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879Re: [FJGRailroad] Weeds and Brush

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  • Paul Charland
    Mar 4, 2000
      Does anyone know which track the eastbound NYC passenger trains stopped on in
      Fonda? Did passengers have to cross two or three NYC mains, plus the FJ&G main
      to reach the station? Was there a crossover to get a passenger train closer to
      the north side?

      I ask this because for years here in Brockville, at a crossing east two blocks
      east of the station, CN had a crossing guard that was responsible for putting
      down the gate, as well as operating a switch to get passenger trains in and out
      of the station track. No signals, just him with an employees time table.


      paul larner wrote:

      > From: "paul larner" <pklarner@...>
      > 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
      > tower.
      > PKL
      > >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
      > >control
      > >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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