I've noticed that on old timetables, the station at Hamilton, NY is not listed as being on the mainline but rather on the Utica branch. From looking at old maps, I know that the mainline bypassed the village to the west making stops at the communities of Morrisville and Eaton instead. However, on March 29, 1957 the last train on the O & W traveled through Hamilton and not Morrisville or Eaton leading me to believe that that segment might have been abandoned some time earlier. My question is, did the tracks that ran through Pecksport and Hamilton become part of the mainline at some point before the railroads demise? It seems like from the time of the railroads birth, Hamilton would have offered more business than that of the smaller communities of Morrisville and Eaton. Not to mention that the Utica branch wasn't accessed on the main, but rather on the Pecksport branch. I'm wondering why Hamilton wasn't on the main from the beginning? It seem that at some point before the 1957 abandonment, the Pecksport loop became the mainline and the segement between Whites Corners and Randallsville which included Morrisville and Eaton was abandoned before '57. Perhaps this is why the last train went through Pecksport and Hamilton and not Morrisville or Eaton?
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