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865Re: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush

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  • Randy & Lorraine Decker
    Mar 3, 2000
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      OK you guy's where was the FJ&G ash pit? I have seen photo's of the big
      wooden framework structure behind the freight office on the track near the
      creek? Was this some sort of an bucket hoist for the ashes? the ashes were
      spread out as an easy alternative to burying them or hauling them away!!
      They had a 20 mile long land fill!! I was also wondering if and where the
      RRhad their own stone crusher?? they had the stone at the quarry in
      Mayfield seems as though this was a big expence or did the Railroads not use
      the crushed stone untill much later?? I know Mr. DO must have hauled in
      thousands of tons of crused stone ballast when he used federal money to
      upgrade the railbed? hw much a part of the early railroad was this??
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Paul Charland <p.charlie@...>
      To: <FJGRailroad@onelist.com>
      Sent: Friday, March 03, 2000 8:00 AM
      Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush


      > From: Paul Charland <p.charlie@...>
      >
      > Most large railways saved their ashes just for this purpose. The would
      collect
      > them in drop bottom gondolas, and them spread them on their tracks to keep
      down
      > and kill any vegetation along the line. If you've ever gone to somewhere
      were
      > they have pulled up the tracks years ago, you may find that they have
      scraped it
      > down to the cinder base, and nothing grows. CN Brockville is a fine
      example of
      > this. Across from the station, there was once a yard. It was pulled up
      in the
      > mid '70's and flattened to the cinder base, still today, no weeds, no
      nothing.
      >
      > Paul
      >
      > paul larner wrote:
      >
      > > From: "paul larner" <pklarner@...>
      > >
      > > I'll throw this out as it was given to me... I always thought the clean
      > > roadbeds of the steam days were the result of ample low priced manpower.
      I
      > > know the FJ&G had hand tools that you would use to weed the ballast
      (cinders
      > > for the most part and sand and poor gravel) not unlike hoeing a garden.
      > > Other roads used diskers, which were pulled behind a motor source and
      turned
      > > the outside ballast and helped keep a well dressed road bed. A friend of
      > > mine says it was largely due to the acidy character the soil took on
      from
      > > being exposed to coal soot and cinders that kept the weeds down. Sounds
      > > plausible but I had never heard that before. Any comments?
      > >
      > > PKL
      > >
      > > >From: "Saul Kalbfeld" <skalbfel@...>
      > > >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@onelist.com
      > > >To: FJGRailroad@onelist.com
      > > >Subject: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush
      > > >Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 03:41:07 -0000
      > > >
      > > >As I look at the ICC photos it seems as if the railroad must have had
      > > >a pretty aggressive weed control program in the good old days. In
      > > >later years, the fifties and sixties, the tracks in the Gloversville
      > > >yard pretty much disappeared in the grass by August 1st. Did they
      > > >have their own weed sprayers or did they bring in a contractor to do
      > > >the job. I've seen pictures of some pretty elaborate weed spraying
      > > >cars.
      > > >Saul
      > > >
      > >
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