On this day, 180 years ago, the New York and Harlem Railroad was chartered. It was the first railroad in New York City, and began operations on November 26, 1832: on a single mile of track, pulled by horses. We’ve come a long way since then, and the Harlem Line still thrives as part of one of the nation’s busiest commuter rail lines.

In celebration of 180 years, here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about the early years of the New York & Harlem Railroad…

1 Response

  1. Ken Fujii says:

    I am a Japanese railfan. I am interested in a railroad history. It is said that
    the Tokyo horse streetcar company referred to the horse streetcar in New
    York and use the gauge of track of 4feet 6inches.
    It does not understand, althogh the guage of track of the New York and
    Harlem R.R. which is the first street traffic in the U.S.A. is investigated.
    Which the guage of track use 4feet 6inches or 4feet 81/2inches?
    If it is understannding, please let me know. And moreover, I am pleased,
    if there are anything drowing etc. and you can send a copy.
    Sincerely yours.
    Decenber 14, 2012
    Ken Fujii
    444-0011 Kake-machi Amigasa 7-38, Okazaki, Aichi, JAPAN

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