A hiking and bicycle trail, that follows the route of the Hudson-Albany electric trolley, is being proposed by the state. A public meeting on the plan will be held tonight at Ichabod Crane High School from 6 to 8.. The trail actually runs behind the school.
Here is the a brief history of the trolley:
Historically, the Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley operated along the proposed trail corridor. The trolley was an interurban third rail system that operated along 35 miles from the City of Albany to the City of Hudson from 1899 to 1929. The trolley was powered by electricity supplied by the Stuyvesant Falls hydro-electric power plant. The 12,000 volt output of the dam was converted to 600 volts at three substations located in the City of Hudson, North Chatham, and East Greenbush.
The trolley line transported millions of passengers over its three decades of service. In the late 1920’s, railroads saw a decline in ridership due to the growing popularity of personal automobile travel. This, coupled with the beginning of the Great Depression, lead to the closure of the trolley line in 1929.
More on the trail plan here:
Map of proposed trail route and picture of one of the historic trolleys below
The trolley station in Valatie, still stands today