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Old postcard of the West Albany shops of the New York Central Railroad

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What Made Up the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad?
Formation of the New York Central Railroad

Boston & Albany Railroad

West Shore Railroad Company

Rome Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad Company

Little Falls & Dolgeville Railroad Co.

The Niagara Falls Branch Railroad Co.

Carthage Watertown & Sacketts Harbor Railroad Co.

Oswego & Rome Railroad Co.

The railroad was created in 1853 by the merger of ten other railroads, spearheaded by Albany industrialist and Mohawk Valley Railroad owner Erastus Corning:
Albany & Schenectady Railroad
Mohawk Valley Railroad
Schenectady & Troy Railroad
Syracuse & Utica Direct Railroad
Rochester & Syracuse Railroad
Buffalo & Rochester Railroad
Rochester, Lockport & Niagara Falls Railroad
Rochester & Lake Ontario Railroad
Buffalo & Niagara Falls Railroad
Buffalo & Lockport Railroad

Between 1853 and 1869, the following railroads were merged into the New York Central:
Buffalo & Niagara Falls Railroad Co.
Lewiston Railroad Co.
Rochester & Lake Ontario Railroad Co.
Saratoga & Hudson River Railroad Co.

In 1869 the New York Central and the Hudson River Railroad were merged.

Before 1914, the following Railroads were merged into the New York Central & Hudson River:
Buffalo Erie Basin Railroad Co.
Carthage & Adirondack Railway Co.
Geneva and Lyons Railroad Co.
Gouverneur & Oswegatchie Railroad Co.

Mohawk and Malone Railway Co.
New York & Ottawa Railway Co.
New York & Putnam Railroad Co.
New York Central Niagara River Railroad Co.(The)
Spuyten Duyvil & Port Morris Railroad Co. (The)
Tivoli Hollow Railroad Co. (chartered in 1893. It was completed 1.23 mi. in City of Albany, prior to 1903 (exact date not known).

The Mohawk & Malone was formed from the following:
Herkimer, Newport & Poland Railway
Herkimer, Newport & Poland Extension Railway
Herkimer, Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway

Mohawk & Adirondack Railroad Co.
Mohawk Valley & Northern Railroad Co.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railroad Co.

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Webb’s Wilderness Railroad opened up the Adirondack wilderness. Although educated as a physician, William Seward Webb built two hundred miles of railroad and opened up the Adirondack wilderness where others had failed. New York Central tracks reached into the Adirondacks. One line even went across the Canadian border to Ottawa. The 643-mile Rome Watertown and Ogdensburgh became a part of the New York Central in 1891.

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It took until the 1960’s before the Annual Meeting of the New York Central was held anyplace but Albany, New York (the official headquarters of the corporation).

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THE AGREEMENT OF CONSOLIDATION
FORMING THE NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY
Dated April 29, 1914

Agreement of consolidation of:

THE NEW YORK CENTRAL AND HUDSON RIVER RR COMPANY

THE LAKE SHORE AND MICHIGAN SOUTHERN RAILROAD COMPANY

GENEVA CORNING AND SOUTHERN RAILROAD COMPANY

THE TERMINAL RAILWAY OF BUFFALO

THE DUNKIRK, ALLEGHENY VALLEY AND PITTSBURGH RAILWAY COMPANY

CHICAGO, INDIANA AND SOUTHERN RAILROAD COMPANY

DETROIT AND CHICAGO RAILROAD COMPANY

DETROIT, MONROE AND TOLDEO RAILROAD COMPANY

KALAMAZOO AND WHITE PIGEON RAILROAD COMPANY

THE NORTHERN CENTRAL MICHIGAN RAILROAD COMPANY and

THE SWAN CREEK RAILWAY COMPANY OF TOLEDO

into THE NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY
THE CORPORATION SHALL CONTIUNUE FOR FIFTY YEARS
The number of directors who shall manage its affairs shall be fifteen.

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