The New York Central Railroad North of Utica



Railroads of the Adirondacks




By Ken Kinlock at kenkinlock@gmail.com
Timeline of Adirondack Railroads
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Adirondack Company Dr. Thomas C. Durant acquired the Sacketts Harbor & Saratoga in 1863, changed its name to the Adirondack Company, changed the proposed terminus from Sacketts Harbor, and built as far as North Creek.
Delaware & Hudson acquires Adirondack Company to North Creek in 1889.
Adirondack Railway In 1979, after years of restoration, the Adirondack Railway opened over the former Adirondack Division to Lake Placid as well as the Tupper Lake Spur. They had running rights over Conrail from Snow Junction to Utica.
Adirondack Railway closed to in August of 1980 to fix their trackage. They reopened in September and in November closed for the winter.
Adirondack Railway declared bankruptcy in 1981 and was abandoned.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad In 1992, Adirondack Centennial Railroad began operating 4 miles from Thendara to Minnehaha.
Adirondack Centennial Railroad becomes Adirondack Scenic Railroad in 1994.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad opened in 2000 from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid. Opened south from Thendara to Snow Junction where trains go to Utica over the Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern Railroad.
Black River & Morristown Railroad Utica & Black River created the Black River & Morristown Railroad in 1870 to connect their railroad to Morristown.
Black River & Morristown opened in 1872 from Philadelphia to Theresa.
Black River & Morristown opened in 1874 from Theresa to Redwood.
Black River & Morristown was leased in 1875 by the Utica & Black River.
Black River & Morristown opened in 1879 from Redwood to Morristown.
Black River & Morristown merged into the Utica & Black River in 1883.
Black River & Utica Railroad In 1832, Black River Company Railroad created to build from Rome or Herkimer to Ogdensburg.
Created in 1853 to build between those places.
In 1855, Black River & Utica Railroad opened from Utica to Boonville.
Black River & Utica became the Utica & Black River Railroad in 1861 and was to be built to Philadelphia.
Canada Atlantic Railway Canada Atlantic Railway created in 1888 the St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railway to build from Valleyfield to Malone.
Grand Trunk purchased the Canada Atlantic in 1904.
Canadian Pacific Car & Transfer Company Canadian Pacific created the Canadian Pacific Car & Transfer Company in 1882 to operate the car ferry service between Ogdensburg and Prescott. They began a car ferry between Morristown and Brockville.
Ended ferry service in 1896 between Morristown and Brockville.
New York Central purchased half of the Canadian Pacific Car & Transfer Company in 1930.
Ended ferry service in 1970 between Ogdensburg and Prescott and was dissolved in 1974.
Carthage & Adirondack Railway Carthage & Adirondack Railway created in 1883 to build a railway into the Adirondacks to reach mines.
Opened in 1887 from Carthage to Jayville.
Opened in 1889 from Jayville to Benson Mines.
New York Central & Hudson River leased in 1893.
Opened in 1896 from Benson Mines to Newton Falls.
Merged into the New York Central & Hudson River in 1913 as the Carthage & Adirondack Branch
Carthage, Watertown & Sackets Harbor Railroad Created in 1869 to link those places.
Opened from Watertown to Sackets Harbor in 1871.
Utica & Black River leased the Carthage, Watertown & Sackets Harbour in 1872.
Carthage, Watertown & Sackets Harbor opened in 1874 from Watertown to Carthage.
Merged into the New York Central & Hudson River as part of the St. Lawrence Division (Ogdensburg - Carthage) in 1913
Chateaugay & Lake Placid Railway Saranac & Lake Placid merged in 1903 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.
Chateaugay Railroad Ran from Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake by 1887
Saranac & Lake Placid leased in 1896 by Chateaugay Railroad.
Delaware & Hudson Company took over Chateaugay Railroad in 1901.
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.
Clayton & Theresa Railroad Utica & Black River created the Clayton & Theresa Railroad in 1871 to connect those two points.
Opened in 1873 from Rivergate Junction to Clayton.
Clayton & Theresa merged into Utica & Black River in 1886.
Conrail Conrail abandoned Cape Vincent Branch Watertown to Limerick in 1976.
Conrail abandoned the Edwards Branch from Edwards to Emeryville in 1977.
Conrail (St. Lawrence & Adirondack) abandoned in 1980 from Morton Siding to Malone Junction and all the way to Huntingdon.
Conrail abandoned Camden Secondary (from Rome) in 1983.
Conrail reorganized its lines in 1989. 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.
