Carthage Republican, Tues., March 23, 1869
No trains have been run on the Clifton Railroad
for several weeks. The accumulation of ice and snow on a wooden
track upon which light engines are used, must make the running of
trains almost impossible. We imagine that the projectors of the road
from Carthage trough Pitcairn and Edwards, will do well to
substitute iron for wood, if they want a road that will be of any
benefit to them. - Reformer.
It is well enough to criticize the Clifton
Railroad, but we should not be in too great haste in charging all
its defects or misfortunes to the wood rail; because if this wood
rail is a thing of real utility, its use should not be discouraged.
"No trains have been run on this road for
several weeks." About one year ago the same remark would have been
substantially true of the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg road. Yet
that road had not yet adopted the wood rail. We read in exchange
that no trains have arrived or departed from the city of Montreal in
two weeks. We have not heard of the Grand Trunk adopting the wood
rail. We read of various other roads in this northern latitude being
obstructed by snow. What shall the people depending upon these
obstructed roads do, in order to have a road that will be of benefit
But seriously, if the Clifton road was laid
with iron rails would its stoppage for a few weeks in the winter be
at all surprising. Its construction was mainly for the benefit of
the Clifton Iron Works, and not for public convenience. It has
always seemed strange to us that they could operate this road at
all, with its very sharp curves and grades of nearly, or quite, 300
feet to the mile.
Yet with one full years experience the Company
owning that road have resolved to add four new locomotives and
eighty cars to its rolling stock, by the first of April next. In
view of this fact, have not the projects of the road from Carthage
through Pitcairn and Edwards, reason to expect some benefit from
their road, with its gentle curves and easy grades, even though a
wood rail is used in the first instance.
We do not pretend the wood rail is equal to an
iron one, but we do believe that it may be used in many instances,
and yield beneficial results to the country, and satisfactory
dividends to the stockholders.