11942Engine House ??
- Jun 26, 2006I suppose the answer to the "engine house" would depend on when you are
considering. The principal brick buildings three. The machine shop was the
long building at the corner of W. Fulton and Broad Street. Locomotives were
stored in there and I believe No. 340 was quartered in that building. The
next building, the one with the three tracks into it, was designated as the
paint shop after 1911, when the new carpenter shop was built at a ninety
degree angle and connected to the paint shop on the south side. There were
three other brick buildings in that area owned by the railroad - the stores
building, blacksmith shop and the foundry building run privately.
In my experience the diesels 20 and 21 were kept in the paint shop on the
outside tracks. 30, when active, was probably kept in there also, though it
was in the new carpenter shop pending sale. I recall the flanger, S-2,
being kept on the middle track in the sixties. The names - machine, paint
and carpenter - were used at least as long as old timers still worked the
railroad. The gas cars, 200, 201, 202, were kept in the north round house.
202 was in there before being sold.
My recollections are after the bus business was terminated. Prior to that
the Paint shop was also the repair shop for trucks and busses and also a
garage for the trucks until the end of the mail contract in 1964 (trucks
were also kept in the carpenter shop). The east end of the building was
reconfigured to a garage style door to facilitate the busses and trucks. I
recall having heard or read a reference to the paint shop as a bus garage,
though the old coach house, the long wooden building west and across the
tracks from the paint and carpenter shops, was used as a bus garage too.
I have heard that No. 9 spent most of the late thirties and early forties OS
at the end of track in the machine shop. When No. 8 went over, it was
quickly put back into service for a couple more years. No. 8 did return to
service but I don't think she was ever the same; hence No. 9 getting the
notoriety in the final years of steam on the FJ&G. Some believe No. 9 was
not as serviceable an engine as the 8 and may never have been returned to
service had it not been for the Johnstown Road derailment of 8.
From various photos at different periods it would seem that the different
tracks in all of the buildings were used for whatever they were available,
convenient or needed. The machine shop was the primary point of repair for
all locomotives until the shop was closed, circa 1957. To avoid exposure
the combines and coach 17 were also put whereever they could be out of harms
way. The combines were for a time kept in the new coal house, coach 17 in
the south round house. In busier times, when there were employees working
mostly around the clock, rolling stock was stored out of doors in the west
Check Rand Warner's notes, posted to this list perhaps four years ago, for
more information on the period at the end of the forties and early fifties.
Perhaps Mark can share with us how the buildings were designated and used in
the DO years.
>From: Paul Charland <p.charlie@...>
>Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Re: Lease units
>Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 08:21:36 -0400
>No, the enginehouse was just to the west of the one you are thinking of,
>had three tracks going into it from the same track that also served the
> > Was/Is the engine facility, if I remember, the long building that was
> > turned into a feed store. No, I'm not talking about the coal buildings.
> > RJS
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