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Amtrak Train Stops in the Hudson Valley NY: Yonkers (YNY), Croton-Harmon (CRT), Poughkeepsie (POU), Rhinecliff-Kingston (RHI), New Rochelle (NRO), Hudson (HUD) Stations

Plan your next trip by train and experience the excitement of neighboring cities of Yonkers, New Rochelle, Croton-Harmon, Poughkeepsie and Hudson in the Hudson Valley of New York (NY) State. 

1. WHAT'S NEW 11. Arts & Culture (continued)
2. WHAT'S NEARBY 12. Canals & Transportation
3. WHAT'S NOT TO MISS 13. Colonial
4. Arts & Culture 14. Innovation & Commerce
5. Attractions 15. Natural History
6. Entertainment 16. Revolutionary War
7. Beer, Food, & Wine 17. US Presidents
8. Museums 18. Women's Rights
9. Outdoor Activities & Recreation 19. Upcoming Events
10. Haunted History    
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The Hudson Valley conjures up images of inspirational landscapes and stately historic sites. While those are great reasons to visit, the region offers so much more-a buzzworthy food, wine and spirits scene, world-class art and architecture, and outdoor recreation from golf to zip-lining. Plus, every imaginable way to enjoy the Hudson River-kayak on it, swim in it, or hover over it in a hot air balloon!
There are six Amtrak stations in the Hudson Valley: Yonkers, Croton- Harmon, New Rochelle, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecli -Kingston, and Hudson. Here's what you'll find close to each.



iFly Westchester, the New York area's only indoor skydiving center, replicated the experience of skydiving on a smooth cushion of air. Tall vertical wind tunnels create the ideal conditions that allow you to fly with the help of certified instructors. More information:
From YNY Station: 6.2 miles car
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site former Catskill residence of the 19th century artist and founder of the Hudson River School, opens the New Studio this summer. It—along with the 1815 Main House, the 1839 Old Studio, and the gardens —are open to the public. More information: 
From HUD Station: 5.2 miles car

At SplashDown Beach Water Park in Fishkill, the new Arctic Mammoth is one of the biggest raft rides in the northeast, standing nearly six stories tall and 600 feet long. It's one of several thrill rides and family-friendly attractions, including a Monster Wave Pool, Shipwreck Lagoon, and the Croc Creek Wavy Lazy River. More information:
From POU Station: 12 miles car
The Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library celebrates its CEntennial this year with special events and exhibits. In addition to its own gallery collections, the Society operates three Kinderhook historic sites, including the National Historic Landmark Luykas Van Alen House. More information:
From HUD Station: 13 miles car


The Hudson River Museum presents exhibits on history, science and regional heritage. In the 2,500 square foot Andrus Planetarium, ten shows rotate through the week. On view his summer; Tongue in Cheek: The Inflatable Art of Jimmy Keuhnle. More information:
From YNY Station: 1.5 miles car; 14 minute bus

Fun by day or night, the New Roc City entertainment complex has an IMAX theater, go-kart track, bowling alley, mini golf, billiards, an amusement arcade, and the Sling Shot roof-top thrill ride. More information:
From NRO Station: 0.6 miles car; 4 minute walk
The 508-acre Croton Point Park is open year-round. Visit the Nature Center with local flora and fauna exhibits. Enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, birdwatching, and swimming at the beach. More information: 
From CRT Station: 1.4 miles car


Walk, bike, or skate the Walkway Over the Hudson, the worlds longest elevated pedestrian bridge. The 1.28-mile span connecting Poughkeepsie to Highland is also 212 feet above the Hudson River, offering amazing valley views. More information:
From POU Station: .5 miles car; 9 minute walk


Van Cortlandt Manor was the home of a prominent patriot family following the American Revolution. Tours include the stone manor house with its colonial and federal period furnishings, the brick ferry house, and heritage gardens. More information:
From CRT Station: 0.5 miles car; 9 minute walk
In Hyde Park, the Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site includes the 32nd U.S. President's home, as well as the presidential library and museum. Visitors can take guided tours and explore the gardens. Top Cottage, FDR's retreat, is located at the property's edge. More information:
From POU Station: 5.7 miles car

In Kingston's Stockade National Historic District, first settled in 1652, you'll find American architecture spanning four centuries. Walking tours highlight the 1777 Senate house—the first capital of New York—and 21 pre-Revolutionary war houses. More information:

From RHI Station: 14.3 miles car


Hudson Athens Lighthouse, accessible from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, is the northern-most lighthouse on the River. Tour guides tell the story of the keepers who operated the light from 1874 through the 1940's. More information:

From RHI Station: 1.4 miles car


Arts & Culture   

Bard SummerScape
8.1 miles, 15 min. drive from Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station
The celebration presents seven weeks inspired by opera, music, theater, dance, film and cabaret, including the Bard Music Festival. This annual word-class performing arts series has become a Hudson Valley classic.


