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Utica Chenango and Susquehanna Valley LLC

 

Welcome to our website! Please take a moment to explore our property. We are a real estate management company which owns the former Lackawanna Railroad property through the Towns of Bridgewater, Plainfield, Winfield, Columbia and Richfield in central New York. The Railroad traces its origins to the building aspirations of the Utica, Chenango and Susquehanna Valley Railroad (UC&SV RR) of 1868.

Today the road bed consists of an 18 plus mile corridor ready for redevelopment for a variety of uses. We are actively seeking new development partners to enhance existing informal recreational use of the corridor and use of the corridor for a new narrow gauge railway for public passenger service. We also offer real estate management services to businesses and individuals who have adjacent land to our properties. We allow by special permission the use of our property to businesses, individuals and groups that use our properties for occupation, appurtenance and recreational uses . Please take a moment to view our site and contact us should you need additional information regarding the many unique opportunities along the UC&SV route.

 

UC&SV Route system map

Lackawanna Railroad passenger service- This 1880's passenger train is seen heading West in the Town of Winfield. The Lackawanna Railroad ran passenger trains on the Richfield Springs branch from 1870 to 1937. In those  67 years the railroad played an important role in the everyday lives of people in those communities fortunate enough to be along the UC&SV Route. Freight service continued on the line until 1992.

 

A Branch line lost- American railroads went through a dramatic stage in the last 40 years. Branch lines like the Richfield Springs Branch were removed as local businesses that required rail service left. The roadbeds, in many cases, have been turned into recreational trails. This 1995 view is looking east towards Richfield Springs and shows the rail removal process at South Columbia.

A Branch line revival- The picture of the same spot today. The pile of rail next to the Creamery arrived in March of 2012 and is for use in building a narrow gauge test track.

 

Cut stone abutment in the Town of Columbia-The Utica, Chenango and Susquehanna Valley Railroad was constructed between 1868 and 1870. The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad took control of the UC&SV around 1870. The Lackawanna upgraded the "Richfield Springs Branch" in a number of places with fortified bridges and other roadbed improvements. This 1896 date on the cut stone abutment here is a testimony to the efforts of the Lackawanna to provide a high quality transportation system to central New York.