Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

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Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby TrainPhotos » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:26 pm

When was the last passenger train to operate between mechanicville, ny and albany, ny? Date, time, day, any details would be amazing, THANK YOU!!!!
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Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby TrainPhotos » Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:43 pm

After some extensive digging I have found a general answer. The last year mechanicville was served was 1979. After this the Adirondack was switched off the D&H route and sent via Schenectady once they had rebuilt passenger station there.. Pretty interesting!
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Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:52 pm

I assume you mean regularly scheduled passenger service. I point that out because I have a couple of slides of a Guilford passenger train that ran as a railfan special in 1984. I think it may have operated between Albany and Mechanicville.
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Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby Engineer Spike » Mon May 23, 2016 2:35 pm

There have been several non scheduled passenger trains since. One was the annual Toys for Tots train. Usually CSX brings its business train to Saratoga for the races too.
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Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby The EGE » Mon May 23, 2016 3:46 pm

The Adirondack was rerouted off the D&H between Albany and Saratoga Springs with the timetable effective April 30, 1978. The stops at Watervliet and Mechanicville were dropped at that time.

Here's what Mechanicville station looked like in 1975:
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And Watervliet in 1978:
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Here's an MBTA-powered excursion in the Mechanicville yard in 1982:
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Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby MEC407 » Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:21 am

Wow. I've seen neighborhood bus shelters that look more welcoming than those "train stations!"
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Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:57 pm

Where exactly was the Watervliet station located? If I wanted to see where it was located today, where would I look?
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Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby Engineer Spike » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:05 pm

I believe it was on Lincoln Ave, right by the junction with Spring Street. This is by Colonie Yard.
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Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby ChiefTroll » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:00 pm

The original Watervliet station was on the north side of 19th Street, east of the tracks. When I was at RPI 1959-63, I used to walk to Watervliet on a Friday afternoon and flag 34 by setting the green and white flag in its holder. 34 did not handle passengers from Watervliet to Albany, but I was going to Richmondville on 208, so I was good to go. Some first-class mail from 34 went south on 208 to Binghamton, and then on EL 10 to Scranton and east.

I bought my ticket ($2.37, if I remember correctly) at the Troy Union RR ticket office in the Troy Hotel. Troy Union Station had already been razed.

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Re: Passenger service between mechanicville and albany?

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:37 am

Great Story!
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