Historic Hudson Valley 
The Valley's past (and present) is ripe for exploration, beginning with the group of remarkable estates represented by Historic Hudson Valley. Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills may be the most splendid, but Washington Irving's Sunnyside (which can be glimpsed from the train as it passes through the estate's front yard), Phillipsburg Manor, and Van Cortlandt Manor each elucidate the way we once lived.
Saugerties Lighthouse
15.7 miles, 25 min. drive from Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station
The Ulster County village of Saugerties has much to offer along and near the waterfronts of the Hudson River and Esopus Creek. Besides the lighthouse, you will find quiet nature preserves, waterfront parks, and even a sandy Village Beach for easy picnicking and fishing.

Walkway Over the Hudson Historic State Park 
4 blocks north of Poughkeepsie Amtrak station
Built in the late 19th century as the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, the 1.28 mile long span is now the longest pedestrian bridge in the world, soaring 212 feet above the Hudson River. Since it opened in 2009, it's been breaking records as a tourist attraction, and it's easy to see why: the view is just amazing. Use your cellphone and follow the interpretive signs linked to a free cellphone tour - called Talkway Over the Hudson. The cement walkway surface is flat and level so strollers, wheelchairs or scooters for the handicapped will roll along easily. Weather permitting, the park is open from 7am to sunset year-round and is located just 4 blocks north of the Poughkeepsie Station.

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome 
6.7 miles, 14 min. drive from Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station
This "living" museum of antique aviation presents one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, many of which regularly take to the air during weekend air shows, scheduled from June through mid-October. The Saturday shows chronicle the History of Flight with Pioneer, World War I and Lindenbergh-era aircraft taking to the skies. If the winds are calm they may even fly their 1909 Bleriot, the oldest flying aircraft in the United States. The Sunday shows feature a World War I dogfight plus Barnstorming Aircraft. Visitors to the Aerodrome can become passengers too, and see the beauty of New York's historic Hudson Valley from the air in a classic 1929 New Standard open-cockpit biplane! The rides book quickly, so come early.

Rondout Waterfront, Kingston
11.9 miles, 20 min. drive from Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station
A bustling port back in the 1800s, this waterfront district in Kingston, Ulster County, is enjoying a revival, with boutiques and restaurants lining the streets. It's home to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which interprets the history of the river from Henry Hudson's exploration to the days of sloops and steamboats. The museum operates the Rondout Lighthouse, which you can see from the Rhinecliff station on the other side of the river.




Beer, Food, & Wine

Dutchess Wine Trail 
Two wineries, Clinton Vineyards and Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, are a fifteen-minute drive apart, so it's easy to try both.

Shawangunk Wine Trail 
The 12 wineries on this trail are nestled between the Shawangunk Mountain ridge (beloved for rock climbers) and the Hudson River. You'll find well-crafted sparkling wines, vinifera, French/American varietals and blends, and even some delicious fruit wines. Food and music festivals take place throughout the year.
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) 
3.9 miles, 10 min. drive from Poughkeepsie Amtrak station
Could the CIA in Hyde Park be the secret force behind the Hudson Valley's extraordinary food and wine culture? The renowned school provides a steady supply of talented chefs, many of whom fall in love with the region and stay on to create and cook in innovative restaurants. A campus tour and a meal at one of the Institute's award-winning restaurants make a visit to The CIA a "don't-miss" experience.

Bocuse Restaurant provides a dining experience that is inspired by traditional French regional cuisine, re-envisioned through the lens of modern techniques. The menu includes creative new interpretations of classics selected from the bistros of the French countryside as well as the sophisticated restaurants of Paris. One of the highpoints of dinner is the tableside churning of ice cream, accomplished with the use of liquid nitrogen for some extra dramatic effects.