Conrail purchased Canadian National’s line from Massena to Huntingdon and made it part of their Montreal Branch in 1993.
Conrail is jointly purchased in 1999 by Norfolk Southern Corporation and CSX Transport. CSX got the Northern New York lines.
Cornwall Bridge Company Created in 1897 to build the south span bridge over the St. Lawrence River.
Cornwall Bridge Company’s bridge collapsed in 1898, killing 15 workers.
Cornwall Bridge Company opened the bridge crossing between Nyando and Uscan in 1900.
The swing span of the north channel bridge for the Ottawa & New York collapsed in 1908 when the Cornwall Canal broke open.
A temporary swing span was put in place for the Ottawa & New York.
A new swing span was in place in 1909 for the Ottawa & New York.
Merged into New York Central in 1917.
Delaware & Hudson In 1940, Delaware & Hudson Railroad abandoned 22 miles Plumadore to Lake Clear Jct. Reached Lake Placid via trackage rights over New York Central.
In 1946, Delaware & Hudson abandoned Lyon Mountain to Plumadore; and sold Saranac to Lake Placid ro the New York Central.
Delaware & Hudson Railroad abandoned Lyon Mt to Dannemora in 1966
Delaware & Hudson abandoned the remainder of the Chateguay Branch from Dannamora to Otis Jct. in 1981
Herkimer, Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway In 1880, Herkimer, Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway was created to build the line that the Herkimer & Trenton Railroad did not build.
In 1881, opened from Herkimer to Middleville.
In 1882, opened from Middleville to Poland.
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.
In 1891, merged into the Mohawk Valley & Northern Railway ehich became the Herkimer, Newport & Poland Railway.
Grand Trunk Railway Began to operate a car ferry service between Ogdensburg and Prescott in 1862.
Leased the St. Lawrence & Adirondack in 1896.
Purchased the Canada Atlantic in 1904.
Fulton Chain Railroad Opened in 1896 from Thendara to Old Forge.
Old Forge (Fulton Chain) merged in 1917 into New York Central as its Old Forge Branch.
New York Central abandoned the Old Forge Branch in 1932.
Gouverneur & Oswegatchie Railroad Created in 1892 and leased by New York Central & Hudson River.
Gouverneur & Oswegatchie opened in 1893 from Gouverneur Junction to Edwards.
In 1913, merged into the New York Central & Hudson River as the Edwards Branch.
Malone & St. Lawrence Railroad Malone & St. Lawrence Railroad was created in 1891 to build from Malone to the international border and was leased by the Central Vermont Railroad.
Malone & St. Lawrence opened in 1892 from Malone Junction to the international border where the St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railway opened to Cecile Junction and used Canada Atlantic and Grand Trunk to reach Montreal.
Malone & St. Lawrence ended in 1894 their lease with Central Vermont and was leased by New York Central & Hudson River.
Malone & St. Lawrence merged in 1895 into St. Lawrence & Adirondack.
Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern Railroad Mohawk Adirondack & Northern Railroad purchased Conrail’s Lyons Branches and Newton Falls Secondary. They rejoined the track between Lowville and Lyons Falls. They are a division of Genesee Valley Transportation.
Mohawk & Adirondack Railroad Mohawk & Adirondack Railroad created in 1891 to link Poland to Malone.
Malone & St. Lawrence Railroad was created in 1891 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.
Mohawk & Malone Railway St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railroad merged in 1892 with Herkimer, Newport & Poland Extension Railway and Herkimer, Newport & Poland Railway (Herkimer - Poland) to become the Mohawk & Malone Railway.
Mohawk & Malone opened in 1892 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.
New York Central & Hudson River leased in 1893
In 1913, merged into the New York Central & Hudson River as the Adirondack Division.
Mohawk Valley & Northern Railway In 1890, Mohawk Valley & Northern Railway was created to build from Poland to Noblesborough.
In 1891, Herkimer, Newport & Poland Narrow Gauge Railway merged into the Mohawk Valley & Northern Railway which became the Herkimer, Newport & Poland Railway.
New York Central Railroad In 1913, 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. In addition: 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).
In 1914, New York Central & Hudson River became New York Central Railroad; then became New York Central Lines.
Opened in 1920 the Balmat Branch from Emeryville on the Edwards Branch to Balmat.
In 1934, New York Central opened the Piercefield Spur from Piercefield Station to Piercefield.
In 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.
New York Central abandoned in 1937 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.
New York Central relocated in 1943 the trackage of the Carthage & Adirondack Branch in Benson Mines.
