NEB&W Guide to North Troy/Lansingburgh, NY
NEB&W Layout Table of Contents
- Lansingburgh was originally a separate city, but later (Jan. 1901) annexed by Troy. It was founded about 30 before years before Troy (around 1760), by Abraham Jacob Lansing. It is often called North Troy, although residents refer to it as the "Burgh".
- We are modeling three distinct (and widely spaced) prototypes in North Troy. The first was just north of Hoosic Street, by Jay Street, a cluster of three industries, Troy Feed & Seed, Armour, and Wilson Grocery. The second is the 101st Street covered bridge leading up to Oakwood Cemetery. The third was the Lansingburgh B&M depot and coal dealer at 114th Street (12 blocks north of 101st Street.)
What might be confusing to others (we've learn to accept it years ago) is that opposite side of the three industries near Hoosic St., we are modeling the northern end of the Rutland, VT yard.
- The B&M abandoned this line in 1971.
We are modeling the three industries just north of Jay Street in North Troy, Troy Feed & Seed, the Armour Meat Packing Plant, and Wilson's Wholesale Grocery (the later two buildings still stand, although not with these industries, and of course, with no rail service, since the B&M ripped out this section years ago).
At 101st Street, the road crossed the tracks and led up to Oakwood Cemetery. A wood truss bridge was built over the tracks (supposedly one of only two such bridges over tracks. It was sheathed with a wood covering, and then probably around 1900, given a layer of corrugated metal to keep locomotive exhaust from setting the bridge on fire.
Oakwood Cemetery was a pretty ritzy place, (people were dying to get in there!) and the portals of the bridge were done in half-timber Queen Anne shingle style. The sides were neglected, and the metal siding allowed to rust, providing quite a contrast between the sides and the ends. The bridge was set on fire by vandals in the late '60's.
We are also squeezing in the B&M's Lansingburgh station at 114th Street and the little coal dealer on the opposite side.
Near Hoosick Street
- The three industries just north of Hoosic.
Troy Feed & Supply
- Troy Feed & Supply, c. 1972. (This facility has since been torn down and is now the site for an on-ramp for the Collar City Bridge.)
- (For years and years, I've been calling this "Troy Feed & Seed", despite having even modeled the sign on the building which proudly proclaims it was "Supply". Am I an idiot or what?)
According to the D&H's 1951 Traffic Report, TF&S got 24 carloads in and shipped out none for the entire year - on average two cars a month. The B&M and even perhaps the NYC possibly shipped additional cars in.
Armour Meat Packing
- Next to the feed store was an Armour meat packing plant. From what I've been able to track in the City Directories, the facility wasn't there in 1914, but was in 1915. (No evidence the plant was built earlier as a different company and taken over by Armour, it was apparently Armour from the get-go.) In 1965, they were listed as a wholesale operation, with no mention of any retail business. They were still there in '66, gone by '67.
This building is still standing, greatly modified.
- According to the D&H's 1951 Traffic Report, Armour got 142 carloads in and shipped out none for the entire year - on average not quite one car every two days. The B&M and even perhaps the NYC possibly shipped additional cars in.
When I started modeling this facility, the question became how did they load up trucks? The front looks like a storefront and hardly conducive to having workings hauling slabs of meat out to the concrete dock. The south side was close to Troy Feed & Supply, there was room for an alley at most, not a driveway to allow trucks to turn and back up to any door. (The door in the end photo was clearly cut in by the time of the photo in the 1980's.)
Tom Amrine had suggested the front was modified for retail operation, apparently a plumbing supply place and a small store front added in place of loading doors. But what I've been able to find, the 1972 photos show the building pretty much as it was as the Armour plant (except for the windows having been boarded up). There was nothing in there since it closed in '67 and thus no reason to have been modified, and the weathering and paint doesn't show as new enough for any post-Armour modifications.
So it looks like it did have a sort of storefront. (Whatever I fit into the opening on the model will be lightly glued in case we ever get better info.)
- On the layout.
Wilson Wholesale Groceries
- The third building in this trio from north Troy was Wilson Wholesale Groceries. It, too, is still standing, although not a grocery wholesaler anymore.
- According to the D&H's 1951 Traffic Report, Wilson got 6 carloads in and shipped out none for the entire year - on average one car every other month. The B&M and even perhaps the NYC possibly shipped additional cars in.
- There was a covered bridge over the tracks at 101st St. See this section.
- We are modeled the B&M's depot and the coal dealer at 114th St. See this section for more info.
On The Layout
- Originally, the scene curved so the track could run across the aisle and under the main at State Line. When we tried to make the layout a public attraction, we wanted to eliminate the duck-under to get into the Green Island/Cohoes area.
- Progress on the layout.
- Redoing the layout to add the long retaining wall just south of the covered bridge.
- Progress as of Nov. 15th, '08, as cleaned up for the operating session.
- Even more progress.
- Panoramic view of the entire north end.
- See this section.