|PORT ANN MARIE & DANASBURG RAILROAD|
|Welcome to the Port
Ann Marie & Danasburg Railroad. Reporting marks: PA&DB. A Class 1
subdivision of the Boston & Albany Railroad owned by the New York Central.
Set in the lower Adirondack foothills of the Taconic Mountains, southeast of Albany, NY circa October 1956 this line provides an important northeast/southwest link, the Ghent Cutoff. (See map below).
The 6.5 mile Ghent Cutoff, links the water level Hudson Division of the NYC (at Stockport) with Chatham on the Boston & Albany leading east towards Pittsfield, MA.
Providing a way to bypass the Selkirk/Albany area, the PA&DB handles bridge traffic of southbound lumber, brewery products, finished steel parts, textiles, and daily hotshot milk trains. Northbound unit trains of coal, Pacemakers, finished goods, steel, and fuel oil abound.
Chatham sees passenger locals from Stockport, with through trains between Albany and Boston, MA.
Icing crews begin loading ice into refers at the Rothaug Freight Yard icing facility located outside the town of Port Ann Marie.
|A hopper sits ready to dump its load of coal at the Byrne Coal Yard. The fall days will bring many more loads in as the trucks take load after load of coal to the local residents’ homes and businesses. Byrne management has already seen that the future of coal and wood as a source of heat days are numbered and have invested in new oil trucks and a storage tank for home heating oil.|
|The unofficial photographer and railroad historian, Steve Rothaug, has decided to take advantage of a beautiful October Saturday to document steam in what may be its last year on the PA&DB. The weather is perfect and the trees are almost at peak colors. Steve catches engine 2357 one of the New York Central’s H10B class 2-8-2 Mikado’s as it rolls past the passenger station at Port Ann Marie, NY.|
|Steve Rothaug barely had time to grab this
photo of PA&DB Train 36 as it approaches the passenger station at Port
Ann Marie. The engineer, Steve
“Ace” Lynch taps the whistle of the aged Pacific K14f (4390) at two
trackside railfans. Train #36
This caboose was modified with passenger trucks to allow for the higher
speed passenger schedule. After
The Russom Dairy Farm rises above the Rothaug Freight
Yard and borders the PA&DB
main line. It is unusual to
catch the entire family in the same spot, but today we have. Mark is tending his draft horses , while Tom hauls a wagon load of
pumpkins in from the fields. Kathleen
is calling everyone in for dinner.
|Fahrer’s Lumber Yard is getting ready to close as it finishes up with the few remaining customers. Located in Port Ann Marie, it is the only lumber yard and building supplies company in the area and does a thriving business. On the road outside a county highway crew finishes some highway repairs before the winter freeze sets in.|
|The tugboat Lizzie B, out of
|Steve obtained permission from the captain of the Lizzie B to take some photos. Here is a view of Fahrer’s Lumber Yard from the upper deck of the tugboat Lizzie B as well as a portion of the Sea Catch’s Pier.|
|Steve once again gets snapshot of the huge Mikado from the alley behind The Sunshine Bakery.|
|Railroad maintenance workers go about their daily tasks at the Danasburg Engine Facility as Steve records this image from the other side of Widow’s Creek as bonus he also gets a glimpse of an unidentified New York Central engine on James L. Kelly bridge.|
|An aerial view of the town of
|A photo from the Republic Steel Warehouse’s parking lot outside Port Ann Marie.|
|The newly weds Ann Marie and Rich are just finished posing for pictures as Father Duff and others in the bridal party get ready to leave St. Boniface’s Church in Port Ann Marie for their reception at The Watermill Catering Hall.|
|Two railfans catch a shot of a rusty faced 0-8-0, switching engine U3a number 7744, as it backs down the rails a gondola load of pipes to a trackside customer.|
|The couple in the back seat of this convertible seem too preoccupied to notice engine 7744 as it backs down the track to the Danasburg engine facility.|
|Steve once again caught up with 7744, just a little too late to get a better view of the engine and its tender. The engineer passes the abandoned remains of an old tank truck as it sits rusting away not far from the PA&DB main.|
|Another view of the loading dock at the Widow’s
Creek Dairy, with a pile of milk cans that have been weighed and are being
loaded into an awaiting milk car, that will soon be racing down to
|Fahrer’s Lumber Yard|
Two locals discuss the repair work being done by the county on the road outside Fahrer’s Lumber Yard.
|An E8 New York Central diesel 4076 races The New Englander past Byrne Coal’s dumping ramp.|
|These are the storage racks that allow new trains access and trains that are leaving the layout really leave the layout. Pins that are secured to the bench work allow entire trains to be lifted off the table and either stored or rotated via electrical connectors located at each end of the “bridge.”|
|Steve catches an un-named passenger train on the curve outside of Port Ann Marie. In the background is Condor Electric.|
|A freight pulled by a New York Central FA unit
passes the New Englander downgrade after crossing the
|A kit bashed model of a NYC 19000 class caboose.|
|Another view looking down
Two neighborhood women peek over the back fence to
get a look at the newlyweds as they stand on the steps of St. Boniface’s
Church. The backyards of
|Here we have a view of
|One of two International Truck sit ready to unload their charges. The drivers have stepped into the yard masters office to complete their paperwork, grab a hot cup of coffee and hear the local scuttlebutt, while they await permission to move to the team track.|
|We catch a glimpse of New York Central H10b (2357) as it effortlessly glides downgrade after crossing Widow’s Creek and the James L. Kelly Bridge on its way to Springfield, Massachusetts. The building in the background is the Moeller Brewery, which is the largest customer on the PA&DB RR|
|NORTH BRIDGE - Finally, the first of the leased 2-8-0 ex-NYC Consolidations are heading south to the New York & Western. Here's road #1147 running light and "airing it out" over North Bridge just prior to leaving the PA&DB.|
|WESTBOUND HOTSHOT MILK TRAIN - Hot stuff! Is that a feedwater heater I see on the fast freight coming into Port Anne past Dave's scratchbuilt Creamery Plant? There's the brewery in the background and a transition era diesel lashup (with lightning stripe scheme) holed up in the siding (right side) waiting for the daily "Hotshot" Milk Train to pass. The dispatcher must be annoyed holding a fast freight westbound while the milk run exercises its class right of way coming into town. I would gather it's October 1953+, the trees have turned. Is that a railfan shooting the event by the blue '49 Chevy, or...?|