Friday, April 26, 2013

Greenwich & Johnsonville treasure

Yet again, at a loss for what to blog about this week (not because nothing comes to mind, but because too many do & I can't choose), an envelope on my desk this morning provided the answer.

A train ticket collector in California sent me 2 Greenwich & Johnsonville Railway Company tickets! They are tiny & stained but otherwise in great condition. Based on the information in David F. Nestle's book Rails Along the Battenkill: A History of the Greenwich & Johnsonville Railway (Is the title a play of Drums Along the Mohawk? I digress.) I can estimate the dates of the ticket...

The oldest ticket is numbered 20791 & has the signature of J.H. Thompson who was Superintendent in 1897. The other ticket is numbered 26824 & signed by J.H. Mc Daniels. Mc Daniels was Superintendent from at least 1901-1912.

Greenwich & Johnsonville Railway ticket c. 1897

For more information I highly recommend Nestle's book. It is very readable & has quite a few interesting images of engines, bridges, maps & railway ephemera like tickets & schedules. I have referred to it before, but now I am actually reading it!

Highly recommended book on the G&J

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