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Golden Age of Railroads in New York's Capital District, The
Timothy Starr
Timothy Starr
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The Golden Age of Railroads in New York’s Capital District

By Timothy Starr.

Perfect bound soft cover, 161 pages, 8.5x11, 100+ b/w photos, maps, bibliography, appendices, index. January 2012.

also available by the same author: Early Railroads Of New York’s Capital District

"The Golden Age of Railroads in New York’s Capital District describes the exciting history of rail transportation in the Capital Region of New York State during the height of operations from the late 1800s to mid-1900s. Although the book was designed as an easy-to-read overview of railroading in Upstate New York, it contains many details that will be of interest to beginners and rail historians alike. Important but sometimes little-known facets of the rail systems include descriptions of the local yards and shops of three interstate systems, towns and industries served, and the effect that the electric street railways had on the steam railroads and life in general.

"The text is aided by more than 100 vintage photographs and maps. Several appendices help readers comprehend just how massive the railroad industry was in the Capital District, such as a list of some 120 individual local railroad companies, two different freight customer directories, junction points, and interlocking tower locations.

"Some of the vintage photographs include two track layouts of the West Albany yard in the late 1800s and in 1920, the floor plan of the Saratoga trolley station, multiple photos of the three largest stations (Albany, Schenectady, Troy), multiple maps showing how the railroads operated through villages and cities, photos of all the principal yards in the area, photos of the railroads serving various industries, and dozens of previously unpublished photos of steam locomotives and trolleys as they served the Capital District."