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Below are some of our most popular blogs

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NEWINGTON JUNCTION RAILROAD STATION

We have several collections of railroad stations, the largest is Connecticut. One that was missing was Newington Junction. Our friends at Tyler City Station, The most authoritative source for information on Connecticut railroad stations, donated pictures and information on Newington Junction. We would like to thank them very much.

The name of the area refers to the railroad junction where the railroad line from New Haven meets with the railroad line from Bristol and Waterbury. The depot on the left was built in 1891 by the New York & New England RR. The passenger station on the right and the freight depot behind it were constructed by the NYNH&H in 1890.

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2ND AVENUE SUBWAY IS OPEN FOR REAL NOW

Hard to believe it, but the fabeled 2nd Avenue Subway is NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!

Riders on Tuesday, the first full day of Second Ave. subway service after the New Year’s holiday, said they were relieved to finally ditch the congested Lexington Ave. line, long walks across avenues to the train and painfully slow crosstown buses for the Q line that is now at their doorstep.

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The New Haven Goes Diesel

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MINEVILLE IS GETTING BACK ON THE MAP NOW

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Robert R. Young (1897-1958), principal supporter of Penn Central merger on NYC side, commits suicide in Palm Beach, Florida, at age 60.

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CONNECTICUT’S WALK BRIDGE: SAVE IT, REPLACE IT OR REUSE PARTS?

This bridge carries not only dozens of Metro-North commuter trains, but also vital to AMTRAKs NorthEast Corridor between Boston and Washington, DC.

Dick Carpenter of East Norwalk, author of “A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946,” said the Walk Bridge is the only four-track swing bridge that he knows of on a major rail line in the nation. That and its age are its distinguishing characteristics, he said

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PASSENGER 1958: ALL KINDS OF COOL STUFF ON EASTERN RAILROADS.

These notes come from The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society Lots of  years in Pennsylvania RR history are available. But what is great is that they cover lots of other railroads.

PASSENGER 1957: ALL KINDS OF COOL STUFF ON EASTERN RAILROADS, EVEN THE REVERSAL OF “TRAVEL TAILORED SCHEDULE PLAN”

PASSENGER 1956: ALL KINDS OF COOL STUFF ON EASTERN RAILROADS, EVEN “TRAVEL TAILORED SCHEDULE PLAN”

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NORTH AMERICAN RAILROADS: CONSOLIDATION IN 2014 AND BEYOND?

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HOW DID ONE GET TO THE PENTAGON IN 1944?

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THE TOBIN PACKING COMPANY OF ALBANY (MAKERS OF FIRST PRIZE HOT DOGS)

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Junction of old Harlem Division branch and Hudson Division in Hudson, NY

HERE YOU GO RAILFANS. ALTHOUGH THE HARLEM DIVISION TO HUDSON LINE WAS SEVERED, PART IS STILL IN OPERATION

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HISTORIC ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES IN GLENMONT

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Robert Moses

Robert Moses: Biggest “Bad Guy” In Blocking The Second Avenue Subway

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NY CENTRAL RAILROAD ACCIDENT 1960 AT “BN”

Only 55 years ago, but things on a railroad are so different now! They do not use wreckers (steam cranes) anymore. Now contractors with tractors. No more cabooses! The big electric locomotive (“motor”) is only in museums. How many of those automobiles are still around?

Even the New York Central Railroad is gone!

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TROY UNION RAILROAD

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New Haven Railroad Cedar Hill Yard and 

CEDAR HILL YARD IN NEW HAVEN TODAY

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WHEN DID PASSENGER TRAINS BEGIN TO RUN BETWEEN NEW YORK CITY AND MONTREAL?

