EDI as a Railroad

What is a an EDI VAN? The EDI experts can create an involved answer but lots of people (like business managers, for instance) are not quite sure what it is. Maybe if I liken it to something not Information Technology, I could better explain it.

It is like the U.S. Freight rail system. Both take your product; pack it in their own container (envelopes/files; box cars); move it to the recipient by a network of rails or phone:data lines (both built by private companies); switch from one to the other (no single VAN or railroad covers the whole country….yet); and finally deliver to the recipient (rail siding or VAN mailbox).

A VAN  lets you complete all your transactions in one transmission. A train lets you send all your shipments at once.

The VAN is essentially a giant virtual switchboard where data is shunted from one participating company to another. The rail system is essentially a giant virtual switchboard where freight is shunted from a participating shipper to a customer.


Rochester, NY Railroads PLUS Some fascinating TRAIN TICKETS

One of our fans contacted us about a William Beatty Rochester SR. He was a e President or Director of one of the RR Lines in the 1850/60s. He was the son of Nathanial Rochester (founder of Rochester NY).

So we started by looking for possible railroads: The New York Central Railroad was created in 1853 by the merger of ten other railroads, spearheaded by Albany industrialist and Mohawk Valley Railroad owner Erastus Corning:
Albany & Schenectady Railroad
Mohawk Valley Railroad
Schenectady & Troy Railroad
Syracuse & Utica Direct Railroad
Rochester & Syracuse Railroad
Buffalo & Rochester Railroad
Rochester, Lockport & Niagara Falls Railroad
Rochester & Lake Ontario Railroad
Buffalo & Niagara Falls Railroad
Buffalo & Lockport Railroad
Between 1853 and 1869, the following railroads were merged into the New York Central:
Buffalo & Niagara Falls Railroad Co.
Lewiston Railroad Co.
Rochester & Lake Ontario Railroad Co.
Saratoga & Hudson River Railroad Co.

William Beatty Rochester SR. probably associated with either the Rochester & Syracuse or the Buffalo & Rochester. Could also be the Rochester & Lake Ontario. Check out this link

Our fan also has an original New York Central R.R. Co. ticket! It is dated May 1865. The passenger was notable in that he was Hon. E. T. Throop who was Governor of NY in 1832. I cannot read all of the hand writing, however the following is what the ticket indicates:
“New-York Central R.R.Co
(hand written) May 1865
Pass (hand written) Hon’s E.T. Throop
(hand writing that I can’t read)
per conditions on the other side of this ticket, and must be used within
(hand written 1) 1 days
(hand written) Auburn to Albany (can’t read last word)
(last line-signature) John (either an “n” or “v”) N. L. P (can’t read the
rest) Director. The back of the ticket is a standard “Notice”.

Also an Erie Railroad ticket


Click above to see ticket.

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Nicholson (PA) Ramps Up for 100th Anniversary of Railroad Bridge: (Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct-DL&W)

Nicholson (PA) Ramps Up for 100th Anniversary of Railroad Bridge
(Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct-DL&W)*

The Tunkhannock Viaduct was a marvel of the modern world when it was
completed in 1915. A century later, it remains the world’s largest
reinforced concrete railroad bridge, spanning not just Tunkhannock creek
hundreds of feet below, but the entire valley containing the borough of
Nicholson in eastern Wyoming County.


Borough officials and members of several groups vested in retaining
Nicholson’s heritage and celebrating the history of the grand old bridge
are hoping to draw thousands of people to the small rural town from Friday
to Sunday, Sept. 11 to 13 for an activity-packed weekend that will feature
a parade, historical exhibits, and walking tours. The weekend will
culminate with what organizers expect to be Nicholson’s biggest Bridge Day

“We are excited to celebrate our Bridge’s 100th anniversary and look
forward to working with our neighbors, area historical groups, and the
railroad community to ensure this milestone celebration is unforgettable,”
said Nicholson Heritage Association Chair Marion Sweet.


Josh Stull
Nicholson, PA
http://www.nicholsonbridge 100th.com

Second Avenue Subway: A Great Collection of Construction Photos

The Second Avenue subway line currently under construction in New York City is one of the largest infrastructure projects under way in the United States.

