Monday, April 23, 2007

Michigan Central Railroad Steam Locomotive #273

Built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in July, 1887, builder #2335.

Later renumbered 8360.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

New York Central Railroad Steam Locomotive #5433


The beautiful, well proportioned Hudson locomotive comes to mind immediately when New York Central is mentioned. No. 5433, one of the class J-3a locomotives built in 1937 by the American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady, sometimes referred to as "Super Hudsons", is portrayed at Harmon, N.Y., September 1953.

Photo by Ed Nowak

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lehigh Valley Railroad #2097

LV 4-6-2 # 2097, K-6, Dr 77, Clyd. 25 x 28, BP 215.

Alco 1921, LV 1925-26. Decorated for 100th Anniversary of road & Black Diamond.

Ready to levae Buffalo, New York station on April 21, 1946.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Adirondack & St. Lawrence Railway Steam Locomotive #12

Built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1891, builder #3512.

Later New York Central Lines #863.

Later Rutland Railroad #83.

Sold 10/1920 to Fort Smith & Western Railroad and became their #4.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Thursday, April 12, 2007

New York Central Lines Steam Locomotive #864

Built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1894, builder #4199.

Shown at Malone, N.Y. Roundhouse, prior to 1912.

NYC Lines (Rutland 864 Class C-1A).

Bennington & Rutland Railroad #14

Sold to Fort Smith & Western and became thier #6.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Chatham & Lebanon Valley Railroad Steam Locomotive #5

Built by the Brooks Locomotive Company in 1885, builder #910.

Later Rutland Railroad #78.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Rutland Railroad Steam Locomotive #869

Built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1899, builder #5110.

Scrapped in January, 1932.

Later Rutland #89 and New York Central Lines #869.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

New York Central 100


Built in 1904 by General Electric and Alco as class S-1 No. 6000, this locomotive has earned its place in the hall of fame by proving that heavy main line passenger service was feasible with an electrically powered locomotive and by winning the electric-steam race at Hoffmans, N. Y. No. 100, owned by the American Museum of Electricity and on loan to the National Railway Historical Society, is presently on display at the Altamont Fair Grounds, Altamont, N. Y.

Photo by Jim Shaughnessy

Friday, April 06, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Boston & Maine Railroad Steam Locomotive #471

Built by the Rhode Island Locomotive Works in 1891, builder #2617.

Renumbered 47 in 1911 and ccrapped prior to 1914.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Delaware & Hudson 18 & 1216 at Colonie, New York


Two famous faces, Alco PA passenger locomotive No. 18 and Baldwin "Sharknose" freight locomotive No. 1216 pose outside the railroad's main shops at Colonie, N.Y. The D&H Ry. owns and operates the last four PA's and the last two "Sharks" in the country. February 8, 1975.

Delaware & Hudson Photo bt Richard J. Allen
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.