Wabash Book at Nappanee Show this Weekend

Find an old ROW or want to know what the name of that one tower along the EL was? Post any historical questions or comments here. Open to any era from around the Ft Wayne area. Interurbans welcome!

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Wabash Book at Nappanee Show this Weekend

Post by wabash2800 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:43 pm

Though I don't do many train shows, this will probably be my last this year until the Fort Wayne & Jackson-New York Central book comes out. I'll be there to sell and autograph the "Railroading on the Wabash Fourth District" this weekend. Out of the 1,200, I have less than 250 left and they are still selling. They have sold all over the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and even Sweden! Who says the Wabash is a forgotten road?!

There is no reprint or second edition planned. When they are gone, they are gone.

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Re: Wabash Book at Nappanee Show this Weekend

Post by Hotbox » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:04 pm

Actually Victor, there were originally two lines running east from the Wabash roundhouse and crossing Fairfield avenue. One running east from the roundhouse directly to the main line, and the second running across Fairfield roughly at the midpoint between the Wabby and the PRR. This line ran from the roundhouse to the Wabby shops (and thereafter to the eastbound main). Both lines are shown on the 1902 Sanborn maps. (pre elevation)

http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt20 ... Scan59.png
http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt20 ... Scan60.png

If you go to the 1918 Sanborns, (post elevation) they show the line that originally ran from the roundhouse east directly to the main, as dead ended, no longer crossing Fairfield. (too far away from the main to be part of the overpass, too close to the elevation to remain at grade level). The second line, crossing Fairfield at roughly the midpoint between the two elevations, remained.

http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt20 ... Scan07.png

This latter line I can recall seeing the rails in the pavement, in the 1963-1967 time frame. I suspect the dormant rails were just left in the pavement as a matter of convenience.

The Wabash system map that you copied from for the picture you posted at the other forum was quite interesting. It would be much appreciated if you could photocopy the portion of the map depicting the line from Broadway west to the river. :wink:

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