National Geographic : 1978 Jan
Fortunes founded on rail roading built lavish Hudson estates. Ironically, tracks along the shore cut owners off from easy access to their yachts. Frederick Vanderbilt, grand son of the titan of the New York Central, owned this country palace in Hyde Park (above), now a national historic site. Lyndhurst, home of railroad magnate Jay Gould, overlooks the Tappan Zee at Tarrytown; a great-great-grandson, King don Gould III, and his wife, Kristin (left), attend a party in the national trust mansion. Nearby, the home Washing ton Irving called Sunnyside (right) captivates visitors with its enchanted air, a spell regu larly broken by passing trains.