NY
12590-6017
E-Mail Brudberg@optonline.net

See more about these pictures and about the old Central New England Railway

CNEtour02CNEtour03