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by Wayne Gest
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Ft. Wayne & Jackson South End c.1960
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Ft. Wayne & Jackson South End c.1960

If you look at Google at the street, it doesn't really look a whole lot different now.

https://goo.gl/maps/d8nGqf9rFmm
by Wayne Gest
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

There are things I can only speculate about, I'm nearly a decade-old retiree so some of my information may be well outdated.
by Wayne Gest
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

There are two ways to get into or depart Fort Wayne for Chicago or Elkhart trains. Either trains are routed via the NKP through Fort Wayne over the elevation, through the connection onto the CF&E west of Thomas Road. Unless things have changed drastically, both routes are used on a regular basis and...
by Wayne Gest
Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Any engineer working the Chicago District on a regular basis would be qualified on all of the routes into Fort Wayne accessible from the Chicago District. There would be no necessity for pilots or changing of crews. Also, crews on those special trains are crews that regularly work that district. Usu...
by Wayne Gest
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: January 20 - Junctions
Replies: 10
Views: 955

Re: January 20 - Junctions

Craig, that would be the one, I really wasn't sure of the year. I do remember it snowing, now that you mention it. I remember going out looking for some of the remaining landmarks that you displayed in your presentation in the days after. I found them, too.
by Wayne Gest
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: January 20 - Junctions
Replies: 10
Views: 955

Re: January 20 - Junctions

I remember enjoying one of your interurban presentations that you had at the Dupont library branch. IIRC, there were a couple of people there who could remember the interurbans, a group that nearly disappeared by now, I imagine.
by Wayne Gest
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: January 20 - Junctions
Replies: 10
Views: 955

Re: January 20 - Junctions

That is a small group, I thought there might be a bigger turnout. If I didn't live a thousand miles away from Fort Wayne now, I would have been there.
by Wayne Gest
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Sometimes, I wish there was a "like" button here because that's a record of a artifact that is now long gone.
by Wayne Gest
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: NS Dispatchers
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Re: NS Dispatchers

It was reported that the dispatcher's office in Fort Wayne was eliminated at 6AM on October 30. One of the dispatchers posted this on Facebook and said, "That's all, folks".
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by Wayne Gest
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Suggested Media
Topic: GR&I
Replies: 0
Views: 876

GR&I

I just learned of the publication of this book. I know nothing more about it than what it says here:

http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1 ... 9NLmhKg2w
by Wayne Gest
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Penn-Central questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2878

Re: Penn-Central questions

I would hazard a guess and say Logansport. The Panhandle was a heavy freight route to Chicago and the PRR main through Fort Wayne was known to be more of a passenger route. Both routes had a Pittsburgh connection but I've read different times that freight traffic went primarily via Columbus.
by Wayne Gest
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Weaver Popcorn, Van Buren, 1950
Replies: 2
Views: 874

Re: Weaver Popcorn, Van Buren, 1950

There's a lot to see in that picture, the rider car, the CB&Q boxcar, Everywhere West, and the brakeman riding the tank car. That's not even mentioning that Lima-built ex-Cloverleaf 2-8-0 912, built in 1922, as shown on the NKP all time roster.
by Wayne Gest
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Penn-Central questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2878

Re: Penn-Central questions

I wish I knew more to answer your questions. The fellows who became CR men in Fort Wayne had jobs and traffic for a number of years after PC disappeared, until L. Stanley Crane came along and upended the railroad map. I can say that in Fort Wayne, after the traffic disappeared post-Conrail, a lot of...
by Wayne Gest
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Penn-Central questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2878

Re: Penn-Central questions

As far as I know, the Logansport-Richmond traffic was protected by crews that had Logansport as a home terminal. These stories were told to me by a couple of fellows I knew who'd hired out onto the PRR when they were furloughed from the NKP, this in the late 50's. As for Bradford, Bradford was done ...
by Wayne Gest
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Penn-Central questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2878

Re: Penn-Central questions

There was Chicago traffic that went up the GR&I out of Richmond toward Ridgeville and then onto the Pandhandle into Logansport. This was told to me by two different fellows who had worked that way. The route via New Castle was primarily for passenger trains at one time and the old PRR men who heard ...