The New York Central Railroad North of Utica
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Watertown & Rome Railroadcreated to build a railroad between those two points.
Black River Company Railroad created to build from Rome or Herkimer to Ogdensburg.
|1836||Herkimer & Trenton Railroad created to built between those places. The line was never built.|
Potsdam Railroad created to link Potsdam to the
Watertown & Rome Railroad opened from Rome to Camden.
|1851||Watertown & Rome opened into Watertown.|
Watertown & Rome opened from Watertown to Cape Vincent.
Potsdam & Watertown Railroad created to build from Watertown to the Northern Railroad at Norwood.
|1853||Black River & Utica Railroad created to build between those places.|
Potsdam & Watertown opened from Watertown to Antwerp.
Black River & Utica Railroad opened from Utica to Boonville.
Potsdam & Watertown opened from Antwerp to DeKalb.
Potsdam Railroad opened from Potsdam to Norwood.
|1857||Potsdam & Watertown opened from DeKalb to Potsdam and absorbed the Potsdam Railroad.|
Black River & Utica was sold.
Watertown & Rome purchased the Potsdam & Watertown, but maintain its identity.
Black River & Utica became the
Utica & Black River Railroad
and was to be built to Philadelphia.
Watertown & Rome merged with Potsdam & Watertown to become the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad.
Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg opened from DeKalb Junction to Ogdensburg.
Grand Trunk Railway began to operate a car ferry service between Ogdensburg and Prescott.
Dr. Thomas C. Durant acquired the Sacketts Harbor & Saratoga,
changed its name to the
Adirondack Company, changed the proposed terminus from
Sacketts Harbor, and built as far as North Creek.
Oswego & Rome Railroad created to link Oswego to the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad. Leased to RW&O.
|1866||Oswego & Rome Railroad opened from Richland to Oswego.|
|1868||Syracuse Northern Railroad created to build a rail line north from Syracuse.|
|1869||Carthage, Watertown & Sackets Harbor Railroad created to link those places.|
|1870||Utica & Black River created the Black River & Morristown Railroad to connect their railroad to Morristown.|
Carthage, Watertown & Sackets Harbor opened from Watertown to
Utica & Black River created the Clayton & Theresa Railroad to connect those two points.
Utica & Black River created the Ogdensburg & Morristown Railroad to connect those two points.
Syracuse Northern Railroad opened from Syracuse to Pulaski.
Utica & Black River Railroad opened into Carthage.
Utica & Black River leased the Carthage, Watertown & Sackets Harbour.
Black River & Morristown opened from Philadelphia to Theresa.
St. Lawrence & Ottawa Railway took over the car ferry service between
Ogdensburg and Prescott.
Utica & Black River opened from Carthage to Philadelphia.
Clayton & Theresa opened from Rivergate Junction to Lafargeville.
Clayton & Theresa opened from Lafargeville to Clayton.
Black River & Morristown opened officially.
Syracuse Northern was built to Pulaski and Lacona. The Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad leased it shortly thereafter.
Carthage, Watertown & Sackets Harbor opened from Watertown to Carthage.
Black River & Morristown opened from Theresa to Redwood.
Black River & Morristown was leased by the
Utica & Black River.
Syracuse Northern Railroad became the Syracuse & Northern Railroad and was merged into the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad.
|1878||Ogdensburg & Morristown opened from Morristown to Ogdensburg.|
|1879||Black River & Morristown opened from Redwood to Morristown.|
|1880||Herkimer, Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway was created to build the line that the Herkimer & Trenton Railroad did not build.|
Canadian Pacific Railway gained control of the
St. Lawrence & Ottawa.
Herkimer, Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway opened from Herkimer to Middleville.
Canadian Pacific created the
Canadian Pacific Car & Transfer Company
to operate the car ferry service between Ogdensburg and Prescott.
They began a car ferry between Morristown and Brockville.
The Ontario Pacific Railway was created to build from Cornwall to French River with branches from Cornwall to Smiths Falls and Cornwall to Moira.
Herkimer, Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway opened from Middleville to Poland.
Northern Adirondack Railroad created to build from Moira to
St. Regis Falls.
Carthage & Adirondack Railway created to build a railway into the Adirondacks to reach mines.
