• Bath and Hammondsport RR rail question

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  by Fireman43
 
I also posted this in the B and H Forum under the existing thread “ B and H questions but thought I’d post my question here also.

A few remaining rails continue to stick up thru the grass on the east side of Main Street in Hammondsport. Took a look to see if any date stamps but no luck - would they have dates and if so what part of the rail would have them.

Thank you
Mark

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  by lvrr325
 
Would be on one side or the other of the web. Rust would make it harder to find.
  by Fireman43
 
Thanks - yes they were pretty rusted but now I’ll need to stop and talk to the neighbor who was pulling everything up with his garden tractor the other day !!! When I had taken a quick look before seemed pretty lightweight.

Keep you posted
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  by lvrr325
 
I wonder how willing he'll be to talk given he probably is essentially stealing that old rail, would have to look at the abandonment on that section but I would expect the property is still owned by someone.
  by Fireman43
 
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He has them all pulled- ties stacked to the right, rails back by the wood line.
Talked to him who seemed quite knowledgeable about the ROW as has lived there forever. Didn’t ask him about how he is able to pull it all up. :)
We looked for dates on a lot of the pulled rail but no luck .
Picked up a bunch of spikes to add to my collection for who knows what.
From there drove over to the where the B&H roundhouse ‘Had’ been as totally gone.
Pics below taken from Liberty Street of the area .

New owner of the land who built his house there has cleared bush and cleaned up the shoreline where the barn had stood .
Drove then around in back to the area the town/village is developing a park .
Wasn’t able to see any evidence of the ROW thru the existing brush but didn’t walk it.

Mark
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  by Fireman43
 
Maybe I’m missing it as always saw the red building there before now.
Was easy to see from the street.
I’ll look time I’m down ( maybe in the winter when leaves are off)
  by nydepot
 
Yes, it’s not visible anymore and completely overgrown. I had to hike a good 20 minutes into it from the park. It was like jungle cutting getting to it. Once in, I was able to get out quicker as I was able to get my bearings and head straight out.
  by Fireman43
 
Visited the site today.
Far as I can see is totally cleared.
Talked to neighbor who has lived there for 40 some years .
Says site cleared for he understands 4-5 building lots.
Work continues on the park to include a. walkway across Cold Brook to be continuation of the trail currently from Curtice Museum . Progress is slow …..
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