Troy Union Railroad Company and the City of Troy, New York


Picture at top: Hoffman’s Playland, an amusement park in the Albany, NY area announced it is closing at the end of the season.  That immediately led to some discussion about a new home for the Ferris Wheel which can be seen from Route 9 as you drive pass Hoffman’s. Some comments suggest Troy and it’s Riverfront Park. A wheel would have historic  ties to Troy. George Washington Gale Ferris a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, designed and built the first Ferris Wheel for the World’s Columbian Expostion in 1893 in Chicago, Ill.

This blog will be a collection of stories, mostly directly concerning the Troy Union Railroad Company, but also the city of Troy too.


Let’s start out with what the Troy Union Railroad looked  like on the New York Central balance sheet and income statement.

See some cool stuff in 1939 Annual Report

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