As Joe K. reported, I did some exploring today at the Verklier's.
The old red crane that sat west of Broad St., south of Fulton St. is at
the Verklier's. Part of the DO Burro crane is also there. Some
bulldozer-type machine that was once the railroad's is there. A rail
bender is there. Some other type of work equipment that Joe and I
could not completely identify is also there. As Joe mentioned, identification was difficult in part due to the fact that it was buried in snow. It may have been some
sort of device for cutting into a tie. I also want to say that it may
have been part of a machine that ground the top of a rail smooth after
an on-site weld. I forget the manufacturer of this machine.
The real surprise came with the location of one of the old FJ&G flat cars.
Two were on the line in 1988 when the boxcars came out One was the
idler for the DO crane, the other was just sitting there in the
Gloversville yard. One of these two cars sat for years on the north
side of the Fulton St. crossing, this back when the FJ&G was still
The car is now sitting upside down. It was clearly repaired at one
end, either by the railroad or by some other heavy machine shop. The
car was a 40' flatcar and was riveted together (no welds). It may have
originally been smaller, maybe 32' or so, as the repair on the end
appears to have lengthened the car. The coupler pockets were
interesting; perhas this may have originally been a link-and-pin type
car. I took some photos but of course more could be had if desired.
The Verlkiers said the car was likely made of cast iron. The entire
body was riveted, not welded. The trucks were definitely cast iron
(which can not be cut up like steel, they said; it has to be busted or
broken up). The Verkliers said the wheels on the trucks of this car
were actually hollow; that fact becoming apparent as they were being
The only markings on the car appeared to be a very faint ampersand
("&") on one side; a COTS date of 1960 or 1962; and two builder's
plates. The builder's plates listed the Bettendorf Company,
Bettendorf, Iowa. I did some online searching and got the best info.
off of the Mid-Continent Railway Museum's Website. In one spot they
claim the Bettendorf company only repaired cars, but in another spot
they claim it was a car builder as well. These plates appear to be
builder's plates and they appear to have been attached long ago. I saw
no other builder's marks or plates on the car so I am assuming
Bettendorf was the builder. No date was legible on either plate or on any other part of the chassis.
All the records I've foud online list the Bettendorf company as having
started its business around 1886, 1900 or 1902 and having concluded its
business around 1942. Mid-Continent says it merged into the J. I. Case
Company which later merged with New Holland, the farm tractor company.
Bettendorf is also well known as the desingner of a certain type of
These very early flatcars have always been of interest and it is interesting to see one still around.
Re: The DO era boxcars. According to the stencils, they were owned by
Harvey Industries of Louisiana. I found recordation data on the STB Website (recordations number 8328-A, 8328,
and 7779) which did in fact deal with LOAM and FJ&G equipment. However, the equipment in the recordation is listed as a series of CAGY boxcars. For some
reason I can't get into the detailed PDF files on those transactions right
now. Something new to dig up.