Random Years in Railroad History
|Years included are: 1825 ; 1836 ; 1852 ; 1860 ; 1868 ; 1872 ; 1879 ; 1880 ; 1883 ; 1891 ; 1901 ; 1902 ; 1907 ; 1913 ; 1922 ; 1927 ; 1936 ; 1940 ; 1945 ; 1946 ; 1950 ; 1952 ; 1953 ; 1956 ; 1957 ; 1958 ; 1960 ; 1966 ; 1967 ; 1975 ; 1976 ; 1979 ; 1981 ; 1985 ; 2002|
|Year||Event||Railroad||Other Interesting Information|
|1825||George Featherstonhaugh (pronounced fen-shaw), of Duanesburgh NY, runs a newspaper notice announcing the formation of the Mohawk & Hudson Rail Road Company.||The original New York Central Railroad||Mohawk & Hudson Railroad|
|1836||The Syracuse and Utica Railroad is incorporated with $800,000 in capital - 16,000 shares valued at $50 each. When completed, the 53-mile-long railroad will charge passengers about four cents a mile. The state does not want the railroad to take away freight business from the successful 11-year-old Erie Canal, which is pouring millions of dollars into the state treasury, so the months that the canal is open, the railroad will have to pay tolls for any freight it carries. The locomotives for the railroad will be built by Rogers & Co. Ones with six wheels will pull light trains at about 25 mph. Engines with eight wheels will draw trains with heavier loads at about 18 mph. Each engine will cost $8,000.||The original New York Central Railroad||Syracuse and Utica|
|1852||Rutland & Washington Railroad opened from Castleton to Salem.||The Delaware & Hudson Railroad||Rutland & Washington Railroad|
|1852||The Sodus Point & Southern Railway was created.||Pennsylvania Railroad history||Sodus Point & Southern Railway|
|1860||The New York & Harlem Railroad begins through ticketing with the New York Central to Albany. The trip takes 4 hours, 18 minutes.||The Original New York Central Railroad||The New York & Harlem Railroad; The Hudson River Bridges at Albany; the Troy & Greenbush Railroad.|
|1868||In 1868, the Clifton Iron Company opened a railroad from East DeKalb to Clifton Mines. It did not last. In 1941, the Hanna Ore Company opened a railroad from Newton Falls through Newbridge to Clifton Mines.||New York Central Railroad in DeKalb||Clifton Iron Company Hanna Ore Company|
|1872||The New Haven Railroad begins using Grand Central Station and ends use of its old depot at 4th Avenue & 27th Street. Those buildings are later converted into the first Madison Square Garden.||The New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad||Grand Central Terminal|
|1872||Jay Gould's attempts to control both the Erie and the New York Central Railroads are halted as a new Board of Directors is installed in the Erie.||New York Central Railroad history||Who was Jay Gould?|
|1879||The Black River & Morristown Railroad opened from Redwood to Morristown.||Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg then New York Central||Eventually reached Ogdensburg|
|1880||1880: The oldest chartered company of the Adirondack Division was created, the Herkimer Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway, to build from Herkimer to Poland.||Railroads in the Adirondacks||Adirondack railroad timeline and List of Railroads in the Adirondacks|
|1883||Brotherhood of Railroad Brakemen formed in Caboose #10 in Oneonta Yard. This organization blossomed into the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen in 1889.||Delaware & Hudson Railroad||History of the United Transportation Union (UTU)|
|1891||The New York Central & Hudson River Railroad leased the Rome Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad, whom had a lease on the Utica & Black River Railroad.||The New York Central & Hudson River Railroad||Rome Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad|
ALCO F units at Hopewell Junction
Jack Shufelt collection
These ALCO F units are under the route 82 overpass in Hopewell Junction on the Maybrook Line. There are no leaves on the trees so it must be winter. From the angle of the sun it must be late afternoon. With two B units this, photo was taken well after these units were introduced in 1947. Early units had only one B unit. Later units generally had two B units in the consist with the purchase of more B units in 1951. The green paint also indicates 1951 or later up to about 1959 when the paint was again changed to the “McGinnis” color scheme. These units stopped running on the Maybrook Line in 1964 when 30 of them were traded in for new GE and ALCO locomotives.
