Bridge Line Historical Society
Railroad-Specific Historical Societies
PO Box 13324
Albany, Northeast, NY 12212
United States
Meeting Frequency
Twice a year
Meeting Days
Meeting Times
For about 185 years, the Delaware and Hudson Railway Company has impacted the rich history of railroading in the United States. From its founding in 1823 as a canal company, to its sale to Canadian Pacific Limited in 1991, the D&H has continued to provide service to customers throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and New England. Known as "The Bridge Line to New England and Canada", this railroad has always been known as a "friendly" railroad by railroad enthusiasts. The Bridge Line Historical Society (BLHS) has a charter from the New York State Department of Education as a not-for-profit historical and educational organization to help preserve the rich and varied history that "America's oldest continually operated transportation company" has to offer.

The BLHS was organized in 1990 by a group of highly motivated individuals who have ties with the D&H. Whether you were riding the passenger train to or from Montreal, or just standing near a yard taking pictures, D&H personnel always went out of their way to help. Now we are returning the favor and leading an effort to preserve the memories, artifacts, and equipment used by the "Bridge Line". With your help when you join the BLHS, we can all be assured success in this most worthy endeavor.

Your membership in the BLHS includes the BULLETIN, our official monthly newsletter of past and current affairs on the D&H, which also includes news and articles about other area railroads and the rail industry in general. Members will also have the opportunity to participate in our meetings, programs, activities and elections, receive certain discounts on trips and goods, etc.

The founders of the BLHS realize the importance of communicating with the membership items of society importance, historic relevance, and social good. The goals of the BULLETIN are to supply members, railroad personnel, historians, railfans, modelers, and the community served by the Delaware & Hudson Railway as a whole, with interesting and comprehensive information on a timely basis. The BULLETIN continuously prepares articles concerning the many facets, varied operations and physical facilities of the D&H and its associated and connecting railroads.

The BLHS would like to solicit any articles, photographs, corporate records, drawings, and other information its members, the D&H and the community in general may be interested in having preserved or seeing in print. We appreciate and require the input of our readers to be successful in meeting these goals.

Although our primary focus is and will remain the D&H, we also feature a rich and varied content in our newsletter, including current events in the railroad industry, modeling and travelogues. Join us for news, historical and current articles, and other stories sure to please friends of the D&H.

The BLHS holds an annual spring luncheon and fall banquet. These are mini-business meetings followed by speakers, some with slide shows, regarding the D&H and D&H related railroads. Informal get-togethers of slide shows and discussions are held on a periodic basis.

We are actively engaged in preserving D&H materials in our Archives, working in conjunction with the University at Albany (State University of New York). These materials will be available to the public through UAlbany. In the course of this effort we are able to offer calendars with photos from our collection, maps of the D&H, a reprint of an official D&H book of stations and models based on D&H drawings and documents.

Contact us for a free copy of our BULLETIN (averaging 44 pages a month without ads) and membership information.
Contact Information
Bridge Line Historical Society
PO Box 13324
Albany, NY 12212
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