Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NARCOA Mid-Atlantic Meet On The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad 5/24/14

  This past Saturday I had the pleasure of catching a ride in a Speeder Car from North Creek to Saratoga Springs and back.  What a great adventure cruising The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad!


It's all due to this guy, the one and only Mad Dog Bill Kozel!  When Bill asked me if I'd like to join him, how could I refuse!!!!
 

 Here's a shot of Mad Dog's Canadian National Speeder.  Not a replica, but the real deal! 
What a great ride!


We had to layover a few minutes in Thurman so a North Bound passenger train could get through. Not a bad place to take a break, plus we got to see the new Thurman S&NC Station.
 

 Hooray, The New York Central!!!!!!


Here's some of the cars lining up at the North Creek Depot.  Someday I hope to own one of these cars.  The people in the group are great and they travel all over North America to explore railroads, like no other way!


Some cars are a little more luxurious than others.  The Cadillac on the left was scratch built by a member and it can hold around 6 people.  The horn on this contraption was louder than any loco running on this line!

Workers from the S&NC flagged every crossing all the way up and down the line.  Safety is first and foremost in everyone's mind!  Operators need to licensed to join the group, their Speeders need regular inspections and all rules of the railroad must be followed!


 Everyone wears special gear so you stick out in all conditions!  Hey, here is a shot of the new Thurman Station I was talking about!


All cars are equipped with multiple safety devices!

 The cars are from a variety of railroads.  I enjoyed the CN speeder I rode in, but there was a neat Pennsy Car and a couple of Suzy-Q rides that I'd love for myself!










Even the employees of the SNC were impressed with the Speeders!

If you'd like more information about this great organization, check out their National site at NARCOA.org.

Also check out The Mid-Atlantic Motorcar Association, the group that sponsored this S&NC Trip!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Birth Of The Cooperstown And Charlotte Valley Railway

Feast your eyes on some great rail-photos.  


Taken in April of 1971, Chris Lord, CMO of the Current Cooperstown And Charlotte Valley Railroad Scenic Ride rode the equipment move from The DO Line in Oneonta to Cooperstown.  The DO Line, which ran a small operation on a piece of the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad was forced to relocated after the State abandoned the line so they could build Insterstate 88.  A recently abandoned D&H spur-line was the perfect place to set-up shop!






Go to Gino's Rail Museum to see the whole set of photos!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spine Cars on the Battenkill!


Spine Cars on the Battenkill……Er….let me change that....Spine Cars On The Hudson!



I had heard that spine cars have been stored on The Battenkill Railroad.  Imagine my surprise to find them pushed all the way to the end of the line in Thompson.  This is the first time in decades that cars have been stored this deep on the BKRR.  Heck, it's been years since they've served H&V at Ondawa , which is a few miles up the line.  The last I remember a train going to Thompson was for a demonstration on the line when there was talk of shipping GE sludge by the BK.

If anyone has photos of these cars being pushed to Thompson, please let me know!



These cars are monsters!


And brand new!!!!

Gino




Monday, March 24, 2014

Schoharie Valley Railroads


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Check Out One Of My Lectures At HVCC this Spring!

Update!

To sign up today, call HVCC at  518-629-7339 and use a credit card.

Twice a semester I do a lecture on local railroading at HVCC.  It's for a program dealing with retired persons, but anyone is welcome to come.  Check out what's going on....


NEW!
Trolley Postcards of Upstate New York
 The Capital District and Upstate New York had a vast network of trolley lines that ran from Hudson to Warrensburg, and from Troy to the Mohawk Valley. Dime store postcards were a great way for people to remember the trips they took and what they did on vacation. Gino DiCarlo, local historian and author of “Trolleys of the Capital District,” takes us on a colorful visual trip to the resorts of the Adirondacks, the spas of Saratoga Springs as well as local amusement parks. Showing the history of what people did 100 years ago, before the automobile took the romance out of a Sunday afternoon. Gino will also talk about the process of developing of his book.
60029
$13
 1 Session, WIL 113
 Fri., 3/14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
 Gino DiCarlo, Instructor
Registration Information

NEW!
Railroad Postcards of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys
 The Capital District is the birthplace of passenger railroads and all the lines that followed the Mohawk and Hudson rivers went on to become famous lines of transportation. Every facet of local railroads was captured, printed on postcards and collected by fans and everyday people who loved a keepsake of their trip on the lines. The New York Central, Delaware and Hudson and others will be showcased from the 1900’s to 1950’s in beautiful hand-colored postcards from Albany and beyond. Join local author and historian Gino DiCarlo for a trip down memory lane, or railroad, to be more exact!
60030
$13
 1 Session, WIL 113
 Fri., 4/25, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
 Gino DiCarlo, Instructor
Registration Information

Monday, February 10, 2014

The 2014 Saratoga And North Creek Snow Train

Here Comes The Snow Train!!!!

After the photos Greg Klingler shared of the Leviathan on the SNC, I couldn't wait for him to share more.  Here's what Greg captured while chasing The Snow Train on here way to North Creek and a connection to Gore Mountain... 

PHOTO: Greg Klingler
 The Northbound 52 makes her way over the Hadley Trestle, with the icy Sacandaga below on February 4th, 2014
PHOTO: Greg Klingler
 Here The Number 52 pulls into the Riverside Station
PHOTO: Greg Klingler
The 10 am Southbound skirts the Hudson River arriving at Riverside Station.  This is some of the beautiful Adirondack scenery enjoyed aboard the Snow Train...

PHOTO: Greg Klingler
The Southbound Number 52 crosses Riparius Road near The Riverside Station.  This photo, plus the one above were taken from The Route 8 Bridge.

 To learn more about The Snow Train, Please Visit The Saratoga & North Creek Railway's Official Website...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Another BL-2 For The Saratoga & North Creek!!! MRLX 56!!!



Special Thanks To My Pal Steve Myers who captured the Newest Addition To The Saratoga And North Creek Railway......BL-2 56....

According to TrainOrders.com...


MRLX 56  came on CSX at east St, Louis destined for North Creek New York.  The shipper is Metro East Industries.  Consignee is Saratoga and North Creek Railway.
The locomotive arrived in Frontier Yard on Q33231

To be moved at the Head-end with locomotive consist and for some strange reason (Has to be a wrong measurement) this unit has passing restrictions.  Going east out of Avon!

Reported on another site that it left Frontier Yard on Q364 Tuesday Morning.

PHOTO: Unknown, but not Steve!

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

PHOTO: Steve Myers

Special Thanks To Steve Myers For Sharing His Photos!