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Lehigh Valley GP-9 #301, Oak Island, N.J.

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DL&W "stone train," Jamesville, N.Y., Sept., 1948. Engine #1252. Ted Jackson photo

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Excursion train on Bath & Hammondsport RR, May 15, 1949. Ted Jackson photo

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DL&W "Phoebe Snow" at Corning, N.Y., April, 1950. Photo by Ted Jackson

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DL&W "Phoebe Snow" at Savona, N.Y., June, 1952 By Ted Jackson

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New Berlin Junction

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DL&W Richfield Springs Local near Bridgewater

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Unadilla Valley Railway Depot at West Edmeston

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Unadilla Valley Railway #1, Originally Called "Pendragon," at New Berlin

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Unadilla Valley Railroad Diesel Locomotive

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From the Fireman's Side

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More Views of Bridgewater, N.Y.

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Lehigh Valley Railroad's "Black Diamond" at Bethlem, Pa. in the 1930s

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Lackawanna Station at Bridgewater, N.Y.

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DL&W depot at Bridgewater, N.Y., ca. 1907.  Track on left is DL&W to Richfield Springs, and track on right is Unadilla Valley Railroad towards New Berlin. The crossings on each railroad is Route 20.   Unadilla Valley RR water tank at right.

Discarded Trolley Stops became Tourist Cabins

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                         By Richard Palmer     Back in the days when then the Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern interurban electric railway operated, dozens of substantial "cookie cutter" wooden shelters were constructed and placed at country road crossings and small villages for the convenience of passengers. They were heated by electricity.      When the RS&E was abandoned in 1931 most of these buildings were sold to local residents and, like old trolley cars, were recycled for various purposes. Several of these buildings were purchased and moved to Port Byron and were located on Rochester Street, or Route 31, just west of the village. Decorated with curtains they were rented as cabins to overnight travelers until well into the 1950s.     The buildings were purchased at auction by Fred Thrush and the business was called Octagon Cabins. It included an ice cream stand and gas station. The last owner was Sam Narnden. In time the business was discontinued and the trolley s…

Lehigh Valley Enginehouse, Geneva, N.Y., 1930s

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Ithaca-Auburn Shortline McKeen car, Auburn, 1920s

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Westbound freight near Syracuse, 1950s

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"Sharknose Baldwin" at East Syracuse, 1950s

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New York Central Niagara on turntable, East Syracuse, 1952

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Rare View of Unadilla Valley Railway Gas Car M-1

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Unadilla Valley Railway Motor Car M-1, Brill #21914. 68 horsepower at 1,500 r.p.m., gas-electric drive, four cylinder, weight, 26,000 pounds, three-speed primary transmission; dual range auxiliary transmission provided six speeds forward and three reverse. It was 43'5 1/4 inches long. Wrecked June 25, 1924 at Bridgewater with two fatalities. Rebuilt by Brill. It was retired in 1938-1940.

New York Central Depot, Jordan, N.Y.

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Ithaca - Auburn Shortlne Depot, Auburn, N.Y.

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New York Central Station at Canandaigua, N.Y., circa 1908

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Passenger train at Kirkville, NY 1950

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New York Central Depot at Adams, N.Y.

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Unadilla Valley Railway #1, "Pendragon," 1895

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Unadilla Valley Railway Timetable, April 27, 1924

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Unadilla Valley Railway Timetable for 1898

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D.L. & W. Passenger Train, West Winfield, N.Y., About 1907

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New York, Ontario & Western Train near Liberty, N.Y.

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Unadilla Valley Railroad Milk Train at Leonardsville, N.Y., 1936

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Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Passenger Train

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Unadilla Valley Railway No .4

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Last Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Timetable

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A Grand Evening at Rockwell Mills

 A Warm Reception at Rockwell’s Mills                             By Richard Palmer     It was a typical late winter day, that April 1, 1874. It had been bright throughout the day and the sun had turned the roads into deep mud, churning more than usual by the teams of horses and oxen which had been hauling logs to a local sawmill all day. Along in the late afternoon dark clouds had appeared in the west, foretelling snow, and by late afternoon a sharp wind came up, bringing with it a later winter blizzard that froze the ruts into semi-soft mud, making roads practically impassable.     A dozen miles down on the New Berlin branch of the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad tracks at Rockwell's Mills  in the town of Guilford in Chenango County the following incident took place. Thirty-five people fretted as they sat in a coach at Guilford Junction, waiting for the connecting through train to arrive so they could have a clear track. The through train was late and it was getting darker…