Fitchburg 50 at the Saratoga Station in the late 1800's. A short time later,
the Fitchburg Line would be absorbed by the Boston & Maine. In the
back is the Saratoga Springs Armory. Presently home of the New York
State Military Museum.(Collection of David Nestle)
ABOVE: A view of the trestle from the Eagle Point Trail
LEFT: is Boston and Maine's 920 in the Saratoga Yards in 1903. In the cab is
engineer Hotaling. (Collection of David Nestle)
The first railway in the United States was one of two miles long, from Milton to
Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1826, The cars were drawn by horses. The Baltimore and
Ohio was the first passenger railway in America, fifteen m les being opened in 1830
the cars being drawn by horses till the next year, when a locomotive was put on the
track, built by Davis, of York, Pennsylvania. It had an upright boiler and cylinder.
The Mohawk and Hudson, sixteen miles, from Albany to Schenectady, was the next
line, opened in 1831, and the cars were drawn by horses till the delivery of the
locomotive ' De Witt Clinton," which was built at the West Point Foundry, New
York. This was the second locomotive built in the United States ; the first was made
at the same shop for the South Carolina Railway. The termini both a Schenectady
and Albany were upon Inclined planes with stationary engines.
The tracks in Schuylerville, for the Fitchburg Railroad, later
the Boston and Main, ran down the middle of Green street.
When residents of Green Street heard that a railroad track
was planned for the middle of their street they issued an
injunction to stop the work. The boss of the work crew
knew that an injunction could not be served on a Sunday.
On a Saturday, materials were gathered at the south end of
the street and on Sunday the tracks were laid up the
middle of the street and past the village lines by Sunday
night. They stayed there for 75 years.
To the north, they crossed Route 4 and then crossed
Hudson Crossing Park. As you walk up to Eagle Point in
this Park, you will see piers for a concrete trestle that the
In 1957 the Green Streat tracks were removed.
The image left is what the first railroad in the state looked like when it made it's first run in 1831 when it
ran from Albany to Schenectady. It was named the Dewit Clinton. The photo right was taken in New
York City when the train was shown in exibition with a rebuilt engine. New York Central employees
dressed in the costume of 1831 for the event.
By 1832 a rail line ran from Schenectady to Saratoga Springs but Schuyerville was not linked to the line
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