The Central New England Railway In Hopewell Junction

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The “Naugatuck” at Hopewell Junction in 1926 Richard Teed collection

New Haven RR engine #1 was called the Naugatuck and was used by officials to inspect the railroad. Note the passenger car style top that covered the boiler. If the weather was hot you can bet that all the officials would be riding in the comfort of the attached car rather than riding alongside the hot boiler. The Naugatuck was kept polished and painted for the railroad brass. If you look close enough you can see the shiny brass eagle that adorns the headlight.

This shot was taken from Noah Teed’s back yard with Turners Hotel at right.

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Drawing of the “Peddler” at Pine Plains station by Victor Westman

Lee Beaujon collection

Victor Westman is an engineer retired from the Harlem line and living in Danbury CT. His drawings were intended for a book which Robert Adams was writing about the CNE and ND&C. Unfortunately Adams passed away before the manuscript was completed and the book was never published. Some of these pictures have been used previously in Christmas card illustrations.

During the years of World War I and after, the Central New England Railway considered its main line between Pine Plains and State Line, New York, to be that of the former Poughkeepsie & Eastern via Ancram Lead Mines and Boston Corners due to its lower grades. Next best was the former Rhinebeck & Connecticut route via Silvernails, Copake, and Boston Corners. The heavy grades over Winchell Mountain via the former Newburgh, Dutchess & Connecticut route from Millerton via Shekomeko became the least desirable.

In the 1921 setting depicted here, a wreck or other blockage of the usual routes has caused the detour of a westbound freight via Millerton and over the rugged Winchell summit into the safe haven of the valley floor at pine Plains. The little Class F-4 Brooks-built (2-6-0) Mogul was the heaviest freight engine allowed to use the line. It was one of six such engines built in 1910 numbered 400-405, then renumbered in 1913 as 125-130, and rebuilt with Walschaert valve gear in 1919. Indicative of the era is the high-riding Model A Ford parked behind the station, designed to straddle the rutted, muddy dirt roads of rural America in the early 1920s.

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Central New England Railway In New York State

Postcard View of Railroad Avenue in Hopewell Junction about 1910.

Stickels collection

The large building left of center is now the Hopewell Inn. The building farther to the left is now Geeks Place with route 376 making a sharp turn between the buildings. At far right is the Bordens Creamery while the depot, freight house and tower are in the distance. Note the old car parked in front of the store at left.

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Leaders at MORPC Recognized by Columbus Business First

Each spring Columbus Business First recognizes 40 individuals under 40 for their leadership in the public and private sectors throughout Central Ohio. MORPC is proud to have Thea Walsh, MORPC’s Director of Transportation Systems and Funding and Rory McGuiness, MORPC’s Vice Chair and Deputy Director for Administration for the City of Columbus’ Department of Development make the 2017 list.

Thea Walsh is one of the youngest regional transportation directors in the country at a major planning organization. Over the past year, Walsh led a transportation team and assisted in organizing an effort that secured a semi-finalist position for the Midwest Connect project in the Hyperloop One Global Competition. The Midwest Connect Hyperloop corridor is a proposed freight and passenger transportation corridor between Chicago and Pittsburgh via Columbus. Hyperloop technology is a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination.

Walsh manages a large technical team, staffs several community boards, and runs services touching MORPC’s 15-county region. With an annual program budget of $33 million, Walsh leads transportation projects and services that are changing the fabric of Central Ohio’s transportation system for the better.

Through his leadership at the city and at MORPC, Rory McGuiness was a driving force in Columbus winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge last year. Smart Columbus will deliver an unprecedented multimodal transportation system that will not only benefit the residents of Columbus, but all of Central Ohio.

McGuiness oversees and coordinates the Department of Development’s activities of the Fiscal, Human Resources, Public Information, Technology, and Legislative Affairs areas. These areas provide the administrative support needed to execute the core missions of the department. From 2012 to 2015, Rory served as a Special Assistant and then Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael B. Coleman and was the liaison to the Departments of Development, Building & Zoning Services, Public Service, and Recreation & Parks.

“We are extremely proud to have Thea and Rory as leaders on our MORPC team,” said William Murdock, MORPC’s Executive Director. “Their special contribution to the organization and our board consistently brings steady, informed expertise and new ideas to make MORPC a better place to work and to make us a stronger organization in our service to Central Ohio.”

New York City Commuters Face 44 Days of Amtrak Service Cuts in July and August

Bloomburg via California Rail News

Amtrak is anticipating as many as 44 days of limited service this summer for repairs at Pennsylvania Station in a preliminary plan that appears to favor the national passenger railroad’s needs over those of a half-million daily New York City commuters.

Much of the track and platform work would take place during weekdays, when New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road riders jam the station during rush hours. No major track outages are scheduled during the July 4th and Labor Day holiday weekends, when workers typically have off and Amtrak has a ridership spike.

Great Map and More Links on Central New England Railway

The Central New England Railway at it’s maximum

Dutchess Northern Model Club collection

This map show the maximum extent of the CNE between 1905 and 1916.

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The Last Dragon – Sunday Bonus A to Z.

Outside Perception

As I said on Friday I had to do an extra one for “L” since I just had to do this relatively unknown weird movie that my kids and I love. Well Everyone should Love it. Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon.

I loved the music  in this and it won a Golden Globe for “Rhythm Of the Night.” Also two Razzies for “The Last Dragon”, Which I personally Love and “7Th Heaven” which, ok ,fine… Razzie it is, doesn’t bother me to much.  The acting in the film is campy, the script is campy, the fight scenes, not to shabby. Put it all together and this has become one of those cult favorites, a guilty pleasure…

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So if you are looking for something fun to watch, some uncomplicated entertainment then Give this a shot.

Favorite Quote –  Sho-Nuff – “I said, Who is the Master”?

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