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by Bob Durnell
Sun May 03, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 31
Views: 2039

Re: Back Again

I will confess that I really do not have a horse in the race as far as where the Airport Expressway terminates. The current location works adequate for me. I was just sharing the story to illustrate that our street planning today is no worse than in years past. While we are on such a wild tangent, ...
by Bob Durnell
Sun May 03, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 31
Views: 2039

Re: Back Again

Well in that situation, I think I would have to side with the homeowners. Running a major thoroughfare through THAT neighborhood with the houses that close to the street is a goofy and in my opinion pointless idea. Well hey, at least we agree that the Ferguson Road improvement was a waste, and that...
by Bob Durnell
Sun May 03, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 31
Views: 2039

Re: Back Again

. I'm not understanding where Foster Park played into the plan though. Am I missing something? Foster Park (as it pertains to this discussion) is a relatively narrow strip running along the river from the baseball diamonds at Hartman road on the north, to Fairfield Avenue on the south. The "as buil...
by Bob Durnell
Sat May 02, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 31
Views: 2039

Re: Back Again

Well in that situation, I think I would have to side with the homeowners. Running a major thoroughfare through THAT neighborhood with the houses that close to the street is a goofy and in my opinion pointless idea. Fairfield in not where you want be, you want to get to Lafayette, and in that era you...
by Bob Durnell
Sat May 02, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 31
Views: 2039

Re: Back Again

The example I used in Dallas was in areas that were already committed to growth. The houses and businesses were coming to to that land whether the infrastructure was ready or not. They chose to get out in front of it, not wait forty years and then engineer some half-assed fix. The biggest problem wi...
by Bob Durnell
Fri May 01, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: Traffic since Covid-19
Replies: 7
Views: 913

Re: Traffic since Covid-19

The salt warehouse on State is the #1 customer, the cement distributor would be #2. Stonhard gets a few cars and Foundation Building Materials on Goshen has been known to get a centerbeam from time to time. There is other potential out there, but with the Class One's attitude toward loose car railro...
by Bob Durnell
Fri May 01, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 31
Views: 2039

Re: Back Again

As far as the Bass/Hadley roundabout goes, I doubt it was ever intended "for the good of all" which is why (as you point out) it hasn't increased overall throughput . I suspect it's primary intended benefit is more to ease congestion for the workers commuting to and from the nearby industrial opera...
by Bob Durnell
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: Traffic since Covid-19
Replies: 7
Views: 913

Re: Traffic since Covid-19

It's certainly down, and the lack of auto traffic is kind of conspicuous, but I still see and hear quite a few trains.
by Bob Durnell
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Lost Fort Wayne
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: Lost Fort Wayne

AWESOME Picture! Like it very much. It's funny and sad at the same time that all of the times I was up on the Baker Street platforms in that era, I have ZERO recollection of the Wabash Station. It's one of those I only became aware of AFTER it was gone.... :cry:
by Bob Durnell
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 31
Views: 2039

Re: Back Again

OOP's I think somebody's ox got gored a little bit. :wink: Perhaps if those all knowing ones in local government would do a better job of explaining to us "dumbasses" what they are trying to accomplish, why they are doing it a certain way and the considerations behind it, some of this could be avoid...
by Bob Durnell
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Local Railroad News
Topic: Transpoint Intermodal Yard project
Replies: 17
Views: 13149

Re: Transpoint Intermodal Yard project

As much as I personally would like to have seen this happen, and I firmly believe that done properly such an operation COULD work, I thought this project seemed like a pipe dream from day one. I'll likely fall over dead of shock if this "facility" ever sees the first container.
by Bob Durnell
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades
Replies: 13
Views: 2038

Re: RoadRailer almost made it 4 Decades

I didn't even know there still WERE any Triple Crown people here or anywhere else. I thought when they paired down operations they transferred all the TC work to the intermodal department. I had a friend that worked in IT out there at Auburn Road or whatever that office park is called out there, and...
by Bob Durnell
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anybody explain the city of Fort Wayne's lack of interest in Headwater's Junction?
Replies: 38
Views: 4983

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

Well as I have said, I don't see what this has to be an either-or situation. There is no reason the city and everyone else can't get what they want. It's just the reality that nearly all of those other projects aren't as location specific as Headwater's Junction is. Nobody really cares where a hospi...
by Bob Durnell
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 3252

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

OK, Now what did Kopper's Western Gas do there? Of course Kopper's is a big conglomerate, but I did some quick searching and found nothing connected to Western Gas. It also begs the question whether any of the buildings still there were part of Koppers or were built new for Fruehauf. I found a coupl...
by Bob Durnell
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Historical Uncoverings
Topic: Fruehauf Trailer
Replies: 19
Views: 3252

Re: Fruehauf Trailer

The Fruehauf building seems to be way overbuilt to have been originally to build semi trailers.. there is BIG overhead cranes in these buildings, bigger than what is needed to build semi trailers. We have put several overhead cranes in the very east building and the equipment we took down was built...