Friday, April 8, 2011

New York, Ontario, & Western Railway

On January 12, 2010, I posted a cancel similar to the one below. I labelled the cancel as the N.Y.C. & W Railway.  I was a bit off.  After examing the calendar a bit more closely in light of the new information posted at Bob Mustacich's site, I recognized the cancel as that of the New York, Ontario, and Western Railway.  I then found a much better version of the cancel, this time from February 6, 1900:

N. Y. O. & W. RY. CO.

NYO&W Logo

NYO&W System Map with connections

The New York, Ontario & Western ran from New York City to Oswego, on the shores of Lake Ontario.  Its main business during its profitable years was the haulage of anthracite coal and passengers bound to and from the Catskills for vacation.  But by the 1930s the antracite business was tapering off, and by the end of World War II, passenger traffic had become a trickle.  The railroad declared bankruptcy in the 1950s, and is distinguished by the fact that the entire line was completely abandoned upon bankruptcy.

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