> Since my name has been injected into this
> friendly debate, kindly allow me to also inject
> my two cents:
> I like DO for reasons beyond the extra 10
> years. I like those rusting boxcars and
> MofW stock parked hither and yon, still carrying
> FJG markings and giving our favorite railroad
> some modest vestige of existence today.
> I like the clever use of the FJ&G
> charter to acquire and operate the Jamesville
> to Syracuse trackage, again giving our favorite
> railroad some reality still today.
> I wish any distain for DO could instead be
> channelled against the real villian in this
> soap opera: the Fulton County Board of
> Supervisors. Those morons rejected essentially
> the same arrangement which Honesdale, Pa., Tioga
> County, NY, and Thompkins County, NY accepted.
> So railroads which were even worse off than
> the FJ&G, like the Stourbridge and Laxawaxen
> and the Owego and Harford, are still alive
> today. For less than what those idiots are
> gonna pay to pave the trail, they could have
> owned a real railroad instead of a bike path.
> Let's face it, but for Fulton County Board
> of Supervisors, the FJ&G would still be alive
> today, that Walmart truck traffic (which is
> clogging Route 30A and which is gonna kill
> some kid there soon) would be halved, and
> we'd be planning a rail excursion for our
> August 7th get-together.---Andy Fusco
> --- In FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com, "pklarner" <pklarner@h...> wrote:
> > You're 100% correct, that's not in dispute ( not that anything
> > is ). Walter Rich saw an opportunity and he took it. If I were in
> > his position both financially and particularly politically at that
> > time, I'd have done the same thing (It helps to have a powerful
> > friend in Albany). A lot of money was made operating the FJ&G, not
> > from the railroad but from the reconstruction projects and other
> > activities under taken on the property. It was good business and
> > was just that.
> > Each of the previous FJ&G companies had been owned and operated by
> > people who had a personal stake in the community beyond just the
> > railroad. (An exception to this was the five month period when H.
> > Walter Webb owned the majority interest in the FJ&G. I haven't
> > counted this short anomaly as one of the companies. Additionally a
> > NYCRR officer was on the board for many years in a minority
> > capacity.) Otherwise, until DO, while the various company members
> > didn't all live in the Glove cities or Amsterdam they nevertheless
> > owned mills and contributed to the community, not just to railroad
> > employees. The former companies were an integral part of the
> > communities.
> > PKL
> > --- In FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com, mwilber@w... wrote:
> > > Remember the size of the company that bought it. Its not like
> > Conrail
> > > buying it out,but a small and new company.The revenue wasnt there
> > like a
> > > major railroad.The way I look at it,it kept alot of business
> > and
> > > provided jobs,(put food on my table for several years).Remember
> > > companies operate by their own best interests,but not by the way
> > > general public expects it.Mark
> Visit Gino's Railpage at
> Visit The Greater Capital District Railfan Assocation at http://gcdranet.homelinux.com/
> Visit Pete Seftons Lost Landmark Page
> Visit The NERAIL North American Photo Archive at http://naphotos.nerail.org/
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