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by Bob Durnell
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

In all my years of railfanning, I have only been able to witness a SD80MAC in Allen County on two occasions, and the first time BOTH of my camera batteries were dead! This is the second time, taken in March, and though the conditions and location didn't make for very good photos, I'm still thrilled ...
by Bob Durnell
Sun May 26, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

Yes, the freight conversions included a front door.
by Bob Durnell
Sun May 26, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

The F40PHs's were cowl carbody units like the SDP40F and the FP40 and FP45s that proceeded it. The Cowl body enclosed the engine compartment and walkways from the outside, but had no structural support purpose, unlike the EMD F and E units where the carbody was part of the frame structure.
by Bob Durnell
Sat May 25, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

The period around the time of the 1999 Conrail split was probably the greatest era of oddball motive power in these parts since Conrail was formed in 1976. Power short, no, make that power desperate Norfolk Southern turned to just about ANY source to rent power. Believe it or not, for a very short t...
by Bob Durnell
Sat May 25, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

Craig would be the one give you all of the specifics, he's our expert on this area. Am I thinking right that the NKP/FW&J/GR&I connection track the train is sitting on was put in once the GR&I was removed between Runnion and Junction? I'm trying to remember how PC and Conrail accessed the FW&J betwe...
by Bob Durnell
Sun May 19, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

Continuing our recent GR&I coverage, here is a shot from February as the local enters the switch at West Wayne and prepares to run up the GR&I with some salt hoppers that they just pulled out of the old FW&J line spur.
by Bob Durnell
Wed May 15, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Curious NKP observation.
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: Curious NKP observation.

Sort of like those big train picture books people give me (because the sell cheap) where 75% of the pictures are from overseas. NOBODY has less interest of foreign railroading than I do.
by Bob Durnell
Mon May 13, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Curious NKP observation.
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Curious NKP observation.

Last week, I took delivery of what is at least my sixth book about the Nickel Plate, this one the NKP diesels book. After reading it cover to cover and studying the hundreds of great photos in it, I realized something I have noticed in the other NKP books, a scarcity of photos taken in the Fort Wayn...
by Bob Durnell
Sun May 12, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

8/2/04. Startup day for the then Rail America owned Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern. Freshly refurbished GP38-2's were being readied for use by shop forces, but a couple seemed to be having some teething problems. Sorry for the poor quality scan.
by Bob Durnell
Sun May 12, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: The last NKP steam powered train
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: The last NKP steam powered train

According to the info I have, the final steam run through Fort Wayne was an eastbound Calumet to to Bellevue run on June 20th by #740. The final steam run ANYWHERE on the NKP was July 2nd with with #746. Of course #765 was fired up for stationary duty to heat a passenger train that winter.
by Bob Durnell
Tue May 07, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

The slug and the mother can be disconnected, (I saw a disconnected slug behind the East Wayne fuel pad a few weeks ago) but based on info I was given, some of the cabling has to be disconnected by a shop person, not just by a crew or a hostler.
by Bob Durnell
Sat May 04, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

Diesel and road slug. That's been the normal GR&I power in recent times, but not always the same set.
by Bob Durnell
Fri May 03, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

Another GR&I shot. 1/31/19, the GR&I local creeps southbound over the old wooden trestle over Butler Road. I had wanted this shot for YEARS, and was finally in the right place at the right time. :)
by Bob Durnell
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NS Chicago District
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: NS Chicago District

I would say it's about a mile. Maybe they want to keep the two sidings distinctly separate.
by Bob Durnell
Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 98
Views: 10207

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

Sorry guys, between the site outage last week and being so busy, I got behind. I'll make it up with a twofer this week. 1) 7/12/14. NKP 765 makes a westbound move across the St Mary's River bridge on the Chicago District and into it's old stomping ground, West Wayne. This was part of a positioning m...