The Ontario Pacific was allowed to extend from French River to Sault Ste. Marie and the branch line to Smiths Falls would leave the main line at Newington and end at Almonte with a third branch from Douglas to Pembroke.
Northern Adirondack opened from Moira to St. Regis Falls.
Black River & Morristown merged into the Utica & Black River.
|1884||Norwood & Montreal Railroad created by Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg to link Norwood to Massena where a Canadian company was to link up.|
Northern Adirondack completed laying rail between
St. Regis Falls and Santa Clara, but was to transfer this section
to a different company.
Utica & Black River leased by the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg.
Northern Adirondack Extension Railroad created by
The trackage from St. Regis Falls to Santa Clara was transferred to
this new company and was to extend to Tupper Lake.
Clayton & Theresa and Ogdensburg & Morristown merged into Utica & Black River.
Utica & Black River merged into Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg.
Northern Adirondack Extension opened from Santa Clara to Brandon.
Norwood & Montreal opened from Norwood to Massena and was leased by the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg.
Carthage & Adirondack opened from Carthage to Jayville.
Chateaugay Railroad ran from Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake
The Elmira, Cortland & Northern (later part of the Lehigh Valley) had extended from Canastota to Camden in 1887. Camden was on the Rome to Watertown section of the RW&O. The EC&N chartered the Camden, Watertown & Northern. Although some construction was started, it never really had a chance and just died.
Canada Atlantic Railway created the
St. Lawrence & Adirondack
Railway to build from Valleyfield to Malone.
Canadian Pacific Railway created South Western Railway to build from Caughnawaga to Dundee.
Northern Adirondack Extension opened from Brandon
to Tupper Lake.
Carthage & Adirondack opened from Jayville to Benson Mines.
Norwood & Montreal merged into Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg.
Delaware & Hudson acquires Adirondack Company to North Creek.
Northern Adirondack Extension merged into
Saranac & Lake Placid Railroad created to link Saranac Lake to Lake Placid.
Northern Adirondack officially began to run to Tupper Lake.
Herkimer, Poland & Jock’s Lake Railroad never took control of the Herkimer, Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway, which meant that the line was now ready to grow on its own by Dr. W. Seward Webb.
Mohawk Valley & Northern Railway was created to build from Poland to Noblesborough.
Mohawk & Adirondack Railroad created to link Poland to Malone.
Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg leased by the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad.
Malone & St. Lawrence Railroad was created to build from Malone to the international border and was leased by the Central Vermont Railroad.
Mohawk & Adirondack was split into two separate companies, the St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railroad was to build the section from Remsen to Malone.
Herkimer, Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway merged into the Mohawk Valley & Northern Railway which became the Herkimer, Newport & Poland Railway.
Malone & St. Lawrence opened from Malone Junction to the international border
St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railway opened to Cecile
Junction and used
Canada Atlantic and
Grand Trunk to reach Montreal.
Gouverneur & Oswegatchie Railroad created and leased by New York Central & Hudson River.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railroad merged with Herkimer, Newport & Poland Extension Railway and Herkimer, Newport & Poland Railway (Herkimer - Poland) to become the Mohawk & Malone Railway.
Mohawk & Malone opened from Malone Junction to Childwold Station with a branch from Lake Clear Junction to Saranac Lake.
Mohawk & Malone opened south of Childwold Station to connect to their southern part, becoming a whole line.
Herkimer, Newport & Poland Railway standard gauged its line.
Mohawk & Malone Railway opened from Poland to Thendara, as well as a branch from Prospect Junction to Hinckley.
New York Central & Hudson River leased
Mohawk & Malone and
Carthage & Adirondack.
Gouverneur & Oswegatchie opened in from Gouverneur Junction to Edwards and passenger service inititated.
Saranac & Lake Placid opened from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid. Mohawk & Malone had running rights over this.
Through trains on the Mohawk & Malone Railway were moved to the Utica & Black River Ralroad between Utica and Remsen.
Northern Adirondack went into receivership.
Malone & St. Lawrence ended their lease with Central Vermont and was leased by New York Central & Hudson River.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack began to use Canadian Pacific’s Windsor
Station in Montreal.
Northern Adirondack was and became the Northern New York Railroad.
Malone & St. Lawrence merged into St. Lawrence & Adirondack.
Carthage & Adirondack opened from Benson Mines to Newton Falls.
Fulton Chain Railroad opened from Thendara to Old Forge.
