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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 139
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: July 13, 2017 05:46PM

This Date in Railroad History

July 13, 1981
The 145 year old Skaneateles Short Line Railroad delivered its final shipment to Stauffer Chemical at Skaneateles, New York, and the line was cleared later that night. Ironically, returning from its last shipment to Stauffer, the small GE 44-tonner #6 derailed at a switch. Crews tried to put the locomotive back on the track using a bar and a jack. The jack broke and was smashed like a beer can after a few hours of trying to get the engine back on the tracks. A pay loader was called in to reset the engine back on the rails and that was the end of the ill-fated 5-mile short line... The Skaneateles Short Line served 17 industries from 1836-1981 and had a fleet of 6 steam engines, all retired by 1950, and 2 GE-Erie 44-tonners which were sold to New York State Electric & Gas in 1981. From 1831-1901 the railroad also operated the Skaneateles Steamboat & Transportation Company and operated 8 boats mixed of mail and dinner boats. The boat company still lives on and runs a dinner cruise weekly. The railroad employed 12 engineers, 9 firemen, 5 conductors, 6 brakemen, 8 management staff, and 14 yard staff.

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