I have a few hundred Conrail consists from late '78 to early '79 that a
friend "dug out of the garbage" from the office at DeWitt yard. A few
have cars destined for Fonda and the FJ&G, these were otherwise through
freights making the odd stop here and there. I also noticed FJ&G cars
heading to Amsterdam, pretty much all were for Coleco and I wondered if
they originated at one of the Coleco facilities on the FJ&G and were
On 10/02/2011 9:28 PM, John wrote:
> I'll add a few miscellaneous thoughts on this topic.
> 1..Selkirk Yard has been around for a long time. There was some sort
> of yard there back in the early 1900's to serve freights using the
> Hoffmans connection built between the West Shore and Water Level to
> take freight off West Albany Hill. I think this link was put in
> around 1900 but not sure. Selkirk in its present state came about in
> the mid 60's under the NYC Perlman reign when the yard was fully
> 2..In the 1970's and until the FJG shut down (I don't know what went
> on before the 1970's but I assume it was the same)there was a local
> based out of Amsterdam Yard (along the main). It was an SW1 plus
> standard PC transfer Caboose until Conrail replaced with a GP15 or
> other GP's. The power and caboose would always park on the siding on
> the north side of the yard up against the crossing on the west end of
> Amsterdam Yard. There were a few times in the early 80's when the FJG
> was booming that this local was assigned to Fonda with the power
> parked on the Agway siding. Once the FJG basically shut down the
> local was moved to South Schenectady (more or less on the timing).
> During the late 70's and aerly 80's I saw road freights service the
> FJG interchange as well as the Amsterdam local. Not sure what rhyme
> or reason was used to decide how cars were delivered to the FJG but I
> often saw FJG cars in Amsterdam yard.
> 3..Regarding where the Amsterdam local steam power was serviced in
> that era, I am just guessing but I would assume it went to West
> Albany for major service unless there were servicing facilities in
> Sand Bank Yard.