Those Disappearin’ Railroad Blues [S-17-57]
|Presenter:||Arthur (Art) Johnson|
|Location:||SUNY: Kellas 217|
|Classes:||1 Session 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Mon 2:00 PM 05/08|
The course title is from the song, “The City of New Orleans.” In this presentation we will look at the history of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, starting from the construction of the line as the “Mohawk & Malone,” later as the “New York Central Adirondack Division,” then “Conrail,” after that the end of its passenger and freight service, and finally its revival as the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, currently threatened by the advocates for a recreational trail.
Art Johnson has had a long-time interest in transportation (e.g. his SOAR courses “Lost Railroads of the Adirondacks,” “Lost World of the Night Boat, and “The Erie Canal and the NY Central Railroad,” but his special interest is railroads. Art was a Professor at SUNY Potsdam where he taught courses on New York State History and Adirondack History. In fall 2015 Art received the “Leon LeBeau SOARing Educator Award.”