Monday, December 14, 2015

Burden Iron Works Railroad

Hudson River Ore and Iron Company

This is near the junction of Oak Hill Road and NY State Rte 9G looking east. (Photo: Mark Kolodny)

Remains of one of the three iron mine narrow-gauge railway ROWs running from Mount Tom (AKA Burden Mountain, AKA Iron Mountain) in Linlithgo (Germantown), NY to transfer docks on the Hudson River in and around Livingston, NY. Oak Hill Iron Ry Co and Hudson Spathic Co railways were owned by the Livingston family. The Hudson River Ore and Iron Company RR was owned by Henry Burden of Troy, NY fame. The Burden Mine existed  from  1875-1898. The Railway existed  from 1883  to  1895.

(Photo: Mark Kolodny)

Over 50 years later Mount Tom because the first Iron Mountain facility as well as a nuclear war survival shelter for corporate and government elite.

(Photo: Mark Kolodny)
The Burden Mine ceased production in 1898 after Andrew Carnegie developed mines near Lake Superior and out-produced the Burden Works.
Photos: October 1999 

Here is a map from 1895 showing the railroad's path from Mount Tom to The Burden Dock on The Hudson River.


Oak Hill Iron Railway

Articles of association filed May 21, 1880. Commencing at the ore bed of the Hudson River Spathic Iron Ore Company, on what is known as "Miller Hill" in the town of Livingston in "the said county of Columbia, terminating at the outer end of the wharf of said Hudson River Spathic Iron Ore Company in the Hudson river near the mouth of Fox creek. Length of road, two and three-fourth miles. Capital stock, $9,000.

To learn more about Iron Mountain, it's history and it's use today, visit their official site...

Here are some screen shots of the photos on their site!

 Neat shot of the mine entrance and the car storage.
 The Railroad's Machine Shop and a view of the cabins the workers lived in while employed at the mine.  The small 'city' had electricity and a general store for the employees.  On Sunday's they would hold picnics for family members...

Here's a neat right-of-way shot heading by a water-tower.  Also a view of the works down by the Hudson River.  Material was smelted and shipped by barge to Troy, NY for Iron Creation at The Burden Mill.  Lower price iron from mills on the Great Lakes put the Mount Tom Mine out of business.

Here is a shot of where the right-of-way crosses Route 9G on the way to the mine.

Deeper in the woods with a good grasp of where the narrow gauge line went.

Here's a section of right-of-way that crosses White Birch  Road on it's way to Iron Mountain

Here is the former entrance to the mine and the location of the small yard.  This place has been a mushroom farm, bomb shelter and a storage site for New York City riches.

Another shot of the machine shop for the railroad.  An engine house was located close by, but was demolished around 20 years ago.

The front of the Machine Shop (Please note, this is private property and a zoom lens was used for the photo)

Special Thanks To Mark Kolodny For Posting This Railroad On Facebook's Abandoned Railroad Page.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Please save the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake

I took the time this weekend to contact my Governor and two US Senators on the issue of removing the Northern Portion of The Adirondack Scenic Railroad.  Here is what I wrote them...

Please save the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from Lake Placid To Tupper Lake!

I am a Railroad Historian and author from Upstate New York and have written a book titled "Trolleys Of The Capital District."  My current project is writing a book on the rich-railroad history of Saratoga Springs.

Anyhow, as you can imagine, I love the history of New York's railroads. The first passenger line in America connected my hometown of Schenectady with my college town of Albany. If you love rail history, then New York is for you. What bothers me is the lack of importance our State shows towards keeping railroads intact. Railroads aren't only our history, they are our future. In the past, the State has created trails on abandoned railroad right-of-ways (Scrapped rail) and this indeed has preserved it's legacy.

The talk of taking abandoned right-of-ways (Intact railroads) and scrapping them to create a recreation trail is incredibly short sighted. Look at the Delaware and Hudson's Adirondack Branch. It sat dormant for over 20 years, but was somehow saved and brought back to life. I have rode between Saratoga and North Creek and am amazed by the rehabilitation of this line. This couldn't have happened if we let people convince our leaders that removing the rails and replacing it with a trail is in everyone's best interest. A trail only serves the physically fit. It does nothing to provide our elderly and physically handicap with the spectacular beauty which is The Adirondack Mountains.

