The Middleburgh And Schoharie Railroad

 


The M&S Railroad was built in 1868, as it's own company to connect with The Schoharie Valley RR.  It was owned by the Town Of Middleburgh and it shared the rails of her sister road, as well as equipment and the interchange at Schoharie Junction.  The railroad made her last trip on September 30th, 1936.  A Scrap-dealer from Albany, Ellis Friedman paid $15,000 to dismantle the line and it's equipment...

Here is a photo of the M&S's newest locomotive known as "Pony." She was built in 1855 by the Danforth, Cooke, & Co. Locomotive and Machine Works in Paterson, New Jersey as the "Reindeer." After service in Cleveland Ohio, she was rebuilt and sent to The M&S in 1870, where she served for 25 years.

(Joseph A. Smith/Ken Bradford Collection)


Here she is again in 1870.  Notice the one prominent driving wheel. (Joseph A. Smith/Ken Bradford Collection)


Here is the Middleburgh Depot on the M&S. Although she's not in her original spot, she still survives in a new location!

(Joseph A. Smith/Ken Bradford Collection)


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Here is a postcard of the Middleburgh Station that has been hand-colored to give you an idea of it's original color. What the 'A' in A. M. & S. Depot stands for, I haven't a clue!

(Author's Collection)

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Here's a shot of the re-located station in Middleburgh.  Some modification has been done, but the roof's overhang tells the story.  An addition has been added and this me actually be the rear of the station! This is a private residence, please respect their privacy!

(PHOTO: Dean Splittgerber)

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Here's a side-view of the former station in Middleburgh

(PHOTO: Dean Splittgerber)


M&S 1 at Schoharie Junction.  The Albany and Susquehanna (Later D&H) main-line is on the right.  Engine #1 was a Schenectady Locomotive Works product, BN #4281 built in April of 1895.  The engineer standing on the engine is Wellington Warner.  In front of the engine is John Reynolds and standing on the cow-catcher is Chauncy Winegar.

(Joseph A. Smith/Ken Bradford Collection)



Here is Engine 1 getting ready to leave Middleburgh with Coach #3 in the rear!

(Joseph A. Smith/Ken Bradford Collection)



Here is 4-4T # 2 on the TurnTable in Middleburgh.

(Joseph A. Smith/Ken Bradford Collection)




Here is M&S #2 at the engine facility in Middleburgh on August 20, 1936.  Just a month before her abandonment.
(Joseph A. Smith/Ken Bradford Collection)

Page Wood of the M&S opens a cattle gate for the train to pass. (Joseph A. Smith/Ken Bradford Collection)


After the M&S was abandoned in 1936,  this Combination-Car was purchased from the railroad and used as a private residence.

(Joseph A. Smith/Ken Bradford Collection)

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