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Re: [FJGRailroad] FJ&G Trolley stops.

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  • Malcolm Horton
    Gino, The footbridge was on the lock bridge but extended north, over the NYC tracks, to reach the FJG tracks. The extension has been removed. There was a Truax
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 23 8:31 PM
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      Gino,
       
      The footbridge was on the lock bridge but extended north, over the NYC tracks, to reach the FJG tracks. The extension has been removed.
       
      There was a Truax stop but it was different from the Lock 10 stop.
       
      Malcolm Horton
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      Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 11:21 PM
      Subject: RE: [FJGRailroad] FJ&G Trolley stops.

      Malcolm,
       
      I always wondered why there was a stop for this lock.  Wasn't there a
      Truax stop and isn't the lock right across from there?  Was the footbridge
      different from the lock bridge that is there now?
       
      Gino
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Malcolm Horton [mailto:mdhorton@...]
      Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2003 11:18 PM
      To: FJ&G Yahoogroups
      Subject: [FJGRailroad] FJ&G Trolley stops.

      To all:
       
      In listing the trolley stops between Amsterdam and Schenectady, one particular stop (Lock 10) has a story that goes with it.
       
      Lock 10 is on the south shore of the river at this point as was the 60 Megawatt electric generating station built by the Adirondack Power and Light Co. (which later merged with New York Power and Light). This generating station burned anthracite coal which could be brought in by the West Shore Railroad or by barge. A station of this size would require a lot of employees to operate and maintain it. Many, if not most of these employees traveled by the FJ&G trolley line. A walkway was built on the moveable dam. At the north side of the river, there was an extension to the walkway which went up a few steps, to get sufficient overhead clearance for the passage of passenger and freight trains of the four track New York Central Railroad, and then there was a stairway down to the two adjacent tracks of the FJ&G trolley line. This extension has since been removed so only a few of us know it ever existed.
       
      Imagine how cold it must have been to walk across the river on this bridge in the dead of winter with the wind starting out from Buffalo.
       
      There may have been some passenger train service on the West Shore line which would also serve the employees of this power plant. I know there were commuter trains into Canajoharie (to work in the Beech Nut Factories) on weekdays because my dad had a cousin who commuted on it from Fort Plain.
       
      At his point on the Mohawk (at Lock 10), there were a total of eight tracks along its shores, two on the south side and six on the north side.
       
      Malcolm Horton  


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