In 1946, 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.
New York Central abandons in 1949 Sackets Harbor to Watertown.
New York Central abandoned in 1952 the Cape Vincent Branch from Cape Vincent to Limerick.
New York Central abandoned the remainder of the Cape Vincent Branch in 1953.
In 1956, New York Central abandoned the Lyons Branch from a point west of Ogdensburg to Redwood. The track in Ogdensburg became a spur.
In 1961, 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 in 1961.
New York Central abandons Watertown to Roots in 1963.
New York Central began negotiations in 1964 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 in 1964.
In 1965, 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 in 1965.
New York Central abandoned the Carthage Branch from Watertown to Great Bend in 1966.
New York Central merged with Pennsylvania Railroad to become Pennsylvania New York Central Transportation Company then became Penn Central Transportation.
New York & Ottawa Bridge Company Created in 1899 to operate the St. Lawrence bridge crossing.
New York & Ottawa Bridge Company leased the St. Lawrence River bridge crossing at Cornwall in 1900.
Corporation dissolved in 1917 when Cornwall Bridge Company merged into New York Central.
The New York & Ogdensburg Railway Company, Inc. (NYOG) In 1998, The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, owners of the line between Ogdensburg & Norwood, leased operation to The New York & Ogdensburg Railway Company, Inc. (NYOG).
New York & Ottawa Railroad Was created in 1897 to build from Moira to the St. Lawrence River to connect with The Ottawa & New York.
Northern New York merged into the New York & Ottawa in 1897.
The Ottawa & New York was purchased in 1898 by the New York & Ottawa and dropped “The” from their title.
New York & Ottawa opened in 1898 from Moira to Nyando (Rooseveltown).
New York & Ottawa was in receivership in 1900.
New York & Ottawa became the New York & Ottawa Railway in 1905.
New York & Ottawa and Ottawa & New York leased by New York Central & Hudson River.
In 1913, merged into the New York Central & Hudson River as the Ottawa Division
North Country Railroad Conrail gave the Ogdensburg Branch to North Country Railroad to operate in 1980.
Northern Adirondack Railroad Northern Adirondack Railroad created in 1883 to build from Moira to St. Regis Falls.
Northern Adirondack completed laying rail between St. Regis Falls and Santa Clara in 1885, but was to transfer this section to a different company.
Northern Adirondack Extension Railroad created in 1886 by Northern Adirondack. The trackage from St. Regis Falls to Santa Clara was transferred to this new company and was to extend to Tupper Lake.
Northern Adirondack Extension merged in 1890 into Northern Adirondack.
Northern Adirondack went into receivership in 1894.
Northern Adirondack became the Northern New York Railroad in 1895.
Northern Adirondack Extension Railroad Northern Adirondack Extension Railroad created in 1886 by Northern Adirondack. The trackage from St. Regis Falls to Santa Clara was transferred to this new company and was to extend to Tupper Lake.
Opened in 1886 from Santa Clara to Brandon.
Opened in 1889 from Brandon to Tupper Lake.
Northern Adirondack Extension merged in 1890 into Northern Adirondack.
Northern New York Railroad Northern Adirondack became the Northern New York Railroad in 1895.
Northern New York merged into the New York & Ottawa in 1897.
Northern Railroad Built between Ogdensburg and Rouses Point.
Became part of the Rutland Railroad
Norwood & Montreal Railroad Created in 1884 by Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg to link Norwood to Massena where a Canadian company was to link up.
Norwood & Montreal opened from Norwood to Massena in 1886 and was leased by the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg.
Norwood & Montreal merged in 1889 into Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg.
Norwood & St Lawrence Railroad Opened in 1902
In 1975, assets of the N&SL 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
Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority (OBPA) In 1966, OBPA purchased the ex-Rutland line from Norwood to Ogdensburg, maintaining New York Central as an operator until they could get another company.
New York Central stopped operating in 1967 the Norwood to Ogdensburg line since a new operator was ready to take over.
In 1967, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (OBPA), created the Ogdensburg & Norwood Railway
In 1998, leased operation to The New York & Ogdensburg Railway Company, Inc. (NYOG).
Ogdensburg & Morristown Railroad Utica & Black River created the Ogdensburg & Morristown Railroad in 1871 to connect those two points.
Ogdensburg & Morristown opened in 1878 from Morristown to Ogdensburg.
