In the 1940s Amsterdam New York was still a going concern for the New York Central Railroad. An 0-8-0 stationed in Amsterdam provided switching for more than two dozen customers along the 1.3 mile long Amsterdam Industrial and the 2.6 mile long former Amsterdam, Chuctanunda & Northern Railroad, known as the Kellogg Branch. "Rug City" as Amsterdam was known was home to some of America's largest carpet mills and the former Kellogg and Miller mill which provided 85% of the nation's linseed oil at one time.

While the Amsterdam Industrial is pretty flat the Kellogg Branch reaches grades of 2.6% between the Route 5 crossing and Kellogg Avenue and 3.66% between the Gravel Pit and Mohawk Carpets at the north end of the line. Short trains, challenging grades, and a lot of switching, hope you enjoy the ACN.



Paul Charland