Thursday, February 22, 2007

Delaware & Hudson Railroad Display Train


For three weeks during late April and early May 1973 the Delaware and Hudson dispatched a disply train, powered by the famous Alco PA locomotives, containing railroad history and contemporary displays commemorating their 150th anniversary, over the system from Montreal to Wilkes-Barre. The main attraction was the operating replica of the "Stourbridge Lion". People at Whitehall, N.Y. view the train on its stop there May 1st.

Photo by Carl H. Sturner

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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.