Ogdensburg & Morristown merged into Utica & Black River in 1886.
Ogdensburg & Norwood Railway In 1976, The Ogdensburg Branch and Spur were placed under the operation of the Ogdensburg & Norwood Railway.
Ogdensburg & Norwood abandoned the Ogdensburg Spur in 1977.
Ogdensburg & Norwood became St. Lawrence Railroad in 1977.
Ontario Eastern Railroad In 1981, Conrail reclaimed the Ogdensburg Branch and sold it later to St. Lawrence Industrial Development Authority, but still operated it.
Ontario Eastern Railroad took over the Ogdensburg Branch.
Ontario Pacific Railway Created in 1882 to build from Cornwall to French River with branches from Cornwall to Smiths Falls and Cornwall to Moira.
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.
The Ontario Pacific became the Ottawa & New York Railway in 1897 and was to build from Ottawa to Cornwall and cross the St. Lawrence River to link to an American railroad.
Oswego & Rome Railroad In 1863, Created to link Oswego to the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad.
Leased to Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad in 1863
In 1866, opened from Richland to Oswego.
Ottawa & New York The Ottawa & New York was purchased in 1898 by the New York & Ottawa and dropped “The” from their title.
Opened in 1898 from Cornwall to Ottawa.
Opened in 1900 from Cornwall to Uscan.
New York & Ottawa/Ottawa & New York bridges opened officially in 1900.
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.
In 1905, Ottawa & New York leased by New York Central & Hudson River.
Ottawa & New York was dissolved in 1957.
Penn Central Penn Central abandoned the remainder of the Carthage Branch in 1970.
Penn Central went bankrupt in 1970.
Penn Central abandoned, in 1972, the Adirondack Division and the Tupper Lake and Piercefield Spurs.
Penn Central abandoned the Lyons Branch north of Philadelphia and to Clayton in 1972.
The State of New York took possession of Penn Central’s abandoned Adirondack Division in 1975.
Penn Central merged with other companies to create Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) in 1976.
Potsdam Railroad Created in 1850 to link Potsdam to the Northern Railroad.
Opened from Potsdam to Norwood in 1856.
Absorbed by the Potsdam & Watertown Railroad in 1857.
Potsdam & Watertown Railroad Created in 1852 to build from Watertown to the Northern Railroad at Norwood.
Opened from Watertown to Antwerp in 1855.
Opened from Antwerp to DeKalb in 1856.
Opened from DeKalb to Potsdam in 1857.
Absorbed the Potsdam Railroad in 1857.
Watertown & Rome purchased the Potsdam & Watertown in 1860, but maintains its identity.
Watertown & Rome merged with Potsdam & Watertown in 1861 to become the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad.
Racquette Lake Railway Opened privately in 1899 from Carter to Racquette Lake.
Racquette Lake opened to the public in 1900.
Merged in 1917 into New York Central as its Racquette Lake Branch.
New York Central abandoned the Racquette Lake Branch in 1933.
Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad Watertown & Rome merged with Potsdam & Watertown in 1861 to become the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad.
Opened from DeKalb Junction to Ogdensburg in 1862.
Syracuse Northern was built in 1873 to Pulaski and Lacona. The Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg leased it shortly thereafter.
Norwood & Montreal Railroad created in 1884 by Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg to link Norwood to Massena where a Canadian company was to link up.
Utica & Black River leased in 1885 by the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg and merged in 1886.
Norwood & Montreal merged in 1889 into Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg.
Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg leased in 1891 by the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad.
Saranac & Lake Placid Railroad Saranac & Lake Placid Railroad created in 1890 to link Saranac Lake to Lake Placid.
Opened from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid in 1893. Mohawk & Malone had running rights over this.
Leased in 1896 by Chateaugay Railroad.
Merged in 1903 with Chateaugay Railroad and Chateaugay Railway to become Chateaugay & Lake Placid Railway.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railway Canada Atlantic Railway created in 1888 the St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railway to build from Valleyfield to Malone.
Malone & St. Lawrence opened in 1892 from Malone Junction to the international border where the St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railway opened to Cecile Junction and used Canada Atlantic and Grand Trunk to reach Montreal.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack began to use Canadian Pacific’s Windsor Station in Montreal in 1895.