Grand Trunk Leased the St. Lawrence & Adirondack.
Canadian Pacific Car & Transfer Company ended ferry service between Morristown and Brockville.
Canadian Pacific released South Western and it was leased by St.Lawrence & Adirondack. South Western leased Grand Trunk’s line from Beauharnois to Valleyfield.
South Western. merged into St. Lawrence & Adirondack.
Saranac & Lake Placid leased by Chateaugay Railroad.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack opened a new route from St-Stanislas-de-Kostka
to Valleyfield and from Beauharnois to Adirondack Junction, where
they used Canadian Pacific to enter Montreal. The original Cecile Junction
trackage was made into a spur.
The Ontario Pacific became The Ottawa & New York Railway and was to build from Ottawa to Cornwall and cross the St. Lawrence River to link to an American railroad.
New York & Ottawa Railroad was created to build from Moira to the St. Lawrence River to connect with The Ottawa & New York.
Cornwall Bridge Company created to build the south span bridge over the St. Lawrence River.
Northern New York merged into the New York & Ottawa.
New York Central & Hudson River became the operators of the
St. Lawrence & Adirondack and leased it.
The Ottawa & New York was purchased by the New York & Ottawa and dropped “The” from their title.
Ottawa & New York opened from Cornwall to Ottawa.
Cornwall Bridge Company’s bridge collapsed, killing 15 workers.
New York & Ottawa opened from Moira to Nyando (Rooseveltown).
New York & Ottawa Bridge Company created to operate the St. Lawrence
Racquette Lake Railway opened privately from Carter to Racquette Lake.
New York & Ottawa was in receivership.
Racquette Lake opened to the public.
Cornwall Bridge Company opened the bridge crossing between Nyando and Uscan.
Ottawa & New York opened from Cornwall to Uscan.
New York & Ottawa Bridge Company leased the St. Lawrence River bridge crossing at Cornwall.
New York & Ottawa/Ottawa & New York bridges opened officially.
|1901||Delaware & Hudson Company took over Chateaugay Railroad.|
|1902||Norwood & St Lawrence Railroad opened|
Saranac & Lake Placid merged with
Chateaugay Railroad and Chateaugay
Railway to become
Chateaugay & Lake Placid Railway.
Delaware & Hudson rerouted parts of the Chateaugay & Lake Placid and made it standard gauge. It was leased long term as the Chateaugay Branch.
Grand Trunk purchased the
New York & Ottawa was sold at an action in Utica.
Grand Trunk sold the
St. Lawrence & Adirondack to
New York Central & Hudson River,
who kept the name.
New York & Ottawa became the New York & Ottawa Railway.
New York & Ottawa and Ottawa & New York leased by New York Central & Hudson River.
|1906||New York Central & Hudson River began to operate the New York & Ottawa and Ottawa & New York.|
The swing span of the north channel bridge
Ottawa & New York collapsed when the Cornwall Canal broke open.
A temporary swing span was put in place for the Ottawa & New York.
|1909||A new swing span was in place for the Ottawa & New York.|
The following railroads merged into the
New York Central & Hudson River: the
New York & Ottawa as the Ottawa Division; the
Mohawk & Malone
as the Adirondack Division; the
Carthage & Adirondack as the
Carthage & Adirondack Branch; and the
Gouverneur & Oswegatchie
as the Edwards Branch.
The Oswego & Rome Railroad.
The following railroads merged into the New York Central & Hudson River: the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg, the Utica & Black River and Carthage, Watertown & Sackets Harbour as the St. Lawrence Division (Ogdensburg - Carthage); the Clayton Branch (Clayton - Rivergate Junction); the Carthage Branch (Carthage - Watertown); the Watertown Branch (Massena - Watertown); the Ogdensburg Branch (Ogdensburg - DeKalb Junction); Cape Vincent Branch (Cape Vincent - Watertown) and the Sackets Harbor Branch (Sackets Harbour - Watertown).
|1914||New York Central & Hudson River became New York Central Railroad; then became New York Central Lines.|
|1917||Old Forge and Racquette Lake merged into New York Central as its Old Forge Branch and Racquette Lake Branch.|
|1920||New York Central opened the Balmat Branch from Emeryville on the Edwards Branch to Balmat.|
New York Central purchased half of the
Canadian Pacific Car & Transfer Company.
