John Taibi to present the Adirondack Railroad

The photo shown was taken by Bob Morgan from a train at Brandreth on the Adirondack Division line. Railroad guru John Taibi will present a program on the Adirondack Railroad at the Oneida library Nov, 15.

Oneida Public Library News

(Oneida, NY – Nov. 2012) Railroad historian John Taibi presents a new program on local railroad lore called New York Central’s Adirondack Division, complete with photographs old and new, at Oneida Public Library, Thursday Nov, 15 at 7 p.m.

Taibi will take his audience for a ride on the Adirondack Division, running from Utica to Old Forge, Tupper Lake and on to Malone. The program is the result of Taibi’s partnership with railroad engineer Bob Morgan, who photographed the line as his train UM-1 was making the run from Utica to Malone.

Coupled with Morgan’s contemporary photographs will be samples of Taibi’s own collection of color photographs of the Central’s Adirondack Division as it was in the 1950s as well as historic views in black and white.

“Together these pictures provide a wonderful remembrance of the glory days of railroading along the New York Central’s Adirondack Division, portions of which are used by today’s Adirondack Scenic Railroad,” Taibi said.

The New York Central bought up existing Adirondack lines in the 1890s and expanded them, even to the extent of running trains between Utica through Old Forge, Lake Placid and Malone on to Montreal.

By the 1920s the Adirondack Division had 10 passenger trains a day, five up and five down, and on Friday afternoons during the summer months a sleeper left Grand Central with through service to Lake Placid, according to the New York Central System Historical Society. Passenger service ended in 1966.

The Central’s Adirondack Division, covering Oneida County and five other counties, was declared a National Historic District in 1993, with 23 buildings and other structures extent. In 1992, private investors revived part of the defunct line as the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, now running out of Utica.

Taibi is the author of “A Ride through the Countryside: on the Syracuse and Chenango Valley Railroad,” “Remembering the New York, Ontario and Western Railway,””Rails along the Oriskany” and other works about Central New York railroads.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call 363-3050.

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