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Fort Wayne IN 1920

Post by Notch 8 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:31 pm

What railroads served Fort Wayne in 1920 ?

LE&W/NKP, PRR, New York Central Wabash ?

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Re: Fort Wayne IN 1920

Post by Howard » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:22 pm

Those were the biggies. The LE&W was separate from the NKP until 1922. There was also the GR&I which had been purchased by the PRR in 1918 and the Lake Erie & Fort Wayne switching line on the west side which was independent until acquired by the Wabash in 1929.

Two others that don't meet the 1920 date were the Findlay, Fort Wayne and Western (CH&D operated) which ceased operation in 1918 and the Fort Wayne Union that didn't begin operation until 1925.

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Re: Fort Wayne IN 1920

Post by Steve Bryan » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:28 am

Don't forget the five interurban lines radiating out of Fort Wayne. They were operated by Indiana Service Corporation.

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Re: Fort Wayne IN 1920

Post by cjberndt » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:01 am

Not all seven of those steam railroads were physically in Ft. Wayne in 1920. Here is the list that served Ft. Wayne in 1920, with the owners and operators:

Cincinnati, Richmond & Ft. Wayne, controlled by PRR and operated by GR&I (terminated at Adams Jct., outside Ft. Wayne)
Ft. Wayne & Jackson, operated by NYC
Grand Rapids & Indiana, controlled and operated by PRR
Lake Erie & Ft. Wayne, operated by itself (outside Ft. Wayne)
Lake Erie & Western, controlled and operated by NYC (terminated at Junction, outside Ft. Wayne)
Nickel Plate, operated by itself
Pennsylvania, operated by itself
Wabash, operated by itself

The five interurban lines and street car line were operating in the city in 1920.

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Re: Fort Wayne IN 1920

Post by Hotbox » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:16 pm

cjberndt wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:01 am
Not all seven of those steam railroads were physically in Ft. Wayne in 1920. Here is the list that served Ft. Wayne in 1920, with the owners and operators:

Cincinnati, Richmond & Ft. Wayne, controlled by PRR and operated by GR&I (terminated at Adams Jct., outside Ft. Wayne)
Ft. Wayne & Jackson, operated by NYC
Grand Rapids & Indiana, controlled and operated by PRR
Lake Erie & Ft. Wayne, operated by itself (outside Ft. Wayne)
Lake Erie & Western, controlled and operated by NYC (terminated at Junction, outside Ft. Wayne)
Nickel Plate, operated by itself
Pennsylvania, operated by itself
Wabash, operated by itself

The five interurban lines and street car line were operating in the city in 1920.

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Didn't LE&W operate engine facilities over north of the LSMS freighthouse back at that time?

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Re: Fort Wayne IN 1920

Post by cjberndt » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:21 pm

The question is whether LE&W was in the city in 1920.

The city gifted 20 acres off the west side of what is now Lawton Park to the Ft. Wayne, Jackson & Saginaw, provided it built its depots and shops on the land. This land is bounded generally by 4th St., Calhoun, the former Girl Scouts land and Clinton St., most recently known as the OmniSource site, which we now call North River.

The land was conveyed to FWJ&S, but it did not build the required facilities. Sometime later, LE&W and FW&J (their predecessors) built shops on North River.

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