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GM PLANT IN MASSENA, NY

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GULF CURVE WRECK OF LAKE SHORE LIMITED IN 1940 IN LITTLE FALLS, NY

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SCRAPPY LITTLE UNDERDOG UBER IS GETTING FAT AND UGLY

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ADIRONDACK ORE RUN ON THE NEW YORK CENTRAL CALLED FOR HIGH CLASS RAILROADING

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PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING’S FUNERAL TRAINS

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MY FAVORITE SONG: CITY OF NEW ORLEANS; NEW TWIST: JOHNNY CASH

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NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD HARMON SHOPS

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THE LATE, GREAT NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD IN PICTURES

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Castleton Cutoff and Hudson River Connecting Railroad

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The Fabled “Rutland Milk”

Pictured above is a “rider car” going through Troy, New York.

So what was so spectacular about what was called the “Rutland Milk Train”? Well, it started out way up in New York State, ran across the top of the state, ran down the length of Vermont, then back through New York State into New York City! Used to go over Rutland Railroad’s “Corkscrew Division”, but when that track had no more on-line business, they cut through Troy. Besides the truck lobby, what killed the Rutland Milk was inability to sell Vermont milk in New York (Federal “milkshed” regulations). My goodness! Almost 500 miles!

The Rutland milk ran to Chatham as train 88 which held over for 90 minutes for the arrival of the northbound empties from the NYC on the Harlem Division. The trains were swapped over from one railroad to the other as the Rutland crew returned north with the empties. The Rutland milk train dropped one car at Mott Haven for the Bronx Terminal Market, dropped cars at 130th Street yard, and arrived at 60th Street yard at 3:20 a.m.

Picture below is the Fabled Rutland Milk at Mott Haven

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OGDENSBURG, NEW YORK: IMPORTANT IN RAILROAD HISTORY

We wrote about the  19-mile line built from DeKalb Junction to Ogdensburg.

Then we wrote a blog about Railroads In Ogdensburg, New York.

Then another WebSite about Railroads In Ogdensburg and the North Country.

We have blogged a lot on the “Fabled Rutland Milk” which started in Ogdensburg.

Now we have found some great videos that talk about Ogdensburg and railroads.

Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad Revisited

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GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL: SECRETS, RUMORS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS

It is amazing the hype that is starting to surround Grand Central Terminal in New York City. But most of it is very factual (with a little bit of fun and fiction added on).

WHO OWNS GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL IN NY CITY?

 Short Version From the WIKI

Argent Ventures is a privately held real estate company based in New

York City that owns the land under Grand Central Terminal and the land around 156 miles of Metro-North Railroad railway tracks in the New York City metropolitan area.

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WHAT IS MYSTERIOUS TRACK 61 IN GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL?

Mysterious Track 61 Grand Central Terminal Track 61, which FDR used to sneak in and out of Grand Central and hide his disability (he had severe polio) from the public. Was Track 61 used other times by Presidents? Matt Lauer of NBC put on his best play clothes May 8 2008 to examine “The Mystery of Track 61? on the Today show.

INACCESSIBLE NEW YORK: BEHIND THE SCENES AT GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL 

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Return of Albany’s “Night Boat”

Picture (undated, from the Library of Congress) shows the “Night Boat” from New York City docked in Albany. Everything is different in the picture except the Livingston Avenue Bridge in the background that still carries AMTRAK between New York City and Chicago.
Up until 1941, The “Night Boat” from New York City to Albany could carry 2,000 passengers. It ended an era in American history of grand boats with staterooms, ballrooms, etc running up and down the Hudson River. Passengers could be young couples on a weekend trip, couples evading detection by spouses, “ladies of the evening”, etc. There was even a Broadway farce in the 1920’s called the “Night Boat“.
But by 1941, everybody was in a hurry. You could make the trip by car, train or even airplane. Saratoga horse racing and gambling was slowing down as more options opened up near NY City. So when it went down the tubes, few cared about the “Night Boat”.
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PULLING STEAM LOCOMOTIVES BY HAND

The idea being that Timken Roller Bearings were so good that a locomotive could move with ease.

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