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) information,

The Second Avenue Subway will be New York City’s first major expansion of the subway system in over 50 years. When fully completed, the line will stretch 8.5 miles along the length of Manhattan’s East Side, from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan. In addition, a track connection to the existing 63rd Street and Broadway Lines, will allow a second subway line to provide direct service from East Harlem and the Upper East Side to West Midtown via the Broadway express tracks.

In all, 16 new stations will be built, serving communities in Harlem, the Upper East Side, East Midtown, Gramercy Park, East Village, the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Lower Manhattan. The new stations will also provide transfers to other subway and commuter rail lines.

All of the stations will have escalator and elevator access including access for the disabled, and will feature climate control features to maximize customer comfort.

According to Adam Clark Estes’ latest Gizmodo post, the latest pictures from the MTA and Flickr show the scale of the tunnels and the stations that are being built below the city. The project, which took decades to plan and design, is becoming a reality through the efforts of some highly skilled, well-paid craft workers.

Check out the pictures below. By the way, the yellow “tarps” are permanent insulation and vapor barriers that will help keep the line dry when the concrete is poured and the trains start running and carrying 200,000 passengers per day.

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60 years after its demise, rare videos reveal Third Avenue elevated line

Here’s some rare newsreel footage of the very last elevated subway line to run through Midtown Manhattan — along Third Avenue — which ceased operations in the very different city of 60 years ago.

There were originally four elevated lines running almost the entire length of Manhattan. But there were complaints about the trains’ noise from tenants of largely long-gone tenements adjoining the tracks, and from businesses below, which complained about the steel infrastructure blocking light and traffic.


The elevated lines along Second, Sixth and Ninth Avenues, made redundant (at least on the west side) by underground subway routes, shut down and were demolished between 1938 and 1942.

But the Third Avenue El received a reprieve until after the war. That’s because plans for a Second Avenue Subway drawn up in the 1920s had stalled, and tearing down the El would strain the East Side’s only subway line on Lexington Avenue.

Pressure to scrap the El increased because of the postwar construction boom in the city, with sections of the Third Avenue line running from South Ferry to Chatham Square closed beginning in 1950. The main part of the line — from Chatham Square to East 149th Street in The Bronx ceased operations on May 12, 1955. The very northern portion of the line, running from East 149th Street to Gun Hill Road in The Bronx, operated until 1973.


And that long-promised Second Avenue subway? Work has proceeded fitfully since the 1970s, and the first section — from 63rd Street to 96th Street — is finally scheduled to open in December 2016. As someone who rode on the Third Avenue elevated as a child, all I can say is: Don’t hold your breath.

‘The Vanishing El’ (1955)


While you’re waiting, here’s another look at the Second Avenue subway’s rumbling analog and overground ancestor, which “speaks’’ to the audience in a more whimsical short commemorating its last days. If you’ve got an another hour to kill, a train buff recorded the very last run — all the way from Chatham Square to Gun Hill Road — in a color home movie below. Enjoy!

‘The Last Run’’ (1955)


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Connecticut Gov. Malloy highlights rail corridor, transportation projects in state address

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy yesterday toured the Meriden train station on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) rail corridor to highlight his vision for investing in the state’s transportation infrastructure, which he outlined in his State of the State address earlier this week.

The location of the tour is the site of an ongoing transit-oriented development (TOD) project with a primary focus on stimulating development within a half mile of the proposed Meriden Intermodal Center.

“This project will transform the 91 corridor with high-speed rail while revitalizing cities and towns between New Haven and Hartford,” Malloy said in a press release. “The citizens and business community in Meriden and its surroundings will benefit from our investments for years to come.”

In October 2011, the governor announced $5 million for local TOD projects, including $850,000 to the city of Meriden for market and environmental analyses, and other studies and surveys related to the NHHS rail line.

“The TOD project will foster economic development in the various towns and surrounding regions by supporting local projects that connect state residents to job opportunities, housing, cultural centers and more,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.

The new NHHS service will be called the Hartford Line, and is expected to increase the number of roundtrip trains from six daily Amtrak shuttles to 17 trains, including existing Amtrak trains plus 11 new commuter trains. Service is scheduled to start in late 2016.

Under the project, all existing stations will be replaced and several new stations will be built.

Meridan, CT station   from Charlie Gunn
Meridan, CT station from Charlie Gunn


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