In the dawn of American Railroads, the Mohawk and Hudson Line (1831), running between Albany and Schenectady, was one of the first built.
Juggling funding, inventions, public relations and sheer determination, this railroad evolved from a bone-jarring novelty, powered by spark-spitting locomotives, to the speedy and streamlined New York Central line.
Railroads played a large part in Albany's emergence as a transportation hub.
Standing witness to their prominence are Kiernan Plaza, originally Union Station (1899-1900), and SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street, formerly the Delaware & Hudson Railroad headquarters (1914-1916).
The Honorable Thomas M. Whalen, III - Mayor, City of Albany
Albany Urban Cultural Park