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by Wayne Gest
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Eel River
Replies: 15
Views: 2486

Re: Eel River

In keeping with this theme, on this date in 1929, the last passenger train ran between LaOtto and Columbia City, per Today in PRR History. Does that mean the section all the way to Butler had previously been discontinued? I personally don't know. September 28, 1929 The Pennsylvania Railroad runs its...
by Wayne Gest
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Estry Tower
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: Estry Tower

That makes me wonder if there was ever a tower at West Richey. The PRR had numerous interlocking towers that disappeared in the 1920's and perhaps there was one there.
by Wayne Gest
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Eel River
Replies: 15
Views: 2486

Re: Eel River

In the summer of 1972, I saw a Penn Central locomotive in Auburn, sitting there, no crew on it. I had no camera, it had to be near the Brown House but I wasn't familiar with the area at the time and I didn't ever go back to Auburn until sometime in the mid-80's.
by Wayne Gest
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: New Castle District Project
Replies: 4
Views: 444

New Castle District Project

From Channel 21's website: FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - About 60 miles of track connecting Fort Wayne and Muncie will undergo upgrades over the weeks ahead in what the owner calls a "well-coordinated blitz." Norfolk Southern crews will remove old rail and install nearly 30 miles of new continuous lin...
by Wayne Gest
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Eel River
Replies: 15
Views: 2486

Eel River

On this day, August 26, 1879, Jay Gould leased the Eel River for the Wabash, to be effective September 1.

That means the Eel River was a mainline railroad for about 21 or 22 years before becoming a minor branch, especially east of Columbia City.
by Wayne Gest
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Maybe of interest.
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Re: Maybe of interest.

I can remember my mother, especially, talking about War Time, but I don't think I've ever seen it in print. Interesting post.
by Wayne Gest
Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Decatur Indiana Then and Now
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Decatur Indiana Then and Now

Those concrete water tower bases were a Erie thing. There is (or at least was) one standing in Addison, NY. I saw it there in 2016. I found this picture from 2009 in Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/drpep1024 ... otostream/
by Wayne Gest
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Familiar name publicized
Replies: 6
Views: 1544

Re: Familiar name publicized

Because my mail is being forwarded to me, my copy is in transit somewhere but a friend sent me a picture of the first page. It was a bigger shock to be reminded he has been gone ten years.

I'll leave you all in suspense.
by Wayne Gest
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: N&W 1256
Replies: 5
Views: 2294

N&W 1256

N&W Class Y steam locomotive 1256 will be passing through Fort Wayne sometime tomorrow, June 12. It is being taken in tow back to the transportation museum in St. Louis. It can be tracked, somewhat, on a Facebook site. It is now somewhere south of Chillicothe, Ohio. https://www.facebook.com/Track-NW...
by Wayne Gest
Sat May 09, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: What might had been
Replies: 21
Views: 5408

Re: What might had been

When the Nickel Plate first acquired the Cloverleaf, they ran a substantial amount of traffic via Continental, trains going to Continental and then down to Delphos and on west. In about 1933, the routing was changed via Arcadia, OH, and down to Lima, after the LE&W was upgraded, and the Bellevue-Del...
by Wayne Gest
Thu May 07, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: What might had been
Replies: 21
Views: 5408

Re: What might had been

There's a short section of the Cloverleaf still served by the CF&E, which includes this curve. This gives a person an idea of the degree of curve, a remnant of the narrow gauge it once was.
https://www.west2k.com/ohpix/delphosnkpold.jpg
by Wayne Gest
Wed May 06, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: What might had been
Replies: 21
Views: 5408

Re: What might had been

FFW&W disappeared so early on which tells us there was so little business on it that no one saw any future in it. I don't see what an acquisition by the Cloverleaf would have made much different. An outlet to Fort Wayne which, at the time, had four other railroads running into it, three of them main...
by Wayne Gest
Mon May 04, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 47
Views: 11186

Re: Back Again

A lot of town merchants in a lot of towns fought bypasses for the same reason. Bellevue, OH, which I'll make pertinent here by saying it was the other-end-of-the-road terminal for NKP/N&W/NS railroaders for generations up to the present day, tried to get a bypass of U. S. Route 20 for years. The mer...
by Wayne Gest
Sat May 02, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Lost Fort Wayne
Replies: 7
Views: 2418

Re: Lost Fort Wayne

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 ...
by Wayne Gest
Fri May 01, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Lost Fort Wayne
Replies: 7
Views: 2418

Re: Lost Fort Wayne

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.