ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

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ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

Postby Alcoman » Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:21 pm

I am trying to find out who Alco connected with in Schenectady NY during the 1960's. The connection I am referring to came out from the West side of the plant and parallel to the New York Central before crossing Erie Blvd going South

Was the linkup to the NYC or the D&H ?

Thanks for your help.
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Re: ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

Postby pablo » Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:05 pm

John, is this the line that ultimately goes behind the transfer station over by Building 1 of GE? If so, and I think it is, I believe that it's D&H.

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Re: ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

Postby Alcoman » Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:33 pm

pablo wrote:John, is this the line that ultimately goes behind the transfer station over by Building 1 of GE? If so, and I think it is, I believe that it's D&H.

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I am not familiar with Building 1 of GE. I am talking about the ALCO Plant, Not the GE plant. This line runs behind building 70 in the Alco Plant along the Mohawk River and goes SOUTH and then EAST as it curves to parallel the NYC line. Both the NYC and D&H come close together near the station. See the photo. It goes over a bridge before connecting.

I asking who's railroad did this line connect with ?
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Re: ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

Postby pablo » Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:42 am

I think we're talking about the same place. Got a track map? Are you just asking about the line that peels away from the main there?

The correct answer to your question may depend on what year you're asking about, but I don't know the local history that well to tell you that.

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Re: ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

Postby Alcoman » Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:05 pm

pablo wrote:I think we're talking about the same place. Got a track map? Are you just asking about the line that peels away from the main there?

The correct answer to your question may depend on what year you're asking about, but I don't know the local history that well to tell you that.

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The year is 1970. The line in picture was intact at least for 5 years after.This was the only connection left as Erie Blvd was rebuilt by then closing down the other D&H connection.
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Re: ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

Postby pablo » Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:16 am

OK. My late grandfather was dead by then, and I hadn't been born yet; grandpa was a worker at ALCO until perhaps 1965 and retired from there, and while I've heard quite a bit from him after death, the layout near the plant isn't something I have heard about. My gut says D&H...but I can't prove it.

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Re: ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

Postby Engineer Spike » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:32 pm

The only D&H line runs parallel to Erie Boulevard. Central had the line northwesterly out if the station. They also had the line from Troy, which crossed the D&H just north of the station.


There was a line from D&H Mohawk Yard, to the Central, which was on the north bank if the Mohawk.

The aerial photo looks like the present track layout. The top of the picture has 3 tracks. Amtrak ( Central heading to the top left, D&H on the right, and the connection in the middle. The connection lets trains from Albany head north on the D&H.
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Re: ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

Postby alzubal » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:41 pm

That photo is a long way from the Alco plant. It's just north of the station. NYC to the left D&H and Troy & Schenctady to the right. Alco plant connected across Freemens Bridge Rd. Before the road was rebuilt.
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Re: ALCO PLANT CONNECTION

Postby Alcoman » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:26 pm

alzubal wrote:That photo is a long way from the Alco plant. It's just north of the station. NYC to the left D&H and Troy & Schenctady to the right. Alco plant connected across Freedmen Bridge Rd. Before the road was rebuilt.


That connection was with the NYC on the EAST side. It was discontinued and ripped up once the plant was torn down and where Price Chopper headquarters sits now. There was also a connection just North of the divide where the NYC went WEST. Just before the NYC crossed the Mohawk River. That connection was used until the plant trackage was ripped up in 1979
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