Aaron is away from his school e-mail, so he wants me to
forward this to all of you...
B'ALBIN JCT CONCRETE SHELTER
The 1928 ICC Track Valuations show Broadalbin Junction as having a concrete
telephone booth. There was also a semaphore at Broadalbin Junction which
read the position of the switch. The semaphore was just up the line on the
QUARRY NORTH OF MAYFIELD
The track valuations show a location just north of Mayfield, known as
"Quarry." It's just after Milepost 16. Mayfield Passenger Station wasn't
too far from milepost 15.
The "quarry" just had one siding, 706' long, going off to the west, with a
Hayes derail protecting it.
U. S. FELDSPAR
The feldspar company had a single 424' siding going off to the west, with a
Hayes derail and a Durable bumper on the end.
MAIN TRACK SUMMARY
Regarding our discussion about the weight of rail FJ&G used.
Miles 1 - 5. 75# rail, 1901 manufacturing date, brand simply noted as "OH".
Mostly chestnut ties, but some cedar and even fewer pine. Bolts were 4" by
3/4" square bolts. Tie plates were 5" x 8 1/2" ribbed Wolhaupter. Spikes
were 9/16" by 5 1/2" There were four spikes per tie. Fish plates were 32",
6 holes per plate, 75#. A few of the fish plates on the Fonda end were 36",
otherwise the same.
Miles 6-10. Same as above, up until between the Sewer Treatment Plant and
the Knox Gelatin siding, the rail changed to 80#, of 1923 manufacture, brand
simply noted as "OH". Fish plates changed to 24".
The individual track note pages between miles 7 and 10 are a mess. The
brand of the 80# rail changed a few times and I think they note some other
rail for sidings, etc. By the time Mile 10 was reached, the brand of 80#
rail changed to "A.S.C.E."
Mile 10, Gloversville. Rail was same as above until just before the
crossing at Pine Street, where it changed to 70#, Dudley mfgr., date 1893.
It was 70# through Gloversville until the middle of Grand Street, where it
changed back to 80#, 1911, A.S.C.E., with 24" 4-hole Webers fish plates.
Mile 12, Gloversville, fish plates were changed for a few feet just north of
the coal tubes on Kingsboro Ave. They were changed to 6-hole instead of
4-hole. After the short change, they went back to those described above.
There were two more fish plate changes after that and just before Dennies
Mile 13, between Dennies Crossing and Broadalbin Junction, rail changed from
80# rail to 70# rail, Scranton/Bessimer, 1895 and 1897 manufacturing date.
This 70# stuff continues all the way to Northville.
According to the ICC valuation survey, the oldest rails on the FJ&G are as
-One of the branches off Hill Street had 60# Scranton rail from 1879;
-The two tracks going into the coal shed off of Spring Street had 1879 Troy
Bessimer 60# rail.
-A few other examples, such as the Mayfield Quarry lead and a siding in
Northville, are Troy rail from the late 1880s.
My guess from these reports is that FJ&G bought rail early on from the Troy
Iron Works---anybody else know much about this?
All for now,