Grand Trunk leased the St. Lawrence & Adirondack in 1896.
Canadian Pacific released South Western in 1896 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.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack opened a new route in 1897 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.
New York Central & Hudson River became the operators of the St. Lawrence & Adirondack and leased it in 1898.
Grand Trunk sold in 1905 the St. Lawrence & Adirondack to New York Central & Hudson River, who kept the name.
Conrail (St. Lawrence & Adirondack) abandoned in 1980 from Morton Siding to Malone Junction and all the way to Huntingdon.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack was absorbed into Conrail as its Montreal Branch in 1986.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railroad Mohawk & Adirondack was split into two separate companies in 1891, the St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railroad was to build the section from Remsen to Malone.
St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railroad merged in 1892 with Herkimer, Newport & Poland Extension Railway and Herkimer, Newport & Poland Railway (Herkimer - Poland) to become the Mohawk & Malone Railway.
St.Lawrence & Norwood Railroad In 1998, ceased operation of the line between Ogdensburg and Norwood owned by OBPA
St. Lawrence & Ottawa Railway Took over the car ferry service between Ogdensburg and Prescott in 1873.
Canadian Pacific Railway gained control in 1881 of the St. Lawrence & Ottawa.
St. Lawrence Railroad Ogdensburg & Norwood became St. Lawrence Railroad in 1977.
In 1978, St. Lawrence Railroad returned the Ogdenburg Branch to Conrail.
South Western Railway Canadian Pacific Railway created in 1888 South Western Railway to build from Caughnawaga to Dundee.
Canadian Pacific released South Western in 1896 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.
Syracuse Northern In 1868, Created to build a rail line north from Syracuse.
In 1871, Syracuse Northern Railroad opened from Syracuse to Pulaski.
Syracuse Northern Railroad became the Syracuse & Northern Railroad in 1875 and was merged into the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad.
Utica & Black River Railroad Black River & Utica became the Utica & Black River Railroad in 1861 and was to be built to Philadelphia.
Created the Black River & Morristown Railroad in 1870 to connect their railroad to Morristown.
Created the Clayton & Theresa Railroad in 1871 to connect those two points.
Created the Ogdensburg & Morristown Railroad in 1871 to connect those two points.
Leased the Carthage, Watertown & Sackets Harbour in 1872.
In 1872 opened into Carthage.
Opened in 1873 from Carthage to Philadelphia.
Black River & Morristown was leased in 1875.
Black River & Morristown merged into the Utica & Black River in 1883.
Clayton & Theresa and Ogdensburg & Morristown merged into Utica & Black River in 1886.
Utica & Black River leased in 1885 by the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg and merged in 1886.
Note: this railroad never reached Utica except by trackage rights over the New York Central.
Watertown & Rome Railroad Created to build a railroad between those two points in 1832.
Opened from Rome to Camden in 1850 then to Adams.
Opened into Watertown in 1851 and to Cape Vincent in 1852.
Watertown & Rome purchased the Potsdam & Watertown in 1860, but maintains its identity.
Watertown & Rome merged with Potsdam & Watertown in 1861 to become the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad.
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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Joint Winter Olympics for Montreal and Lake Placid? New York Central Adirondack Division Railroad Webb's Wilderness Railroad, New York Central Adirondack Division
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The only legal ATV Trail in Jefferson County is situated primarilly on the old abandoned railroad right-of-way, connecting Clayton with Lafargeville, Orleans Four Corners, Stough's Station, Douglas Crossing and Rivergate. From Rivergate, the trail turns south to Shurtleff Crossing and terminates at Acheson's Crossing at State Route 11 in Philadelphia. Back at Rivergate, the trail turns north to Theresa and terminates at Redwood.
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The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority owns two shortline railroads that are operated by a private contractor d/b/a the New York and Ogdensburg Railway Company. This railroad serves the Port of Ogdensburg and connects with CSX, thus providing total intermodal service for industries of Northern and Central New York, as well as Eastern Ontario, Canada
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Hojack Swing Bridge at Charlotte on the Genesee River from a postcard found in St Joseph, Michigan)

