Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad "Commodore Vanderbilt"

Archive ID302
DescriptionRensselaer & Saratoga Railroad "Commodore Vanderbilt"
FormatPhotograph, Black & White
Record TypePhotograph
CollectionThe Joseph A. Smith Collection
Date Created
Reference #
SourceSmith, Joesph A.
Date AcquiredJuly 08, 2006
Size24.0 x 19.0 cm
In ColorNo
Negative ExistNo
SubjectsDelaware & Hudson Railroad
Histroy Blog
Locomotive, Steam
New York Central Railroad
New York State
Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad
Rensselaer County, New York
Troy, New York


PIONEER IN TROY - The "Commodore Vanderbilt," the first coal-burning locomotive to run on a Troy railway line, posed for a formal picture outside the Union Depot back in 1872. This photograph, owned by 81-year-old Charles Brewer of Troy, was taken on the section of track at Fulton street and Sixth avenue, looking down Fulton toward the Hudson River. The engine carried a picture of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, organizer of the New York Central Railroad, on its front headlight. Rensselaer & Saratoga R.R. #37 "Commodore Vanderbilt" built by Schenectady 1871 Renumbered 416-By D&H 1899 Retired by D&H. Aug 20-1905 "Picture-taken-in-1872


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