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by Wayne Gest
Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:12 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Hey Keith, I found our wreck!
Replies: 12
Views: 7254

I can't add much but I can tell you that I was on an eastbound train out of Peru, IN, bound for Bellevue, the day that happened and we could see black smoke to the north but had no idea what had happened. Also, a fellow who was then a fireman on the N&W Chicago District told me he was on a train com...
by Wayne Gest
Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:02 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Old Fort Wayne, by photo
Replies: 9
Views: 5499

Yes, discovered that site a few years ago, I especially was taken with the picture taken in Hartford City on the PRR Panhandle of what I assume was Hart Tower, which was closed sometime in the mid to late fifties. I think the picture was taken looking east, from what I was told by someone who was mo...
by Wayne Gest
Mon Feb 20, 2006 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Castle district
Replies: 80
Views: 44185

Miss out for a few days and come back and find all of this?!?! I said ""I" have never doubled the hill at Hagerstown". Me. Then I went on to say that I once doubled it going east. Then, I mistakenly posted as a guest a few days later and stated that they weren't liars but I failed to notice until it...
by Wayne Gest
Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Castle district
Replies: 80
Views: 44185

Never doubled the hill at Hagerstown but have crawled up it more than once. Have had more trouble with the hill out of Richmond towards Campbellstown. Grain trains going west or north are empty, generally, the loads go south. Back in N&W days and earlier NS, grain trains were either 100 cars or they...
by Wayne Gest
Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Castle district
Replies: 80
Views: 44185

You must have been on old Route 127. Don't know about well engineered, that section between New Castle and Richmond was built prior to the Civil War, PRR avoided running large trains on it by running them up the GR&I to Ridgeville. When the N&W bought that railroad, the old heads from the PRR said t...
by Wayne Gest
Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fort Wayne area towers
Replies: 22
Views: 14671

I believe that bridge is the FW&J bridge, unless there's another bridge there I've never seen. Not uncommon for there to be little shelters set up for picking up passengers. Craig Berndt did an interesting presentation for a Allen County geneaology group a month or so ago on the interurban at the Du...
by Wayne Gest
Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:47 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fort Wayne area towers
Replies: 22
Views: 14671

The cement building was known as Stoners on the Toldeo and Chicago Interurban line. The Fort Wayne & Jackson was just a short distance east of there and there was an interchange track between the two at that point. . Great, since there is an authority in the crowd, what exactly was the purpose of t...
by Wayne Gest
Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NS ex-Conrail line across Indiana and Ohio
Replies: 30
Views: 16076

Re: switching at Hugo

IIRC, the NS got trackage rights on an Illinois Central line from Chicago to Decatur so NS could abandon the Illinois Terminal trackage and "bypass" the fort on Chi-KC traffic. (I would question the logic of routing this way when ATSF or CBQ gets there in half the time.) The Wabash had a line from ...
by Wayne Gest
Sat Jan 21, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Baker Street Water Tanks
Replies: 9
Views: 6212

I know the Wabash depot was still standing in the spring of 1976 but empty and boarded up by then. I can't remember when it was torn down but I want to think it was sometime during the winter of 1977-78. In the early seventies, after the advent of Amtrak, the depot sat empty other than the "downtown...
by Wayne Gest
Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:10 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Baker Street Water Tanks
Replies: 9
Views: 6212

If you look right above about the fifth car in the Wabash train, you can see a semaphore signal for the westbound on the Wabash. Also, somewhere just west of the Wabash depot was a steel coal dock that stood spraddling both mains that was rather short lived, have been told that it fell when a welder...
by Wayne Gest
Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Largest local customers?
Replies: 24
Views: 12198

Is protec near Liepsic Oh? North of the NS, east of CSX, served by both carriers, Leipsic's largest customer. Did you know Leipsic had a port authority that considered building a short line to connect all three Leipsic railroads? (I&O, NS, CSX) It was mere speculation, the port authority has fallen...
by Wayne Gest
Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:10 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: West Wayne Yard
Replies: 5
Views: 4329

West Wayne

Yes, there was a roundhouse at West Wayne, that was the Nickel Plate facility in Fort Wayne up until about 1951.

Also interesting to note that there was also a separate passenger main bridge over the river east of West Wayne, don't know when this was removed.
by Wayne Gest
Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Largest local customers?
Replies: 24
Views: 12198

Scott wrote:I would say that Jim r . like The news, Tetra pak, ect.
Tetrapak is no longer with us, they folded last April, I believe.
by Wayne Gest
Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Huntington District; south end question
Replies: 3
Views: 2656

Andrews

Those buildings were built in Decatur, IL, by the Wabash, and transported to each location, used to replace depot buildings and the like. There was also one in Wabash, IN, at one time, don't know if its still there or not.