Railroad History
West of the Hudson and Around New York State

Along the Hudson River

This really cool fuel tank used to reside between Albany and Troy on the Hudson River. In the name of progress, it is gone!

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Of interest to the railroad manager, railfans, advocates of super railroads, railroad historians.
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The Mighty O&W

All about the New York, Ontario & Western railroad.


Some pieces of this railroad that was lost in 1957 are still used by other lines.
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Industrial Development on the Delaware & Hudson

1920's story about how the Delaware & Hudson Railroad helped develop the region it served.


How coal played a role in the history of the D&H. D&H Sales Offices. D&H to North Creek.
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Industrial Development on the Delaware & Hudson Railroad
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Tahawus: Railroad to a Mine, Does it have a Future?

Brief history of a railroad to a mine in the middle of New York State's Adirondack Park. Part of the railroad (Saratoga Springs to North Creek) is a tourist line with dinner trains and ski trains.
Will the last section to the mine come back to life?

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Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railway



Original purpose of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western was to bring Scranton to the world. In the process, it became a major trunkline. It was a very important link for commuters in New Jersey. Lackawanna had a 34-mile branch to Ithaca. It ran between Owego on the DL&W main line and the college town of Ithaca on Cayuga Lake.
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Way back when, Utica had three railroads besides the New York Central.


Until 1957 these three railroads ran through, and crossed each other in the South Utica/New Hartford area: Ontario & Western, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, and West Shore (really a part of New York Central). Even the municipal borders varied. Until 1925, what is now South Utica was a part of the town of New Hartford. See the full story on the three other railroads of Utica, New York
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The Erie and the DL&W were merged in 1960.



The Erie Railroad and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western were merged on October 17, 1960. See the outcome of this merger and its impact on history. Read about the Starucca Viaduct, the Buffalo Creek Railroad, and the duplicate rail lines that the merger created.
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My last ride on the JFK Express subway in April 1990.


Article on subway ride on the JFK Express just before it was discontinued.
Includes the experience of a cab ride from Howard Beach to the new station at Queensbridge.
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Last JFK Express in 1990. Cab ride Howard Beach to the new station at Queensbridge. New York City Transit. Metropolitan Transportation Authority
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Lehigh Valley Railroad.


Chartered in 1853, the Lehigh Valley opened from Easton PA to Mouch Chunk (since renamed Jim Thorpe) by 1855. It had begun in 1846 as the Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill & Susquehanna Railroad. Nothing was done until 1851 when financing was secured from Asa Packer. The idea had been to break a canal monopoly on anthracite held by the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company.
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Long Island Railroad - Route of the Dashing Commuter


All about the Long Island Railroad. The MTA Long Island Rail Road is the busiest commuter railroad in North America. It is also an old railroad, rich in heritage.
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Over the last 50+ years, railroads have changed a lot. Now they are about to change again.

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Since 1950 , railroads have consolidated. Freight moved from a "box car mentality" to a "unit train,mentality". Passenger went from a robust business to a "caretaker" arrangement called AMTRAK. This happened as everybody could drive for free on the Interstate Highway System or fly on an airline system where the government subsidized both airlines and airports. In the meantime, railroad express and railroad post offices went "down the tubes". The old Post Office Department and the Railway Express Agency could not adjust to the new way. UPS and Fex Ex could.
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Lackawanna milk car The Richfield Springs branch of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railway extended through Bridgewater, where it connected with the Unadilla Valley Railroad, a shortline that served Edmeston and New Berlin to Richfield Springs on Canadarago Lake, once a rather fashionable resort. Here, from 1905 until 1940, the DL&W had a passenger and freight connection with the Southern New York Railway, an interurban to Oneonta. Milk and light freight were the chief sources of revenue on this branch. Delaware Otsego subsidiary Central New York Railroad acquired this branch from Richfield Jct. to Richfield Springs, 22 miles, in 1973. Enginehouse was at Richfield Springs. Became part of NYS&W northern division after NYS&W bought the DL&W Syracuse & Utica branches from Conrail in 1982. Traffic on line gradually dropped off. Line east from Bridgewater embargoed in 1990. Abandoned and track removed in 1995, westerly 2-3 miles left in place for stone trains. In 2009: This old railroad is now owned by the Utica, Chenango and Susquehanna Valley LLC in Richfield Springs. They also own the 1930 Newark Milk and Cream Company creamery in South Columbia.
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Morscher's Railroad Images: photographs are from the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York areas. These include many early Conrail images. There is also an assortment of railroad photos from the following lines: B&O; C&O; CSX; D&H; EL; Norfolk & Western; Norfolk Southern

