Can you picture a train rolling past the front of Syracuse City Hall? Gain some perspective with your morning coffee as you examine this beautiful photograph of a locomotive chugging down Washington Street.
At one time, Syracuse was known as “The city with the trains in the streets.” For 97 years, train tracks cut through town, east-west mostly along Washington Street (AKA Railroad Street). About 60 trains ran along Washington Street everyday tying up all cross streets, like Salina, Clinton and Warren. After September 24th, 1936, trains began to run on the elevated tracks to and from the new New York Central station, the home of Time Warner Cable today, on Erie Boulevard East.