Troy and Schenectady Railroad once crossed an Interstate Highway



The former Troy & Schenectady line was still operating when the Northway (I-87) was built (1960’s) and there still was a grade crossing on the Northway a short distance south of the “Twin Bridges” over the Mohawk River (this was probably one of only a very few grade crossings on an Interstate Highway in the United States). It wasn’t there long, as the line was cut back within a couple of years to an industrial site just east of Route 9. You can still see where the line passed under Route 9 perhaps a mile north of Boght Corners.

During the period that the line crossed Interstate 87 (ETT has a typo “89”) at Dunsbach Ferry, the following instruction appeared in the Employee Time Table under “special instruction 103 public crossings at grade: Manually controlled traffic signals:” “Trains or engine must stop in rear of stop sign and a member…

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How To find a missing person on census records

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Where is Percy Green in 1940?

Don’t you just hate it when you can’t find a family member on some census record when you “KNOW” the person has to be there?

In my last blog posting I talked about find the obituary for Irene V. Greene , creating a family tree to find a real Family Tree for her and how I could not find her or her husband Percy on the 1940 census.

In this blog posting I will give you step by step instructions on how to find Percy.
As you know from the previous posting he is on the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census.

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The first thing I did was to bring up the transcript page for the 1930 census record.

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Next I looked at the district he comes from and brought up the original census image.

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Are freight railroads starting to take passenger trains more seriously?


For most of the last half of the 20th century and into the start of the 21st, the apparent prevailing attitude of the large private, primarily freight-carrying railroads towards passenger trains was to treat them as a necessary nuisance and a hindrance to efficient, fluid freight movement. But there are signs that senior management at the Class I’s are starting to take passenger trains more seriously, and look to passenger train operators and the government agencies that sponsor passenger trains as potential partners rather than adversaries.

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I have heard ample anecdotal evidence of this attitude shift from industry observers with whom I have spoken, and also got a sense of it from two recent speeches by one  Vice President and one Assistant Vice President of two Class I’s — albeit the two that have long been considered more passenger-friendly than the others: BNSF and Norfolk Southern. In…

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Remember When: Honorary citizen of StAugustine, Florida, 1938: Col. Fulgencio Batista,


Because we follow Florida East Coast Railway and All Aboard Florida so closely, we run into some other amazing stories about Florida/ This one came from the St. Augustine WebSite

The connection of Florida and Cuba was around for a long time before the Castro “problem”, which we hope is on a way to a solution.



Contributed by James Banta Col. Fulgencio Batista, Cuban army chief, became an honorary citizen of St. Augustine on Nov. 21, 1938. Mayor Walter B. Fraser presented Batista with an inscribed scroll during the ceremony which took place during a brief stop of the Florida East Coast Railway train he was on. Pictured from left to right is Jim Banta, Mrs. Collins, General Collins, Fraser, Batista and Mary Louise Ponce. Every Monday we are running a photo to remind readers of what St. Augustine was like in the past. If you have…

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Robert R Young Hog Ad



The famous ad, “A Hog Can Cross the Country Without Changing Trains -But YOU Can’t!” was created in 1946. At the time Robert R. Young was still Chairman of the Chesapeake Ohio and Nickel Plate and was vying to get control of the Pullman Company. That was the impetus for the ad. There’s an interesting story to the ad, too.

C&O was a client of the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago and that was the agency that actually created the ad.  It was one of three ads they created based on ideas in a speech Young had recently given. The agency copywriter assigned to create the ads — and Young wanted them quickly — was a young man on his first day with the Burnett agency. He was given a transcript of Young’s speech and in the margin Young had scribbled a note about hogs being able to go…

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