Motorcyclepedia Museum
18.5 miles, 29 min. drive from Poughkeepsie Amtrak station
This expansive celebration of motorcycles opened on April 16, 2011 with a collection of over 450 bikes, ranging from the classic to the weird. The curators have put together a mass of photographs, posters, memorabilia, machinery and all things related to bikes, something for any kind of fan.

Outdoor Activities & Recreation

New York Zipline Adventures at Hunter Mountain
26.5 miles, 42 minute drive from Hudson Amtrak station
The famous Hudson Valley scenery isn't just for gazing at: At Hunter Mountain you get right into the trees on the longest and highest zipline in North America. Choose from three adventure experiences: The Adventure Tower, Mid Mountain Tour and the Skyrider Tour. Open year round.

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 Haunted History

Hudson River Valley Ramble
Weekends in September
The Ramble celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. Whether you are interested in a challenging hike, bike ride or paddle, an inspiring walk through the grounds and homes of some of the Valley's most notable artists, authors, and Great Americans, a trip back in time to experience the significant role the region played in the Revolutionary War, or a family-fun festival or river exploration event, you'll find that the Hudson River Valley Ramble truly offers something for everyone!
The Rip Van Winkle
11.7 miles, 19 min. drive from Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station
For a close-up look at the natural beauty of the Hudson River shoreline, nothing beats a cruise starting from the Kingston Rondout. You will get clear view of the lighthouses and waterfront mansions-like Wilderstein, Dinsmore, and the Vanderbilt Mansion-while knowledgeable guides fill you in on the history of an earlier age.
Untermyer Park and Gardens
2.6 miles, 8 min. drive from Yonkers Amtrak station
When Samuel Untermyer created these gardens on his Yonkers estate in the early 1900s they were among the most celebrated in the nation. Today, the 43-acre enclave, with its several distinct gardens, is open to the public and still worthy of celebration.

The "Walled Garden" consists of Persian-style gardens and canals surrounded by Greek architecture, adorned with intricate mosaic panels and sculpture. "The Temple of Love" garden-a stupendous rocky fantasy capped with a round temple-provides a magnificent view south along the Hudson River and the Palisades. Public tours are given on weekends from April to October.

Pathway Through History


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Arts & Culture (continued)

Hudson River School Art Trail 
Hike in the footsteps of Hudson River School artists and see the locations that influenced famous American landscape paintings of the 19th century. The Hudson River School Art Trail maps the painting sites of the artists Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, Frederic Church, one of the most accomplished painters of the movement, and his contemporaries, including Asher B. Durand, Sanford Gifford and Jasper Cropsey. The Art Trail website offers resources to guide you on your actual or virtual journey, including a mobile app and a guidebook with maps and directions that take you to the spot. The guidebook displays reproductions of well-known Hudson River School paintings alongside photographs of the same views today.

Dia: Beacon 
15.9 miles, 26 min. drive from Poughkeepsie Amtrak station
The huge breathtaking museum space housed in a former box-printing plant on the banks of the Hudson River houses a collection of important late-20th-century art and displays the work of new 21st-century masters.

The Hudson River Museum
1.5 miles, 5 min. drive, 30 min. walk from Yonkers Amtrak station
Its extensive collection of Hudson River School works might cause you to think of this as an art museum, but it's really a multidisciplinary museum featuring frequently changing exhibits on the history, science and heritage of the Hudson Valley. The museum is also the home of the Andrus Planetarium, the only public planetarium in Westchester County. This year the planetarium went high-tech, with new equipment that can display a Milky Way with millions of individual stars and totally cover the 2,500-square-foot dome. An added benefit: The Museum Cafe offers reasonably priced meals and a spectacular view of the Hudson River and the Palisades.


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Storm King Art Center 
Accessible from the Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie Amtrak stations, about a 40 min. drive
One of the world's leading sculpture parks, is located one hour north of NYC, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.
The Byrdcliffe Art Colony
18.0 miles, 28 min. drive from the Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station  
The Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock is one of America's oldest continuing arts and crafts colony. The colony is situated on 250 wooded acres with 30 unique, picturesque buildings, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Byrdcliffe houses an artist-in-residence program and offers walking tours and classes in ceramics, jewelry making, woodworking, dance and voice.

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The Museum at Bethel Woods 
Accessible from the Poughkeepsie and Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak stations, a little over an hour drive
Located on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, the Museum at Bethel Woods explores the social, political and cultural history of the 1960s and its transformative impact on the world. Film, interactive displays and artifacts provide insight into the significance of Woodstock, and the legacy of the tumultuous decade.

