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RR Commissioners Inspection - 1895

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    The next inspection report. Walt RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS INSPECTION Extensive improvements have been made upon this road since the last inspection in 1893, and
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      The next inspection report. Walt


      Extensive improvements have been made upon this road since the last
      inspection in 1893, and it is a pleasure to note the attention given
      by the officials to all of the details tending to ensure safety. A
      new siding, 180' long, had been put in at Gloversville, also the
      McKeever switch connecting the electric road. Seven miles of 70 lb.
      steel rail have been laid since 1893. Five miles of iron rail were
      noted still in use. This rail should be replaced with steel without
      delay. It is said new rail is forthcoming. Three miles of square
      joints are left. The sleeper life is, as a rule, very strong.
      Occasional short spaces were noted with ties too ripe. The renewals,
      however, have been large. In 1893, 14,000 ties were placed, 10,000 of
      which were Georgia Pine and 4,000 black ash; 1894, 5,000 black ash
      and cedar and this year 5,000 more have been laid. The ties are close
      together and of good section. The telegraph poles that stood close to
      the track have been moved further away. While this road is not in
      very bad condition as regards ballast material, still the north end
      is meagerly supplied. Much of that which has been placed is too fine.
      The company has purchased quite a large gravel bed on the line of the
      proposed Broadalbin Road in which the gravel is of extra quality.
      This gravel is to be utilized in the near future. Considerable
      widening on shoulders has been accomplished since the last
      inspection, but a number of places were noted needing immediate
      attention. The ditches have received needed attention and with the
      exception of a few wet cuts, this item is quite satisfactory. The
      fences have been generally overhauled and repaired, so that upon day
      of inspection the property was well enclosed. The highway grade-
      crossing warning signs have been painted and renewed where necessary
      and now present a good appearance. They are in conspicuous positions
      and firmly set. The suggestions made by your inspector at last
      inspection have, in almost every instance, been attended to. The
      structures in the roadbed have been numbered, clearance posts are up
      and signs for flanging also noted. The adjustment of track upon the
      new heavy rail is good, and that of the older rail is fair. More care
      should be given bolting and spiking at joints, in places. Attention
      should be given to proper spacing of ties under old rail joints in a
      number of places. The switches were found in good order, as a rule.
      The stands and targets are kept in good condition as regards paint
      and repairs. The switch stand timbers, with very few exceptions, were
      found amply strong in life and size of timber. All the farm gates
      have been renewed since the last inspection. The passenger stations
      were all examined and found well painted, inside and out, and in a
      good state of maintenance; not a few have been overhauled and
      remodeled. The roundhouse and water tank at Northville was burned
      last February, but a new one has since been placed, and a new engine
      house is in contemplation. Two new plate-girder turntables were
      noted, one at Gloversville and the other at Fonda. There is to be a
      new station erected at Sacandaga Park next winter. The grass, brush
      and weeds are being cut and removed from the right-of-way.
      Considerable new crossing planks have been laid, though some
      instances were noted needing renewals at highways. Old stumps and
      track debris should be removed from right-of-way. The Broadalbin
      Branch, about 6 miles long, is in process of construction and will
      connect with Y at the Warren crossing, about 11 miles south of
      Mayfield. This branch is expected to develop considerable traffic.
      The alignment is said to be easy and the grades not excessive. New
      retaining walls were noted recently constructed at several places.
      Your inspector noticed at the Spring Street coalhouse spur in
      Gloversville an empty coal car standing on quite a steep grade near
      the street. This should not be permitted. If the brakes or blocking
      were loosened, considerable damage might result. The curves along the
      line have been braced since the last inspection, though more of this
      work could be accomplished with good results. Before winter sets in,
      attention should be given the guardrail fastenings at switches. Water
      in barrels was noted at all wooden structures, as suggested at last
      inspection. The bridges and trestles have received intelligent
      attention. Near Cranberry Creek Station is a T-rail deck truss. It is
      about 24' span; all these T-rail trusses have outlived their
      usefulness. They were constructed years ago when the motive power was
      much lighter than at present. They are susceptible to sudden failure,
      owing to lack of proper riveting space. I-beam and plate girders
      should replace them without delay. The minor openings have rail
      stringers, generally in strong condition, though some were noted
      appearing too shallow for span. The masonry along the line is in good
      condition, and not a little "pointing up" and relaying has been done.
      At Bridge No. 2 the abutments which were laid dry originally have,
      since last inspection, been thoroughly grouted. They are of the old T
      form and scant in dimensions. A new wing protection wall was noted in
      course of construction upon day of inspection at Bridge No. 3. The
      bridge seats have been cleaned, as suggested, but without constant
      attention they will soon become covered as before. All of the floor
      ties should be spaced closer and ample-sized guard timbers placed and
      firmly bolted. This work is to be accomplished shortly. The wooden
      stringer openings, of which there are a few, were found in fair life
      and recently repaired. It is suggested that iron or steel and masonry
      replace these. One trestle was noted needing new stringers to some
      extent. One cattle pass and some of the open cattle-guard pits have
      been closed up since the last inspection. Iron-surface guards have
      been placed, and the superintendent says next year will see every
      crossing properly protected.
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