If you ever rode in a "Bumper Car" at the county fair, you were
riding in an electric car. The long rod that runs up to the ceiling
makes the motor run when the ceiling is electrified. If that car was
on a track, and the rod hooked onto an overhead wire, it might be
called a trolley ride.
At the beginning of the 20th century (1900 - 1931), the Hudson
Valley Railway (an electric trolley service) began service to
communities from Albany to Warrensburg and many places
in-between. It provided easy access for shoppers and commuting
The dam in Middle Falls, NY in the Battenkill, provided power for
the system. Modernized, the dam still generates electricty.
Hudson Valley Railway Bridge over Fish Creek. Note the highway bridge
and sluice that is now a tube carrying water to a power generator.
Hudson Valley Railway Running up Broad Street near Ferry Street
The trolley crossed Hudson Crossing Park site and this image shows a car in
Thomson, just across the river, where the tracks split to go to either
Greenwich or Fort Edward. The movie poster is for a silent movie named
Tempest and Sunshine and was playing in Greenwich at the White Swan
Imagine what it must have been like to ride across the Battenkill gorge
without seatbelts. This post card shows the Greenwich trolley nearing
When walking the Eagle Point Trail, look down stream to see the piers
from the Hudson Valley Railway trestle.
To learn more about the railways in our
region click the image (left)
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