Beacon Island

Yet another area I discovered by seeking the answer to the recurring question in my life: “I wonder where that goes?”

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While riding just south of Albany, I noticed a small, narrow underpass beneath the railroad tracks running parallel to the road. There was a rough Jeep trail strewn with all sorts of debris going through it…thus oh so inviting!

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Upon coming out the other side, a network of trails took me through fields, marshes, forests, and right up to a secluded (well, almost) riverside view of the Hudson.

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I needed to get a birds-eye view of the area, thus checked it out on Google Earth. Well lo and behold what did I find peeking out from beneath the tree covering? An old train!

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I decided to do some research of this unused portion of land between the Port of Albany and a large power facility. This is Beacon Island (no longer an island as many had been filled in over the years). Nothing much has happened here over the decades with the exception of power lines and railroad tracks traversing.

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There were no signs of humans…no tracks…no trails. However, I did notice a blue tarp hanging in one section:

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So I turned myself around and went into another car:

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Yes…I’m sure there have been many of those here before:

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From what was left of the interiors it didn’t look like much of a passenger train…more of a utility/maintenance one with a few facilities for the workers:beacon_island-5

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What they stuffed seats with prior to the days of foam:beacon_island-32

 

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Since the inside wasn’t exciting enough, why not climb on top!

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The only news I was able to find about Beacon Island was that it’s apparently Town of Bethlehem property. The Normanskill Creek abuts it to the north thus just passed the Albany city border.

Apparently back in 2012 there were plans to possibly build a gasification plant alongside the river here. It’s prime real estate being so close to the Port and right upon the river. I assume its wildness will remain for only so long.

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