Saratoga and North Creek Railway
by Joe Kurland
The Saratoga and North Creek Railway (ex Delaware and Hudson), is a tourist railroad running along the upper Hudson River to the heart of the Adirondaks. Last June, the S&NCR offered free tickets to the Amherst Railway Society with the requirement that the users report back to the Society on the trip. Joe Kurland took the trip with camera in hand, and this presentation is his report. He rounds out the report with some research on the railroad's history, the equipment he rode in and an interview with the S&NCR general manager about planned freight operations. Joe's photographs will be supplemented with additional photos by Phil Johnson who had previously taken the same trip.
If time permits, Joe will also tell of his experience back in the early 1990's with motivating students to learn history, geometry and other skills with a model railroad project depicting industrial Holyoke. (You've seen it on the ABEL layout.)
There will also be a display of his large format photographic prints of railroad subjects at the November meeting.
Joe Kurland first traveled the Delaware and Hudson branch line that is now the S&NCR in 1954 at the age of 9, and to this day most of his long distance travel is by train. He has been a photographer for almost as long , and railroad's are among his favored subjects. He is a member of the Amherst Belt Lines and is the webmaster of the Amherst Railway Society. A wider selection of Joe's Photographic prints will be on display during the Crafts of Colrain studio tour on November 10th. When he is not doing something involving trains or photography, Joe is the vocalist with the Wholesale Klezmer Band and teaches Yiddish Language and Literature.