Friday, May 11, 2007

Delaware & Hudson Railroad Steam Locomotive #390

Built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1895, builder #4294.

Scrapped in July, 1926.

1 comment:

Em said...

I have a photograph of five gentlemen in Lake George standing in front of 728 locomotive in 1917. One of the members is my Great Grandfather and I'm looking to learn the history of the locomotive. I have been unable to find the 728 in my research, but the 390 looks very similar. If you can provide any information regarding the 728, I will greatly appreciate it.


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.