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Don't know when this was written but I think it was in the 1800's

By William J. Buck, Traffic Agent
Man's continual desire for faster means of communication and transportation was not uncommon to Staten Island. With an ever increasing population the need for faster transportation was felt in the early 1800's and so "The Country Train" was born.

The Staten Island Rail-Road Company, incorporated in 1836, failing to start construction with the prescribed time lost its franchise. On August 2, 1851 The Staten Island Rail Road Company was incorporated and on April 23, 1860 the first revenue producing passenger train left Vanderbilt's Landing (now Clifton) on its run to Eltingville. By June 2 1860 the railroad was completed to its terminus, Tottenville, and on that day had its formal opening.


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