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by ChiefTroll
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?
Replies: 13
Views: 7230

Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

The shelter in the photo with Watervliet, Menands, Troy, etc on the sign was at Colonie Yard. on the west side of the main track. The industrial building in the background was Watervliet Arsenal. I don't recall just when the large station at 19th Street in Watervliet was abandoned and razed. In the ...
by ChiefTroll
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: D&H Paper Trains
Replies: 12
Views: 8451

Re: D&H Paper Trains

The last division organization on the D&H ended ca. 1957. After that, the former divisions were all termed as subdivisions, and the entire railroad was operated as one system. Even before that time, there was little or any specific assignment of power by division. Individual locomotives were sent to...
by ChiefTroll
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: New York Central
Topic: 19000-series Wooden Cabooses
Replies: 53
Views: 22547

Re: 19000-series Wooden Cabooses

There was nothing sacred about a particular car number going through the shop as long as the cars were not secured by an equipment trust (bank loan). You might see four or five cabooses go into the shop, and pieces of all five, including a center sill, come out the door with one of the numbers on it...
by ChiefTroll
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: D&H Paper Trains
Replies: 12
Views: 8451

Re: D&H Paper Trains

John - You are not making it up. From about 1961 up to about 1966, the zone speed for freight trains on the A&S was 60 m.p.h. with several local restrictions. The 600's had no special restrictions. When John Hiltz was President and General Manager, he wanted to see long trains running fast. He even ...
by ChiefTroll
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: D&H Paper Trains
Replies: 12
Views: 8451

Re: D&H Paper Trains

In my time as Track Supervisor at Plattsburgh and Oneonta (1966-1972) there was no formal restriction on six-axle power on the Champlain Subdivision. It was only general practice to keep the 600's and 700's south of Whitehall. The crew-change points in those times were Whitehall and Oneonta. It was ...
by ChiefTroll
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?
Replies: 13
Views: 7230

Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

The original Watervliet station was on the north side of 19th Street, east of the tracks. When I was at RPI 1959-63, I used to walk to Watervliet on a Friday afternoon and flag 34 by setting the green and white flag in its holder. 34 did not handle passengers from Watervliet to Albany, but I was goi...
by ChiefTroll
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: Laurentian schedule
Replies: 1
Views: 2792

Re: Laurentian schedule

Normally, during the summer, NYC ran a dedicated train as the northward Laurentian and handed it off to The D&H at Troy. In the winter, cars for D&H 35 were handled in other NYC trains from NYC to Albany so the connection could not be made at Troy. The decision for Troy or Albany was also determined...
by ChiefTroll
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: D&H "Scotia branch"
Replies: 5
Views: 3465

Re: D&H "Scotia branch"

The Sand Bank Connection was the interchange track between the NYC at Sand Bank and the D&H at Mohawk Yard. It was the second alignment of the original Schenectady and Saratoga Railroad. The S&S originally used a road bridge across the Mohawk near the present D&H bridge, but they had to pull the car...
by ChiefTroll
Mon May 16, 2016 5:34 am
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Alfred E. Smith Memorial Bridge
Replies: 16
Views: 5671

Re: Alfred E. Smith Memorial Bridge

Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge All railroad operating property of the Castleton Improvement and Selkirk Yard was built and owned by The Hudson River Connecting Railroad Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York Central Railroad Company. The Boston and Albany Railroad Company had no ownersh...
by ChiefTroll
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: New York Central
Topic: NYC Budd RDC Stripes/No-Stripes
Replies: 17
Views: 7598

Re: NYC Budd Cars

Per my post to this forum on 12 Dec 2008 at 22:51, the NYC RDC Cars on the Hudson Division did not have the high visibility end stripes in 1960. A later post by someone else indicates that those stripes were applied by NYC in 1961. That corresponds with my recollection, although I did not see cars w...
by ChiefTroll
Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: Mileposts question.
Replies: 61
Views: 35511

Re: Mileposts question.

I don't know if Mr. Davids still looks here, but I have a question about the 4th. Sub. First, someone told me that the bridge over the South Bay, Lake Champlain was once a drawbridge. Any truth? I'm back. It was a swing bridge. The drawtender's house and the interlocking were removed in 1924. The se...
by ChiefTroll
Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: CSX Transportation
Topic: Port Morris Branch Melrose - Oak Point NYC PC CR CSX
Replies: 110
Views: 11324

Re: Port Morris Branch

I don't see myself traveling to New York to experience a walk through the tunnel that I avoided fifty five years ago when I was 18 years old and fearless.
by ChiefTroll
Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: DL&W, Erie and Erie Lackawanna
Topic: Erie Pine Bush branch
Replies: 2
Views: 2595

Re: Erie Pine Bush branch

Be careful with the name of the Erie branch that ran from Crawford Jct. to Pine Bush. Erie and EL always called it the Crawford Branch, after the name of the original railroad, Middletown and Crawford. It was never called the Pine Bush Branch. Don't confuse it with the Pine Island Branch, which ran ...
by ChiefTroll
Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:40 am
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: Baldwin & Ticonderoga Branches
Replies: 7
Views: 6380

Re: Baldwin & Ticonderoga Branches

The Baldwin Branch originally ran from Delano Jct to Baldwin. Delano Jct at MP A-100 was the connection with the Champlain Division proper, which became TI Cabin with the TCS installation. The Ticonderoga Branch ran from Ticonderoga Jct, about MP A-101 on the Baldwin Branch, into and around the Vill...
by ChiefTroll
Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: Delaware & Hudson
Topic: Mooers Branch
Replies: 7
Views: 6548

Re: Mooers Branch

I think the business objectives of the builders of the Plattsburgh and Montreal are lost in the mists of time. One can surmise, however, that the Canadian interests building the two roads south to the border through Hemmingford might have influenced the P&M to connect with them north of Mooers, rath...

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