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|1902||The Chatham & Lebanon Valley Railroad merged into the Rutland Railroad.||The Rutland & Canada Railroad opened from Alburgh to Rouses Point over the Central Vermont Railway's bridge by building a gauntlet track. Then this company and the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain Railroad merged into the Rutland Railroad.||More about Ogdensburg|
|1902||Alfred E. Perlman is born in St. Paul MN. He will be the last President of the New York Central and the first President of Penn Central||The New York Central Railroad||Penn Central Railroad|
|1902||The Dolgeville & Salisbury Railway was created and was to be operated by the Little Falls & Dolgeville Railroad.||The original New York Central Railroad||Penn Central Railroad|
|1913||Rome Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad merged into the New York Central Railroad, as were several other railroad properties including the Wallkill Valley Railroad and the Putnam Division.||The New York Central Railroad||
Rome Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad
Wallkill Valley Railroad
|1922||The Van Sweringen brothers buy the Lake Erie & Western from the New York Central and align it with the Nickel Plate, which they also own.||
The Lake Erie & Western Railroad
The Nickel Plate Rail
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|1927||The first New York Central "J-1" Hudson locomotive is completed.||The New York Central & Hudson River Railroad||Our steam locomotive section|
|1936||The 200-inch mirror blank for the Palomar observatory begins its cross- country trip aboard a well-hole flat car [NYC 499010]. At the time it was shipped it was the single most valuable item ever shipped by rail. Railroad Vice-Presidents accompanied the special train to make sure there were no problems. As it traveled in the well-hole flatcar, the mirror was only inches above the rails..||The New York Central Railroad||New York Central carrying the mirror|
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|1940||The Gulf Curve in Little Falls, New York was the scene of one of the worst accidents in New York Central Railroad history. April 19, 1940 – Little Falls, New York, United States: The westbound New York Central Lake Shore Limited, running fifteen minutes late in rainy conditions, fails to reduce speed to 45 miles per hour at Gulf Curve near Little Falls, sharpest on the NYC System, and at 59 mph the locomotive derails, crosses two tracks and strikes a rock wall whereupon it explodes and nine cars pile up behind it. At least 30 known dead, including the engineer, and 100 injured in the this accident.||New York Central||Site of New York Central Lake Shore Limited wreck of April 19, 1940|
|1940||Delaware & Hudson Railroad abandoned 22 miles Plumadore to Lake Clear Jct. Reached Lake Placid via trackage rights over New York Central.||Delaware & Hudson Railroad||New York Central trains to Lake Placid|
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|1945||Lackawanna controlled the Oswego and Syracuse Railroad; chartered 1839; charter renewed 1845; In 1872 it passed under the management of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad; merged December 20, 1945||Delaware, Lackawanna & Western||
Oswego and Syracuse Railroad
1945 merger of Oswego and Syracuse Railroad into the Lackawanna
|1945||The Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad officially merged into the Delaware & Hudson Railroad.||Delaware & Hudson Railroad||Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad|
|1946||Robert R. Young publishes his soon-to-be-famous "A hog can cross the country without changing trains, but YOU can't" advertisement as part of his fight to buy the Pullman Company on the theme of a lack of transcontinental cars.||New York Central||Robert R. Young|
|1946||Delaware, Lackawanna & Western merges most of its leased lines||Delaware, Lackawanna & Western||The Lackawanna Cutoff|
|1946||Boston & Maine Railroad sold their Saratoga and Schuylerville Branches to the Saratoga & Schuylerville Railroad.|
|1950||What was the New York Central Railroad like in 1950? Find all sorts of unusual things from 1950 such as listings of all equipment and tracks, income from unusual investments and affiliates.||New York Central||New York Central in 1950|
|1950||Over fifty years ago, Merle Armitage published a book called "The Railroads of America". In it, he listed the major railroads of the time. I took his list and tried to see where they all went. I also compared to a 1980 source of Class 1 railroads.||Railroads of 1950||Merle Armitage|
|1952||The last New York Central steam-powered commuter train leaves White Plains for Dover Plains (NY), marking the end of steam on all NYC Divisions feeding New York City.||Harlem Division||New York Central Steam|
