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by Bob Durnell
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 19
Views: 368

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

North River has is the thousands upon thousands cars that would drive by it every day and the proximity to Science Central, the Three River's Festival and the riverfront development. You can't put a price on that. Quite to the contrary, I believe that is exactly what they are doing. I'm having a ha...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 19
Views: 368

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

First off, I am not affiliated with Headwaters Junction in ANY way. I Just follow it very closely and have read, watched or listened to ever single thing I can find that has discussed it, and I have a pretty good idea what has been put out there. Now, West Wayne was mentioned. As far as I'm conceren...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 19, 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: 19
Views: 368

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

I can't provide detailed specifics, but I DO know that HWJ offered to take the far north end of the property, which I think most people would agree is the LEAST attractive part of the parcel, leaving a quite large chunk of land for other development. Otherwise all they need is enough room to thread ...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

I wouldn't be surprised if the coal was delivered by rail. The plant had a good bit of trackage running through the west end, and some of it is still in the pavement and building floors. Looking at the setup, I would say that at least some if not most raw materials came in by rail at one time. I wou...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 19
Views: 368

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

Steve, you mentioned a couple of things that stirred some thought. I tend to agree with your assessment about the Henry administration is cold at best to the project, but nobody else is jumping up to develop North River, so here we are holding out for pie in the sky and ignoring the only concrete pr...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When film was king.
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Re: When film was king.

They did, when taken by really talented people under the right conditions and developed by people who knew what they were doing. None of that applies to me as a hack railroad photographer. Digital allows me to get many times closer to professional quality and the ability to fix errors and problems t...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 19
Views: 368

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

The point I was trying to make was that the people who ultimately hold the fate of Headwater's junction in their hands don't know about that and don't care. That's a rail fan thing, and they are not the problem here. This is a political thing right now.
by Bob Durnell
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 19
Views: 368

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

First off, Kelly is passionate about what he believes in and he's trying to sell a vision. Right now he is a salesman, and as the saying goes, you don't sell the steak, you sell the sizzle. I don't see anything wrong with that. I think that those of us that are more acquainted with railroads and rai...
by Bob Durnell
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 19
Views: 368

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

I could completely off base on this, but in my opinion, unlike many of these others proposed projects, I don't know that Headwaters Junction asking all that much from city, just stop being a roadblock and let the project go forward on its own merits and ability to raise capital. The city asked for p...
by Bob Durnell
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 19
Views: 368

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

While going on the public record saying a lot of the right things, it seems as though the Henry administration is throwing every possible road block in the way of making this project a viable reality. I've become EXTREMELY frustrated by their lack of support and the fact that they don't seem to have...
by Bob Durnell
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When film was king.
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Re: When film was king.

Boy now there is one thing I do not miss one bit is film. When I look at all the years of pictures ruined by rotten film and even worse developing and the inability to test shots on the fly, I just want to cry. Not to mention the cost and the waiting for the results, only to find out the pictures su...
by Bob Durnell
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: LaOtto Question
Replies: 7
Views: 473

Re: LaOtto Question

The Eel River began operation in 1871 as the Detroit, Eel River and Illinois. In 1879 it was leased to the Wabash for 99 years. After a protracted legal battle between the Wabash and DER&I stockholders in Logansport, the Wabash lease of the line was annulled in 1901, and it reverted back to local co...
by Bob Durnell
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RUNNION INTERLOCKING
Replies: 31
Views: 11468

Re: RUNNION INTERLOCKING

Craig is you who is correct. I just checked my Nickel Plate Publicity Photo's Volume II, which has pictures of the new East Wayne facilities and it list July 1951 as the date of opening. I'm not sure why I was thinking a later date. I know the NKP didn't exactly get a ton of use out of their steam e...
by Bob Durnell
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RUNNION INTERLOCKING
Replies: 31
Views: 11468

Re: RUNNION INTERLOCKING

I believe East Wayne opened in 1956. All shop functions would have moved to New haven, but I'm thinking a few tracks may have been left in place at West Wayne for local cars.
by Bob Durnell
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week
Replies: 120
Views: 35392

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

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A little fun in the snow last week.... I love to take snow photos.