The Canadian Pacific And The Delaware & Hudson: The End Of The Line Is Now Albany, NY

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Canadian Pacific And Delaware & Hudson: Albany, NY

In case you didn’t know by now, a large chunk of the former Delaware & Hudson went up for sale in October 2014. Parent railroad Canadian Pacific plans to keep the lines from Montreal to Albany in order to retain the lucrative Bakken crude oil traffic which is mostly what today’s train is made of.

The lines south of CP’s Mohawk Yard in Glenville, New York including the Sunbury Subdivision were included in the sale where much of the current traffic was, and still is, Norfolk Southern‘s bound for Ayer, Massachusetts via the Pan Am Southern…. Itself a joint venture between the NS and the Pan Am Railway. On November 17 it was announced (to the surprise of no one) that Norfolk Southern was indeed the buyer for $217 million.

On April 8, 2015 D&H filed a discontinuance of trackage rights exemption with the Surface Transportation Board. When granted, the D&H will discontinue all local and overhead trackage rights it holds on nearly 670 miles of lines in several of the northeastern U.S. states.

These are trackage rights that have been in place since the 1976 formation of Conrail although today the various lines are owned by several railroads including NS, CSX, Conrail, Amtrak, and some smaller roads like the Reading & Northern.

It was in 1991 that the Canadian Pacific bought and assumed all operations of the waning D&H. Back then trains were dominated by the legendary SD40-2 and consisted of primarily lumber, paper and kaolin. They carried symbols like 154, 155, 265, 266, 272, 273, 555 (the triple nickel), 556, 557 and 558.

My own personal recollections of the D&H were of friendly crews like the one today, who invited me onto the locomotive.

In a few months the bright red diesels of CP will be yet another closed chapter in the history of northeastern railroading. In the minds of people (like me) who remember the 24 years that CP ruled the rails of northeast Pa., it will be yet another memory of yet another railroad that came and went.

Today’s train, shown here waiting to cross Church Street and into the yard at the docks of Albany, NY on a hot August 3, 2008, and consisting mostly of Bakken crude oil tank cars (the one thing CP decided to hold onto) is a reminder of how fast things can disappear.

The world keeps on turning and the railroad picture in America keeps on changing so it’s no surprise that the Delaware & Hudson of the last 30-40 years is definitely a tale worth reciting…. And remembering….

Ironically, as fate would have it, today wasn’t the first time, nor would it be the last time that I would run into the 5677 and the 5690. Luck brought us together several times over the years…. But that is another story….

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The Canadian Pacific And The Delaware & Hudson In Albany, NY

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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