In my previous post I discussed the beginnings of the Old Putnam Line through Pocantico Hills, NY. After the demolition of the Eastview Trestle the railroad line was re-routed along a sweeping arch westward toward Tarrytown. The new route included two new stations: Tarrytown Heights and Tower Hill. The sites of the two stations can be seen on this current aerial image.
The second route of the railroad is also visible in this 1925 aerial photo:
The Tarrytown Heights Station was located at the intersection of Neperan Road and Sunnyside Ave:
In this circa 1920’s bird’s-eye-view looking south from the Rockefeller estate, Kykuit, we can see the railroad route from Tarrytown Heights to Tower Hill.
By enlarging the image we can see the Tarrytown Heights Station in the distance:
One notable feature of the old railroad bed between Tarrytown Heights and Tower Hill is a steel & stone bridge. Walking north from Tarrytown Heights along the old railroad bed:
After about 1/2 miles we come to some orange construction fencing, behind which is the remains of the bridge:
The stone retaining walls on each side of the bridge are roughly 15 feet high.
The bridge, and the roadway underneath it, can be seen in this 1925 aerial photo:
Again, if we look closely at that bird’s-eye-view photo looking south from the Rockefeller estate, we can see the bridge site:
The Tower Hill Station was located where the railroad crossed Tower Hill Road (sometimes called County House Road), and was probably little more than a bench & canopy. The station can be seen in the 1925 aerial photo:
The site is now overgrown with thorny vines, and impassable in summer. I’ll be exploring this site further during the winter months.
Digression: Another interesting feature of the c.1920’s bird’s-eye-view is the old Sisters of Mercy Orphanage at the intersection of Tower Hill Road and Wilson Park Drive.
The Sisters of Mercy Orphanage became a junior college in 1950, before moving to Dobbs Ferry, NY and becoming Mercy College.