The CSX Selkirk Branch runs for slightly
over 41 miles, cutting away
from the Chicago line near Rotterdam, NY, then climbing out of the
Mohawk River Valley to reach the immense Selkirk Yard.
From the yard, lines continue to reach
Boston, New Jersey, and at MP 125
on the East Shore of the Hudson River, a connection is made with
the line that runs between Albany and New York City.
This part of the route, opened in 1924 as the Hudson River Connecting
Railroad was constructed as a freight bypass for the troublesome
West Albany Hill, and congestion in the State Capital.
Overpasses closed to motor vehicles,
giant bridges over major rivers,
busy interlockings, and easily accessible grade crossings
are just some of the highlights for the Railfan visiting this area.
In this video, we will take you to all of the popular locations, as well
as a few spots off-the-beaten-path!
Freight traffic is heavier on the Selkirk
Branch than anywhere
else in the Northeast, and CSX trains are often pulled with a
great assortment of foreign and leased power!
identified with on screen graphics that include
symbol, origin, & destination!