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New York Central: 1905

New York Central: 1905

Syracuse, New York, circa 1905. "New York Central R.R. depot." Locomotive sharing the spotlight with an electric brougham. View full size.

 

Built 1895

Past and Present of Syracuse and Onondaga County,
New York, 1908.

The greatest thing for Syracuse in modern steam railroad history was the building of the artistic New York Central Railway Station. The first office in the new station was opened August 1, 1895, and the station itself was opened for business October 6, 1895.


Previously seen at Syracuse Panorama: 1901.

Long Gone

This was the third New York Central station in Syracuse. It was demolished in 1936. A new station was built when the tracks were elevated and removed from the streets.

Little need to colorize

With all the soot, smoke and dirt about this may be pretty well what it looked like at the time.

Rubber vs. Iron

Well, those rubber wheels may already have been better than the tradition iron hoops.

Just think what a racket modern pneus are making on cobblestones. And then imagine that to be wooden wheels with iron hoops. Not to mention the clop-clop-clop of the horseshoes.

That weathervane

Is that a whimsical locomotive-motif weathervane on top of the spire? Very cool.

Also, that carriage appears to have solid rubber (i.e., not pneumatic) tires. I can't imagine what it would be like to drive over those cobblestones in a rig like that.

 
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