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Northern NY Interurbans

Maps and Details on the Interurbans Systems in New York

Paul Smith's TrolleySparsely populated, with most of the area dominated by the Adirondack mountains, northern New York State had little interurban development. Plattsburgh and Watertown were the largest “urban” areas and each had short but useful trolley lines.

Paul Smith's Electric Railway, in the heart of the Adirondacks, was built to connect his hotel to the nearby railroad and even provided switching services to bring wealthy visitor’s luxurious private parlor cars to a siding next to the hotel. “A millionaire city dweller could embark in the privacy of his luxuriously equipped car which, upon arrival at Lake Clear Junction, would be switched to the Paul Smith trolley for the final leg of the journey.” - Historian John Duquette

Northern NY Area Map

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Interurban Timelines - Predecessors/Mergers/End of Life


  • 1891-1901 - Watertown & Carthage Traction Co.
    1901-1937 - Black River Traction Co.

Paul Smith's Electric Railway

  • 1906-1928 - Electric Powered
    1928-1932 - Gas Powered


  • 1895-1929 - Plattsburgh Traction Company

Further Details

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The Electric Interurban Railways in America
by George Woodman Hilton, ‎John Fitzgerald

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

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