Livingston Manor O&W Train and Stations

#243 Steam Train at Livingston anor NY in 1932

The question came up as to where the picture was taken. - Harold Van Aken

   Though I do not have any photos of that building, I have seen images of it and the building that shows in the photograph looks similar to what I remember it to be. My guess is that the photograph may be showing the Louis DuBois coal building. The Manor station can not be seen as it is behind the locomotive and train. - Fred

Sanborn Map of Train Station (looking towards Shandelee)


The Sanborn map shows the section where Dubois Fuel was located. The date is about the mid thirties. The building outlined in blue may be the same building. More about Sanborn maps later - Fred


When A P DuBois & Company ceased as a business, Louis DuBois kept the coal fuel portion of the business. Originally located on the Pleasant Street side of the tracks, he sold the business to Sherman Ernhout, lumber dealer from Liberty. Louis Dubois later bought out Hartig's building supply business and got back into the coal business, as well dealing with heating oil. It was located across the tracks from Erhout's Livingston Manor Lumber, behind what later became known as Fried's general store. It is now part of the property owned by the fire department. Fred Marks worked for Louis DuBois and delivered oil and coal. - Fred



DuBois Coal Building Burning




NY Onterio & Western RIP

The New York, Ontario and Western Railway, more commonly known as the O&W or NYO&W, was a regional railroad with origins in 1868, lasting until March 29, 1957 when it was ordered liquidated by a US bankruptcy judge. The O&W holds the distinction of being the first notable U.S. railroad to be abandoned in its entirety.

The railroad began life as the New York and Oswego Midland Railroad, organized by Dewitt C. Littlejohn in 1868. Its mainline extended from Weehawken, New Jersey in the greater New York City area to Oswego, New York, a port city on Lake Ontario. It had branch lines to Scranton, PennsylvaniaKingston, New YorkPort Jervis, New YorkMonticello, New YorkDelhi, New YorkUtica, New York and Rome, New York. The part south of Cornwall, New York was operated over the New York Central Railroad's West Shore Railroad via trackage rights.


When the O&W was liquidated in 1957, the tracks were taken up and sold for salvage

Removing the tracks 1958 - looking towards Roscoe


Station on the left and Fried's Store on the right

Sanborn Maps - Wikipedia

Sanborn Maps was a creator and publisher of maps of US cities and towns. The Sanborn Maps were originally created for assessing fire insurance liability in urbanized areas in the United States. The maps include detailed information about buildings in approximately 12,000 US towns and cities.

The full page Sanborn maps shows the area around the O&W tracks and buildings around the tracks . These maps were the property of James Curry, in relation to his father's and grandfather's insurance business. Dick Fredenberg acquired the map, and in turn donated them along with other items from the Curry family when James passed away. We credit Dick for the preservation of these maps and making them available to the public.


More Sanborn Maps 



Harold Van Aken