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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).

Crossing at Canastota

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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

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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