Re: Amsterdam Enginehouse
- In the 70's Penn Central kept their SW1 and transfer caboose on the siding behind Quandts just east of that crossing. Conrail did also until they pulled the engine from Amsterdam. I assume NYC kept their diesel there also. I want to say their was a small fuel tank there but I can't remember for sure.
I don't think South Schenectady was that big a deal until the 80's. Looking at old Conrail schedules from the 70's show only West Albany based locals. For Amsterdam switchers I think Sand Bank and West Albany would have been service points in the early 1900's transferring to Selkirk at some point.
--- In FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com, Aaron Keller <akeller_1979@...> wrote:
> That's an awfully tiny building; I agree that it must have held a little
> switcher. Keep in mind that it wouldn't even hold a little 35' boxcar.
> I was always under the presumption that the NYC had some sort of facility down
> in the area where Longview and Quandt's are today. I could have sworn that I
> saw photos of it at some point.
> In the 80s and early 90s a bunch of old codgers would watch trains down at the
> Amsterdam train station on Saturday nights. The wisdom passed down through the
> line back then was that the NYC had two switchers serving the city at one point
> in time. I highly doubt the little 0-6-0s or whatever they were made the trip
> to South Schenectady on a daily basis.
> I seem to recall Len Kilian having information and/or photos. If someone has
> the time, they ought contact him.