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by IronDuke
Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:51 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Ft Wayne Hobby Land closing
Replies: 10
Views: 8326

I just caught this post on hobby shops tonight. I don't read the Model forum very often. Its been 27 years since I had my hobby shop in the Fort. Although I had fun, I'd never do it again. With the discounts everyone expects and the fact that you're married to the business its no way to make a livin...
by IronDuke
Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NKP elevation effects
Replies: 10
Views: 6490

If you give me enough time it'll all come back to me. It was Fisher Bros. paper co.!! I think at one time there was a siding into the old Petitt warehouse and storage on the east end of downtown which was just west of Lafayette st. It came out with the elevation.
by IronDuke
Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NKP elevation effects
Replies: 10
Views: 6490

I'd have to do a little research to be sure, but I don't think the team track ever crossed Fairfield. I'm pretty sure it was built when the Newspapers went in on Main St. which I think was in the late 50's. I remember sitting in the open door of the baggage cars. I used to ride my bike every Saturda...
by IronDuke
Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NKP elevation effects
Replies: 10
Views: 6490

I meant to say the building on the RIGHT!! You can see the end of the Superintendants building in the background. The depot is behind that.
Greetings is also spelled with an R The slowly getting older Duke.
by IronDuke
Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NKP elevation effects
Replies: 10
Views: 6490

The building on the left is the Bursley grocery warehouse on Clinton. Its siding was added to the elevation and warehouse dock doors were added to either the 2nd or third floor. By the time the elevation was built there was only a couple of other customers left downtown. I know Perfection bakery had...
by IronDuke
Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NS F Unit Photos
Replies: 38
Views: 23117

The Iowa operation bought the Chinese engines with the intent of selling them to Tourist operations. Its one thing to run a fixed base tourist road where you go back and forth on a given length of track and something totally different to do a long haul trip on a busy piece of Railroad and have all y...
by IronDuke
Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NS F Unit Photos
Replies: 38
Views: 23117

Geez, I can't believe Atlanta didn't call up here and consult with you guys on the paint scheme. You don't suppose its because they really don't care what you think and maybe just maybe its their money so they'll do what they want. Not to mention that the whole NS operation comes from south of hiway...
by IronDuke
Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who works or has worked for the railroad?
Replies: 32
Views: 22632

workin on the RR

I worked the summer of '67 as a carman at East Wayne and 1968-69 on the Wabash side Ft. Wayne section gang. All of this on the glorious N&W. What a screwed up operation that was in the late 60's. I still laugh 40 years later when I think about it!! You know its true, once you get enough clowns you g...
by IronDuke
Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: Water Tower
Replies: 24
Views: 19025

Well NKPSouthern your partially right. The main track at East Wayne has been there since the Railroad was built. East Wayne got its first yard tracks back in the 30's. It served as an overflow for West Wayne. I think it handled a lot of East bound work. There were 7 or 8 tracks out there. Plus it ha...
by IronDuke
Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UP Turbines
Replies: 1
Views: 2619

I remember it well. It was so damm cold I nearly froze my you know what off!!. Glen Brendel and I went down one night and shot a bunch of night shots. Glen climbed up and fired off a couple of flashes to make it look like the headlight was lit!! This was in 70 or 71. I didn't meet Glen until '69. Th...
by IronDuke
Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:56 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Ft Wayne Railfan to start using ACPL Photos
Replies: 5
Views: 5585

There were PRR/WABASH interchanges both East and West of WP/Mike tower It seems like the one on the west side was used later than the Eastern one. There was also a track right at WP that the combined Wabash/PRR Detroit Arrow, a once famous high speed passenger train used to switch railroads. The Duke
by IronDuke
Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Ft Wayne Railfan to start using ACPL Photos
Replies: 5
Views: 5585

I've never seen a map that gives the precise location of the connection but it was probably within a couple of hundred yards of the switch off the Wabash main in the photo. I can remember when that interchange was full of cars on a daily basis in the 60's. I'm sure the Wabash changed things around a...
by IronDuke
Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NW & Alco's
Replies: 5
Views: 5930

Alco at East WAyne

In the late 60's and early 70's all of the various road alcos came into Fort Wayne on a regular basis. I have some black & white shots of 3 630's on an eastbound empty coal train leaving East Wayne. I remember seeing all the Wabash 424/425's all the time in the late 60's and early 70's.
The Iron Duke
by IronDuke
Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fort Wayne Towers
Replies: 10
Views: 9555

keith
I'm pretty sure they were brothers. Charlie told me his name but that was 37 years ago. Did you know my dad, R.P.Yager Sr. He was a Chicago div brakeman/conductor. He retired in 1980. hired out in '47.
Richard
by IronDuke
Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fort Wayne Towers
Replies: 10
Views: 9555

The Runnion Ave operator's name was Johnny Walsh. I understand his diabetes finally got him a disability pension. I got my Info on Hadley from an OLD Timer named Charlie Day. Both him and his brother were long time operators on Chicago Div. He worked his last days on First trick at Runnion Ave in th...