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The forgotten railway of Ft. Wood (Bedloe's Island)
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Los angeles Flyer Limited
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The forgotten railway of Ft. Wood (Bedloe's Island)
 
« on: Jul 16th, 2016, 6:46pm »
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Gentlemen:
 
Most Eastern rail enthusiasts will quickly think of the CNJ if you were to mention "the Statue of Liberty railroad".
 
Yet, many decades ago, Fort Wood (once located on Bedloe's/Liberty Island) had its own little railroad.
 
Until several years ago, I myself had no idea that such a railroad even existed.
 
I hope you find this page as interesting as I have....interesting to learn that Lady Liberty once had her own LITTLE railroad (this line was little more than 300 feet in length!).......
 
"L.F.L."
 
http://members.trainweb.com/bedt/milrr/ftwood.html
 
(courtesy: trainweb.com)


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Los angeles Flyer Limited
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Also.......just across the harbor from Miss Liberty, the former Army base (Fort Jay, located on Governor's Island) also had its own "short line", this one a bit more substantial than the one at Ft. Wood.......
 
http://members.trainweb.com/bedt/milrr/girr.html
 
(courtesy: trainweb.com)
 


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Los angeles Flyer Limited
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 18th, 2016, 8:16am »
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Some related trivia on Ft. Wood:
 
In 1937, the War Department transferred ownership of the Island to the Department Of The Interior; the radio station remained in use.
 
However, it would not be until 1944 before the fort was finally closed; in 1948, demolition began on the old Army buildings.
 
With no Army base, the little "short line"was, of course, redundant.
 
Too bad that no part of this little railway was thought to be of any historical significance at the time; artifacts from this line would have made for interesting and unusual pieces at the Island's museum today.....
 
"L.F.L."


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Military Railroads of the NY Harbor area......
 
http://www.trainweb.org/bedt/MilitaryRRofNY.html
 
(courtesy: trainweb.org)


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« Reply #4 on: Jul 18th, 2016, 8:27pm »
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L.F.L., this is fascinating!
 
It would seem that this little Fort Wood "shortline" served to transfer heavy materials and stores that had been brought over from the mainland, offloaded into the wharf building, and which would then need to be transferred to the larger storage building on the island itself.
 
That little locomotive is fascinating, as well.  Its dimensions remind me of engines that were used in underground mines-- although I have a tough time imagining internal combustion in that kind of an enclosed space!  Perhaps there were battery-driven versions?
 
I really enjoyed the crisp photo of the fort as it existed perhaps a century ago.  A copse of trees now occupies the ground where the railroad ran, and the officers' quarters, infirmary (?) and other domiciles are where the flagpole plaza is today.
 
At any rate, thanks for sharing this interesting find.
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm


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