Rail Joint Company

Documenting Change: Industry and Business in Troy and Rensselaer County, NY

Records, 1881-1970.

Extent: ca. 1 cu. ft.

Historical Note: The Rail Joint Company was a manufacturer of iron rails and other railroad products in South Troy. Its successor was the Portec Corporation, which closed the Troy plant in 1989.

Scope and Content: Includes technical specifications, drawings for rails, an order book (1898), payroll book (1881-1884), a detailed 1907 appraisal of plant and dwellings owned by the company, stock certificate book, and a book recording scrap materials received and paid for (1920-1924).

Location: Hudson-Mohawk Industrial Gateway, Foot of Polk St., Troy, NY 12180.

Note: The University at Albany Libraries Special Collections and Archives contains photocopies of records of the Local 8652 of the United Steelworkers of America for the year 1977 to 1989. This was the local which represented steelworkers at the Railway Products Division of Portec Corporation in Troy.