Friday, August 2, 2013

Truxton Route for Lehigh Valley R. R.

Lehigh Valley R. R. locomotive No. 919.
Cortland Evening Standard, Thursday, April 2, 1896.



Surveys All Made, Easy Grades, Excellent Shipping Points, Short Line to the St. Lawrence.

[From the Syracuse Post, Thursday.]

   While members of the Business Men's association and other Syracusans have been worrying over and working for the entrance of the Lehigh Valley railroad into Syracuse, surveys for just such a road as is now contemplated, made several years ago, are now in the city. Their existence is known only to a few, the railroad officials and the Business Men's association having no knowledge of them.

   Several years ago General Burt, a well known projector and manager of several railroads in New York and New England, made several surveys in this part of the state. One of them was to determine an entrance into Syracuse for the Elmira, Cortland & Northern railroad, now owned by the Lehigh Valley, and at that time the Utica, Ithaca & Elmira railroad.

   General Burt spent all of one summer at the work with a large party of surveyors. He thoroughly surveyed the whole route, made proper plans, with elevations, etc., and then the work was for some reason dropped. These surveys are now in this city and in the possession of J. Emmet Wells.

   The plans proposed a railroad starting at Truxton on the E, C. & N. R. R. Thence the proposed route runs in a northwesterly direction up Labrador creek, passing through Apulia. Running on the opposite side of the valley from the D, L. & W. railroad, on the east side of Butternut creek, it passed through DeWitt Center and thence into Syracuse.

   This route possesses many advantages. The steepest grade encountered is only fifty-five feet to the mile, which is much less than the D, L. & W. has on some portions of its route. The cuts and fills are about equal, thus saving a large amount of money in grading. It would also be one of the cheapest routes that could be selected, connecting the desired points,

   Accompanying the surveys are papers showing to whom the land belonged and estimates as to the amount of freight business that would be done on the road. One of the best villages passed through by this route is Jamesville. Ten thousand tons of freight are shipped from this place every year, and from 5,000 to 7,000 tons of coal received.

   This route also possesses another big advantage for the Lehigh railroad people. They have also been talking for years of building a road through to the St. Lawrence and the northern part of the state, From DeWitt a road could be constructed in a northerly direction, and Lehigh officials would have the northern outlet which they have so long been wanting.


(General) Grinnell Burt references:


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