|1953||the Rutland Railway abandoned the Chatham Division in New York State.||The Rutland Railroad||Rutland Connection|
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|1956||George Alpert, prominent Boston lawyer and a founder of Brandeis University, where he served as its first chairman from 1946 to 1954, is elected as the 20th President of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, replacing the controversial and flamboyant Patrick B. McGinnis, who immediately moved on to become President of the Boston & Maine Railroad.||New Haven Railroad Home Page||George Alpert, last president of the New Haven|
|1957||New York Ontario & Western Railroad Abandoned||New York, Ontario & Western Railroad||More about the "Old Woman" (O&W)|
|1958||The New York Central stopped running passenger trains between Malone Junction and Lake Clear Junction.||New York Central's Adirondack Division||How New York Central (now CSX) got to Montreal|
|1960||The Erie Lackawanna Railroad was created from the merger of the Erie Railroad and the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad.||Deleware Lackawanna & Western Railroad||Erie Lackawanna Railroad|
Once upon a time, milk trains were important
New York Central Milk Business
Creamery in South Columbia, New York
There were two basic types of milk trains – the very slow all-stops local that picked up milk cans from rural platforms and delivered them to a local creamery, and those that moved consolidated carloads from these creameries to big city bottling plants. Individual cars sometimes moved on lesser trains. These were dedicated trains of purpose-built cars carrying milk. Early on, all milk was shipped in cans, which lead to specialized "can cars" with larger side doors to facilitate loading and unloading (some roads just used baggage cars). In later years, bulk carriers with glass-lined tanks were used. Speed was the key to preventing spoilage, so milk cars were set up for high speed service, featuring the same types of trucks, brakes, communication & steam lines as found on passenger cars.
|1966||In a combination publicity stunt and test of how track functions under high speeds, a New York Central jet powered Rail Diesel Car hits 183.85 mph near Stryker, OH.||New York Central Railroad||Rail Diesel Car|
|1967||The Ogdensburg & Norwood Railway started operations from Ogdensburg to Norwood on the former Rutland line.||Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority||Rutland Railroad|
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|1975||The State of New York purchased the abandoned Adirondack Division from Snow Junction to Lake Placid from Penn Central Transportation. By 1979, the Adirondack Railway opened from Snow Junction to Lake Placid. They had running rights over Conrail from Snow Junction to Utica.||Conrail||Penn Central|
|1976||Conrail was created to take over several Eastern United States railroads. It would use government money to keep them running and make them profitable. It would put Penn Central out of its misery.||Conrail||Penn Central|
|1979||1979: Adirondack Railway opened from Snow Junction to Lake Placid. They had running rights over Conrail from Snow Junction to Utica.||Lake Placid Olympics||Railroads to the Adirondacks|
Railway Express and Railway Post Office
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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Electric on the New Haven
See some historic photographs of the New Haven Railroad's electrification. Old Cos Cob generation plant. Electrics in New Haven, New York City, and in between!
|1981||Conrail sold the track from Ogdensburg to DeKalb Junction to the Ontario Eastern Railroad.||Conrail||New York Central branch from Ogdensburg to DeKalb Junction|
|1985||A methane gas explosion in Los Angeles will eventually lead to the abandonment of Red Line construction along the city's most important corridor, Wilshire Boulevard. The subway will not be seriously looked at again for almost 20 years.||North American transit systems||Railroads and transit in the Western United States|
|2002||Vermont Rail System acquired the New York & Ogdensburg Railway. This brought all former Rutland Railway lines still in operation back under one operator.||Rutland Railway||New York & Ogdensburg Railway|
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New York Central dates. Important Dates for the
20th Century Limited, See key dates in
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(previously unpublished) information and pictures of Connecticuts train stations.
There are many train stations in Connecticut. Some have been rebuilt. Some are no longer used and have been converted to other uses. Some have restaurants in them or close by.
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