Lost Fort Wayne

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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Wayne Gest
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Lost Fort Wayne

Post by Wayne Gest » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:20 pm

My picture, spring of 1976. No description needed.
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Re: Lost Fort Wayne

Post by Bob Durnell » Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:01 pm

AWESOME Picture! Like it very much. It's funny and sad at the same time that all of the times I was up on the Baker Street platforms in that era, I have ZERO recollection of the Wabash Station. It's one of those I only became aware of AFTER it was gone.... :cry:
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Re: Lost Fort Wayne

Post by Notch 8 » Fri May 01, 2020 11:57 am

Too bad that Fort Wayne doesn't have passenger service.. Nice picture !

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Re: Lost Fort Wayne

Post by rrnut282 » Fri May 01, 2020 12:35 pm

very interesting shot.
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Re: Lost Fort Wayne

Post by Wayne Gest » Fri May 01, 2020 3:33 pm

I'd forgotten I had this picture, like any old picture I come across, I always ask myself why I didn't take more. I have to be happy to treasure the ones I did take. We sure have witnessed a lot of things disappear.

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Re: Lost Fort Wayne

Post by Hotbox » Sat May 02, 2020 1:55 pm

Can anyone say for sure when the Wabash Passenger station was torn down?
I remember it being "up and running" back in the day, and remember seeing the stairway to nowhere years later, but can't actually fill the gap in between.
Was there any interim use between the end of passenger service and the wrecking ball?

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Re: Lost Fort Wayne

Post by Wayne Gest » Sat May 02, 2020 4:36 pm

At the east end of the building was an office that was for clerks and yardmasters. There was still a yardmaster there and yard jobs working around the clock on the Wabash in 1972, the yard crews reporting to a shanty that was on Fairfield Avenue on the north side of the railroad. The Defiance local also went on duty and their train was made up there. I don't know when the yardmaster and the yard jobs reporting there changed but I know when I took these pictures in 1976, it had changed and everything was being run from East Wayne.

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Re: Lost Fort Wayne

Post by D.L. » Tue May 05, 2020 4:08 pm

8) Oh my, looking up those stairs of Grand St. station-sure brings back many memories.
Thanks for the pix.

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