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by Bob Durnell
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: Your to late.
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: Your to late.

I was under the impression that this run didn't even go on sale until Thursday.....
by Bob Durnell
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: CFE gets $4.5 million grant...
Replies: 8
Views: 1129

Re: CFE gets $4.5 million grant...

I think a lot of that stick rail on the Pennsy dates from the 1950's, but that's probably at LEAST 30 years newer than what the old Wabash has.
by Bob Durnell
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: CFE gets $4.5 million grant...
Replies: 8
Views: 1129

Re: CFE gets $4.5 million grant...

Does the government grant allow for the use of used materials, or does it HAVE to be new? If it has to be new, how many rail sizes are readily available? Regardless, if it is new rail, I sure hope it's coming from Columbia City.....
by Bob Durnell
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 3456

Re: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago

I spent the entire day on Friday chasing INER trains from dawn to 4PM. I got to see a train of grain and tank cars go from Ashley to South Milford, and then followed a train from Ashley all the way to Coldwater, with switching at Fremont and Reading, and a change of power at Hillsdale. Julie gave me...
by Bob Durnell
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 3456

Re: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago

Thanks for the heads up, I'll try that. I'm always hesitant to call somebody unless I know they really don't mind. I try REAL HARD not to be "one of those" railfans that is a pain in the a$$ for everybody. Last fall, I DID e-mail Southshore Freight about the service to Kingsbury, got a prompt reply,...
by Bob Durnell
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: New Castle District Project
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: New Castle District Project

For a LONG time I have wanted to take a day and go to Wabash and try to catch a BIG freight come northbound up the hill. This spring, I caught a big manifest with a DPU on it northbound at Marion. After it was too late, I asked myself why the heck I didn't take off and beat it Wabash..... :oops: :cr...
by Bob Durnell
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: New Castle District Project
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: New Castle District Project

I wonder if any trains will get rerouted to the Marion Branch while this work is underway?
by Bob Durnell
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 3456

Re: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago

I'm off work next week, was thinking about MAYBE trying to catch some INER action. Anybody have any good information for catching train movements?
by Bob Durnell
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Eel River
Replies: 15
Views: 2477

Re: Eel River

You know, I have never really gave much thought to the Wabash's role in the elevation project. The history seems to have been written only from a Fort Wayne and a PRR perspective. I have no clue how much the Wabash contributed financially, but if cost was an issue, and considering that this would ha...
by Bob Durnell
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Eel River
Replies: 15
Views: 2477

Re: Eel River

You bring up some good questions. I could certainly conceive the GM plant being where Steel Dynamics Columbia City is, or somewhere near it. I have mentioned it before, but I am still intrigued by the possibility that if the Wabash had been able to keep the Eel River, South Whitley might have develo...
by Bob Durnell
Fri Aug 28, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Eel River
Replies: 15
Views: 2477

Re: Eel River

One of the all time great miscalculations in Indiana railroad history was by the forces that sought to cancel Gould's lease of the Eel River. They may have won the battle, but boy did they lose the war.
by Bob Durnell
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Decatur Indiana Then and Now
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Decatur Indiana Then and Now

Of course Rochester Indiana has one too, but of a different smaller design.
by Bob Durnell
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Saint Joseph Valley Railway
Replies: 48
Views: 39693

Re: Saint Joseph Valley Railway

While we are at it, How about the Lagrange Depot? It also seems to be oriented the wrong way IF it is in the original location.
by Bob Durnell
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Saint Joseph Valley Railway
Replies: 48
Views: 39693

Re: Saint Joseph Valley Railway

Thanks, Howard, excellent information and both make a LOT more sense than what I was trying to imagine, especially Orland.
by Bob Durnell
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Saint Joseph Valley Railway
Replies: 48
Views: 39693

Re: Saint Joseph Valley Railway

Last weekend, we took the convertible up north and did a little exploring. We visited Inverness, to see roughly where the fatal accident was, and then we went to Orland and photographed the old depot, and then we spent a few minutes in Mongo, and I have a few questions I'm hoping somebody has the an...