Someone sent me a message today and I wanted to share it
with you! This guy may be a member of our list!
--- In FJGRailroad@egroups.com, "paul larner" <pklarner@h...> wrote:
> My recollection was that it followed Glebe street which it joined
> quarter mile south of the Arterial. Came out of Knox field and
> small cut, between Glebe and the next street west, crossed the
> went south in a continuation of the cut, then came together with
> Street Ext., which it ran along side to where the tracks split. The
> would have been just south or east of the Junction. There are
> through the area I just described near the Arterial now. Were
> a couple 35 years ago. Also the topography has been changed
Paul's recollection is dead on.
Back when I was chasing trains or tracing abandoned ROWs, the
topographic maps put out by the US Geological Survey were an
invaluable aid. The problem was finding them. And if you could find
them, finding them in the 1:25,000 scale that gave you the detail you
needed wasn't always easy. Then there was the matter of the map
ending in just the wrong place, so you had to try and find the
adjacent map, in the right scale, to complete your search.
About a month ago, a newspaper article sent me to TopoZone.com, a web
site that has taken all the available topo maps for the continental
United States and pasted them together electronically in four scales.
Preserved is the surprise of discovering that the only map available
for a given sector is still the 1928 edition you used to have (which
long ago became too tattered, torn, and coffee-stained to be of use)
and couldn't easily replace.
Look up "Fonda, NY" and you can trace the route of the Cayadutta
Electric from the NYC depot into Johnstown. Ditto the majority of
the electric division from Sulphur Springs Jct into Amsterdam. Things
get a little fuzzy east of Amsterdam, unfortunately.
You still have to be able to decipher the symbols used, and you'll
want a colour printer to get the full effect, but it beats not having
to rely on memories of 40 years ago.
As for specifics from other responses, the old ROW between Route 30A
and Mohawk Trail is maintained for emergency use by the Town of
Mohawk volunteer firemen. In some ways, it's amazing that over 60
years of abandonment hasn't erased more traces of the line. As an
example, when I was in Fonda a couple of years ago, the village had
just repaved Cayadutta Street, which covered the electric tracks for
the first time! That's gotta be some kind of record.
And I just remembered how my father used to tell me how Knox Field
was originally planned to be a full stadium but the FJ&G management
wouldn't relocate the line, despite offers to pay for it.
More as I make my way through the messages.