Delaware & Hudson Company became Delaware & Hudson Railroad.
|1931||New York Central Lines abandoned the Hinckley Branch.|
New York Central abandoned the Old Forge Branch.
New York Central ended service on the Racquette Lake Branch until next summer.
|1933||New York Central abandoned the Racquette Lake Branch.|
|1934||New York Central opened the Piercefield Spur from Piercefield Station to Piercefield.|
|1935||New York Central became New York Central System. All Divisions and Branches stayed the same except the St. Lawrence Division was now from Massena to Watertown and the Lyons Branch was from Ogdensburg to Carthage.|
|1937||New York Central abandoned the Ottawa Division from Tupper Lake Junction to Helena. The trackage from Tupper Lake Junction to Tupper Lake became a spur and access to Helena was by running rights on Canadian National Railways from Massena.|
|1940||Delaware & Hudson Railroad abandoned 22 miles Plumadore to Lake Clear Jct. Reached Lake Placid via trackage rights over New York Central.|
New York Central relocated
the trackage of the
Carthage & Adirondack Branch in Benson Mines.
Delaware & Hudson reaches mines at Tahawus
New York Central System abandoned the Adirondack Division between Prospect Junction and Poland.
New York Central agreed to purchase and took possession of
Delaware & Hudson’s
line between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid as part of the Saranac Branch.
Delaware & Hudson abandoned Lyon Mountain to Plumadore.
|1949||New York Central abandons Sackets Harbor to Watertown.|
|1952||New York Central abandoned the Cape Vincent Branch from Cape Vincent to Limerick.|
|1953||New York Central abandoned the remainder of the Cape Vincent Branch.|
|1956||New York Central abandoned the Lyons Branch from a point west of Ogdensburg to Redwood. The track in Ogdensburg became a spur.|
New York Central ran its last train over the Ottawa Division and
officially abandoned the Ottawa Division from Rooseveltown
to Ottawa. The remaining track became the Rooseveltown Spur.
Ottawa & New York was dissolved.
New York Central System abandoned the Rome Branch from Richland to Camden, leaving a spur in Richland that would be taken up in years to come.
New York Central System was paid $2,280,000 as an incentive to abandon the Ottawa Division, so that the Seaway Project would not have to pay for a costly reroute plan for the railway.
|1959||New York Central System double tracked from Pulaski to Richland.|
New York Central abandoned the Adirondack Division from Malone Junction to
Gabriels. The line to Lake Clear Junction became a spur and the
Saranac Branch became part of the division. Access to the St. Lawrence
& Adirondack was made over Canadian National’s line, continuing
running rights from Helena to Huntingdon.
New York Central abandoned the Lyons Branch from Redwood to Theresa.
|1963||New York Central abandons Watertown to Roots.|
New York Central began negotiations to buy the abandoned Rutland Railway
from Ogdensburg to Rouses Point.
New York Central abandons Lyons Falls to Lowville, cutting line between Utica and Watertown.
New York Central abandoned
the Gabriels Branch and purchased ex-Rutland Railway’s line from
Malone Junction to Morton Siding in Malone for the St. Lawrence
& Adirondack. They also provided service over the trackage
from Norwood to Ogdensburg for the
Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority.
Lake Placid - Utica passenger service ends.
New York Central abandoned the Carthage Branch
from Watertown to Great Bend.
Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority purchased the ex-Rutland line from Norwood to Ogdensburg, maintaining New York Central as an operator until they could get another company.
Delaware & Hudson Railroad abandoned Lyon Mt to Dannemora
New York Central stopped operating the Norwood to Ogdensburg
line since a new operator was ready to take over.
Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (OBPA), owners of the then abandoned Rutland line between Ogdensburg and Norwood, created the Ogdensburg & Norwood Railway
|1968||New York Central merged with Pennsylvania Railroad to become Pennsylvania New York Central Transportation Company then became Penn Central Transportation.|
Canadian Pacific Car & Transfer Company ended ferry service between Ogdensburg
Penn Central abandoned the remainder of the Carthage Branch.
Penn Central Transportation decided to remove the Lyon Branch track between Remsen and Snow Junction since that and the Adirondack Division tracks ran parallel. They connected the Lyon Branch to these tracks.
Penn Central went bankrupt.
