An Amtrak is seen streaking south bound alongside the Henry Hudson Highway to Penn Station along New York City's Manhattan West Side Line at Riverside Drive and 155nd street. In the background is the George Washington Bridge (which carries 16 lanes of I-95) enjoying it's 80th birthday while adorned with pink lights for Breast Cancer Awareness.
This was the original main line of the New York and Hudson railroad and it ran both freight and passenger trains on this ROW. After Commodore Vanderbilt consolidated the NY&H with the New York and Harlem, he took the passengers trains and sent them to Grand Central Depot. For over a hundred years no passenger trains plied this line. In fact, after a load of frozen turkeys were delivered in 1981, nothing much moved here at all. Then in 1991 connection was made with the NEC and for the first time in history, trains could travel directly between Penn Station and upstate New York. The ride along the Hudson is one of the most scenic rides Amtrak offers.