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by cjberndt
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Buck Lake Ranch Railroad
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Buck Lake Ranch Railroad

I didn't know that the Cypress Gulch Railroad operated at Buck Lake Ranch. Was it 2' gauge? Those are mighty big hills for Steuben Co.

Anyone know the history?

Craig
by cjberndt
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: January 20 - Junctions
Replies: 0
Views: 73

January 20 - Junctions

Jan. 20, 2:00 p.m., Baker St. PRR Station, Ft. Wayne. Free and open to the public. Walt Mattes will present another part of his decades-long research into the railroad junctions of the greater Indiana-Ohio-Michigan area, with terrific photos of towers, diamonds, signals and related structures. Craig
by cjberndt
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fort Wayne Before NKP Elevation
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Fort Wayne Before NKP Elevation

It appears that NKP had guard shacks at all downtown crossings in Ft. Wayne. This photo shows one south of Superior & Clinton, and they were at Clay, Calhoun and Harrison as well.

Craig
by cjberndt
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fort Wayne Before NKP Elevation
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Fort Wayne Before NKP Elevation

This photo isn't dated but was taken when work began on the NKP elevation in 1953, looking north on Fulton St. at the Pearl St. intersection, at the NW corner of what is now Henry's.

Craig
by cjberndt
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: NYC M-497 Jet Train Presentation
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: NYC M-497 Jet Train Presentation

It was converted back to RDC-3 M-497 at Beech Grove shops in Indy, and the turbines were made into a snow blower. It was retired in 1976 and scrapped in 1984. After it was returned to service, it could be identified by the steel plates that were welded on the radiator air intakes, visible below, aft...
by cjberndt
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Bird's Eye View South Whitley Indiana
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Bird's Eye View South Whitley Indiana

I forgot to mention that the photo was taken in 1911. Someone made a photo inventory of the town.

Craig
by cjberndt
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Bird's Eye View South Whitley Indiana
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Bird's Eye View South Whitley Indiana

This is looking east at a local freight on the NKP. SY tower is at the junction. The Vandalia (Eel River) depot is at right, and NKP's depot is partly visible in the trees on the right side of the track past the diamond. SR-5 runs left (north) to right (south) behind the tower. Go there and try to f...
by cjberndt
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: NYC M-497 Jet Train Presentation
Replies: 2
Views: 200

NYC M-497 Jet Train Presentation

This presentation will be at the National Automotive & Truck Museum (NATMUS), behind the ACD Museum on S. Wayne St., Auburn. Sunday, January 27, 2:00 p.m. It's free and open to the public. It has been 52½ years since M-497 set the still-standing rail speed record in the U.S., 183.85 MPH. It actually...
by cjberndt
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fort wayne maps 1898
Replies: 38
Views: 2044

Re: Fort wayne maps 1898

In the media section, open this document and read pages 3 and 4 for the history of the LE&FW: http://www.fwarailfan.net/community/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4118 Somehow the document was entered about 5 times, but you can find pages 3 and 4. The photo below was looking west on PRR from an Alco PA in 1949. ...
by cjberndt
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Saint Joseph Valley Railway
Replies: 44
Views: 19397

Re: Saint Joseph Valley Railway

The June 1916 annual report listed 5 boxcars, 8 flatcars and a caboose. The Official Railway Equipment Register of June 1917 said that they were eligible for use in interchange service and provided instructions to route them to home rails at LaGrange or Angola. That year, SJV also had 3 coaches, 1 c...
by cjberndt
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Saint Joseph Valley Railway
Replies: 44
Views: 19397

Re: Saint Joseph Valley Railway

An undated photo looking southeast at the SJV Ry. in Orland with SJV boxcars #2021 and 2025 , and Kanawha and Michigan coal hopper #5196. Note that the K&M hopper has "and" in the name and not "&". K&M was a West Virginia coal road that was eventually part of LS&MS. Most of the SJV was demolished 10...
by cjberndt
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: NS 1801 SD70ACC at East Wayne
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: NS 1801 SD70ACC at East Wayne

The number in an address is not related to whether the property is in a particular community or in a rural area. Meyer Rd. is a perfect example: depending on your location you may be in Ft. Wayne, New Haven or Allen Co., but the numeric addresses are linear as you go down the road. Addresses in rece...
by cjberndt
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fort wayne maps 1898
Replies: 38
Views: 2044

Re: Fort wayne maps 1898

As to GE's land west of the St. Mary's River: Meadow St. and the lots south of Meadow (north of Taylor) were platted 10-14-1891 as Part of Swinney's Outlots in.....(long name). They were originally part of Swinney's Outlot 5. North of Meadow St. was Swinney's Outlot 6, which was not replatted into s...
by cjberndt
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fort wayne maps 1898
Replies: 38
Views: 2044

Re: Fort wayne maps 1898

During Eel River RR research I found many parcels of land owned by railroads that were never built near those parcels. For example, IP&C's line ran from Indy to Michigan City, and it owned tracts 70 miles away in DeKalb County. Furthermore, the tracks it owned in DeKalb were scattered, and not conti...
by cjberndt
Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: Bunge Waterloo Nov. 16
Replies: 4
Views: 506

Re: Bunge Waterloo Nov. 16

Bunge 103 was scrapped in 2008. It was partially dismembered one day when I drove past, but I didn't have my camera. After it broke they used NS 5339 until ILSX 9 arrived.

Craig