Monday, February 19, 2007

Boston & Maine Railroad #406 after collision on April 11, 1903

B&M 406 - Built by Manchester in 1887.

406 after being in collision on Shaw Ridge, April 11, 1903 2 AM.

Had orders to meet a job at Springvale they left their train on Shaws ridge and came down to Springvale to take water When Engr Reynolda saw the number of the train he was to meet pass her he thought it was a light engine and he pulled ??? and crashed into the head end.

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Joseph A. Smith (1895-1978) was an avid collector of railroad photos, sharing many of them with fellow collectors in the Northeast. A former plumbing contractor, Smith presumably developed his interest in railroads through his father – a trolley motorman in Troy, NY.

His extensive collection focused on the lines that once served Troy: Delaware & Hudson, Rutland, Boston & Maine and New York Central. Many of his children – especially his sons Joseph Jr., James and Paul -- developed a similar interest and added to his collection with photos of their own. Maintaining the collection is now in the hands of his grandson, Kenneth Bradford. Coincidentally, Ken’s other grandfather worked as a manager at the Schenectady plant of the American Locomotive Company.

Smith was a life member of the Capital District Railroad Club of Schenectady. He was also a member of the Mohawk-Hudson Chapter Railway Historical Society and its parent organization, the National Railway Historical Society.