Metro-North Railroad on the Subwaynut

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Port Jervis Line
·Port Jervis
·Otisville
·Middletown
Town of Wallkill

·Campbell Hall
·Salisbury Mills-Cornwall
·Harriman
·Tuxedo
·Sloatsburg
·Suffern
Pascack Valley Line
·Spring Valley
·Nanuet
·Pearl River
Hudson Line
·Poughkeepsie
·New Hamburg
·Beacon
·Cold Spring
·Garrison
·Manitou
·Peekskill
·Cortlandt
·Croton-Harmon
·Ossining
·Scarborough
·Philipse Manor
·Tarrytown
·Irvington
·Ardsley-on-Hudson
·Dobbs Ferry
·Hastings-on-Hudson
·Greystone
·Glenwood
·Yonkers
·Ludlow
·Riverdale
·Spuyten Duyvil
·Marble Hill
·University Heights
·Morris Heights
·Yankees-E. 153rd Street
Harlem Line
·Wassiac
·Harlem Valley-Wingdale
·Pawling
·Southeast
·Brewster
·Mount Kisco
·Chappaqua
·Pleasantville
·Valhalla
·North White Plains
·White Plains
·Hartsdale
·Scarsdale
·Crestwood
·Tuckahoe
·Bronxville
·Fleetwood
·Mount Vernon West
·Wakefield
·Woodlawn
·Williams Bridge
·Botanical Garden
·Fordham
·Tremont
·Melrose
New Haven Line
·New Haven-State St
·New Haven
·West Haven
·Milford
 ·Waterbury
 ·Naugatuck
 ·Seymour
 ·Ansonia
 ·Derby/Shelton
·Devon Transfer
·Stratford
·Bridgeport
·Fairfield Metro
·Fairfield
·Southport
·Green's Farms
·Westport
·East Norwak
 ·Danbury
 ·West Redding
·South Norwalk
·Rowayton
·Darien
 ·New Canaan
·Stamford
·Larchmont
·New Rochelle
·Mt Vernon East
···Harlem-125th Street
(97th Street Portal)
···Grand Central Terminal
··Secaucus Junction
··Hoboken Terminal

The MTA Metro-North Railroad operates rail services north of New York City. Service to most stations on each of the 3 East of Hudson Lines out of Grand Central Terminal is hourly or less during the day, with more frequent service and express trains making less stops during the morning and evening peaks when more expensive peak fares apply. The Lines are:

Since I've ridden every revenue inch of Metro-North, here are my ratings in terms of interest, railfan interest, and beauty, on a scale of one to ten:

Rating Line My Two Cents
10 Hudson Line You can't ask for a more beautiful and interesting rail line. Sit on the left side of the train going north (and the right south), and for your entire ride you will be treated to a view of the mighty Hudson. Of the many train lines I've been on, I haven't found one as beautiful, or puts you as close to a large body of water. I have to look out the window every time. For more of the Hudson view take Amtrak to Albany, the train line continues along it.
8 New Haven Main Line The New Haven Main line is completely urban and almost entirely on a 4 track viaduct. Seeing the cities and towns of southeastern Connecticut and fairly frequent train service from Acela or Amtrak thrown in, my eyes are glued out the window or front door if I can get to it.
7 Waterbury Branch The Waterbury branch is the most rural of all the lines, not including the terminal city itself. The line running along the Housatonic River for much of it (sit on the left up-right down), feels like it should be on a much longer Amtrak journey then a short Metro-North one. That's not including the city of Waterbury at its other end.
6 Danbury Branch At the lines destination is a rail museum. The line itself singled track cuts through a few towns and industry but in sections is rural, running along water in a few places, and then onto the low-level platform of the Merrit-7 station with new office towers in the background in the bustling city of Norwalk.
5 Wassaic Branch The end of the line is the complete middle-of-nowhere; a station with a park and ride lot, but the scenery is a beauty. The single-tracked line cuts through a few towns but its mainly rural, running along water in a few places, and passing the Appellation trail.
5 Southern Harlem Line The Harlem line up to White Plains is of more interest then it's southern counterpart, due to the more urban environment.
Through the open-cut of the South Bronx and then the Parks of the north. Then to the towns of Westchester and city of White Plains, I pay half-attention on this average line.
3 Northern Harlem Line The Harlem line north of White Plains is another boring rail line. With trees and backyards the only entertainment on this 2 track line with hourly service.
Scores better then New Canaan Branch due to a number of historic station houses, and well as the second track.
2 New Canaan Branch I don't know of a more boring Rail Branch, their is just nothing to interesting about it. The very short entirely single tracked branch runs at a grade through backyards of suburban Connecticut.
Doesn't get a 1 due to grade-crossing a slightly interesting platform and parking lot at New Canaan and the very narrow bridge crossing the Merritt Parkway.

In addition two lines are operated under contract by New Jersey Transit west of the Hudson River in Rockland and Orange Counties, service is out of Hoboken Terminal, New Jersey. Both of these lines are diesel.

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