John Taibi & Bruce Tracy 236 pages hardcover
The "Beach" referred to in the title is Sylvan Beach, NY, a small community located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake northeast of Syracuse, NY. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the "Coney Island of Central New York" was the summertime destination for crowds of fun seekers from as far away as Albany, Buffalo and Scranton. The development and eventual success of Sylvan Beach was due to the New York & Oswego Midland (reorganized as the New York, Ontario & Western) and, to a lesser degree, the Lehigh Valley Railroad. At the height of its popularity, O&W and LV on-line ridership was augmented by throngs delivered by connections with the New York Central, the West Shore, and the Central's extensive interurban system.