Cos Cob station

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Cos Cob
West side of the station house
Location1 Station Drive, Cos Cob, Connecticut
Owned byConnDOT
Line(s)Northeast Corridor
Platforms2 side platforms
Parking567 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Other information
Fare zone15
OpenedDecember 25, 1848
Electrified12,500V (AC) overhead catenary
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad Following station
Greenwich New Haven Line Riverside
Former services
Preceding station New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Following station
toward New York
Main Line Riverside
toward New Haven
Cos Cob Railroad Station
Cos Cob station is located in Connecticut
Cos Cob station
LocationGreenwich, Connecticut, USA
Coordinates41°1′52″N 73°35′54″W / 41.03111°N 73.59833°W / 41.03111; -73.59833Coordinates: 41°1′52″N 73°35′54″W / 41.03111°N 73.59833°W / 41.03111; -73.59833
Architectural styleStick/Eastlake
NRHP reference #89000928
Added to NRHPAugust 28, 1989

The Cos Cob station is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line, located in the Cos Cob district of Greenwich, Connecticut. The station has 567 parking spaces, 361 owned by the state.[1]

Built in about 1890, the station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 as Cos Cob Railroad Station.[2] The nearby Mianus River Railroad Bridge is also listed on the National Register; the Cos Cob Power Station, a former New Haven Railroad electrical substation on the western edge of that bridge, is also NRHP-registered despite being demolished during the turn of the millennium.


An Amtrak train passing Cos Cob in 1975

On December 25, 1848, the last section of track on the railroad from New Haven to New York was completed over the Cos Cob Bridge; the first trial run was made on that day.[3]

Editors of two Stamford newspapers reported on the event. William H. Holly, Esq., founder of the Stamford Sentinel and a guest on the first trial run, wrote: "The train had to remain at Cos Cob Bridge some three hours for the last rails to be laid over it and the delay gave ample opportunity to the people to come and witness the wonderful feat. The general impression among them seemed to be, that the first train that attempted to cross this pass would also be the last."[3]

Edgar Hoyt, editor of the Stamford Advocate: "The citizens of the village as well as the horses, cattle, etc., were nearly frightened out of their propriety ... by such a horrible scream as was never heard to issue from any other than a metallic throat. Animals of every description went careening round the fields, snuffling the air in their terror."[3]

The New York and New Haven Railroad was merged into the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in 1872, and the station became part of that railroad. Beginning in 1907, the NYNH&H built the Cos Cob power plant as part of an effort to electrify the main line; as with all New Haven Line stations along the Northeast Corridor, the station became a Penn Central station upon acquisition by Penn Central Railroad in 1969, and eventually became part of the MTA's Metro-North Railroad in 1983. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Station layout[edit]

This station has two high-level side platforms each six cars long.[4]:19

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 3 New Haven Line toward Grand Central (Greenwich)
Track 1 Northeast Corridor, New Haven Line express trains do not stop here
Track 2 Northeast Corridor, New Haven Line express trains do not stop here →
Track 4 New Haven Line toward Stamford, New Canaan, New Haven or New Haven–State Street (Riverside)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
G Street level Exit/entrance and parking

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Urbitran Associates Inc. (July 2003). "Table 1: New haven Line Parking Capacity and Utilization" (PDF). Task 2: Technical Memorandum parking Inventory and Utilization: Final Report. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-12.
  2. ^ Bruce Clouette (August 29, 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Cos Cob Railroad Station". National Park Service. and Accompanying six photos, exterior and interior, from 1988 (see photo captions page 9 of text document)
  3. ^ a b c "Murals: Scenes from Yesteryear". Stamford Historical Society. Retrieved 2006-08-25.
  4. ^ "Metro-North Railroad Track & Structures Department Track Charts Maintenance Program Interlocking Diagrams & Yard Diagrams 2015" (PDF). Metro-North Railroad. 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cos Cob (Metro-North station) at Wikimedia Commons