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12179Re: [FJGRailroad] Trolley Tracks

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  • Gino DiCarlo
    Nov 15, 2006
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      There's some tracks left in front of the old trolley
      barn on Division, right? They were there when we
      searched Amsterdam for an old get-together. I'm sure
      they could have been paved over since...

      Gino

      --- Gerald Snyder <handyman756@...> wrote:

      > I'm not sure about main St., but up until late this
      > summer I thought the only remaining trolley tracks
      > in
      > Amsterdam streets were the ones still on the surface
      > at the Rockton Wye. Then I noticed a series of
      > narrow
      > holes in the surface of Division Street in from of
      > the
      > First Niagara (Amsterdam Savings) Bank building.
      > Sure
      > enough, about 4-5 inches below the street surface,
      > there were the tracks. I don't know how far they
      > extend, but there's at least some still buried under
      > there. Back in the early 1970's when they put in
      > the
      > new Rt. 30 bridge, I watched them raze the old River
      > Street bridge. Buried in what was left of the
      > pavement and bridge deck were the installed but
      > never
      > connected trolley tracks for the planned line to the
      > south side of the city.
      > Jerry
      > --- Aaron Keller <akeller1979@...> wrote:
      >
      > > The tracks are still there under parts of north
      > Main
      > > St. in Gloversville,
      > > and also on Main St. in Amsterdam. Road
      > > construction projects within the
      > > last five years in both places confirmed.
      > >
      > > Here is the next question: do trolley tracks in
      > the
      > > middle of the street
      > > carry a different substructure than a normal
      > freight
      > > line? Or, is it just
      > > ballast, ties, and rails, with pavement on top of
      > > that?
      > >
      > > -Aaron
      > >
      > >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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