Rails in the North Woods Histories of Seven Adirondack Shortlines w/ Dust Jacket
Rails in the North Woods Histories of Seven Adirondack Shortlines w/ Dust Jacket
Rails in the North Woods Histories of Seven Adirondack Shortlines w/ Dust Jacket
Rails in the North Woods Histories of Seven Adirondack Shortlines w/ Dust Jacket

Rails in the North Woods Histories of Seven Adirondack Shortlines w/ Dust Jacket

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Rails in the North Woods Histories of Seven Adirondack Shortlines w/ Dust Jacket
 
Rails in the North Woods Histories of Seven Adirondack Shortlines By Allen, Gove, Maloney & Palmer  Dust Jacket Copyright 1973  194 Pages
This is not the story of the great railroad systems of the Empire State. That story has been told often and well. The New York Central, Erie and Delaware & Hudson all have been covered by competent biographers.  Instead, this is the story of a handful of shortlines, only one of which exists today, for the life of a shortline railroad has always been precarious.  Generally, the life of a shortline has depended upon one or two industries, in many cases the principal customer owning the majority of the stock.
In the early years of this century, as in the 1870's, New York State saw a period of rapid railroad development. Only a few examples of this era remain today. Times have changed and tree-grown cuts and fills, weed-smothered embankments wandering apparently aimlessly up quiet valleys bear mute testimony to the drive and dreams of a legion of forgotten men who built them, hoping to bring progress to their communities and wealth to themselves.
Hardly a town of any consequence escaped railroad fever. Some, with their attendant bands of steel, reached affluence and the status of cities. Most spurted for a time, got caught up in the excitement of a burgeoning nation, then relaxed into drowsy contemplation of what might have been.
Broad ribbons of macadam and concrete penetrate the lush valleys today, often parallel with the deserted embankments which sometimes, it seems, in lonely discouragement, remove themselves from the speeding motorists to wander disconsolately off through the meadows to the hills.
Occasionally there is a faded station, likely living out its days beside the trackless grade as a storage shed for farm machinery or some other equally plebeian adjunct to modern rural living.
The builders of shortlines were civic leaders and promoters, not economists. Theirs was simply the fire of financial gain, fanned by a fever that swept the country like a ravaging plague. Railroad fever has left its scars.
The life of a shortline railroad is precarious. Like any business venture it has its ups and downs. It can be highly speculative. A line paying handsome dividends one day can be out of business the next if its prime customer closes up shop.
Cited in this work are several examples of shortlines which are considered typical of New York State. Two were built strictly for mining, two for lumbering, and two for general commodities. Of these, only one remains today-the Lowville & Beaver River Railroad.
This book is a joint effort by several people, namely, Keith Maloney, William Gove, Richard Palmer, and Richard Allen. All have devoted many hours in extensive research, accumulating materials and writing. It is felt the work represents a cross-section of shortline railroading in upper New York State.

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