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Lost Railroads of the Kaydeross Valley

The Electric Trolley Line of Ballston Spa, New York


 

Author's note: this was a limited run printing in honor of the village's bicentennial. Due to the high costs of printing a full-color, heirloom-style book, only 150 softcover and 50 hardcover copies were printed and sold at the Brookside Museum.

A second version of this book, titled The Ballston Terminal Railroad And Its Successors was released in June 2008. It is essentially the same as the one below, except only black-and-white pictures were used to cut down on costs. Several updates and additions were also added as more information became available over the proceeding year.

 

Click here for the "Ballston Journal" press release of the book "Lost Railroads of the Kaydeross Valley"

 

Book Table of Contents
 

Introduction

1

 

 

 

I. Prelude to a Railroad

 

 

Spring Water Is Discovered

6

 

Decline In Tourism; Rise of Industry

9

 

Railroads Serving Ballston Spa

15

 

The Need for a Local Railroad

21

 

Financing a Railroad

24

 

Trolleys Become Popular

27

 

 

 

II. Railroad Operations Begin

 

 

The Ballston Terminal Railroad

34

 

Route of the Railroad

53

 

Roster of Equipment

56

 

Powering The Trolley

61

 

Villages and Industries

65

 

 

 

III. Optimism Meets Reality

 

 

The Eastern New York Railroad

90

 

Big Plans, Little Action

99

 

Life Along The Line

104

 

Accidents

113

 

 

 

IV. Changing Times

 

 

The Kaydeross Railroad Corporation

120

 

Bankruptcy

128

 

Traces of the Railroad Today

141

 

 

 

Timeline of Significant Events

151

 

 

 

Bibliography

156

 

Printed in full color with glossy paper in honor of Ballston Spa's bicentennial.

 

 

 

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