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by Bob Durnell
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades

I didn't even know there still WERE any Triple Crown people here or anywhere else. I thought when they paired down operations they transferred all the TC work to the intermodal department. I had a friend that worked in IT out there at Auburn Road or whatever that office park is called out there, and...
by Bob Durnell
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2604

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

Well as I have said, I don't see what this has to be an either-or situation. There is no reason the city and everyone else can't get what they want. It's just the reality that nearly all of those other projects aren't as location specific as Headwater's Junction is. Nobody really cares where a hospi...
by Bob Durnell
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1474

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

OK, Now what did Kopper's Western Gas do there? Of course Kopper's is a big conglomerate, but I did some quick searching and found nothing connected to Western Gas. It also begs the question whether any of the buildings still there were part of Koppers or were built new for Fruehauf. I found a coupl...
by Bob Durnell
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1474

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

The Fruehauf building seems to be way overbuilt to have been originally to build semi trailers.. there is BIG overhead cranes in these buildings, bigger than what is needed to build semi trailers. We have put several overhead cranes in the very east building and the equipment we took down was built...
by Bob Durnell
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2604

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

I guess one of my concerns would be whether HJ can survive economically until the rest of the development catches up to it, and how much being out of short walking distance from the heart of the activity will hurt. You mentioned the Zoo, and I'll bet the City wishes it WAS downtown, NOW. Remember we...
by Bob Durnell
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2604

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

Kelly, do you have any renderings of what a West Wayne Project would look like? I'm just not seeing this as great alternative. While it would solve a lot of problems, it just seems too out of the way to me. It seems almost like a repeat of Casad. You're only going to find it if you are looking for i...
by Bob Durnell
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1474

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

As far as I know, the plant was built by Fruehauf, and what little information I was able to find indicates that this plant existed by 1936, but I haven't confirmed that. I don't believe there is any connection to the Pennsylvania RR, other than a location next to the yards. Keep in mind that in tha...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: PRR 4-4-0 No. 642 Fort Wayne IN
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: PRR 4-4-0 No. 642 Fort Wayne IN

My dad used to buy all his cars there. I have some fleeting memories of being there when I was little. I don't know exactly when DeHaven bought them out, but my Chevelle was built the first week of May 1972, and it was delivered to Greigers. It couldn't have been too long after that, and I remember ...
by Bob Durnell
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2604

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

North River has is the thousands upon thousands cars that would drive by it every day and the proximity to Science Central, the Three River's Festival and the riverfront development. You can't put a price on that. Quite to the contrary, I believe that is exactly what they are doing. I'm having a ha...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2604

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

First off, I am not affiliated with Headwaters Junction in ANY way. I Just follow it very closely and have read, watched or listened to ever single thing I can find that has discussed it, and I have a pretty good idea what has been put out there. Now, West Wayne was mentioned. As far as I'm conceren...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2604

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

I can't provide detailed specifics, but I DO know that HWJ offered to take the far north end of the property, which I think most people would agree is the LEAST attractive part of the parcel, leaving a quite large chunk of land for other development. Otherwise all they need is enough room to thread ...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1474

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

I wouldn't be surprised if the coal was delivered by rail. The plant had a good bit of trackage running through the west end, and some of it is still in the pavement and building floors. Looking at the setup, I would say that at least some if not most raw materials came in by rail at one time. I wou...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2604

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

Steve, you mentioned a couple of things that stirred some thought. I tend to agree with your assessment about the Henry administration is cold at best to the project, but nobody else is jumping up to develop North River, so here we are holding out for pie in the sky and ignoring the only concrete pr...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When film was king.
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: When film was king.

They did, when taken by really talented people under the right conditions and developed by people who knew what they were doing. None of that applies to me as a hack railroad photographer. Digital allows me to get many times closer to professional quality and the ability to fix errors and problems t...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2604

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

The point I was trying to make was that the people who ultimately hold the fate of Headwater's junction in their hands don't know about that and don't care. That's a rail fan thing, and they are not the problem here. This is a political thing right now.