Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

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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Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by Notch 8 » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:40 pm

Crossing the GR&I on Lake Erie & Western in Swinney Park Fort Wayne Indiana photo taken July 26 1987 by Skip Sassmannshausen
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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by Bob Durnell » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:40 pm

I feel stupid for not knowing this, but there was an interchange track at Park? Did PC/Conrail use this to access the FW&J before it was connected to the GR&I at Runnion?
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Post by Hotbox » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:50 pm

Bob Durnell wrote:there was an interchange track at Park?
I believe Craig and i have discussed this before here in this forum somewhere. He's got a record showing some obscure paper company owning a short section of track just north of Junction, and I believe it is this track right here that is that track.

I recall back in the 196Os seeing the circus train parked on the FW&J west of Wells street, and I suspect that this connection was how it got there.

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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by Notch 8 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:13 pm

So was this aka Muncie Crossing Jct. ? Did not look like the interchange track saw much activity..

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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by D.L. » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:31 pm

:D It was known as Junction, PRR tower was Junction Tower. A baggage car w/over a million in postage was once left there overnight. Oh boy, did the guards ever keep an eye on her! :mrgreen:

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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by Wayne Gest » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:42 pm

Notch 8 wrote:So was this aka Muncie Crossing Jct. ? Did not look like the interchange track saw much activity..
I was thinking that Hugo was once known as Muncie Crossing or Muncie Junction or something similar.

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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by Hotbox » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:24 pm

here is an aerial showing cars standing on this interchange connection.

http://contentdm.acpl.lib.in.us/cdm/sin ... l6/id/7266

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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by cjberndt » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:04 pm

The GR&I/FW&J diamond that 611 is sitting on in the photo above was Muncie Crossing.

I don't remember a discussion about a paper company owning track north of Junction. At one time, GR&I owned the land north of Junction on which its track and the FW&J's track were located.

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Post by D.L. » Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:27 pm

:lol: I believe that was the L.E.&W. there, not the NYC. Thus-Muncie Crossing...thanks Craig for the info-always right on.

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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by Hotbox » Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:48 pm

cjberndt wrote: I don't remember a discussion about a paper company owning track north of Junction.

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It was during one of our prior discussions about how far south FW&J/NYC ownership of the line went. You were checking your sources and mentioned that it seemed curious that some named entity was additionally shown to own fractional mileage just to the north side of Junction .

I speculated that it might have been this connector. ( "Paper company" is my term, because the entity named was not one of the major players I recognize)

Wish I could find the post, but my searches have turned up nothing.

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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by cjberndt » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:55 am

Hotbox:

Understood as to the paper company.

I still don't know which line originally owned the track north of Junction (PRR). As I mentioned before, the real estate under FW&J was owned by GR&I.

When ICC did its valuation in about 1916, it showed the track north of Junction in the FW&J/NYC valuation section. However, ICC's inclusion of the track in the NYC/FW&J valuation section may not be a guarantee that FW&J owned the track. I found a valuation map for a line in southern Indiana where ICC included part of a line owned by one company in the valuation section of another company. Not sure if that was an error or intentional.

Victor knows the answer to the track-ownership issue and will presumably include it in the FW&J book.

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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by D.L. » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:22 pm

:?: The old heads @the NKP said ownership of NYC ended @ Runyon. NYC had rights to Junction, as well as on the NKP to Union Belt to access the industries on the belt like IH. That was my understanding, but I could be wrong.

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Re: Norfolk & Western J 4-8-4 No 611

Post by Bob Durnell » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:32 pm

RMD CR PARK INTERLOCKING AFTER DIAMOND REMOVED 12-96.JPG
I found this photo of Park I took dated 12/96. I didn't realize until now how easy it was to reroute the GR&I onto the LE&W until now, because even if the interchange track wasn't still there (was it?) the grade was there. A little track work, and instant line relocation.
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