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13372Re: [FJGRailroad] First Railroad Tunnel found in Schenectady

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  • Gino's Railpage
    Aug 16, 2008
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      Wow, what a great story! We talked about that tunnel with Paul Larner and
      Mal Horton a while back. It's neat to see it found!

      Gino

      On Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 4:06 PM, Ken <ken@...> wrote:
      > SCHENECTADY - City Historian Don Rittner has finally found what he says is
      > the country's first rudimentary railroad tunnel, buried in the center of the
      > historic Stockade district.
      >
      > The 15-foot-deep tunnel snakes its way across what are now a dozen or more
      > private backyards. But in 1832, that land was a major thoroughfare - the
      > foundation of the city's prosperity and growth for the next century.
      >
      > Hundreds of business owners and daring families rode through the tunnel on
      > trains so experimental that they were considered too dangerous to be allowed
      > on city streets. They could travel so fast and their engines could produce
      > so many wild sparks that city leaders feared pedestrians would be run over
      > and buildings burned down.
      >
      > Complete article
      > http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2008/aug/14/0814_railtunnel/
      >
      >



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