Through the Heart of the Park
New York Central Railroad’s Adirondack Division
By John Taibi
With Peter Gores and David Link
This book celebrates the past operation of the New York Central’s Adirondack Division (as well as portions of the Ogdensburg and Ottawa Divisions) and the current service being provided by the Adirondack Scenic Railroad into, through, and out of the Adirondack Park.
During railroading’s historic times, the New York Central and its forebears maintained service over 271.09 miles from Herkimer and Utica to Remsen, and on to Tupper Lake and Lake Clear junctions, Lake Placid, Malone, and Adirondack Junction from which Montreal was reached via the Canadian Pacific Railway. The present ASRR schedules provide for trains to run over only about a third of the Central’s lengthy territory, yet, the Park has remained the formidable constant, maintaining its vast forests, breathtaking mountains, and powerful waterways for rail travelers to admire and contemplate today as was done yesterday.
This book is a comprehensive history of the
Adirondack Division of the New York Central Railroad.
Adirondack Division Chronology- page 2
The Fleur-de-lis- page 4
Preface- page 6
Historical Capsule- page 12
On the Road- page 20
Track Maintenance Sections- page 129
Water, Please!- page 209
The Station’s Life- page 249
Cross Roads- page 471
Industrial Revolution- page 535
A Soldier’s Journey- page 645
Post War- page 665
State Ownership- page 687
Adirondack Division Ready Reference- page 735
Acknowledgements- page 764
Index- page 768
Bibliography- page 771
The book provides 800 pages of history of the railroad, towns, industries, and people found along the Adirondack Division of the New York Central.
The book contains over 1720 images of the Adirondack Division
with 442 of them in color.
Published by the NYCSHS with all proceeds going to the Society
as a donation by John Taibi.
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