Schenectady Railway Company

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The Schenectady Railway Company is a former privately-owned public transportation agency that provided streetcar, interurban and bus service between 1895 and 1952.

The agency was reorganized as the Schenectady Transportation Corporation between 1952-1970, reflecting the rise of bus services compared to the the demise of the streetcar; the Schenectady Transit System, between 1970 and 1971, and the Capital District Transportation Authority from 1971 to the present.

History

This section is incomplete.

Routes

[1]

  • Albany line; opened in 1901, until July 30, 1933. Bused on that day.
  • Rexford and Aquaduct line; ended in 1946. Possibly bused?
  • Saratoga line; opened to Ballston Spa in 1904, extended to Saratoga Springs in 1905. Closed on December 6, 1941. Possibly bused?
  • Scotia line; ended in 1946. Possibly bused?
  • Troy line; opened in 1901. Closed on July 15, 1934. Possibly bused?

Depots and terminals

  • Fuller barn
  • McClellan Street barn
  • Veeder barn: located on Van Vranken Avenue, near Aqueduct Road.

All-time roster

Buses

This section is incomplete.

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
200-209 1948 GMC TDH-3610 DD 4-71
210-217 1948 GMC TDH-3610 DD 4-71
231-240 1945 GMC TG-3609 GMC 451 cubic in.
241-246 1948 GMC TDH-3207
301 1958 Mack C-49-DM Schenectady Transportation Corporation listed as purchaser.
302-304 1958 Mack C-49-DM Schenectady Transportation Corporation listed as purchaser.
400-404 1959 Mack C-49-DT Schenectady Transportation Corporation listed as purchaser.
500-519 1946 Mack C-41-G
520-527 1947 Mack C-41-GT
528-529 1947 Mack C-41-GT
700 1956 Mack ADS-1
  • Also known as "Bus of Tomorrow".
  • Primarily used on Route 5 service between Schenectady and Albany.[2]
  • Sold to ABC Bus Lines in ?
  • One-of-a-kind bus destroyed in fire at ABC's North Attleboro, MA garage in 1971.
800-809 1956 GMC TDH-4512 Schenectady Transportation Corporation listed as purchaser.

Streetcars

This list is incomplete.

[3]

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Ends Motors Trucks Notes
42-49 Renumbered 129-136 in 1912.
50-55 Renumbered 550-555 in 1902.
56-59 Renumbered 556-559 in ?.
60-71 Renumbered 500-511 in 1902.
103 1890 Gilbert GE-52 Br 21-E
106-108 1890 Gilbert GE-67 Br 21-E
109-128 1890 Stephenson GE-67 Br 21-E Cars 122, 125, 126 had GE-80 motors.
129-136 Jul 1902 St. Louis GE-80 Br 21-E Order number 318.
  • Renumbered from fleet numbers 42-49 in 1912.
  • 129, 131 had GE-67 motors.
  • 130, 132, 134-136 rebuilt in 1914.
  • 131 rebuilt in 1915.
137-142 Sep 1904 Brill GE-80 Br 21-E Order number 13914.
200-209 Dec 1923 Brill Br 77-E-1 Order number 21940.
210-221 Sep 1925 Brill Br 77-E-1 Order number 22312.
300-305 1891 Jones GE-67 Br 21-E
  • 301-302, with Taylor (single) trucks.
  • 302 with GE-58 motors.
306-317 1903 Jones GE-67 Br 21-E 310 featured Gilbert (single) truck.
318-325 1904 Jones GE-67 Br 21-E
326-331 1905 Jones GE-67 Br 21-E
400-411 1902 Laconia GE-67 Br 27-G Order number 274.
  • Originally delivered as open-bench cars.
500-511 Oct 1902 St. Louis GE-74 Br 27-E-1 Order number 239.
  • Originally numbered 60-71, according to delivery records.
  • 500-501, 504, 506-507, 509-511 rebuilt in 1913, to PAYE layout.
  • 505 was a parlor car (deluxe)?
512-523
(1st)
Renumbered 712-723 in 1906-1907.
512-517
(2nd)
1907 St. Louis GE-57 Br 27-E-1 Order number 711A.
  • Rebuilt in 1914-1915 to PAYE layout.
518-523
(2nd)
Aug 1906 St. Louis GE-80 Br 27-G Order number 712A.
  • Rebuilt in 1916-1917 to PAYE layout.
  • 521-523 had GE-67 motors.
525 Aug 1906 Laconia GE-80 Br 27-G
  • Originally delivered as open-bench car.
  • Rebuilt in 1915 to PAYE layout.
550-555 Mar 1901 St. Louis GE-73 Br 27-E-2 Order number 187.
  • Rebuilt in 1915 to PAYE layout.
556-559 1902 Stephenson GE-73 Br 27-E-2 Rebuilt in 1915 to PAYE layout.
560-564 1901 Wason Br 27-E-2 Received in 1914.
600-605 Nov 1902 Brill GE-73 Br 27-E-2 Order number 12388.
  • 600-601 burned on line in 1918.
606-612 1904 Jones GE-66 Br 27-E-2 606-608 had ALCo trucks.
650-655 Jan 1917 Cincinnati PAYE GE-87 Br 27-E-1 Order number 2140.
712-723 1905 Kuhlman GE-74 Br 27-E-1 Order number 271. Kuhlman records list fleet numbers as 512-523. Unknown if a mistake in records, or if renumbered on delivery of 512-523 (2nd) cars.
  • Originally with only rear doors.
  • Rebuilt around 1920.
800-818e Jun 1912 St. Louis PAYE GE-203-A Taylor LB Order number 940.
801-813o Mar 1913 St. Louis PAYE GE-203-A Taylor LB Order number 981.
850-859 Feb 1917 Cincinnati Peter Witt GE-258-A Cin Arch-Bar Order number 2145.

Further reading

References

  1. Don's Rail Photos, Schenectady Railway
  2. BigMackTrucks.com Bus of Tomorrow
  3. Schenectady Railway Co. Roster of Cars, Harold E. Cox