Well I suppose that I ought to take my lumps here in this forum if you took
my comments personally. My name is Joe Klapkowski and I am new to the list.
In fact this is my first post. I had heard that some stuff had disappeared
from the Gloversville library. I will not say who told me that nor will I
say who it was said about. The comment came about in the context of I was
looking for a forum to share some of the FJ&G material that I have collected
over the years. Gino made some very nice comments about me and the one
artical I wrote in RailsNortheast a long time ago.
At any rate I remember visiting Johnstown as a kid and for the most part on
the weekends when the railroad was closed. It wasn't until the late 70's
that I could actually arrange to be in Johnstown during the week with a car
and chase the FJ&G. The result was that somewhat rough piece that Bob Reid
published in RNE.
Most of the material that I have came from Dave Nestle and so I am sure that
it is that same stuff everyone else has. However I do have a freight ledger
from the 50's that came out of the Johnstown freight house just before it
burned down. I have always thought it was a shame that it sits in my house
in Highland Falls NY instead of being shared with people in Johnstown or
Gloversville. I have actually asked around the Gloversville, Broadalbin and
Johnstown libraries about thier interest in possibly being the repository
for this stuff and I got very little reaction.
I have only attended a couple of the FJG hist society meetings over the
years because it is hard for me to be there on a Wednesday night since I
live 160 miles away. I do not know who else is on this list but I know
Aaaron Keller and somewhere in our discussion I mentioned that over the
years I have tried to keep in touch with him. He is a very nice fellow and
again over the years he is the only one I know up that way.
So Gino while you and I don't know each other you should not take offense at
anything I mentioned in my post yesterday. It was not directed at you. I
don't know you to say anything about you one way or the other! I did stumble
upon your list a few years ago and have been impressed with what you have
done. It is nice to be able to visit the FJ&G even though I am far away. I
look forward to returning to Johnstown soon and maybe visiting the
Broadalbin station and pointing out to my kids where the railroad used to
go. My wife hates the FJ&G because she got her bike wheels stuck in the
track and tumbled in the same spot where I shot the FJ&G crossing the street
"at peculiar angles" I think is what I wrote at the time (I can't remember
the name of the street).
So now that I have introduced myself and exposed who the source of Gino's
frustration is you guys can either 1.) welcome me or 2.) throw me off the
Now I have a question or two. First does anyone know anything about the FJ&G
testing an ALCO T-6 ? I have a poor photo showing it at the Johnstown
freight house. It does not appear to be a NYC engine (I don't think the NYC
had the T-6 anyway). Second who owns the ex D&H flanger out in Northville ?
I had heard it was for sale and I might have an interest.
>From: Dick Ryall <dryall@...>
>Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] web crap and The FJG
>Date: Thu, 02 May 2002 22:16:19 -0600
>Don`t do it Gino, just ignor the dim bulbs who don`t know how to act.
>"Dicarlo, Gino" wrote:
> > I'll tell you, I'm just about ready to quit this whole FJG thing! I've
> > never asked many people
> > if I could look at their stuff, but when I have, I've been pushed aside!
> > Some people have me
> > wondering why I have anything to do with the railroad! Why do I like
> > railroad so much? I don't
> > know. It's nice to come into some of the items I've stumbled across
> > but I may have
> > been happier when I had no outside contact with rail fans and just had
> > few FJG pictures
> > to look at! If one more person tells me to talk to Aaron Keller about
> > getting copies of their
> > stuff, I'm going to scream! I had someone today say something about
> > from
> > Gloversville taking liberties with the material from Gloversville
> > and I hope as hell he
> > wasn't thinking me!!!! I am so close to shutting down the list and my
> > web-site! I might use
> > it to post dirty pictures!!!! You guys can keep the stupid mail list
> > going!!!
> > Visit Gino's Railpage, Now at http://www.fjgrr.com
> > Visit The Greater Capital District Railfan Assocation At
> > Visit The Site For Existing Railroad Stations
> > in New York State at
> > http://ny.existingstations.com/
> > Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to
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