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by Hotbox
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Kendallville Indiana
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Kendallville Indiana

Pictures like this tend to make me so angry with myself. As a youngster I had so many relatives who were old old old. I was so caught up in myself and what my future might hold, that I was totally disinterested in the experiences they had lived through. Of course I wasn't smart enough back then to h...
by Hotbox
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades
Replies: 12
Views: 458

Re: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades

I also have a vague memory of seeing BNSF pulling a string of roadrailers south from Kansas City, perhaps a picture in a magazine.
by Hotbox
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades
Replies: 12
Views: 458

Re: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades

Okay, that makes sense. One small nit-pick....didn't they reach Dallas through Meridian Mississippi, not St Louis?
by Hotbox
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades
Replies: 12
Views: 458

Re: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades

Anyone have thoughts into the decision making process of why Ft Wayne was selected to be the main hub?
by Hotbox
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades
Replies: 12
Views: 458

Re: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades

WOW ,so would that likely have been wind?
by Hotbox
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades
Replies: 12
Views: 458

Re: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades

Passenger unit? Those must be the ones that had shackles in them? :mrgreen: I recall when NS first started operating over off Brooklyn Ave...I think you guys call it "New" yard. I was living out west, but my mother was living right across the river from there, and she used to complain endlessly abou...
by Hotbox
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1581

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Incidentally, although it falls outside the realm of railroading, or even Fruehauf, some of you might find it interesting to go over to wikipedia and run searches on "History of Manufactured Gas", "water gas", "producer gas", and "wood gas" for a look at the birth of the gas industry as we know it t...
by Hotbox
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2744

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

I can see where a lot of good might eventually come of this. Even the most optimistic projections I've seen for the riverfront development project seems to set it's boundry at Van Buren street, with only a wistful mention that "someday" it could extend to Swinney Park. The West Wayne location for HW...
by Hotbox
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 2744

Re: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?

rrnut282 wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:52 pm
I can envision the trolley line circulating to a spot downtown to add visibility.
And don't forget Pedal City, they've been catching on quite well down there on west Main street. I'm sure that you could arrange a stop and circuit over at West Wayne and get some true synergy going.
by Hotbox
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1581

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Regarding the Western Gas Construction Company , it helps to use exactly the terms I underlined as your search criteria. One of their ads is shown in this old trade journal, be sure to scroll to pages 112-115 https://books.google.com/books?id=Vf9PAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA52&lpg=PA52&dq=western+gas+construction...
by Hotbox
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1581

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Here is the keymap to the 1919 Sanborns, and since they don't even show a plate for the Fruehauf location on Pontiac, my guess is there must have been very little on that site at the time.

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by Hotbox
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1581

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Here is a panel from the 1919 Sanborns that shows Western's location between Anthony and Winter. For years I remember a tall cement stairway rising up the slope from the sidewalk, and just ending in a weed patch at the top. I always used to wonder the story behind the stairs. Guess it was to their o...
by Hotbox
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1581

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

I'm just guessing, but I suspect that the two buildings shown in the 1938 aerial photo above, were Western Gas.... JMHO
by Hotbox
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1581

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Western Gas made industrial-scale coal gassification plants. Their market got pruned away from them as natural gas pipelines arrived on the scene.

The Nipsco plant over at Reidmiller and Hale avenues started out as a coal gassification plant, before the pipeline arrived..
by Hotbox
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 1581

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Freuhauf began operations in Fort Wayne in 1942, moving into the East Pontiac facility previously occupied by Kopper's Western Gas division.

Western gas also had a good sized facility further west along the PRR tracks between Anthony and Winter.