Cedar Grove: The Thomas Cole National Historical Site
5.1 miles, 8 min. drive from Hudson Amtrak station
Visitors to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site-near the western entrance to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, in the village of Catskill-can take guided tours of Cole's home and studio, view a film about his art, stroll through the flower gardens and enjoy a truly sweeping view of the Catskill Mountains.

Canals & Transportation

Empire State Railway Museum 
33.4 miles, 43 min. from Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station
Set in former Ulster & Delaware station in Phoenicia, the Empire State railway Museum brings to life the days when steam locomotives brought visitors to the Catskills and chugged back to NYC carrying lumber, bluestone and farm goods. Built in 1899, the train station houses photos, films and artifacts. The 45-minute Esopus Scenic Train Ride leaves from nearby Mt. Tremper.

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The Hudson Athens Lighthouse 
1.5 miles, 3 min. drive from Hudson Amtrak station 
The Second Empire architectural style lighthouse located in the Hudson River Valley between the towns of Hudson and Athens. Summer tours are available one day each month, July through October. On the tour, visitors learn about the important role that the Hudson River played in the development of the upper Hudson River Valley towns, and the role that the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse plays in the safe navigation of river transportation.


Historic Huguenot Street  (near downtown New Paltz) 
11.8 miles, 19 min. drive from Poughkeepsie Amtrak station
In 1678, a group of Huguenot families established a community in the Hudson Valley in the hope of creating a home where they could worship as they chose. Today, the 10-acre National Historic Landmark District includes a Visitor's Center, seven historic stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, exhibit and program spaces, archaeological sites, and a burial ground that dates to the very first settlers. Guided tours of the house museums are offered June through October, Thursday through Monday, with other select weekends available. Special events & programs are offered year-round.

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The Bronck Museum
13.8 miles, 19 min. drive from Hudson Amtrak station 
The headquarters of the Greene County Historical Society is a complex of 11 structures that were once part of the prosperous Bronck farm. The original stone dwelling, built in 1663, is the oldest surviving home in the Hudson Valley. Family china, glass and silver are among the period furnishings, while textiles, weaving and spinning equipment are on display.

Innovation & Commerce

Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate
8.0 miles, 17 min. drive from Croton-Harmon Amtrak station
Kykuit was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. You can tour the main rooms of the six-story stone house, expansive, terraced gardens with an exceptional collection of 20th-century sculpture, the underground art gallery with its collection of Picasso tapestries, and the cavernous Coach Barn, filled with classic automobiles and horse-drawn carriages.

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Locust Grove
2.6 miles south, 4 min. drive from Poughkeepsie Amtrak station
The country home of telegraph pioneer Samuel F. B. Morse sits on 150 acres of spreading lawns and elegant gardens overlooking the Hudson River. The house is furnished with extensive collections of furniture and paintings exhibited in period-room settings, while the Museum Pavilion tracks the early development of the telegraph.

The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
7.3 miles, 16 min. drive from Poughkeepsie Amtrak station
The 54-room Beaux-Arts mansion he had built, the vast riverside acreage and the grand Italianate gardens provided a comfortable vacation home for Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt. Aside from its grandeur and beauty, the Mansion is significant for its representation of life in the gilded age as it was lived by the elite. The mansion is open by guided tour only, the grounds are free and open daily.

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Hanford Mills Museum
74 miles, 1.5 hour drive from Hudson Amtrak station
The 70-acre site in East Meredith features a working, circa 1846 water and steam-powered sawmill, along with 15 other buildings. From woodworking and grist-milling machinery to an extensive collection of photographs tracing the mill's history, over 50,000 objects are on display. The John Hanford Farmhouse accurately recreates home life in the 1920s.

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Natural History

Bear Mountain State Park 
16.2 miles, 22 min. drive from Croton-Harmon Amtrak station
Bear Mountain State Park in the Hudson Highlands provides nature lovers with hiking, biking, boating, and breathtaking views. The History Museum, part of the Trailside Museums and Zoo, provides insights into the local Native American and early settler cultures with informative exhibits.

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Olana State Historic Site 
3.7 miles, 7 min. drive from Hudson Amtrak station
Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church lovingly created his riverview estate as a three-dimensional work of art, comprised of romantic landscape design, breathtaking views and exotic architecture. Visitors may tour the unique house-filled with paintings and sculpture-and explore the landscaped grounds.

