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The Tuscarora Book of Forgotten Stations No. 12

Posted by IRTRedbirdR33 on Mon Apr 15 05:58:21 2019

The Tuscarora Book of Forgotten Stations / No. 12

New York, Ontario & Western Railway
Firthcliffe, New York

Firthcliffe was a forgotten station on a forgotten railroad. The New York, Ontario & Western Railway (O&W) ran from Cornwall on the Hudson to the port of Oswego on Lake Ontario with branches to Kingston, Scranton and Utica. O&Q trains ran over the tracks of the New York Central’s River Division to reach Weehawken, New Jersey. Firthcliffe station was located at M.P. 55.53 (from Weehawken) or a little over two miles from Cornwall Junction. The station building had three stories. The upper floors served as living quarters for the agent. Passenger train service ended in 1953 but the station remained until the end of operations on March 29, 1957. Possibly as a freight agency to serve the Firthcliffe Carpet Company. Most of the railroad was torn up but the section between Firthcliffe and Cornwall was taken by the New York Central to serve the carpet company for a few more years.

I lived in the village of Firthcliffe in the summer of 1962. The station building was intact and there were travel posters on the wall from the Union Pacific and Santa Fe Railroad. Some time after that the station was burned down. Also long gone is the Orr’s Mills trestle over Moodna Creek. The trestle was 1800 feet long and 110 feet high.

Sources: “The Final Years, New York, Ontario & Western Ry.” (Carstens Publications / 1989) by Mr. John Krause & Mr. Ed Crist

“The New York, Ontario & Western in Color” (Morning Sun Books / 1997) by Mr. Paul Lubliner

Larry, RedbirdR33

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