Re: [FJGRailroad] Johnstown & Little Falls Railroad
>From: "paul larner" <pklarner@...>Does anyone know if there was any connection to the west, say to Utica?
>Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] newspaper blurbs
>Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2002 10:22:17 -0500
>The missing link in the chain of electric railroads across the state of New
>York was between Johnstown and Little Falls. Though a railroad was planned
>several times over the years for this coridor one was never built.
>Initially the link was a steam railroad to connect the Fitchburg with the
>road's south from Utica to carry coal to New England, independent of the
>(predecessor) and NYC interests (the Fitchburg branch line that became the
>S&S was part of this plan). Construction of the NYWS&B in 1883 made this
>route unnecessary, though it's subsequent inclusion under the NYC umbrella
>kept the idea alive. Shortly after the turn of the century (20th) electric
>investors also schemed to connect the Ballston Terminal with Little Falls
>through Vail's Mills, Johnston and west. This line was allied with the
>Mountain Lake Electric which was to secure a route into and through
>Gloversville fully intemding to provide competition to the FJ&G. They
>secured a rout through Gloversville via Bleeker St. and somehow, not sure
>right now, south toward Johnstown. There was also to be a link to Amsterdam
>from the Broadalbin area. I have seen the engineers route map which I
>bvelieve is filed at the county building in Johnstown. Financing blew the
>plan apart among other things.
>The FJ&G was also involved in their own plan to fill the void with their
>Johnstown and Little Falls Railroad.
>The idea died finally in the early twenties as the automobile showed it
>would eat up all the trolley's potential.
>Interesting that Hees continued to invest the FJ&G in electric expansion
>when he was an early advocate of the automobile and should have seen it's
>potential. (That was acted on by Henry Ford) Hees should have built the
>FJ&G turnpike to Schenectady rather than a trolley road; it would have been
>more viable than the trolley in the long run and avoided the reorganization
>between 1932 and 1943. Think of this and you will understand what the real
>business of he and his co-investors was.
> >From: "Lee Morelli" <Morelli@...>
> >Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2002 08:54:54 -0500
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