Schenectady Railway was out of the interurban business at the following
dates according to R.D.Mowers "Electric Cars in the Electric City." Albany
Line 7/30/1933; Troy Line 7/15/1934; Saratoga Line 12/7/1941 (Pearl Harbor
Day). That the city lines lasted until 1946 is most likely an accident of
the war than the choice of SRy.
All services were challenged to provide for the large increase in people
using the trolleys and busses. FJ&G ran a special service for defense
workers between G and J and Scotia and Schenectady via the short route.
They had a tough time handling all the people who needed to ride with the
number of busses they had.
The trolleys met all the Fonda trains and then the busses did it.
The first Northville run was 5/17/1930. But a year earlier the company ran
a service between Northville and Lake Pleasant with a small bus. (Any
pictures, anyone - I need them) The Belt Line and Cross town service in
G'ville started July 14, 1929.
Reconstruction Finance Corporation made money available during the
Depression. The FJ&G needed a loan to make interest payments on their debt,
which they did not get in 1932.
I was over in G'ville the other day to get that info from the library. It
is closed on Monday in case any one else wants to go there. The address on
Fifth Ave where I delivered the Gazette was 141. East Boulevard was paved
after 1929. I will try to find out when the sewer and water was laid out
for the Judson development. I expect the city engineer would have all this
information. The Sanborn maps show the buildings and some of the services,
as well, if you have access to a set. I use the one's at the NY Public
Library at 42nd and 5th they have a bunch of neat maps there.
>From: "Saul Kalbfeld" <skalbfel@...>
>Subject: [FJGRailroad] Government Assistance
>Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 00:40:42 -0000
>We should remember this was an era before government considered
>subsidies to private transportation, or any other business for that
>matter. I wonder if the line could have collected say $500,000 a year
>from the state or federal govt, would that have helped. Of course the
>plight of the line was just one chapter in a story of abandonment
>that was happening all over the country. Considering that Schenectady
>Railways ran their trolleys until 1946, had the bridge not been
>condemned, the FJG would have operated until then. I'd be curious to
>know how much bus business to GE during WW2 there was on the FJG and
>if theoretically that level of ridership would have kept the trolleys
>profitable. As for the electric line to Fonda that has always seemed
>redundant and pointless. I guess at one time, trolleys meeting each
>passenger train at Fonda would have made sense.
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