OLD TROLLEY TRACKS TO BE SALVAGED FOR STEEL NEEDED IN WAR
Richards Directed By Village Trustees To Prepare W.
P. A. Project For Chatsworth Avenue. WPB Appeals For
Engineer Arthur Richards of Larchmont Tuesday was instructed
by the Village Board to draft a Works Products Administration
application for the removal of the oldest trolley tracks
on Chatsworth avenue between the Boston Post Road and
Board took action after hearing William G. O'Brien,
representative of the special projects salvage section
of the War Production Board, appeal for the steel which
he said was badly needed by war industries.
O'Brien is visiting numerous Westchester communities
arranging to speed the salvaging of old tracks for use
in wartime. The rails are badly needed for use without
reprocessing at Army or Navy bases, to be re-rolled
into sheet steel, or to be melted with other materials
and converted into new steel, he said.
was instrumental in the salvaging of the old Westchester
and Boston railroad tracks, he said, and is currently
assisting the Village of Mamaroneck and working out
a project to salvage the trolley tracks from Halstead
Avenue and elsewhere in the Village.
Richards informed with the Board that the drawback so
far to salvage in the steel has been the fact that the
bituminous materials are frozen and cannot be obtained
to repair the streets after removal of the rails.
steel shortage has become so acute, however, Mr. O'Brien
said, that the government has issued instructions to
the W. P. A. to give priority to any projects for its
salvage and has also cleared the way for the release
of ready-mix asphalt preparations for the repair of
O'Brien pointed out that while the price of the steel
will meet only a part of the cost of the removal of
the tracks, nevertheless the municipalities can eliminate
a traffic hazard and a condition that will interfere
with future repairs, and that these remedies can be
applied at a cost less than it would ever be again.
O'Brien's appearance before the Board was the only scheduled
event in an otherwise routine meeting of the Board,
during which the Trustees disposed of the ordinary business
of the Village
Note: See the Van
Zelm Cartoons of Larchmont's Trolley in 1922.
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