"In the field" railroad history adventures...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Copake Iron Works

After my Copake Falls Bike ride on the Rail Trail, I rode my bike up into the Taconic State Park and checked out the ruins of the Copake Iron Works. It was a fascinating display of the iron making industry that was the economic backbone of this area back in the late 1800s. The IronWorks had their own narrow gauge railroad, built in 1862, to move goods to and from the furnace and bring completed cast-iron goods to Copake Station.

  Blast Furnace


 The small museum even had a very nicely done diorama of the area.

 Photo of the Main Line Train Station (now the Deli)

 The Narrow Gauge Railroad

the narrow gauge rr ran here

After this visit,  I headed back south to research finding vestiges of the old ND&C west of Millerton.


  1. Awesome Rich! I've never heard of this Iron Works!

  2. Gino - great to hear from you. You should visit this spot - they have done a wonderful job (the model layout is especially neat!)