Historic Garrison Station Sign Restored to Like-New Condition
Tender treatment from Metro-North’s Structures Department has brought a rusty original station sign back to life at the Garrison Station.
The cast iron sign long pre-dates the creation of MTA Metro-North Railroad in 1983 and was located where the old, low-level platforms had been. When high-level platforms were built in the 1980s, south of the old station, the sign, rusted and lacking almost all its paint, fell into obscurity behind a bench and out of sight.
The restored sign has been repositioned in a prominent place more fitting to the significance of Garrison as a cultural, arts and historical destination in the Hudson Valley.
The idea arose in a letter earlier this year from Putnam County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra to Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut asking if the railroad would restore it.
Permut called it a small job with a big impact.
At the Structures Shop in Croton-Harmon, Metro-North employees polished it with wire wheels, primed it and painted it black, with lettering and outline in gold.
Today it is prominently located on the brick wall of the east elevator tower facing the front of the station, which is used by about 400 people each weekday. The station is also a popular weekend destination for tourists heading to West Point and other Hudson Valley attractions.
Robert Bickford , Putnam County’s representative to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North’s parent agency, said: “It’s marvelous that a little bit of paint can renew your pride in your community.”
Last fall, Metro-North completed a $300,000 upgrade of the 291-space parking lot at Garrison to eliminate potholes and puddles and make it easier to clean and plow the lot.
And this spring, Metro-North improved train service at Garrison with the addition of three trains each weekday and two additional trains on Saturday and one new train on Sunday.