Rand Warner 1964-1967
- Good Morning,
Here is the next installment from Rand's journal. There's no entries
for 1968 & 1969. After that there are limited entries. I'll try to
compile what's left. There are notes with no dates, so I'll see if I
can determine what year they should be.
June 14 From Fred Dye: Fonda station razed for Oneida Market. Fonda
turntable filled in to provide space for mail transfer from Albany-
Utica trucks to FJ&G trucks. Baggage carts stored there. Fulton
County Coal Co. sold out to Glove Cities. Salt for Johnstown streets
unloaded at the Johnstown coal shed. Coleco toy manufacturer
expanding at Gloversville. Shipped out 79 carloads last year.
Reprocessing plant set up at Broadalbin. Three to five carloads per
week to Broadalbin for sawdust. Substations were located at Johnstown
Amsterdam and Glenville. Amsterdam on at all times. Johnstown and
Glenville on automatic by demand. Tribes Hill on standby, ready to go
on 2 hour notice.
August 1 Piggyback ramp good for a couple of cars a month.
Continued addition of equipment to Fairbanks Feeds. Tracks removed at
Hill Street where trunk sewer went through. Fulton County Coal Co.
boarded up. North passenger yard overgrown with weeds. Windows all
broken in the brick stockroom near the forge building. Turntable
disabled. Roundhouse in rubble. Coal shed down in Johnstown at
intersection of Mason and William Streets.
Thanksgiving Piggyback trucks on special flat car at ramp. More
flat car loads of ties at passenger station. Low water in reservoir
showed up the ROW near the boat works outside of Mayfield.
July From Pete Vosburgh: Senior engineer with 5 years until
retirement. Gas electric #340 was derailed and froze up, breaking
lines and radiators in Manitoba. Mentioned that when reservoir was
put in, FJ&G received sufficient money to build to D&H connection at
Saratoga. This would have provided interchange transfer traffic. J.
Ledlie Hees milked the FJ&G of most of the funds. Howard Cole retired
last year as freight agent. Freight car loadings in and out about 50
per week. No more LCL handled at freight houses, so no need for
freight pickup trucks. Now own one Jeep, one pickup and one Chevy
van. Mail contract lost all mail now handled by private trucks.
Mail is no longer broke up locally. All Gloversville to Johnstown
letters go thru Albany. Freight car loadings hampered by dispatching
only from Selkirk and DeWitt yards of NYC. Piggyback traffic steady
but not as much as anticipated. Johnstown coal yard taken over by the
city for salt. Karg Brothers took over coal yard at Washington Street
in Johnstown. King Coal at Fairgrounds is the only coal dealer in
Johnstown. Gloversville coal handled by Glove Cities at Kingsboro
Avenue and another company at Foster Street. Coleco toy factory
expanding into the space used by the Gloversville City garage.
Diesels #20 & #21 still haven't been overhauled. One unit has had its
valves ground. Engines are rotated monthly. Diesel #30 has been moved
out of the paint shop into the barn.
October Loading dock on end of freight station torn down. South end
of passenger station deteriorating. One track removed in Johnstown.
Salt unloaded at Johnstown coalhouse.
August 27- Fred Dye had a stroke, can't see or walk. Diesel
overhauled completely for 1st time. More shop help laid off. Diesel
#30 has been out for demonstration use.
October 10 Gloversville yards empty. Another yard track out.
Passenger station eaves are braced up. Plow S-2 and handcar, both
painted red, are in the paint shop. All 3 diesels are in the shop
barn. The flat cars are in front of the passenger station. Sacandaga
Park still has lots of appeal but the station is in rough shape. It
was used as a Post Office, beauty parlor, etc.
November 24 Entire south end loading dock removed from Gloversville
freight house. Pickup, flat bed stack body and handcar are in the
paint shop. Three diesels, flanger and caboose are in the main shop.
The panel truck and the Scout are also there. Fairbanks Feeds
expanding to use forge shop.
December 25 Twenty inch snowfall brings out flanger S-2.
Easter Fred Dye passed away. Minnie Wadsworth passed away.
June Ramp removed from Johnstown freight house. New siding for
Coleco warehouse at Dennies Crossing. Switcher #30 sold to Cargill
Co., Houston, TX. It was sent to Sayreville, PA for an overhaul.