The New Haven's Maybrook Line


The New Haven's Maybrook Line and connections to other railroads: Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, New York Central, Lehigh & Hudson River, Lehigh & New England, Erie, Ontario & Western, Lehigh Valley
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The Southern New York Railway and other Railroads in Oneonta


The Southern New York Railway: Interurban electric between Oneonta and Mohawk Valley. Railroad connections in Oneonta with the New York Central and the Delaware and Hudson. Read about a fantastic fan trip in 1938.
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The Southern New York Railway: Interurban Electric between Oneonta and the Mohawk Valley. Oneonta connections New York Central Railroad and Delaware & Hudson Railroad

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The Warwick Valley and Other Railroads West of the Hudson


New Jersey's Answer To Tehachapi. Route that the Sealand container trains take from Buffalo to New York. I've got an old stock certificate from the Warwick Valley Rail Road Company which became the Lehigh & Hudson River RR. The L&NE carried both anthracite and cement; but declines in the traffic caused the parent Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company to abandon the still-solvent road in 1960.
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New Jersey's Answer To Tehachapi.. The Warwick Valley Railroad became the Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad. Lehigh & New England Railroad. New York, Susquehanns & Western Railroad

The New York City Subway System


Article based on a column by NEW YORK NEWSDAY reporter Jim Dwyer.
A look at what has gone wrong with the subways since 1940.
New York City's Transit Museum held a panel discussion on the merits of various types of subway maps. To kill an hour in New York City, try a subway ride.
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New York City Subway System
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The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western once had a branch to Richfield Springs. It was sold to the Delaware Otsego system and set up as the Central New York.
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Railroads Around New York State



One August I went on a trip mostly in New York State. While I only rode on one train, saw a great deal of rail history
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Railroads around New York State

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Robert Moses: Against Mass Transit



Did you ever wonder who messed up the mass transit system in New York City? An in-depth look at Robert Moses and his life.
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Head End and Railway Post Office

The U.S. Postal Service is introducing a special "Forever" stamp, Owney the Postal Dog. The stamp is on sale nationwide.With the Owney the Postal Dog stamp, the Postal Service commemorates Owney, the canine mascot of the Railway Mail Service. Beloved of clerks on mail-sorting trains at the end of the 19th century, Owney was hailed as a symbol of good luck. Today he is an icon of American postal lore whose story highlights the historical importance of the Railway Mail Service.

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On passenger trains, railroads operated lots of equipment other than sleepers, coaches, dining cars, etc. This equipment was generally called 'head-end' equipment, these 'freight' cars were at one time plentiful and highly profitable for the railroads. In the heyday of passenger service, these industries were a big part of the railroad's operations, and got serious attention.
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Grand Central Terminal and the New York City Subway

This page is our gateway to New York City. Find out about the New York Central Railroad's Grand Central Terminal. Explore the fabulous New York City Subway System. Learn who Robert Moses. was and his impact on New York City. Understand New York City transit planning, West Side Freight Line (the "High Line") and St Johns terminal. The New Haven Railroad and the Long Island Railroad reached into New York City. Did you know the Lehigh Valley Railroad even went into New York City (by ferry). Learn about the Jenney Plan to bring commuters into New York City and finally explore mysterious track 61 at Grand Central Terminal with its relationship to Presidents of the United States.

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