I'm sure you've been spoken to about this matter, but am hoping I can encourage you to take a closer look at this situation. Some uninformed individual has decided that they will try to please both sides of this trail vs. rail issue by scrapping the Northern Portion of the great Mohawk And Malone Railroad. The current custodians of this historic byway, The Adirondack Scenic Railroad has invested countless hours and energy in trying to restore the entire line from Utica to Lake Placid. This is a task that should not be interrupted until complete. On it's historical value alone, (One of only two railroads that reach the heart of The Adirondack Park) this has been designated a New York State Historical Site and demands preservation.

Naturally, I take the side of history here, but I'm not one to bash trail advocates.  I love bike-paths and hiking trails. As mentioned earlier, the practice of converting unused right-of-ways is a great way to preserve the history of a rail-line. The removal of rails is insane and not beneficial to all. The only people who would benefit here are the physically fit. Also, snowmobiles would benefit, but they have the use of this corridor now  and have enjoyed it for 40 years. Their thought is 'we want it in the Winter, we don't care what happens in the Summer.' Of course if creating a trail brings in supporters of trail recreation to bolster their cause, why not join together to destroy history.

If you've made the trip on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad (I sure hope so) then you know the scenery is incredible. People have been making the journey anyway possible for centuries. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is the best use of the corridor and ensures that people from 1 year to a hundred and ten can enjoy the untouched beauty of the Adirondacks.

The snowmobile fans can still ride the corridor in the winter and they also have the option of enjoying over 100 miles of trails in the Adirondacks. Hikers and cyclists have miles of choices right now without destroying the railroad. Who wants to hike on even ground? With all the mountains in this great State, there are plenty to climb up! Trail fans have suggested the financial windfall of scrapping the rail. Would anyone consider scrapping The Statue Of Liberty for it's metal content? Of course that's a preposterous notion, but not much different in my book!

So sorry to run so long, but this is very important to me and lovers of history. I lose sleep thinking about the prospect of tearing up the tracks near the beautiful Saranac Lake Station. It would lose so much without a railroad next to it! If God-forbid the railroad would be removed in Placid and Saranac, then The railroad-stations should be removed also! (Once again, preposterous!)

Gino DiCarlo
Saratoga Springs, NY

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bike groups ask for trail instead of rails

Bike groups ask for trail instead of rails

Who the hell do these groups think they are?  Who gave them the right to demand a Rec trail instead of a railroad?  They say the railroad lost money and that's grounds for its removal?

Friday, September 4, 2015

Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s free history train

The End Of Summer On The Saratoga And North Creek

Summertime has been busy on the Saratoga And North Creek.  New power came to town in August and they were pressed right into service...

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

Greg Klingler captured a great shot of the S&NC workhorses at the North Creek Engine Facility

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

Thousand Acres Golf Course on August 17th, 2015

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

Arriving at Riparius on August 17th, 2015

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

Here is a shot from Thurman Station.  The North-End Local has proven a popular trip!

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

Traveling along the beautiful Upper Hudson on August 25th, 2015

Here are some fine photos from Mark Matteo

PHOTO: Mark Matteo

Mark was nice enough to grab some shots of the S&NC's newest power...The 319 and 411...

PHOTO: Mark Matteo

PHOTO: Mark Matteo

PHOTO: Mark Matteo

PHOTO: Mark Matteo

PHOTO: Mark Matteo

PHOTO: Mark Matteo

A BIG Thanks To Greg And Mark For Sharing Their Photos!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Saratoga And North Creek's F40's Are Rollin'!!!

The newest-power on the Saratoga & North Creek is already in use.  Our pal Greg Klingler caught the two ex-Amtrak F40's running back-to-back  between North Creek and Saratoga Springs...

All Photos: Greg Klingler

North Creek Bridge

Roadside Curve

Stony Creek Curve

Thurman Station

Thurman Station

Hadley/Luzerne High-Bridge

A big thanks to Greg for sharing!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Introducing The Delaware Lackawaxen and Stourbridge Railroad

Great news for shortline railroad fans,  The former Stourbridge Line (Lackawaxen And Stourbridge) has reopened with a scenic train and one customer has signed on for freight.  Interchange is with the NYS&W's Central New York Railroad.

