"The Clifton Railroad"

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 to them?  

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.

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