In response to Carl's letter, I do not have any true connection to the
FJ&G, other that as a model railroader. Back in the �80's I was looking
for a shortline to model, and while looking through old magazines, came
across an article in a �77 Model Railroader. It was a series of
articles written by Harold Russell on the FJ&G. Thirty customers in
twenty miles, the bulk of the tonnage going up a stiff grade, light
power, and a connection to a busy mainline, all added up to a pretty
interesting little railroad.
A couple of months later, a modeler friend of mine got a set of 1960
Trains magazines, and there was an excellent article an on the FJ&G,
including a bit of passenger service, and some more on the history of
the railroad. I was surprised to read about the little shortline that
had done everything that the big guys were doing, freight, passenger,
electric, buses, and highway freight. Since then, I've been a fan.
Unfortunately, by the time I figured all this out, the railroad was
meeting it's untimely death. I never got a chance to see it in the
flesh, and have only managed to collect a few articles, and an employees
time table, 1954, which I plan on e-mailing the group as soon as I find
out how to do that.
So, for the most part, I am here to learn. If I can contribute, I will.