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by Bob Durnell
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 47
Views: 4277

Re: Back Again

All it takes is ONE guy with some actual authority to show up on the job site every day or two and say "Uh, no......... I learned back 28 years ago when I had my house built that even with decent contractors, you have be constantly on guard for mistakes and omissions and MAKE them do work the RIGHT ...
by Bob Durnell
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 47
Views: 4277

Re: Back Again

AND, if they do what they did when they widened 14 between Hadley Road and Scott, they let the weeds grow up, and then instead of killing them or digging them up, they just threw sod over top of the weeds. Within a few weeks, those big ole ugly weeds were punching their way through that beautiful ne...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: N&W 1256
Replies: 5
Views: 551

Re: N&W 1256

I have no idea what they would charge, but this one was a freebie. Besides towing #2156 From St. Louis and Roanoke and back, towing the museum's DDA40X from St. Louis to Altoona, painting it and returning it to St Louis was part of this deal. I have my doubts you could get anything like that accompl...
by Bob Durnell
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 47
Views: 4277

Re: Back Again

I have a great interest in construction work and have been a part of numerous projects my self on a smaller scale, and I NEVER cease to be amazed at the utter lack of urgency to get ANY of these projects done. I get the distinct impression that most of the people involved don't really care or have a...
by Bob Durnell
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 47
Views: 4277

Re: Back Again

I think sometimes it's one of those deals where you get so close to something that common sense kind of checks out, and you need some fresh perspective from somebody that isn't all wound up in the minutiae. I also think that far too many of these projects are steered by political will, self interest...
by Bob Durnell
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 47
Views: 4277

Re: Back Again

Oh, I remember the last time quite well. My grandparents lived on Kinsmoor, and I was in that neighborhood constantly. I don't think there is that much money left on Rudisill, or even that whole area. Urban rental squalor and crime has been pushing people of means out of that area for quite some tim...
by Bob Durnell
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Current NKP passenger "station"
Replies: 12
Views: 5795

Re: Current NKP passenger "station"

Correct, along Superior street, just west of the old Canal Building, which can be seen in the background of depot picture.
by Bob Durnell
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 47
Views: 4277

Re: Back Again

Let this website pass into oblivion. The moderators don't block or erase dumbassdom, and it dominates too many discussions. I posted a note about a local railroad issue, and here are the sophomoric responses it generated: Dumbassdom. I used to contribute prolifically to this website. Seen anything ...
by Bob Durnell
Thu May 14, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 47
Views: 4277

Re: Back Again

That or the pet project for whoever was the councilman for that district at the time.
by Bob Durnell
Fri May 08, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: What might had been
Replies: 21
Views: 2393

Re: What might had been

I'm sure it didn't hurt, nor did the good connections the Wabash had in town with the Pennsy and the NKP. The fact that for the most part, the Wabash was straight and fast, served a lot of good sized towns and was ideally suited to automotive traffic, (particularly Ford) gave it a leg up. In many w...
by Bob Durnell
Fri May 08, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: What might had been
Replies: 21
Views: 2393

Re: What might had been

I'm sure it didn't hurt, nor did the good connections the Wabash had in town with the Pennsy and the NKP. The fact that for the most part, the Wabash was straight and fast, served a lot of good sized towns and was ideally suited to automotive traffic, (particularly Ford) gave it a leg up. In many wa...
by Bob Durnell
Fri May 08, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: What might had been
Replies: 21
Views: 2393

Re: What might had been

I'm sure that and other limiting factors of the line all contributed. Without being rebuilt from the ground up, there is no way the Cloverleaf could EVER compete with the Wabash as a through route. The NKP made do, because that is what they had to work with. I can't say for sure how much totally is...
by Bob Durnell
Fri May 08, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: What might had been
Replies: 21
Views: 2393

Re: What might had been

I'm sure that and other limiting factors of the line all contributed. Without being rebuilt from the ground up, there is no way the Cloverleaf could EVER compete with the Wabash as a through route. I can't say for sure how much totally is that way, but several of the areas I have looked at have the ...
by Bob Durnell
Thu May 07, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: What might had been
Replies: 21
Views: 2393

Re: What might had been

Boy, it would be interesting to see once of those Wabash 86' box cars go around that! How did 3 axle diesels do on that curve? Did six axle diesels EVER run on the Cloverleaf? The only six axle units the NKP had worked in Wheeling territory, and I don't think I have ever seen anything other than ge...
by Bob Durnell
Thu May 07, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: What might had been
Replies: 21
Views: 2393

Re: What might had been

There's a short section of the Cloverleaf still served by the CF&E, which includes this curve. This gives a person an idea of the degree of curve, a remnant of the narrow gauge it once was. https://www.west2k.com/ohpix/delphosnkpold.jpg That curve doesn't really look that bad on Google Earth. Any c...