Mountain Railroads of NYS, Vol. 1 - Purple Mountain Press


MOUNTAIN RAILROADS OF NEW YORK STATE, VOLUME 1:
WHERE DID THE TRACKS GO IN THE WESTRN ADIRONDACKS?

by Michael Kudish

REVISED Publishing Schedule for MOUNTAIN RAILROADS OF NEW YORK STATE

Volume One: Where Did the Tracks Go in the Western Adirondacks? Now in print.
Volume Two: Where Did the Tracks Go in the Central Adirondacks? Now in print.
Volume Three: Where Did the Tracks Go in the Eastern Adirondacks? Now in print
Volume Four: Where Did the Tracks Go in the Catskills? 2008 2011.


In the Introduction to the First Three Volumes (included in Volume One), the authror writes:

When I arrived at Paul Smith’s College in 1971, I wished for a single, convenient reference which would locate all railroads, abandoned and extant, in the whole Adirondack region. If this reference also provided only a brief summary of the history of each railroad, it would have been much appreciated. But no such single reference was available, although much had and has been written on individual lines. I had to prepare such a reference for himself and hope that others would find it useful.

Earlier books

The first attempt for such a single reference appeared in 1985. Entitled Where did the Tracks Go, it was published by The Chauncy Press. By 1996, with a near tripling of accumulated detail, Purple Mountain Press published a large, single 496-page volume entitled Railroads of the Adirondacks: A History. It went out of print in 2001, and when the publisher asked whether it should be reprinted, I hesitated. So much further detail had accumulated in only five years that a major revision, not just a reprinting, became necessary. A single volume of nearly one thousand pages would be extremely cumbersome in the field for readers attempting to locate abandoned grades; we decided on four separate, slimmer, portable volumes including one on the Catskills.

Major changes found in Mountain Railroads of New York State

Mountain Railroads of New York State contains chapters on additional railroads not located in Railroads of the Adirondacks: A History in 1996. These are:

Chapter 29 on the Glenfield & Eastern, Volume I.
Chapter 30 on the DeGrasse Paper Company Railroad, Volume I.
Chapter 33 on the Herkimer, Newport & Poland, Volume II.
Chapter 34 on the Hinckley Branch, Volume II.
Chapter 35 on the Utica & Black River, from Utica to Remsen, Volume II.
Chapter 54 on the Mount McGregor, Volume III.

In addition, Chapters 69 through 89 on the Catskills are new. Only those few industries, which operated their own railroads, were indexed in Railroads of the Adirondacks. Researchers will be pleased to find that ALL industries are indexed in Mountain Railroads of New York State. In Railroads of the Adirondacks many of the maps did not include scales. All the maps in Mountain Railroads of New York State include scales.

Objectives

The primary intent of Mountain Railroads of New York State is to assist the reader in the location of railroad grades, primarily abandoned, in the field. For future historians, these four volumes date, as best as possible, the period of service of each line and major industry. Many references to further, more detailed, reading on the lines are provided, especially on topics which cannot be included here: forestry, geology, finances, biographies of railroad builders, political, and social aspects, etc.

A secondary intent for Mountain Railroads of New York State is to provide detailed itineraries for passengers riding on existing trains for a fuller, richer appreciation of historic sites and interpretation of natural sights along the right-of-way. Chapters 35, 36, 49, and 50 may be useful to passengers on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Chapters 51 and 67 may be used as an itinerary for passengers on Amtrak’s Adirondack, while Chapters 52 and 53 may be used as an itinerary for passengers riding the Upper Hudson River Railroad. In the Catskills, Chapters 80, 83, and 84 could benefit passengers riding the Catskill Mountain Railroad and the Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride.


A LIST OF RAIL LINES COVERED IN VOLUMES ONE AND TWO


Meet Mike Kudish
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263 pages, illustrated, more than 100 maps, 8.5 x 11, 2005
$25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original

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