Remnants of the Schenectady Railway

Uncovering the Past...

History was uncovered in 2011 when the Glenridge Road construction unearthed the little known existence of trolley tunnels. Compare this Construction Tunnel Photo with an Historical Photo of Trolley Emerging from Tunnel.

As you can see from this map, this trolley system, known as the Schenectady Railway Company was quite extensive and connected Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany and Troy. The Rail Trail in Ballston Lake was once the right of way (ROW) on the branch to Saratoga.

The surprise unearthing of the trolley tunnels (see the Glenridge Road page) and my unexpected discovery of a mossed-covered bridge abutment in the woods (see the Mystery Ruins page) piqued my curiosity... How much more of this old interurban line is still visible?

There is a wonderful website devoted to this historical trolley line: The Schenectady Railway Company. Full of photos and captions, it's a fascinating look back at a bygone era. The author has also published a book . You can get a sneak peak at its contents via Amazon >

Schenectady Railway Souvenir Guide

I found a 1905 Publication of a Schenectady Railway Souvenir Guide. I scanned and posted a fantastic map of the system and photographs of Ballston Lake, etc. See page >

Schenectady Railway Tourist Brochure

This delightful brochure "Take a Trolley Ride," discusses local attractions and starting on page 13, describes—in eloquent detail—Forest Park in Ballston Lake and the resorts further north in Ballston Spa and Saratoga.

Trolley Brochure

Did You Know?

  • Alplaus Kill was was once the greatest of Indian trails.
    [Read the Paragraph > THE SARATOGA DIVISION]
  • Ballston Lake was known as Shenantaha or the "deer waters.
    [Read the Paragraph > THE GEM OF LAKES]
  • The yacht "Comanche" plied the waters of Ballston Lake, a docked at the Forest Park. situated at the head of Ballston Lake.
  • It cost 80 cents Round trip to take the train from Schenectady to Ballston Lake.

Schenectady Railway #118 at GE Loop Historical Photo >

Did you know that the Schenectady-Saratoga Trolley bridge was the "longest trolley bridge in the world? Compare the Historical Postcard Photo with what remains today. Here's another view of the bridge from a closer angle: book sneak peak >

Crossing the Mohawk

The piers for the Mohawk bridge are still there, and the aerial views clearly still indicate the ROW.

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River Crossing

Check out the great interactive map >
(Zoom in really close and pan along the trolley bed)

Rexford - Revealing the Trolley Bed

Rexford 1930

Rexford Topo

>Rexford Aerial

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