Dairymen’s League Milk Car in Troy Union RR Station


We are always talking about the “Fabled Rutland Milk”  that went through Troy. But it didn’t stop in Troy? So why is a single milk car (great photo above from JS Horvath) doing in Troy? So what was/is the Dairymen’s League?

Going to blame it on the Delaware & Hudson Railroad.
The D&H negotiated the joint trackage between Mechanicville and Crescent with the BHT&W while it was still separate from the Boston & Maine. The D&H had trackage rights on the Troy and Boston (and then B&M) from Troy to Eagle Bridge. The D&H’s R&W Milk train started from Green Island, crossed to Troy, ran on the B&M to Eagle Bridge, then picked up milk on the R&W (Rutland and Washington, D&H Washington Branch) to Castleton and Whitehall. Then it ran non-stop to Albany with the milk cars to the NYCRR for New York, and the engine and crew returned to Green Island. At certain points in history, the cars went to Troy instead of Albany. But no problem, there even used to be a local passenger train running between Albany and Troy. Then too, the New York Central usually had a switcher stationed at Troy that could run a car or two to Rensselaer to join up with a Central milk train.
Troy Union RR
Troy Union RR

3 thoughts on “Dairymen’s League Milk Car in Troy Union RR Station”

  1. Great stuff Penny. My grandfather Joe Rooney from South Troy began with the D&H in 1940 and worked on the Rutland Milk run. GreenIsland to Castleton Vt and back, then a straight shot to NYC. He described that job as being his favorite, Joe retired in the 70’s from the D&H as a yardmaster at the Colonie Yard.

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