Re: FGE in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York

Peter Ness


You dind't ask about RI, so maybe there's no icing there, but it is between parts of CT and MA...

New York, New Haven & Hartford in Rhode Island:
Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence and Washington

Not sure if there was icing, but there was meat packing.

Commodities in the New Haven region (at least into the '50's); cranberries, fish, apples, pears, corn, tomatoes, berries (straw, rasp, blue and black in addition to cran) poultry...were eggs shipped by rail?

I'm getting hungry.

Peter Ness

----- Original Message -----
From: lnbill
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2011 5:03 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: FGE in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York


Your question gets at the heart of just one of the many questions I am trying to sort out about FGE operations. They would have been carrying Cranberries headed west and south, hence possibly the reason for the facility at Oak Brook. (What else were they growing in Conn. and Mass., anyone?) Another seeming anomaly: the B&O had a "Regular, All Year, Initial & Re-Icing" facility at St George on Staten Island. I am trying to figure out what they were growing on Staten Island that the SIRT railroad and the B&O were shipping out.

A Reference Librarian at Cornell's Mann Library, their Agricultural Library, is trying to help me with such questions about New York produce.

Bill Welch

--- In STMFC@..., Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:
> I'm curious, why would there be an icing station in the Bronx?
> Wouldn't the Bronx be a -destination- for refrigerator cars, and
> not so much an origin, or transit point? Was it common to have
> icing stations at destinations?
> Tim O'Connor
> >The Pennsylvania (50% partner with the NYNH&H of the New York Connecting
> >Railroad and owner of the LIRR) also operated in Kings County and Queens
> >County as well as New York County. I don't know if there was an FGE
> >icing station in New York City Proper other than Oak Point.
> >
> >bb
> >
> >> Yes thanks Byron, I was intending to ask about that. My database of
> >> FGE Icing stations shows two Icing locales on the NYNH&H--Maybrook, NY
> >> (Regular, Al-Year, Initial & Reicing) and Oak Point, NY (Emergency,
> >> Al-Year, Initial & Reicing)--so I thought it must have trackage in New
> >> York.

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