RailAmerica's Chicago, Fort Wayne, and Eastern is now operating
the Fort Wayne Line. It will take me a while to "de-CSX" the Fort
Wayne/PRR references on the Fort Wayne Railfan website. As always,
I appreciate any information you can give me or corrections to the website.
This is much more critical to the upkeep of this site since I do not live
in the area anymore.
minor update to Wabash Central page; fixed error
on WBCR caboose section.
Due to accepting a job transfer, I will be moving away from Fort Wayne
to Columbus, Ohio on June 23. As for the future of the Fort Wayne
Railfan website, I am initially going to keep everything as is. I
will still try to keep the individual pages of the site updated, but some
of them may have to be deleted as time passes. We'll see how it goes.
Keep checking this page for future updates and changes to the site.
You can still keep in touch with me via the e-mail address on the front
Fort Wayne Line to RailAmerica: On August 1st RailAmerica's
subsidiary Central Railroad of Indianapolis will be leasing the CSX Fort
Wayne Line from Crestline, Ohio to Tolleston, Indiana. This also
includes the CSX Decatur Secondary. Click
here for a press release from RailAmerica's website.
updated map and text on Runnion page
to reflect recent removal of New Castle District west wye and other remnant.
This is now changed on the Norfolk Southern
Rerouting page, as well.
added 7 mid-1990s photos to the Contributor
page, including NS 083 at New Haven and 084 at Dunfee, CR FWEL at Arcola,
IHRC power at Rochester, NS 291 at Columbia City, and CSX Q227 at Garrett.
changed photo on main page.
April 25, 2004
Passenger Excursions To Run On Indiana Northeastern: The Lake
Central Railroad will be running passenger train excursions on the Indiana
Northeastern Railroad beginning May 8th and continuing through December
11. The Lake Central Railroad will supply the passenger cars and
IN will supply the diesel power. Click
here for more information.
More NS Symbol Changes: NS 193 now operates between Fort Wayne
and Cincinnati on days that 177 does not. No sooner do I mention
it below does L80 return as the day local on the New Castle District, however
it is now operating from Muncie instead of Fort Wayne. About once
a week they have been running a 57R to bring the grain hoppers from East
Wayne Yard to Bluffton and points south. This was traditionally done
by L80. NS has started running a westbound 26R that comes off the
Fostoria District and terminates at the GM plant in Roanoke IN. There
has also been a new 26Q operating on the Huntington District, as well.
added several photos to the Contributor page:
2 of Pennsy shops building demolition, 2 EL at Huntington and 1 at Laketon,
5 at Garrett in the 1970s and Warsaw PC tower. Thank you Mark and
Sunday April 18th at 2:00pm there will be a presentation on the Fort Wayne
& Jackson Railroad given by Victor Baird. This will be at the
Baker St. station in downtown Fort Wayne at the corner of Harrison and
Baker St. This presentation is open to all enthusiasts.
Local Operational Notes: NS has recently changed all of the
400-series train numbers. The only one through Fort Wayne effected
so far is the Muncie turn, 417, which is now 313. I have heard a
new regular coal train pair on the Chicago/Fostoria District. NS
856 & 857 have been running somewhat regularly for the past few weeks
now. 857 is an eastbound and 856 is a westbound. I have not
seen them yet, but I'm guessing the eastbound is the empty and the load
is the westbound. I have spotted both of these trains up on the Chicago
Line (ex-NYC) before. No idea what their endpoints are. Another
new train I caught a few weeks ago was 26K. This was an eastbound
empty auto rack train that went on the Huntington District from Peru to
Detroit. It might be a new symbol for the M20. The New Castle
District north local is now L88 and the L80 job has been abolished.
NS Derailment in Corunna: It would seem that the section of
the NS Chicago Line between Waterloo and Kendallville is becoming somewhat
of a regular hotspot for derailments. On Sunday morning (2/1) train
69T derailed 26 cars next to the State Road 327 bridge, blocking both tracks.
No injuries were reported. Some trains were detoured through Fort
Wayne via Butler and NE that day. Click
here for the full article from the Journal Gazette today.
Hugo: Still status quo. No word on the when the full
implementation of the interlocking will occur. A 10 mph slow order
still exists on the New Castle wye.
Coal Traffic Gains on New Castle District: In addition to
the two new coal trains 86Z and 776 added last month to the line, some
empty sets are now running the opposite way. Last Tuesday night I
spotted an 87Z headed south with just under 90 empties. Yesterday
another empty was run south in the morning. In addition, yesterday
NS ran an 84A loaded train to Muncie and Indy.
added 2 more Piqua Yard photos and 1 at Mike to the Contributor
page; thanks again, Matt.
replaced main page picture/logo.
January 21, 2004
New Coal Trains Added To New Castle District: In the past
few weeks NS has started running 2 northbound coal trains on the New Castle
District. NS 776 operates from Ensley, Alabama to the IHB's Gibson
Yard. NS 86Z operates from Mobile, Alabama to the EJ&E at Van
Loon. Trains have been appearing a few times a week.
Triple Crown Expansion: The Triple Crown yard in Fort Wayne
will see its capacity doubled in the near future. Also, new service
to Minneapolis, Minnesota will commence in the next few months. Not
sure yet if this will be a new train or just cars added to the current
westbound trains 261 or 264. Click
here for the full article from Tuesday's Journal-Gazette.
Hugo Update: NS is still working on the Hugo project.
They are currently working on the new signaling system. All of the
new track is connected, however the new interlocker will not be fully operational
until the new signaling system goes online.