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Joseph A. Smith (1895-1978) was an avid collector of railroad photos, sharing many of them with fellow collectors in the Northeast. A former plumbing contractor, he presumably developed his interest in railroads through his father James H. Smith, a trolley motorman in Troy, NY. His extensive collection focused on the lines that once served Troy: Delaware & Hudson, Rutland, Boston & Maine and New York Central

He was a life member of the Capital District Railroad Club of Schenectady. He was also a member of the Mohawk-Hudson Chapter Railway Historical Society and its parent organization, the National Railway Historical Society

Many of his children, especially his sons Joseph Jr., James and Paul -- developed a similar interest and added to his collection with photos of their own

Maintaining the collection is now in the hands of his grandson, Kenneth Bradford. Coincidentally, Ken's other grandfather worked as a manager at the Schenectady plant of the American Locomotive Company.

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May 30, 2012

The Railway Magazine has very kindly given permission for us to reproduce some old articles from the magazines.

February 20, 2012

Monroe County Library System will be digitizing all of the existing Rochester City Directories for the years 1827-1930. If a year is not listed, no directory exists for that year.

February 19, 2012

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December 18, 2011

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