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First trip on Syracuse & Utica Railroad

Otsego Farmer, Cooperstown, N.Y. Oct. 3, 1919
One Survivor of Old-Time Excursioin               ____     DeWitt C. Hadcock of Oneida believes he is the only survivor of the first party to ride over the old Syacuse & Utica Railroad on an excursion over the line on July 4, 1839, soon after its completion.      The line extended from Syracuse to Utica, where it connected with the Mohawk Valley road in Bagg's Square. The excursion constituted the largest Fourth of July celebration ever held in Utica up to that time. Mr. Hadcock's father was a stockholder, and a director of the company, and Mr. Hadcock had in his possession the original invitation which reads as follows: "To John Hadcock, Stockbridge, Madison County, N.Y.      My dear sir - You and your family are invited to an excursion over the Syracuse & Utica Railroad on July 4, 1839, to participate in a celebration in Utica. Dated Syracuse, June 27, 1839                                   John Wilkinson, President …

Syracuse and Utica Railroad

Rome Daily Sentinel  March 19, 1889                       Forty-Three Years Ago                                                  "Sam" Purdy's First Run From Utica To Syracuse.                                    _____      The Veteran Railroad Engineer Tells Some Of His Experience -           A Freight "Train" Of One Car - Two Days On The Road -                  Light Engines And Heavy Tolls.                                       On March 19, 1846, Williston C. Purdy, familiarly know As "Sam" Purdy, the veteran locomotive engineer of this city, ran his first engine from Utica To Syracuse. The Syracuse & Utica Road began operation on July 4, 1839 and Mr. Purdy had been firing on an engine for eight months before he was Promoted to be an engineer. He was born in the village of Oriskany 72 years ago last December and lived there, within forty rods of his birthplace, till he was 22 years old. He learned the machinist's trade and then went to work for t…

Lehigh Valley shops, Sayre, Pa.

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Lehigh Valley station, Rochester, N.Y.

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D&H station, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

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Delaware & Hudson depot, Cobleskill, N.Y.

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New York Central station, Amsterdam, N.Y.

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Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville RR depot, Sacandaga, N.Y.

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Erie station, Deposit, N.Y.

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Rutland station, Malone, N.Y.

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New York Central station, Fort Plain, N.Y.

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New York, Ontario & Western RR station, Middletown

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New York Central depot, Hudson, N.Y.

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"New" D&H Roundhouse at Oneonta

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