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11946Re: [FJGRailroad] Meeting 6/28/06

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  • Gerald Snyder
    Jun 27, 2006
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      Sorry - I can't go tomorrow - problems at work making
      for some long days lately.
      Jerry

      --- Charles Vosburgh <crvosburgh@...> wrote:

      > I was just wondering if anyone is going to the
      > meeting? Charlie
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: paul larner
      > To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 12:47 AM
      > Subject: [FJGRailroad] Engine House ??
      >
      >
      > I 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
      > yard.
      >
      > 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.
      >
      > PKL
      >
      > >From: Paul Charland <p.charlie@...>
      > >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      > >To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      > >Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Re: Lease units
      > >Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 08:21:36 -0400
      > >
      > >Hi,
      > >
      > >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
      > >feed store.
      > >
      > >Paul :-)
      > >
      > >oleroadslug wrote:
      > > > 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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