The Adirondack Park Agency will decide if the proposed final Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP conforms to the State Land Master Plan. The State is planning to tear up part of the historic Adirondack Railroad line between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid for a multi-use trail. [Read more…] about Vote On Historic Railroad Corridor Set For Thursday
The first photo here is of the Division Street end of the Saratoga Springs, NY, rail depot. Behind it looms the back wing of the United States Hotel, which ran two full blocks down to Broadway and then back again, enclosing several acres. [Read more…] about Using the Bathroom: A Short History
The prevailing architectural style at the time of the American Revolution is what many call “colonial” but a more precise name is “Georgian” after the unbroken reign of English kings. The style has it roots in the idealized Greek temple, but it was a style that bounced around from Rome before it fell, to Italy during the Renaissance, then to England, and finally crossing the Atlantic. Each time it was modified, added to, and interpreted differently. [Read more…] about Saratoga’s Greek Temple Railroad Stations
A DEC plan for the 119-mile Travel Corridor that runs through the heart of the Adirondack Park does not adequately assess actual and projected impacts on the Park’s public wilderness and natural resources according to the group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve.
At issue is whether the plan complies with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Adirondack Wild does not believe it does comply. The group filed comments on the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan amendment with the Adirondack Park Agency this week. [Read more…] about Adirondack Wild: Rail-Trail Plan Fails to Assess Impacts
Here is a photo of an Armour & Company meat refrigeration car (a reefer) with a hobo “riding the rods.” The car lacks the grab irons on the right side, so we know it’s before the 1911 Amendment to the Railroad Safety Appliance Act. [Read more…] about Riding The Rods And Railroad Reefer Cars
The tracks seen in these photos were part of the original North Creek branch railroad that through the streets of Saratoga Springs. Originally, the line to North Creek (the Adirondack Branch) came off the Delaware & Hudson Railroad’s main line in the freight yard just south of the main Saratoga depot, and ran right down the middle of some streets. Started in 1864 and completed to North Creek in 1871, the street tracks were removed when the entire line was rerouted outside downtown Saratoga Springs. [Read more…] about When Trains Ran Through Saratoga’s Streets
Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was bookended by a pair of railroad trips through the state of New York. His first term began with a pre-inaugural railway tour — his second ended with a funeral train.
Each was a five-day crossing of the Empire State and these two journeys allowed thousands of ordinary Americans first to celebrate, and later to mourn, the president, and became indelibly etched in the memories of those who had the opportunity to stand along parade route.
Drawing on newspaper accounts, memoirs and diaries, Joe Collea’s program (and book) brings to life the two epic and unique moments in both New York’s and the nation’s history. [Read more…] about Lincoln’s Pre-Inaugural and Funeral Trains Talk
Friends of Taconic State Park is set to host its annual celebration of the iconic blast furnace at the historic Copake Iron Works in Taconic State Park, on Saturday, October 12th.
At this year’s gathering, the Friends Board of Directors will unveil plans to re-create the narrow gauge railroad that circumnavigated the Copake Iron Works during its nineteenth century heyday. After the unveiling, hamburgers and hotdogs will be served from the Iron Bar & Grill with musical accompaniment and raffles. The event will begin at noon. [Read more…] about RR Project Being Unveiled at Copake Furnace Fest
Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was bookended by a pair of dramatic railroad trips through the State of New York. His first term began with a pre-inaugural railway tour — his second ended with a funeral train.
Each was a five-day crossing of the Empire State and these two journeys allowed thousands of ordinary Americans first to celebrate, and later to mourn, the great president, and became indelibly etched in the memories of those who had the opportunity to stand along parade route. [Read more…] about Railroad History: Lincoln Specials
Love it or hate it, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has been in operation for over 180 years under the same name and moving people from one end of the Island to the other. Dave Morrison definitely loves it, as his seventh book on LIRR history attests. On the latest episode of the Long Island History Project, we discuss the storied history of the LIRR, from steam locomotives setting the woods on fire to the coming of diesel and the push to attract people to build homes as far out on Long Island as possible. We also detail the detective work involved in Dave’s new book from Arcadia Pres, Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station: Statuary and Sculptures. [Read more…] about A Long Island Rail Road History Podcast