|Amtrak intercity rail station|
View looking south down platforms from road overpass to former ferry landing.
|Location||Hutton and Charles Streets|
Rhinecliff, NY, 12574
|Line(s)||Empire Corridor (Hudson Subdivision)|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Passengers (2017)||201,667 0.4%|
|Official name||Rhinecliff New York Central Railroad Station|
|Designated||December 14, 1990|
|Part of||Hudson River Historic District|
|Architectural style||Mission-Spanish Revival|
Rhinecliff–Kingston, commonly and formerly known as simply Rhinecliff, is a train station owned and operated by Amtrak, and located in Rhinecliff, New York. It serves northern Dutchess County and the nearby Kingston area across the Hudson River on the west bank.
Rhinecliff station is popular with owners of weekend homes in the area, who commute to and from New York City or other downstate locations. In addition, it serves some daily commuters who prefer Amtrak's service to that of Metro-North's out of Poughkeepsie. These riders, along with students and others going to and from nearby Bard College, made Rhinecliff the 46th-busiest Amtrak station in 2004, with 86,466 boardings. Occasional suggestions to bring Metro-North service to Rhinecliff have been stalled by community opposition and track ownership issues.
Usually train passengers from Kingston reach the Rhinecliff station via taxicab. This is the closest train station to the Kingston–Rhinecliff Bridge. A Kingston–Rhinecliff Ferry began providing service between the two communities in July 2015. Ferry service had long been associated with the former Rhinebeck and Connecticut Railroad.
The next-closest Hudson River crossings are in Hudson, about 25 miles north; and Poughkeepsie, about the same distance to the south. Both Hudson and Poughkeepsie have their own Amtrak stations. The latter also serves Metro North.
The station building was built by the New York Central Railroad in 1914, in the Mission-Spanish Revival style. It is similar to the next station south at Hyde Park. After NY Central ended its West Shore service, Amtrak took over the station. Like much of the hamlet of Rhinecliff, the station is a contributing property to the Hudson River Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
All trains heading southbound from Rhinecliff–Kingston terminate at Penn Station in New York City. Connections are available there for Amtrak trains serving other cities, as well as access to local commuter lines: New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad.
- Ethan Allen Express to Rutland
- Adirondack to Montreal
- Empire Service to Albany or Niagara Falls, NY
- Maple Leaf to Toronto
- Lake Shore Limited to Chicago
The station has one low-level island platform that serves two tracks. Track 1 is normally used by northbound trains heading to Albany and beyond and Track 2 is normally used by trains heading south to New York. Passengers board/disembark the trains using stools that the conductors and station staff connect to the train. A second platform is no longer in regular use, but it is connected to the first via an overpass.
|1F||Crossover||Transfer between platforms|
|Track 1||← Adirondack, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf, Lake Shore Limited toward New York–Penn Station (Poughkeepsie) |
← Empire Service toward New York���Penn Station (Poughkeepsie)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left or right|
|Track 2||Adirondack toward Montreal (Hudson) → |
Empire Service toward Albany–Rensselaer or Niagara Falls, NY (Hudson) →
Ethan Allen Express toward Rutland (Hudson) →
Maple Leaf toward Toronto (Hudson) →
Lake Shore Limited toward Chicago (Albany–Rensselaer) →
|Street level||Exit/entrance, station house, parking|
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
- "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- TABLE 1-8 Top 50 Amtrak Stations by Number of Boardings: Fiscal Year 2004, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, accessed November 8, 2006