Love it or hate it, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has been in operation for over 180 years under the same name and moving people from one end of the Island to the other. Dave Morrison definitely loves it, as his seventh book on LIRR history attests. On the latest episode of the Long Island History Project, we discuss the storied history of the LIRR, from steam locomotives setting the woods on fire to the coming of diesel and the push to attract people to build homes as far out on Long Island as possible. We also detail the detective work involved in Dave’s new book from Arcadia Pres, Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station: Statuary and Sculptures. [Read more…] about A Long Island Rail Road History Podcast
The Saratoga County History Roundtable is set to present a program on a forgotten Saratoga County railroad on Thursday, June 13 at 7 pm, at Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, in Ballston Spa. [Read more…] about Forgotten Railroads of Saratoga Co Talk Set
This year is the 185th anniversary of the founding of the Long Island Railroad. Despite service delays and fare increases it remains the spine of Long Island and the center of its transportation network. The LIRR serves over 300,000 passengers a week with about 90 million rides a year.
The origins of the LIRR, chartered by New York State in April 1834, have a little remembered dark side. Much of the railroads early funding came from profits from Caribbean sugar produced by enslaved African labor. The key link between the LIRR, sugar and slavery was William F. Havemeyer. [Read more…] about NYC Mayor Havemayer: Sugar, Slavery and the Long Island Railroad
The next Adirondack Experience 2019 Cabin Fever Sunday Series lecture will be “A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park” with John Taibi on March 24th. [Read more…] about A Soldier’s Journey Through The Adirondack Park
President of the O&W Railway Historical Society Jeffrey Otto will lead a presentation on the O&W (the New York, Ontario and Western Railway), from Young’s Gap (just north of Liberty) to Cadosia, concentrating on the many bridges in that section and the industries served by the railroad.
This presentation also includes a visit to the fascinating O&W model railroad display belonging to Charles Breiner, located in Claryville immediately after the presentation. Admission to the event is free for members and $3 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. [Read more…] about O & W Railroad Talk In Sullivan County
The Catskill Mountain Railroad is set to celebrate classic 1903 silent movie “Great Train Robery” on May 26th with interactive train rides at the Westbrook Station in Kingston.
Trains will leave the Westbrook Station at Kingston Plaza and travel up the Hurley Flats. Excursions includes a stop at a local festival with live music and local vendors. [Read more…] about Catskill Railroad’s Great Train Robbery Premiers May 26th
Newly organized and now available to researchers, Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives railroad collection tell stories about the seismic shifts, catalyzed by railroads, that shaped the modern age.
Part of the collection, more than 1,600 geotagged photos of railroads around the nation from the 1950s, have now digitized and are available on the library’s digital collections site. 380 boxes of records, photographs, correspondence and more, make up the 63 newly processed railroad collections. [Read more…] about New Railroad Archives Opens for Research; Photos Online
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Reverend Walter Smith of Lisbon in northern New York discusses his lifelong fascination with railroads. Reverend Smith writes the “Reminiscing” column in the Bulletin of the Bridge Line Historical Society, a railroad enthusiast publication that emphasizes the history of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad.
Listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about Walter Smith’s Lifelong Fascination with Railroads
Lifelong train enthusiast Paul Shinal will present an illustrated lecture on the “Auburn Road” in Theater Mack on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 pm, at the Cayuga Museum.
Shinal will be presenting an historic overview of the railway that still exists today from Canandaigua to Geneva, through Auburn and into Solvay. [Read more…] about Railroad History: Lecture on the ‘Auburn Road’
The Adirondack Preservation Society, operator of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, has announced the award of a $99,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties for a new repair facility.
This grant will supplement a $791,000 grant awarded by the New York State Department of Transportation, and help the Railroad leverage their “matching funds” obligation. [Read more…] about Adirondack Scenic Railroad Planning New Repair Facility