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The Ballston Terminal Railroad


And Its Successors

 

Author’s Note: This book was originally released with the title “Lost Railroads of the Kaydeross Valley” in March 2007. That book was a full-color, limited edition that was printed in honor of Ballston Spa’s bicentennial. “The Ballston Terminal Railroad” book that follows is the standard, black and white edition.

Modifications include adding several more pictures, corrected several errors in the First Edition, and inserting several more stories that have been uncovered since the release of the original book.
 

~ Now available: The Ballston Terminal Railroad Collector's Edition ~

Due to high demand, a limited supply Collector's Edition has been printed and is available for sale. The book was printed in full color on glossy paper.

 

Click here for an article written for the "Ballston Journal" bicentennial edition, June 2007

Overlooked Building Once Powered A Trolley Railroad (Ballston Spa Life 7/12/09)

 


The A. N. Chandler trolley car near Factory Village.
From the New York State Archives.

 

Introduction

1

 

 

 

I. Prelude to a Railroad

5

 

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

33

 

The Ballston Terminal Railroad

35

 

Route of the Railroad

55

 

Roster of Equipment

59

 

Powering The Trolley

64

 

Villages and Industries

68

 

 

 

III. Optimism Meets Reality

95

 

The Eastern New York Railroad

96

 

Big Plans, Little Action

105

 

Life Along The Line

110

 

Accidents

121

 

 

 

IV. Changing Times

127

 

The Kaydeross Railroad Corporation

128

 

Bankruptcy

137

 

Traces of the Railroad Today

150

 

 

 

Timeline of Significant Events

161

 

 

 

Bibliography

167

 

Click here to view the "Ballston Terminal Railroad" introduction

 

 

Richly illustrated with over 100 photographs, maps, and graphics.

Collector's Edition contains over 25 pictures in full color on glossy paper stock.

 

(Pictures below are of the Collector's Edition)

 

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