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RE: [FJGRailroad] Engine House ??

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  • paul larner
    Further: The diesels nos 20 and 21 were housed in the paint shop with the express car housed on track No. 1, closest to W. Fulton Street, from their first
    Message 1 of 22 , Jun 27, 2006
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      Further: The diesels nos 20 and 21 were housed in the paint shop with the
      express car housed on track No. 1, closest to W. Fulton Street, from their
      first appearance on the FJ&G. There are photos of no. 30 in that building
      as well. Of course the express car took up the entire track The machine
      shop continued to be used for scheduled repairs to the steam engines as long
      as they operated. Whether 340 was housed in the machine shop after the end
      of steam and the acquisition of no. 30, 1950, I am unable to determine, I
      recall seeing it in there, however, in those years I was at the property
      rarely (it was out of my parent imposed limits - by the mid fifties I was a
      bit more adventurous). The paint shop had other uses as well, relating to
      the busses and trucks.

      No. 9 rested in the machine shop during the war, till no. 8 was damaged.

      ED confirmed the housing of 20, 21 and 340 in the forties.


      >From: "paul larner" <pklarner@...>
      >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      >To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [FJGRailroad] Engine House ??
      >Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 00:47:33 -0400
      >I suppose the answer to the "engine house" would depend on when you are
      >considering. The principal brick buildings three. The machine shop was
      >long building at the corner of W. Fulton and Broad Street. Locomotives
      >stored in there and I believe No. 340 was quartered in that building. The
      >next building, the one with the three tracks into it, was designated as the
      >paint shop after 1911, when the new carpenter shop was built at a ninety
      >degree angle and connected to the paint shop on the south side. There
      >three other brick buildings in that area owned by the railroad - the stores
      >building, blacksmith shop and the foundry building run privately.
      >In my experience the diesels 20 and 21 were kept in the paint shop on the
      >outside tracks. 30, when active, was probably kept in there also, though
      >was in the new carpenter shop pending sale. I recall the flanger, S-2,
      >being kept on the middle track in the sixties. The names - machine, paint
      >and carpenter - were used at least as long as old timers still worked the
      >railroad. The gas cars, 200, 201, 202, were kept in the north round house.
      >202 was in there before being sold.
      >My recollections are after the bus business was terminated. Prior to that
      >the Paint shop was also the repair shop for trucks and busses and also a
      >garage for the trucks until the end of the mail contract in 1964 (trucks
      >were also kept in the carpenter shop). The east end of the building was
      >reconfigured to a garage style door to facilitate the busses and trucks. I
      >recall having heard or read a reference to the paint shop as a bus garage,
      >though the old coach house, the long wooden building west and across the
      >tracks from the paint and carpenter shops, was used as a bus garage too.
      >I have heard that No. 9 spent most of the late thirties and early forties
      >at the end of track in the machine shop. When No. 8 went over, it was
      >quickly put back into service for a couple more years. No. 8 did return to
      >service but I don't think she was ever the same; hence No. 9 getting the
      >notoriety in the final years of steam on the FJ&G. Some believe No. 9 was
      >not as serviceable an engine as the 8 and may never have been returned to
      >service had it not been for the Johnstown Road derailment of 8.
      >From various photos at different periods it would seem that the different
      >tracks in all of the buildings were used for whatever they were available,
      >convenient or needed. The machine shop was the primary point of repair for
      >all locomotives until the shop was closed, circa 1957. To avoid exposure
      >the combines and coach 17 were also put whereever they could be out of
      >way. The combines were for a time kept in the new coal house, coach 17 in
      >the south round house. In busier times, when there were employees working
      >mostly around the clock, rolling stock was stored out of doors in the west
      >Check Rand Warner's notes, posted to this list perhaps four years ago, for
      >more information on the period at the end of the forties and early fifties.
      >Perhaps Mark can share with us how the buildings were designated and used
      >the DO years.
      > >From: Paul Charland <p.charlie@...>
      > >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      > >To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      > >Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Re: Lease units
      > >Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 08:21:36 -0400
      > >
      > >Hi,
      > >
      > >No, the enginehouse was just to the west of the one you are thinking of,
      > >had three tracks going into it from the same track that also served the
      > >feed store.
      > >
      > >Paul :-)
      > >
      > >oleroadslug wrote:
      > > > Was/Is the engine facility, if I remember, the long building that was
      > > > turned into a feed store. No, I'm not talking about the coal
      > > >
      > > > RJS
    • paul larner
      After they closed the shop they weren t capable of doing much. I recall when they had to shim the 20 after the wreck behind M&K Market the locomotive was
      Message 2 of 22 , Jun 28, 2006
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        After they closed the shop they weren't capable of doing much. I recall
        when they had to shim the 20 after the wreck behind M&K Market the
        locomotive was jacked. They had no lift heavy enough to raise the
        locomotive. When heavy work, traction motors, power assemblies, wheels had
        to be done the locomotives would be sent out. While I was there they tried
        to save money turning wheel and did it with cutting devices placed on the
        brakeheads. It was to save the cost of shipping the locomotive out. I
        have a few shots from the early sixties, taken as the sun was setting of the
        two locomotives coming into Gloversville. The only time I recall seeing two
        locomotives out at the same time. One had been sent out for repairs and,
        come to think of it, this may have been the trip when the locomotive was set
        out at Yosts. Remember I wasn't around much in the early fifties when
        three crews were employed. By the late fifties retirements took there toll;
        new men were not being hired and the crew assignments were abolished till
        there was only one.

        Problem with the FJ&G and wheels was that the railroad was one big curve. As
        a result the locomotive wheels wore on one side. In the earliest diesel
        days the locomotives were occassionally turned but that ended soon because
        practice had been for years that the engineer was always on the east sdie.
        Only the passenger locomotives were turned, it appears the freight engines
        generally ran with the pilot pointed north.


        >From: "joseph Klapkowski" <riverlinejoe@...>
        >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
        >To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
        >Subject: RE: [FJGRailroad] Re: Lease units
        >Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 02:24:12 +0000
        >I believe the FJ&G did all its own repairs. However there were things that
        >they were certainly not capable of. For instance I think it was the 20 that
        >had the cracked block. I do not belive the Gloversville shop was equipped
        >change out a prime mover.
        > >From: "oleroadslug" <suds@...>
        > >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
        > >To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
        > >Subject: [FJGRailroad] Re: Lease units
        > >Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 12:04:13 -0000
        > >
        > > > Arcade & Attica 44-tonner #111 was rebuilt while on the FJ&G; yes, my
        > > > understanding is that it was tested while on the FJ&G.
        > > >
        > > > -Aaron
        > > >
        > > >
        > >Though I remember the very last days of the FJ&G and all the greenish
        > >blue PC cars by 30A and around town, as well as the facilities; it is
        > >hard for me to fathom FJ&G fixing anything due to size and facilities
        > >constraints.
        > >
        > >Though 44 tonners were small, did the road do all their major repair of
        > >the two locos or farm it out?
        > >
        > >Bob Schoneman
        > >Appleton, WI
        > >
        > >Wishing I was swimming in Sacandaga about now.
        > >
        > >
        > >
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