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877Re: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush

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  • paul larner
    Mar 4, 2000
      The steam job worked but the weeds come back stronger than ever; we've tried
      it. The burners were better. We've tried nickel slag ballast where we
      couldn't spray and there was a machine called a disker used where you didn't
      have stone ballast (not very practical on today's main lines). Nothing
      beats chemicals, if we can live with them.

      Re the tower at Fonda. I've re checked the pictures and I don't see a
      signal bridge at the west end of the interlocking in any of the photos I've
      looked at. The west end must have used pole mounted signals on the outside,
      similar to the one beside the FJ&G track, governing the eastward movement
      from the FJ&G main to the NYC running track. The NYC was 251 territory
      where each track has a direction or current of traffic, the two inner tracks
      being westward. The signals in one of the pics, which shows tower 16 in the
      SW quadrant, appear to be home signals, but I can't see any switches. I
      believe the tower was removed and the controls put in a new tower 16 above
      the station before the line went to CTC or movement in both directions.
      Early fifties maybe, late forties, does anyone out there know?

      I have a vague recollection of the rods being there at Fonda but none of the


      >From: "Randy & Lorraine Decker" <rldecker@...>
      >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@onelist.com
      >To: <FJGRailroad@onelist.com>
      >Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush
      >Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2000 02:16:09 -0500
      >Boy it would sure seem as though the grease and oil alone from the steam
      >engines as well as the steam itself would have been pretty good weed
      >and labor was cheap but I seem to remember in my era of the sixties and
      >early seventies the RR had a real weird looking car that had three long
      >rather large downspouted tubes that would spout steam out the ends and thus
      >within a few days kill and wither the weeds with just one pass the heat
      >would do the job and this was cheap and easy to run was this new
      >technology?? or have unit's like this been used for some time?? seems as
      >though with the steam engines they could run a car like this once a month
      >and keep the tracks completely clear
      >----- Original Message -----
      >From: Saul Kalbfeld <skalbfel@...>
      >To: <FJGRailroad@onelist.com>
      >Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2000 10:41 PM
      >Subject: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush
      > > From: "Saul Kalbfeld" <skalbfel@...>
      > >
      > > 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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