I spent some time this afternoon documenting the remnants of this system between Scotia and Amsterdam NY. The FJ&G ran along the north side of the Mohawk River and--although much of it has been obliterated by the widening of Rt 5--there were still a surprisingly good amount of places to see vestiges of the ROW.
MapsThese 1931 USGS topo maps indicate the precise ROW (highlighted in brown). It was a double track all the way between Schenectady and Amsterdam.
The FJ&G crossed under the New York Central mainline at Washout Road and turned westward.
|Washout Road Underpass|
Google Street View
|On Google Maps, this is labeled as Simmons Road|
Google Street View
Documenting the Right of Way (ROW)At the foot of Washout Road, the abutment over the creek was much easier to see in the winter than last April when I scrambled thru the briars to snap photos. see April Post >
The widening of Rt 5 over the years obscured some sections but in other spots the roadway was easy to discern just to the north.
|The three photos above are (1) view from the road; (2) a small culvert; and |
(3) a climb up to view the ROW looking eastward
|Certain sections of the ROW were visible in the distance|
|A turn up a side road permitted close ups|
Remnants of the bridge over the Verf Kill.
|View from Rt 5|
|Up hill on a side street - I walked eastward on the rail bed cut|
|View down from the edge|
|Looking westward on the same side road|
Traveling further west
|Another side road view|
Further west, where the ROW ran closer to Rt 5, only a skinny width remains...
In 1938 the Gloversville to Schenectady line was abandoned.
Gino's Rail Museum (in depth details: photos, history, etc.)
The Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad (American Rails)
Washout Creek Bridge (Bridgehunter)
I realize this is an older post. I grew up in Broadalbin when this line was still running we used to put pennies on the tracks as they coasted down a slight grade and thought it was great how they flattened. Last I knew the station was still there operating as an antique shop. My grandmother used to tell us how she road the train from Gloversville to the village where she was a teacher, that would have been in the late 20s. Also had the pleasure of riding from Gloversville with my Cub Scout pack when I was about 10 as they shuttled cars around.ReplyDelete
William - that's a couple of wonderful memories!Delete
these pics portray the electrified interurban trolley line of the FJ&G , and as the author posted, was abandoned in the 1930'sReplyDelete