Halfway measures

When it comes to compromising, I am willing to meet anyone halfway. But where is halfway?

The City Hall in Norwich is a renovated railroad station, originally erected by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (DL&W) back in 1902. On the west side of the station is a sign which proclaims “<== Utica 51 Miles CITY OF NORWICH Binghamton 42 Miles ==>”. There it is in one of the photos. The date is from John Taibi’s 2005 book, “Remembering the New York, Ontario & Western Railway, Oswego to Sidney & Branches,” page 266.

Assuming that those distances are correct, the halfway point between Utica and Binghamton would be 4.5 miles north of the station. Railroads have mile posts along their tracks. One is located about a furlong north of the Norwich Station, between Mechanic and Mitchell streets. It states “233,” because it is 233 miles from Hoboken, New Jersey, the eastern terminal of the DL&W. Mile post 232 is a mile south between Prentice Street and the Black Bridge.

Mile post 237 is just north of the western member of the “Two Bridges” over the Chenango River in the Town of North Norwich. The other member of this famous duo was an O&W bridge, #300 (Taibi, page 228), which was removed after the O&W ceased operation in 1957. Fortunately, the abutments remain. The Two Bridges are famous because of the great fishing the river provides here, or used to.

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