Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007

Delaware & Hudson 5015


Alco built RS-11 emerged from the D & H Colonie N.Y. paint shop in the old familiar colors but in a new design. This is only a trial design and may result in 5015 being a one of a kind. September 1972.

Photo by Jim Shaughnessy

Archive # 5,353.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Steam Locomotive #1485

At Addison, New York in 1938.

Built in Schenectady in 1907.

Ex Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad #273.

Scrapped in 1947.

Archive # 5,325.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Steam Locomotive #273

At Addison, New York in 1916.

Built in Schenectady in 1907.

Archive # 5,324.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Delaware & Hudson 810


Camelback Consolidation 810 brings a passenger consist through French Mountain, N.Y. just south of Lake George Village during the Summer of 1946. The 2-8-0 was built in Schenectady in 1904.

Photo by Arthur G. Martin

Archive # 5,308.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Erie Railroad Steam Locomotive #121 at East Buffalo, New York on April 6, 1940

Built by the Pittsburgh Locomotive and Car Works in 1918, builder #60138.

Scrap in April, 1950.

Archive #5,298.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Delaware & Hudson Railroad Steam Locomotive #7 "E. A. Quintard"

Built by the Dickson Manufacturing Company in 1867, builder #24.

Built as Union Coal Company #2.

Renumbered 359 in 1907 and sold to Long Island Railroad.

Archive # 4,258.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

Delaware & Hudson Railroad Steam Locomotive #1

Built in Schenectady in 1906, builder #42147.

Used at Northern Iron Co Lyon Mountain mine for switching outside mine.

Archive # 5,046.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Delaware & Hudson Railroad Steam Locomotive #336

Built by the Dickson Manufacturing Company in 1893.

Archive # 5,020.

Sunday, July 08, 2007



An A-B-A set of freight diesels at Cedar Hill Engine Terminal, New Haven, Conn., June 5, 1949. Built by Alco-G.G. in 1947 as part of an order of 30 units. The paint scheme is one of several tried over the life of the engines.

Photo by Lawson Hill

Archive # 2,047.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Union Pacific Railroad Press Release

For release after 7 p.m. (EST)
Saturday, April 29, 1950

Joint Release from
1416 Dodge Street, Omaha, Neb.
and General News Bureau (HLR)
Schenectady 5, New York

The nation's first gas turbine-electric locomotive, a 4,5OO horsepower unit which the General Electric Company and the American Locomotive Company are testing on the Union Pacific, hauls a freight train near Sloan, Nev. The locomotive is back on U.P. freight runs after undergoing a thorough shop inspection following completion of its first year of operation.

In summarizing the unit’s first year on the rails, G.W. Wilson, manager of General Electricts Locomotive and Car Equipment Divisions at Erie, Pa., declared that during the period the locomotive "performed successfully under alnost every conceivable operating condition." Wilson emphasized, however, that the developtiiental unit must undergo many more hours of rigid road tests before its future as a railroad prime mover can he determined.

Outwardly resembling a diesel-electric, its powerplant is a gas turbine similar in principle to those which power jet planes. There is no jet effect, or thrust, however, as in a plane. The turbine is connected through reduction gears to electric generators, which run electric motors, driving the wheels. The Alco-G-E unit has more than twice the horsepower of a diesei-electric of comparable size.

The caboose immediately to the rear provides working space for G-E engineers who observe performance and note operating data.


Photo # NB11432


Monday, July 02, 2007

Southern Pacific Railroad Diesel Locomotive #6005

From: Public Relations Department
American Locomotive Company
Schenectady 5, N. Y.

Modern Diesel Electric Built at Schenectady

This 6000 hp passenger diesel-electric locomotive is one of hundreds being built this year at the American Locomotive Company plant in Schenectady, NY. After a hundred years of building steam locomotives, Alco ended steam production a few months ago. All production is now for diesel-electrics at the plant where the nation’s first diesel-electric was built in 1924. This particular locomotive shown here was built for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

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.