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

Post by Notch 8 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:09 am

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It's been forever since I nosed around overthere, but I seem to remember seeing (circa 2003) long-abandoned coaling facilities..which at the time I just assumed they were a relic of some old coal dealer. But you wouldn't have to twist my arm too hard to get me to believe it was part of GE's physical plant.

The lines that crossed the St Mary's River do continue to the former GE Campus on Broadway & Taylor, the lines can be seen at the College St viaduct
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Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Post by Hotbox » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:20 am

Hearing the steam whistle at the Taylor street power plant is a fond memory of my childhood. Always knew when it was time to head home for lunch, etc.

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

Post by Bob Durnell » Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:50 pm

Early in 1996, I came across a couple strings of obsolete Conrail rolling stock, most still with friction bearings occupying yard tracks at the east end of Piqua Yard near Meyer Road. I took a few pictures, including this one of an old NYC 2 bay covered hopper. Among the other cars were EL, PC and CR coal hoppers, a CR flat car and an NYC boxcar. Shortly thereafter, these cars disappeared. I assume they were headed for a scrapper somewhere, and today this area of the yard has been paired down to two tracks. I wish I had taken more pictures that day, but we were late for an anniversary party and I had pushed my luck, venturing closer to these cars than prudent, and decided it was time to move on.
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Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Post by Wayne Gest » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:37 pm

Sometimes, I wish there was a "like" button here because that's a record of a artifact that is now long gone.

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

Post by Bob Durnell » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:09 am

This picture from the mid 90's shows crews loading boiler equipment out of the former City Light plant onto waiting flat cars in the former FW&J yard across the street for shipment. I can't remember if this equipment was re-purposed or scrapped, but I assume if it was scrapped, they would have cut it up in place. It's a lousy picture taken on a lousy day, but it does document some unique history. Among the things now gone in this picture; The railroad tracks, the freight house to the left and Martin Inc.
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Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Post by Bob Durnell » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:14 pm

I took this photo several years ago. It is on the old Phelps Dodge plant siding that comes up the hill from the NS Wabash main and crosses Meyer Road. This is the oldest piece of in use rail I have found in Allen County. While nobody has used this spur for revenue use for decades, Norfolk Southern likes to stash Mow equipment there to get it out of the way.
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Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Post by Bob Durnell » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:53 pm

7/13/14. NKP 765 with the northbound Detroit Arrow excursion rounds the curve along East Berry Street heading for Anthony Blvd on on her old home territory.
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Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Post by Hotbox » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:11 pm

Truly a nice photo!!

Regarding the subject matter, I'm a little shocked. I never even knew the "Detroit Arrow" excursions were offered. The Last I heard of any locally accessible excursions on the 765 were the trips to Lafayette and back.

Where was the point of boarding for the Detroit excursions?

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

Post by Bob Durnell » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:06 am

The trips (2) started and ended in Detroit, but passengers were let on and off at the NKP platforms on the elevation to go see the Three Rivers Festival or walk around downtown during the layover. I took a LOT of photos those two days. We originally were going to go to Detroit and ride, but we got word of another trip later in the year that would leave from Fort Wayne. Sadly, those trips had to be scrubbed, and we missed out that year. This fell in between the two years they went to Lafayette, both of which we rode.
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Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Post by Hotbox » Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:45 pm

Well, that's all real cool!
I think that given a choice, I personally would prefer the Lafayette trip to Detroit, but it's a welcome surprise that the NS people would let FWRHS use the elevation depotfor boarding!

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

Post by Bob Durnell » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:16 am

A mid-90's shot before East Wayne Yard had a car repair shop, repairs like this wheel change were performed outdoors.
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Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Post by Notch 8 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:54 am

Bob Durnell wrote:
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A mid-90's shot before East Wayne Yard had a car repair shop, repairs like this wheel change were performed outdoors.
Hard to believe how the fuel pad area has changed over the last 20 years.. If i'm on that side of own I always make it a point to visit East Wayne there is always something happening there. I wonder what will happen with the Engine House now that Dispatching has been transferred to Atlanta... change is a constant !

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

Post by Bob Durnell » Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:37 pm

Here's one many of you might of missed! In the summer of 2011 Norfolk Southern ran their executive F units and business cars Eastbound on the CF&E from Chicago to Fort Wayne, before continuing east of town on the Nickel Plate. Here the train rolls through Arcola, channeling the spirits of Eastbound Broadways of an earlier generation.
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Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Post by Hotbox » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:54 pm

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Eastbound on the CF&E from Chicago to Fort Wayne, before continuing east of town on the Nickel Plate.
So, did they back up at Hadley, or did they use a segment of the HD from Mike to NE?

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

Post by Bob Durnell » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:17 am

PRR to Mike, Wabash to NE, NKP from NE eastward.
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