Rail Expert Taibi to Speak

Madison Historical Society news

(Madison, NY – Sept. 2012) John Taibi, local author and researcher on railroads in New York State will be the speaker at the Town of Madison Historical Society meeting Monday, Sept. 17, at the Madison Historical Building on South Street, Madison, at 7 p.m. The title of his presentation is “John Fagan’s Utica Division.”

John Fagan was one of the Ontario & Western’s earliest and most revered engineers. His career was spent running the railroad’s trains between Randallsville and Utica via Hamilton, Bouckville, Solsville and Oriskany Falls. His Son, John E. Fagan, followed in his footsteps, although not exclusively on the Utica Division.

This program perpetuates the memory of not only father and son Fagan, but railroad service along this corridor, too.

Taibi, a collector of railroad memorabilia, has written many books about how railroads interacted with the local villages, businesses, waterways, highways and people. He is the “go-to” person on railroad history and has customized his presentation for our local community. His latest book, “Roads, Rivers and Rails – the Delaware & Hudson’s Susquehanna Division Heritage Trail,” will be available for sale.

The public is invited to attend this free presentation, but donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 315.893.7910.

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