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868Re: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush

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  • Aaron Keller
    Mar 3, 2000
      The early FJ&G just used sand and cinders for ballast. The crushed
      limestone ballast came from DO.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Randy & Lorraine Decker <rldecker@...>
      To: FJGRailroad@onelist.com <FJGRailroad@onelist.com>
      Date: Friday, March 03, 2000 10:04 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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