D&H at Lake George

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Re: D&H at Lake George

Postby lstone19 » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:13 pm

RussNelson wrote:How did the trolley get from US9 over to Thomson Ave.? It clearly runs on the east side of Thomson, and looks like it crosses the Lake Shore Drive Connector at points C and A and continues on to B, but beyond B I'm clueless.


I assume in village streets but what village streets is a mystery. However, there was the cable-hauled railway up Prospect Mountain. The current hiking trail (the pedestrian bridge over the Northway just south of Exit 22) is mostly on the right of way. I was going to say it is a good bet that the trolley came by the mountain railway terminal but now I see the mountain railway was abandoned in 1903 so it may have been gone by the time the trolley arrived.
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Re: D&H at Lake George

Postby Alco RS2 » Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:34 am

The trolley went northward up the middle of Canada St. (Rte.-9) through the village until it got to the old court house. This is the brick building with the clock tower which is now the historical museum. At that point it turned to the left (westward) on to Amherst St. and followed that route past the south end of the school's recreation field. Then is turned right (northward) around the southwest corner of the field and continued north to Thompson Ave. You can still find some of the old ROW along the west edge of the rec' field. It's a dirt road in the woods now.

My father told me some interesting stories about the trolley in LG. One of them was about a kid that used to lay on the tracks until the trolley was almost upon him. Then at the last second he would jump away. Of course the trolley conductor had to slam on the brakes, which must have startled the passengers and could have made some flat spots on the wheels. Another story was the time that someone found a work car near the recreation field and got it going downhill on Amherst St. When it got to Canada St. where the tracks made a right angle turn to the south, the car jumped the tracks and hit the court house. My father said the building still has a chipped stone from the collison.
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Re: D&H at Lake George

Postby Alco RS2 » Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:51 am

LI Loco wrote:Earlier in the thread several posters cited 1957 as the year the D&H exited Lake George.


When I was a kid, my grade school class took a field trip on the train from Lake George to Glens Falls. This was in May of 1957. AFAIK, the passenger service continued through most of 1957. However the freight service continued to some time in 1958. I read somewhere that they started to take up the track in November of 1958. If anyone can give me a more precise date for that, I'll research it in the archives of the local newspapers.
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Postby greenwichlirr » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:51 am

Engineer Spike wrote:I have some more questions about the branch, while we are on the topic. One of the posts talks about this being, at one time, a major route, to the north. I have noticed bridge piers on the river in Hudson Falls. They are half way between H.F. station, and the trash plant, where the railroad runs next to the street. Was this a railroad bridge? It would have connected the West Shore Branch, to the Lake George Branch?


They were GOING to be for a railroad span, but it was never completed. Up the hill in the church parking (the one near the traffic circle) there is a historical marker telling about the peirs. At the moment I forget what RR exactly they were built for.
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Re: D&H at Lake George

Postby RussNelson » Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:01 am

Oh, really? I guess that an unfinished bridge "counts", so I've added it to my Unfinished Railroads of New York State. Is there anybody reading this who is local and who could do some more research? It looks like they were trying to extend the railroad line on the opposite shore up the hill past the canal basin. There's no sign of that line on the 190X topo maps, so it's a relatively modern branch line.
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Re: D&H at Lake George

Postby RussNelson » Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:37 pm

Found it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/russnelson ... 406303764/ and also have photos of the piers from the north and the south. It was the Saratoga & Whitehall Railroad. No information on the route ... yet.
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Re: D&H at Lake George

Postby RussNelson » Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:32 pm

Ugh. As best I can tell, this hysterical marker is lies, all lies. The Saratoga and WASHINGTON railroad was incorporated in 1834, and may or may not have built the bridge piers. It seems to have run into difficulty because of the Panic of 1837 (not 1838), and was not completed until 1845. It went bankrupt and was reincorporated as the Saratoga and WHITEHALL in 1855, and went on to become a part of the D&H. There was definitely an industrial track to the plant on the South Glens Falls side of the river, which was aligned with the bridge piers.
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