-A- Schuylerville Train StationOur first stop was the B&M Station on Green Street in Schuylerville, NY. I had visited this spot before on my Saratoga & Schuylerville Railroad trek, and thought it would be a nice spot to start the day with as it was the connecting point for the Greenwich and Johnsonville Railroad.
We next ventured out to the Hudson Crossing Park and hiked north to view the abandoned piers. First a little background on the train and trolley history in the area.
|1924 Rand McNally Map
(red is interurban, black is railroads)
RailroadsThe Greenwich and Johnsonville Railroad (G&J) was built in 1869. In 1901, the bridge across the Hudson River was built connecting the G&J with the Fitchburg Railroad (which was completed to Schuylerville in 1882). The Fitchburg Railroad was absorbed by the rapidly expanding Boston & Maine Railroad in 1900. The connection with the Greenwich & Johnsonville (G&J) at Schuylerville was severed in the early 1930s, when the G&J abandoned its line into Schuylerville.
Around 1900 the Greenwich and Johnsonville Railroad became a subsidiary of the Delaware and Hudson Railway (D&H). Following the 1980 closure of the Georgia Pacific pulp and paper mill in Thomson, New York, the D&H planned to abandon the G&J. In 1982, Mohawk-Hudson Transportation purchased the railroad from the D&H, forming the Batten Kill Railroad. Currently, the line running west from Greenwich to Thomson, NY is out of service but the tracks are still intact.
Trolley (a.k.a. Interurban)In 1895, the Greenwich and Schuylerville Electric Railroad was established. It was later absorbed by the Hudson Valley Railway. Trolleys continued to run from Greenwich to Thomson until 1928 when the tracks near Clarks Mills were washed out in a flood.
|Hudson Valley Railway map of the interurban branch|
-B- Hudson Crossing ParkWe parked near the east side of the island and walked over to Dix Bridge (now foot traffic only). Its a lovely park, chock full of trails and informative kiosks.
|Beautiful iron work gates - the Foot bridge is ahead|
|Gary cranking the lecture box to hear the audio|
|Dix Bridge is closed to cars|
Piers at Hudson River CrossingHiking northward, we had ample views of both the trolley and railroad piers.
|As we walked north, we saw the trolley bridge off to the east|
|Brambles, bushes and thick undergrowth did NOT deter us from getting to the edge of the abutment|
|Tough to visualize due to the branches but the view was awesome|
|A bit further north looking back|
|Next were the railroad piers|
|and the west...|
|...and east railroad abutments over the canal|
|A short path off the main trail provided this view across the Hudson|
|At the north end of the island is the dam - can you see the rainbow?|
About the Waterworks in this AreaBefore the canal, there was a natural waterfalls in this area that became known as the Saratoga Falls. Prior to 1888, the State erected a dam for navigation purposes across the Hudson River. Due to the fact the Canal switched from the west to the east side of the river, canal boats needed to cross the river safely at Thomson and the dam helped stabilized the river.
|Heading back, at the south end we noticed the tour boar (Its a paddle wheel) on the canal side|
Next we headed across the river to explore the site of the old Thomson Paper Mill...
- Saratoga & Schuylerville Railroad
- Retracing the Saratoga & Schuylerville Railroad
- Batten Kill Railroad
- A visit to New York’s Batten Kill Railroad