Penn Central abandoned
the Adirondack Division and the Tupper Lake and Piercefield Spurs.
Penn Central abandoned the Lyons Branch north of Philadelphia and to Clayton.
|1974||Canadian Pacific Car & Transfer Company was dissolved.|
The State of New York took possession of
Penn Central’s abandoned Adirondack Division.
Assets of the Norwood & St Lawrence Railroad were donated to the OBPA as it was to the benefit of the St. Regis Paper Co., owners of the N&SL, to help continue rail operations between Ogdensburg and Norwood
Penn Central abandoned the last running portion of the Adirondack
Division, that of the original line between Poland and Herkimer.
Penn Central merged with other companies to create Consolidated Rail Corporation ( Conrail). The Ogdensburg Branch and Spur were placed under the operation of the Ogdensburg & Norwood Railway.
Conrail abandoned Cape Vincent Branch Watertown to Limerick.
Ogdensburg & Norwood abandoned the Ogdensburg Spur.
Ogdensburg & Norwood became St. Lawrence Railroad.
Conrail abandoned the Edwards Branch from Edwards to Emeryville.
Conrail abandoned the Rome Branch from Camden to McConnellsville.
|1978||St. Lawrence Railroad returned the Ogdenburg Branch to Conrail.|
|1979||After years of restoration, the Adirondack Railway opened over the former Adirondack Division to Lake Placid as well as the Tupper Lake Spur.|
Conrail gave the Ogdensburg Branch to
North Country Railroad to operate.
Conrail ( St. Lawrence & Adirondack) abandoned from Morton Siding to Malone Junction and all the way to Huntingdon.
Adirondack Railway closed to in August to fix their trackage. They reopened in September and in November closed for the winter.
the Ogdensburg Branch and sold it later to St. Lawrence Industrial
Development Authority, but still operated it.
Adirondack Railway declared bankruptcy and was abandoned.
Ontario Eastern Railroad took over the Ogdensburg Branch.
Delaware & Hudson abandoned the remainder of the Chateguay Branch from Dannamora to Otis Jct.
|1983||Conrail abandoned Camden Secondary (from Rome).|
|1985||Ontario Eastern abandoned.|
|1986||St. Lawrence & Adirondack was absorbed into Conrail as its Montreal Branch.|
Conrail reorganized its lines. Those changed were : Watertown to Massena
was the Montreal Secondary, Helena to Rooseveltown was the Rooseveltown
Industrial Track, and Carthage to Newton Falls was the Newton Falls Secondary.
Mine at Tahawus closes. Delaware & Hudson sells track to NL (National Lead)
|1991||Mohawk Adirondack & Northern Railroad purchased Conrail’s Lyons Branches and Newton Falls Secondary. They rejoin the track between Lowville and Lyons Falls.|
|1992||Adirondack Centennial Railroad began operating 4 miles from Thendara to Minnehaha.|
|1993||Conrail purchased Canadian National’s line from Massena to Huntingdon and made it part of their Montreal Branch.|
|1994||Adirondack Centennial Railroad becomes Adirondack Scenic Railroad.|
|1995||Adirondack Scenic Railroad opened from Thendara to Carter.|
St.Lawrence & Norwood Railroad ceased operation of the
line from Norwood to Ogdensburg
The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, owners of the line from Norwood to Ogdensburg, leased operation to The New York & Ogdensburg Railway Company, Inc. (NYOG).
Adirondack Scenic Railroad opened from Minnehaha to Snow Junction and had trackage rights over Mohawk Adirondack & Northern Railroad between Snow Junction and Utica.
|1999||Conrail is jointly purchased by Norfolk Southern Corporation and CSX Transport. CSX got the Northern New York lines.|
CSX made a deal with
Canadian National to use their line from Cecile Junction to Coteau
Junction and on to Montreal. CSX stops running trains east of Beauharnois.
CSX was contracted by New York & Ogdensburg Railway to operate their line from Norwood to Norfolk and Norwood to Ogdensburg.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad opened from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid. Opened south from Thendara to Snow Junction where trains go to Utica over the Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern Railroad.
|2002||CSX stopped operating the New York & Ogdensburg.|
|Sources of Data||
Basic structure from Chris Granger of the
New York Central Adirondack Division Forum
Other data from my own research on Internet and research at Yale University Library.
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