List of New York Central Railroad precursors

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The New York Central Railroad (NYCRR) was formed on December 22, 1914, as a consolidation of the companies listed below. It later merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad to form Penn Central.

The NYCRR owned stock in the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad and the Lake Erie and Western Railroad, but sold it in July 1917 and April 1922, respectively.


Adirondack and St. Lawrence Railroad[edit]

Also known as the Mohawk and Malone Railway, the Adirondack and St. Lawrence Railroad was built by Dr. William Seward Webb. The line crossed the northern Adirondacks at Tupper Lake Junction, just north of Tupper Lake. Webb began by purchasing the narrow gauge Herkimer, Newport and Poland Railroad, which ran 16 miles from Herkimer to Poland. He then had track built from Tupper Lake to Moira and thence to Montreal. This was variously called the Adirondack and St. Lawrence Railroad and the Mohawk and Malone Railway.[1] It opened in 1892 from Malone Junction to Childwold Station with a branch from Lake Clear Junction to Saranac Lake. After 1893, it was controlled by the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, and in 1913, it merged with the Central as the "Adirondack Division".

Air Line Railway of Michigan[edit]

Allegheny and Western Railway[edit]

Amsterdam, Chuctanunda and Northern Railroad[edit]

Aurora and Cincinnati[edit]

Bailey Run, Sugar Creek and Athens Railway[edit]

Beech Creek Extension Railroad[edit]

Bowman's Creek Railroad[edit]

Chicago, Indiana and Southern Railroad (original)[edit]

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway[edit]

Cleveland Short Line Railway (merged 1915)[edit]

Cleveland Union Terminals Company[edit]

Cornwall Bridge Company (merged 1917)[edit]

Detroit and Chicago Railroad (original)[edit]

Detroit, Monroe and Toledo Railroad (original)[edit]

Chartered in 1855, the Detroit, Monroe and Toledo Railroad (DM&T) ran from Detroit, Michigan, south-southwest along the shore of Lake Erie to Monroe, Michigan. It crossed the state line into Ohio, where it ran into Toledo, Ohio. The line was completed on December 25, 1856. The DM&T leased itself in perpetuity to the Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad (MS&NI) on July 1, 1856. The MS&NI merged with the Lake Shore Railway in 1869 to form the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway (LS&MS). The New York Central and Hudson River Railroad achieved a controlling interest in the LS&MS in 1877, and the two companies merged in 1914 to form the New York Central Railroad. The DM&T's assets were merged into the NYC on January 1, 1915.

Dolgeville and Salisbury Railway (merged 1917)[edit]

Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley and Pittsburgh Railroad (original)[edit]

Elkhart and Western Railroad (merged 1915)[edit]

Fulton Chain Railway (merged 1916)[edit]

Geneva, Corning and Southern Railroad (original)[edit]

Jamestown, Franklin and Clearfield Railroad (merged 1915)[edit]

Kalamazoo and White Pigeon Railroad (original)[edit]

Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway (original)[edit]

Michigan Central Railroad[edit]

New York Central and Hudson River Railroad (original)[edit]

Beech Creek Railroad[edit]

Boston and Albany Railroad[edit]

Buffalo and Lockport Railway[edit]

Buffalo and Niagara Falls Railroad[edit]

Buffalo and Rochester Railroad[edit]

Buffalo Erie Basin Railroad[edit]

Cape Vincent Railway[edit]

Construction was completed to Cape Vincent in April 1852. The railroad from limerick to Cape Vincent was abandoned 84 years later, and all rails were removed in the summer of 1967.

Carbon and Otter Creek Valley Railroad[edit]

Carthage and Adirondack Railway[edit]

Carthage, Watertown and Sackets Harbor Railroad[edit]

Geneva and Lyons Railroad[edit]

Hudson River Railroad[edit]

Junction Railroad[edit]

Mahopac Falls Railroad[edit]

Mohawk and Malone Railway[edit]

New Jersey Junction Railroad (leased 7–1–1886)[edit]

New York and Harlem Railroad (leased 4–1–1873)[edit]

New York and Putnam Railroad[edit]

New York Central Railroad[edit]

New York Central Niagara River Railroad[edit]

Niagara Bridge and Canandaigua Railroad[edit]

Spuyten Duyvil and Port Morris Railroad[edit]

Syracuse Junction Railroad[edit]

West Shore Railroad (leased 12-5-1885)[edit]

Northern Central Michigan Railroad (original)[edit]

Racquette Lake Railway (merged 1916)[edit]

Sturgis, Goshen and St. Louis Railway (merged 1915)[edit]

Swan Creek Railway of Toledo (original)[edit]

Terminal Railway of Buffalo (original)[edit]

Toledo and Ohio Central Railway[edit]

Ulster and Delaware Railroad (merged 1932)[edit]


  1. ^ Kudish, Michael, Where Did the Tracks Go in the Central Adirondacks?, Volume Two, Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, New York, 2007. ISBN 978-1-930098-81-7.

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