Visit their website and find out how you can ride the rails from Honesdale to Hawley....

PHOTO: Jim Leighty

Come visit the Stourbridge Railfan Site on Yahoo Groups.  Sending an email to this address gets you subscribed!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Visit The Cooperstown And Charlotte Valley Railroad In 2015

Regular Schedule

Regular Trains
June 4 – September 3


Milford Depot:  10:00AM

Cooperstown Dreams Park:  10:30AM

Cooperstown Dreams Park:  10:35AM

Cooperstown:  11:00AM

Cooperstown:  11:30PM
Cooperstown Dreams Park:  12:30PM

Cooperstown Dreams Park:  12:35PM

Milford Depot:  1:00PM

Note: No Regularly Scheduled Trains Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Regular Fares
Adults: $15.00, Seniors(62 and up): $14.00, Children (3-12): $12.00, Under 3 FREE.
  • Reservations are Not Required for Regularly Scheduled Trains.
  • Food and Beverages available for sale on board.
  • Schedules, equipment, and services subject to change without notice.
  • Restroom facilities available on board and at the Milford Depot.
  • LRHS Members ride regularly scheduled trains FREE all year!  Click Here for more information on LRHS Membership.
Click below for more Trains...

Special Train Schedule

While you are in the area, take a ride down to Cooperstown Jct. and see the collection of locomotives in the Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Society Collection!  The Society is located on NYS Route 7 in Cooperstown Junction...

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

Saturday, July 25, 2015

F40s In The Adirondacks

New Power For The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad

Our Inside man, Brad Peterson has shared some photos of the former-Amtrak F40's, 411 and 319 in Saratoga Yard waiting to be grabbed by the SNC. Also seen is the new power sitting at Saratoga Station for their trip North.  According to Brad, these engines are being serviced and will be ready for action soon!

A big thanks to Brad and Greg for sharing their photos...

PHOTO: Bradley Peterson
 CP-Rail's Saratoga Yard
PHOTO: Bradley Peterson
The 411 

PHOTO: Bradley Peterson
 And The 319

PHOTO: Bradley Peterson

PHOTO: Bradley Peterson
PHOTO: Greg Klingler
Here are The F40s in North Creek. The North-End-Local (BL-2) is seen pulling in on the right...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Trains Begin Rolling In Lake Placid and Saranac Lake For The Season!

After months of repairs, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will begin passenger runs for the season between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake...

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad stops in Tupper Lake this morning on its way to Lake Placid. The tourist train is starting its season almost a month later than last year, due to track repair delays, and two months later than its Memorial Day start of previous years. (Enterprise photo — Tom Salitsky)

Visit The Adirondack Scenic Railroad's Web-Site To Learn More...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Runaway Railcar Takes Out Historic NYC Locomotive

UPDATED 07/27/15!!!!

A runaway rail car struck a historic locomotive parked at Union Station causing the locomotive to severely damage the south supporting section of a pedestrian bridge, July 21, 2015 in Utica, N.Y. 


Read The Full Story In Utica's Observer Dispatch

MARK DIORIO / Observer-Dispatch

MARK DIORIO / Observer-Dispatch

MARK DIORIO / Observer-Dispatch

MARK DIORIO / Observer-Dispatch

MARK DIORIO / Observer-Dispatch

MARK DIORIO / Observer-Dispatch

MARK DIORIO / Observer-Dispatch Police barricades remain at Union Station as authorities continue a preliminary investigation Wednesday morning as they work to determine what was responsible for a 265,000-lb. train car to roll from a spot near the Arterial under the Burrstone Road overpass where it was parked all the way to Union Station, July, 22, 2015 in Utica, N.Y.

MARK DIORIO / Observer-Dispatch Authorities continue a preliminary investigation Wednesday morning as they work to determine what was responsible for a 265,000-lb. train car to roll from a spot near the Arterial under the Burrstone Road overpass where it was parked all the way to Union Station, July, 22, 2015 in Utica, N.Y.

MARK DIORIO / Observer-Dispatch

Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch