Sunday, February 19, 2012

'Auburn Road' Station in Rochester



This is painting is identified as a likeness of the original Auburn & Rochester Railroad station in Rochester. The structure so grand in its day that it was immortalized in this 1852 oil painting by Eugene Sintzenich, a well known American artist, measures 4′x3′. Rochester Historical Society.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Remembering the 'Auburn Road'




This engine is believed to have been the "Providence," built for the Auburn & Rochester Railroad by Norris Locomotive Works of Philadelphia in 1842. Later New York Central #180. Cylinders 10" x 20" 48' drivers, weight, 20,000 lbs.

[From the Auburn Citizen, June 8, 1928]

Retired Engineman Tells of Early Days of Old Wood Burners on Auburn Road

Recounting stories of railroading in days of old on the Auburn road, John R. Burke, native Auburnian now residing in Newark, tells an interesting tale in the New York Central Magazine.
Mr. Burke, who began his career 51 years ago, starting with the New York Central 11 years later came unharmed through the early days of primitive equipment and was retired as engineman on the Syracuse Division early this year. His reminiscences follow:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Early Days of the Auburn & Syracuse Railroad



Original depot in Syracuse was shared by the Auburn & Syracuse and Syracuse & Utica Railroads.




First locomotives on the Auburn & Syracuse looked much like this. However the driving wheels on the A&S engines were mounted in back instead of at the front of the boiler for better stability.

By Richard F. Palmer
The Auburn & Syracuse Railroad was one of links in the "chain" of lines across the state that eventually became the New York Central. Construction of the Auburn & Syracuse Railroad in the mid-1830s forms an interesting chapter in the early development of internal improvements in central New York. From the beginning, it was an Auburn project. The idea of connecting this thriving community with the Erie Canal had been a popular topic of discussion as long ago as 1828.
The original plan was to build a railroad from Auburn to either Port Byron or Weedsport. Various schemes, including the incorporation of a number of railroad and even canal companies never materialized and it wasn't until 1832 that the matter of building a railroad from Auburn to Syracuse was put on the table.