Story by Clifford Hart
Photo: Courtesy of Jaime-Martorano
Perhaps there’s no better way to appreciate the majesty of the Hudson Valley than to take a train trip north from New York City. The tracks hug the Hudson River closely, first revealing the vertical Palisades on the opposite shore, then the craggy Highlands and ultimately the picturesque Catskills reflected in the great river. At times, the tracks cleave so tightly to the water you may feel as though you’re cruising along the river on a very fast boat.
The tracks themselves are a product of an earlier era, a time when the United States was embarking on its industrial age and rivers like the Hudson were primarily seen as a means of navigation and transportation rather than simply things of beauty. This was the time of the famed “robber barons,” titanic captains of industry who held sway over the country and its resources and made gobs of money in the process.