Construction Crew Discovers World War I Railroad Relic

By: | July 6th, 2014

A New York City construction crew recently discovered an old railroad relic while digging a storm watch trench on Governors Island.

Governors Island Railroad was the shortest railroad in the world during World War I. It was used to move military equipment along its 1.75 miles of track.

What the NYC construction crew unearthed is called an archbar, which is a type of freight car truck common in the early 1900s. Used mostly for freight, archbars were banned in 1939 after being designated as outdated and requiring too much maintenance to be worth using anymore.

Currently, officials are discussing where they will put the century-old archbar so the public can enjoy the newly discovered relic.

Marshall Smith

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