Re: [FJGRailroad] First Railroad Tunnel found in Schenectady
- 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!
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