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Railroads and Trolleys

Burnt Hills, Ballston Lake and Vicinity

The Saratoga/Schenectady area is rich in railroad and trolley history. One of the first railroads in the United States was built here in 1831 and soon the Capital District became a leader in railroad transportation. Many of the early innovations in electric transportation were pioneered by the General Electric Company and by the 1920s, a huge bustling interconnected interurban system existed.

The New York Central, the Delaware & Hudson and the Boston and Maine railroads all played a key role in developing the region. Electric interurbans such as the Schenectady Railway, the Hudson Valley Railway, the Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville and the Ballston Terminal also were part of this region's rich and colorful transportation history. Use the sub-navigation system above to learn more about these routes.

Local Railroad History Research

Treks "in the field" to document traces of the former railroad and trolley lines...
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Trolley (Interurban)

Trains - Glimpses of Past Glory

Schenectady Train Station

More Photos of Local Railroad History ...

Uncovering the Trolley System

SRC TrolleyIn recent visitis to the area, I have uncovered/discovered assorted remnants of various Trolley Lines and have continuously updated this site with photos "in the field" and maps and links to related info on other sites. Be sure to visit the links above (Schenectady Railway, Saratoga's Electric Railways, The Hudson Valley Railway, etc.), It's a fascinating revelation to see what still remains—and all too often, a sad reminder of how this chapter of our local history is so easily forgotten.

It turns out the Capital District area was criss-crossed by a large bustling interconnected interurban system. At is peak there where 100s of miles of track built and wired exclusively for electric trolleys that served the area's growing transportation needs.

Trolley Map

Detailed map showing various trolley companies in service in 1924.

The Trolley System - The Hudson Valley Railway

More Nearby Historical Trolley Lore

Ballston Spa - The D&H Abandoned Line through town and Iron Spring. New page >

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