Posted 10/17/2020 05:08 (#8549729 - in reply to #8549709) Subject: RE: Railroad question
100 miles north of the NYC crapper
I’m a huge fan of RR history, especially local lines and have many books on it. There were at one time 3 lines that passed through our township alone. When built they thought their bread and butter was going to be hauling iron ore but the mines closed shortly. Then they found a new cargo..... milk. On a side note, my great great grandfather was the first farmer to ship milk by rail from our township in the 1870s. My grandmother used to tell me many stories of them. She actually y rode the trains to attend high school. Anyway on the original question when built one of the lines had huge wooden trestles. They were ok for the sparse early traffic but after awhile it became a main fright line they decided to strengthen them by digging gravel from one place about 4-5 miles away and loading on hopper cars and taking it out on the trestles and just dumping it over the side. Huge undertaking. Here’s a couple pics of the operation.
These lines went broke in the 1930s I remember in the &0s a neighbor though he was going to get rich selling the gravel until they started digging and ran into the huge timbers well preserved in the gravel. Which making it impossible to dig.