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  by railtrailbiker
It's easy to see the resemblance between the Poughkeepsie Train Station and its larger but more renowned brother, Grand Central Terminal.

"The arched windows, the high vaulted ceilings, the cornice work — all of those prefaced the magnificent work of Grand Central Terminal," Metro-North spokesman Dan Brucker said. "(The Poughkeepsie station) was a bit of a tease, a bit of an introduction to the great Grand Central Terminal that was going to be the end of the line."

The Poughkeepsie station was finished in 1918, five years after Grand Central.

Both stations were de-signed by Whitney Warren, the architect who also worked on the stations in Hyde Park, Newburgh and Yonkers, said Pierce Haviland, railroad historian and Metro-North assistant chief training officer.

Warren, a cousin of New York Central Railroad's then-President William Vanderbilt, also had his hand in the final look of the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park.

The Poughkeepsie station has changed hands several times in its nearly century-old history, first when New York Central merged with Pennsylvania Railroad and New Haven Railroad to form Penn Central in 1968. But it became evident the station was falling into disrepair in the early 1970s.
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  by Howiew
But, back then I believe the plans of the New York Central was to build
magnificent stations in all the cities it served between NY and Chicago.