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Kaaterskill Falls
22.5 miles, 37 min. from Hudson Amtrak station
The 260-foot Kaaterskill Falls in Hunter are the highest falls in New York State and also one of America's oldest tourist attractions. A moderate 1.2-mile trail with some steep ascents and descents brings visitors to the mist-shrouded base of the falls.

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Kirkside Park 
52.9 miles, 1 hour drive from Hudson Amtrak station
Once part of the estate of Helen Gould Shepard, this park in Roxbury is 11 landscaped acres dotted with Adirondack-style bridges and gazebos. Visitors can stroll the paths lining the Delaware River, picnic, cross country-ski, fish or enjoy a ball game or concert in season. Children can enjoy the sweet rustic playground too.
John Burroughs Memorial State Historic Site
55.4 miles, 1 hour drive from Hudson Amtrak station
The final resting place of America's celebrated naturalist fittingly overlooks a quiet field near Roxbury, surrounded by magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Just up the road, Woodchuck Lodge, the simple farmhouse a mile from his birthplace that Burroughs occupied for the last years of his life, is open for tours.

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Revolutionary War 

The Dutch Stone Houses of Hurley Village 
14.4 miles, 20 min. drive from Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station
The Dutch Stone houses include the Van Deusen House, temporary capital of New York State after the British burned Kingston. A Revolutionary War Encapment and house tours are featured on Stone House Day, July 13th, 2013.
The John Jay Homestead State Historic Site 
 46. 8 miles, 54 min. drive from Poughkeepsie Amtrak station
The site commemorates a Founding Father and co-author of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War. The site includes formal gardens, magnificent woodland walks, rolling meadows, a cluster of 19th century farm buildings and an 1820s schoolhouse.
Montgomery Place
7.6 miles, 14 min. from Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station
Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson was built in 1804 by Janet Livingston Montgomery, widow of the first general officer killed in the American Revolution. Tour the 368-acre National Historic Landmark and its formal gardens, as well as its neoclassical-style mansion.

The Senate House State Historic Site
13.5 miles, 20 min. drive from Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station
The Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston was New York's first state capital, created amidst the turmoil of a British invasion in 1777. Today, the building and grounds are open as a museum exhibiting a wide range of artwork, documents and historical
The US Military Academy at West Point Museum
17.5 miles, 26 min. drive from Croton-Harmon Amtrak station
The Museum is located at what George Washington considered to be the most important strategic position in America. It can be visited via guided tour and the museum is free.

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US Presidents

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site 
5.3 miles, 8 min. drive from Poughkeepsie 
You could easily spend a whole day in Hyde Park, the lifelong home of FDR. Besides a guided tour of FDR's home, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the adjacent Presidential Library and Museum, and stroll the grounds, gardens and trails of this 300-acre site. Fans of Eleanor Roosevelt will want to visit nearby Val-Kill, her personal retreat and the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady.

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Lindenwald, The Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
11.8 miles, 19 min. drive from Hudson Amtrak station
Lindenwald in Kinderhook was home to our 8th president (1837-1841) for the last 20 years of his life. Van Buren served the young nation as Secretary of State (1829-1831) and as Vice President (1833-1837) under Andrew Jackson. The 36-room mansion has been carefully restored and the grounds include 12.8 acres of the original 224-acre farm.

Women's Rights

The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
5.1 miles, 11 min. drive from Poughkeepsie Amtrak station
The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park-the only such site dedicated to a first lady-features a one-hour guided tour of her modest Val-Kill home and a film exploring the history of this "First Lady of the World" who championed women's rights, civil rights, workers' rights and universal human rights.


The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum
Accessible from the Croton-Harmon, Poughkeepsie and Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak stations, about a 1.5 hour drive 
Nestled on 53 acres bordering the Willowemoc Creek in Livingston Manor, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum displays angling equipment, art, artifacts and memorabilia. The site hosts activities and programs in the place known as the Birthplace of American Fly Fishing.

Upcoming Events

Discover over one hundred Lincoln artifacts, images, and trinkets from the world class Brian D. Caplan Collection. Items include vintage Lincoln campaign buttons, lockets, and hand carved pipes with Lincoln's likeness.
Topics covered in this exhibition include the role New Yorker's played in Lincoln's two elections and Lincoln's ties to the town of Peekskill. Over 100 artifacts are on display, including rare maps, photos, and a Lincoln signed order. 
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