Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Boston & Maine Railroad Steam Locomotive #1345

Ex Boston & maine 1025.

Ex Fitchburg Railroad 250 and 172.

Built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1895, builder #4407.

Scrapped in 1926.

Archived ID# 8,013.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

New York Central Railroad Steam Locomotive #1204

Built in Schenectady in 1910.

Ex Boston and Maine #3003 and 1294.

Archive ID# 8,012.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Saturday, December 01, 2007

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.