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Re: [FJGRailroad] One Hundred Years Ago

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  • mwilber@webtv.net
    Throw mama from the train!!! Mark
    Message 1 of 15 , Sep 3, 2002
      Throw mama from the train!!! Mark
    • Glenn J. Williams
      From the Bob Bedford clipping file: September 12, 1902 - PREPARED FOR WINTER - The FJ&G RR Company has purchased two new snowplows for the electric division
      Message 2 of 15 , Sep 12, 2002
        From the Bob Bedford clipping file:

        September 12, 1902 - PREPARED FOR WINTER - The FJ&G RR Company has
        purchased two new snowplows for the electric division which will be
        models of their kind and superior to anything in this section. The
        plows will be of two patterns, one a double truck "shear" plow and
        the other a double truck "nose" plow. Both will be equipped with GE
        57 motors giving each plow 200 HP. They will be equipped with
        everything of the latest pattern and will be complete in every
        respect. A feature of the plows will be the Wagonshall electric arc
        headlights of 2000 candlepower, and they will also have trolley
        catchers, independent motor air brake equipment and an automatic air
        hoisting device for raising and lowering the nose of the plow. The
        plows will cost about $6000 apiece and are being built by the Wason
        Mfg. Co. They will each weigh about 32,000 pounds outside of the
        electric equipment. The little plow which has been used on the local
        electric division will be shipped to Rockton and used on the Rockton
        and Hagaman Divisions.

        Motorman Bowdish, who with Conductor Sammons was suspended as a
        result of the recent head-on collision at Fonda, was re-instated in
        the service yesterday and resumed his work.
      • Glenn J. Williams
        From the Bob Bedford clipping file: September 17, 1902 - BOND WIRE THIEVES - Copper bond wire thieves were at work again on the Fonda Division of the FJ&G RR
        Message 3 of 15 , Sep 17, 2002
          From the Bob Bedford clipping file:

          September 17, 1902 - BOND WIRE THIEVES - Copper bond wire thieves
          were at work again on the Fonda Division of the FJ&G RR last night
          and the amount of wire taken was valued at between one hundred and
          two hundred dollars. Some time ago, the company was bothered with
          bond wire thieves and since the trouble with the heavy wires, the
          company has purchased new bond wire consisting of a bundle of small
          wires instead of a heavy piece of copper. The new wires were costly
          but it was thought that the thieves would not be so likely to cut
          them as they would the big pieces of copper. However, last night, a
          thief went along a section of the track south of Johnstown and
          removed 280 wires weighing about 700 pounds, leaving a long portion
          of the line without any connecting wires. While the operation of the
          cars was not prevented, it is hard work to send a car over rails
          which are not bonded and as soon as the damage to the track was
          discovered, officials of the company were notified and a repair crew
          went to work. The robbery was probably commited after the last car
          from Fonda had passed over the road and presumably the thieves did
          their work between 1 and 5 a.m.
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