Annual Get Together, August 7, 2004
- The itinery will be roughly as follows. As we know from the past
three years only two times are firm: the meeting time and dinner time.
We will meet at 10:00 AM in Fonda at the site of the FJ&G turntable,
now buried under the parking lot next to the former Sarris'
Restaurant. For the younger folks that is near the DO engine house
adjacent the FJ&G yard. As I am told the restaurant is closed on
Saturdays we should have plenty of parking space. We will make a
walking tour of the Fonda area to answer any questions and find out
what's left then we will head north to such interesting places as the
Rte 5 crossing (site of the tool house and Coal house), the high
bridge (bridge No. 2), Berryville station (Commons Rd. crossing,
m.p.2), Sammonsville station, m.p. 3.16 (cut and fill, watchbox and
an opportunity for Dave Reffue to unearth a nail or two from the
former station site). I don't think we'll be allowed into the
Wallmart warehouse property so we can go to Lake's crossing where
there was also a watchbox and possibley some very early rail knocked
out of an old railtop culvert. Just north of Lake's is the cut where
one of the detour passenger trains stalled during either the 1920 or
the 1916 snow storm. The "Big Woods" is between there and Knox.
When we get to Johnstown we can take our time and a few pictures
exploring what's left and where things were.
Somewhere in between, a quick lunch and maybe some ice cream in
Sammonsville will fortify us. Since the American Hotel no longer
stands we won't be able to water there.
The dedication of the Sacandaga depot is at 4 PM at which it seems
appropriate we should make an appearance. Our final event will be
the "banquet" at the Rail Yard Restaurant in Gloversville formerly
Scotty's Tavern. Scotty was Scott Houghteling, conductor and son of
a conductor for the FJ&G.
The weather has always been cooperative though last year it reminded
us it might not be so. We expect to be able to use the Gloversville
library should rain make it uncomfortable to be out doors.
Show and tell is a big part of this gathering so don't be bashful.
Remember Steve Lamora is having an open house at his home here in the
Capital District on Friday evening for us to enjoy his FJ&G layout.
Let him know if you'll be attending. (Steve send me directions or
post them, please.)
I made reservations for twenty for dinner, so if you haven't let me
know you'll share the meal with us, I'd appreciate a note so we'll
have enough seats. Also don't forget to tell Gino who will be coming
with you as well; he makes up name tags for the group.
I think I covered it all. Comfortable walking shoes will help; I
don't anticipate anything more than leisurely prying along the former
right of way, no treking. A small crow bar will make retrieving date