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866Re: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush

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  • Randy & Lorraine Decker
    Mar 3, 2000
      Whoop I just reread my message I did not mean thre RR owned the stone Quarry
      it was there I wondered if they had a contract for crused stone from the
      quarry or else where. and the Ashes were the perfect answer to the weeds it
      was the byproduct of the land fill effect
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Randy & Lorraine Decker <rldecker@...>
      To: <FJGRailroad@onelist.com>
      Sent: Friday, March 03, 2000 10:03 AM
      Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush


      > From: "Randy & Lorraine Decker" <rldecker@...>
      >
      > 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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