Friday, September 23, 2011

Remembering the Last RPO Through Syracuse


By Richard Palmer
(During my career as a newspaper reporter I wrote many railroad-related stories. The editors knew this and when such a story idea surfaced they assigned them to me, if I was available. I wrote this one in the Herald-Journal on Monday, Nov. 17, 1969. This was five years into my newspaper career. The headline was "Railway Post Office Makes Last Syracuse Deliveries." I rode the eastbound train to Utica, returning on a later westbound train. As a side note, reporters didn't usually write headlines).

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Crossing at Canastota


A Lehigh Valley way freight crosses over the Erie Canal at Canastota during the early 1900s, possibly returning from Camden. View is looking east along the towpath.

'Peanut Branch' Timetables





It's interesting to study ancient timetables, particularly those from this region. This one is an employee timetable of the Canandaigua & Niagara Falls Railroad, more familiarly known as the New York Central's "Peanut Branch." It was called it because Dean Richmond, the president, dubbed it a "peanut of a railroad," or so the story goes.
 Richard Palmer collection

New York & Oswego Midland Railroad Depot at Oriskany Falls, 1870s

Photo taken between 1876 and 1882 shows a train with a DL&W engine at a time when the Utica, Clinton & Binghamton division of t...