Special Research Section on the Lake Ontario Shore Railroad.

This section contains information that is unpublished elsewhere!
In the early 1870's, the Lake Ontario Shore Railroad had been built from Oswego along the shore of Lake Ontario to the Niagara River (Suspension Bridge). It bypassed Rochester, had no manufacturing industries and first became part of the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburgh which was acquired by the New York Central.
Utica

Way back when, Utica had three railroads besides the New York Central. Until 1957 these three railroads ran through, and crossed each other in the South Utica/New Hartford area: Ontario & Western, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, and West Shore (really a part of New York Central). Even the municipal borders varied. Until 1925, what is now South Utica was a part of the town of New Hartford. See the full story on the three other railroads of Utica, New York

All about how railroads deal with Winter and snow. milk train

Once upon a time, milk trains were important
New York Central Milk Business
Creamery in South Columbia, New York
There were two basic types of milk trains – the very slow all-stops local that picked up milk cans from rural platforms and delivered them to a local creamery, and those that moved consolidated carloads from these creameries to big city bottling plants. Individual cars sometimes moved on lesser trains. These were dedicated trains of purpose-built cars carrying milk. Early on, all milk was shipped in cans, which lead to specialized "can cars" with larger side doors to facilitate loading and unloading (some roads just used baggage cars). In later years, bulk carriers with glass-lined tanks were used. Speed was the key to preventing spoilage, so milk cars were set up for high speed service, featuring the same types of trucks, brakes, communication & steam lines as found on passenger cars.

Several years ago I wrote a story on the major railroads of 1950 and what happened to them.

Now I am following up with a closer examination of the New York Central Railroad. This railroad only lasted until 1968 when it merged into Penn Central.

But, what was the NY Central Railroad like in 1950?

You will also be interested in "What if the Penn Central Merger Did Not Happen"

REFERENCE

List of Our own list of New York Railroads
List of New York Railroads from the Wiki
Rails Around New York State

A trip around New York State with stories about the railroads encountered.


Albany to Utica was an important piece of the original New York Central and is now just as important to CONRAIL and to AMTRAK.
The Schenectady to Saratoga railroad reached the small town of Ballston Spa in 1832. Soon the Rensselaer & Saratoga would also pull in. Eventually, these would fall under the Delaware & Hudson. Several street car lines also ran into the spa too.
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