From The Archives
- Yes its time again for "From the Archives" that come as you please odd bit
of railroad trivia that keeps them asking, "Where'd he get that". It occurs
to me as I look around the archives that although I am a railfan, I have
managed to acquire a fair amount of trolley material. Heck I have even been
known to stare at rolling cranes that operate on rails in the pavement!
Once again I have elected to post this to both the D&H and Hudson River
lists and added the FJ&G list because there will be something of interest
for that list too! There must be some of you out there who have trolley
memorabilia related to the D&H (Hudson Valley Lines) and the trolley lines
in the lower Hudson Valley. The FJ&G list is full of trolley stuff because
of that company's involvement in operating trolleys and interurbans. Perhaps
this will prompt someone to penn a few lines.....excuse me we are in the
21st century, bang a few keys about thier knowledge of the trolleys in thier
Lets start off with the thing that prompted this all...I came into
possession today of a uniform button...Yonkers RR CO. It is well worn with
YONKERS in a semicircle on the top and R.R. CO. in a curve around the
bottom. In the center is a Y with a c wrapped around the stem of the Y and
two capital Rs on either side of the Y.
So I started looking through the archives and discovered that I have a
complete set of Public Service Railway buttons. So I began to look harder. I
have two "Interurban/Trolley " lanterns, one from the Utica & Mohawk Valley
Railway and the other from the Pacific Electric. Anybody got a lantern from
another trolley/Interurban operation ? Both of mine are marked on the frame
and the globe.
So what other trolley memorabilia do I have? Well I set about looking (It
has been over three hours since I started looking) and I turned up a
Schenectady Railways Hudson Mohawk Valleys Trolley Trip booklet that also
mentions the FJ&G. I also discovered a Schenectady Railways Troy Line
schedule on a yellow 8 1/2 x 11 single sheet.
I mentioned the FJ&G list. Hmmm lets look west, I have two Bamberger
Electric Railroad timetables. A true interurban operating out ofSalt Lake
City. Okay whats THAT got to do with Trolleys in the Hudson or Mohawk
Valleys. Hah ! Gottcha.. FJ&G fans will tell you that the Brill Bullet cars
were sold to the Bamberger when the FJ&G was downsizing. ( I can probably
tie the railways of Japan to this list if I think about it long enough).
I also have some timetables from the Pacific Electric and quite a few from
SOOOoooooo..... lets see what else we have in the archives..Lets see there
are quite a few tokens: the Binghamton Railway Company, the International
Railway in Buffalo, the Connecticut Company the Hudson Transportation
Company, Lehigh valley Transit, Kingston City Transportation Company, United
Traction (does anybody know where that is ?) Rochester Transit, Poughkeepsie
& Wappingers Falls Railway Company
NYSE&G Corp, FJ&G and of course NYCTA.
Okay whats the point? I would like to stimulate a little dialog on each of
these respective lists about the trolley companies in each respective area.
For instance I have not seen much conversation on the Hudson River list
about the trolleys....and can somebody tell me about the right of way
through Nassau NY just outside of Albany. Was this part of the Hudson Valley
Does anybody out there have anything from the Peekskill Trolley or of course
my favorite, the Ossining Electric Railway Westchester Electric Railway
Hudson River & Eastern Traction Company. And what about the New Paltz
trolley ? There is a book on the topic that I recommend.
Lets get some trolley discussion. Somebody must have a timetable from one of
And now I am Complete
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- My kids said, "Dad are you going to have a fire tonight? It is spring! Yes but it will be cold tonight" I replied.
And with that, while rummaging around the archives, I found a copy of PC RAILROADER July-August 1975. On page 4 there is a photo of FJG 153998 with the following caption, "The Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville located off the Mohawk Division in Amsterdam, New York acquired 100 40' and 138 50' box cars from Penn Central. photo by the editor - Joe Klapkowski
I know the caption is inaccurate. I did not write it. This was way before the days of the internet and common information. To have a by- line back then at the ripe old age of 15 was, well, pretty cool.
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