Where in the World? 8/11/11

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Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by 4Quad » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:46 pm

Where in the world is this?
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The sign reads:
NOTICE
RAILROAD GROUNDS
NO THOROUGHFARE
NO TRESPASSING ALLOWED
DANGEROUS

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by rrnut282 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:51 am

Gee, dontcha think another photo angle might be helpful?
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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by Wayne Gest » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:43 pm

Intriguing. Abandoned route? GR&I or FW&J?

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

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by rrnut282 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:51 am

Gee, dontcha think another photo angle might be helpful?
Nah, as far as I know, this is pretty unique.

I've only seen one other in my travels around the area, and it has no legible text. Maybe I'll post a pic of it's twin tomorrow.

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by Wayne Gest » Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:53 am

If someone here has come across this sign, they'd be able to answer right away, I'm sure. Will tomorrow's pic have any visible physical clues? Guess we'll wait and see.

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by Greg46m » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:00 pm

From the weathering of the sign I'm going to guess somewhere on the abandoned EL line. I think maybe I've seen this sign or another like it on my travels of the line between Huntington and Newton.
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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by JW » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:31 pm

How about Winter Street entrance to the former PRR roundhouse property.

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Post by h2466 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:18 pm

I'm guessing somewhere east of Elgin on the former Erie. Ken 8)

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by Mark » Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:58 pm

South side in VanWert, Ohio?

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by rrnut282 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:08 am

How about that 2nd view? Whether I've seen it or not, I don't remember it. I seem to have a lot of company in that regard.
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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by 4Quad » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:33 am

You mean you guys can't tell from the tree limbs? Just kidding. Looking through my photos from the day, it turns out I didn't take a wider shot of the sign, just different close-up angles.

Here is the best picture I got of its illegible mate:
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(Its next to the streetlight pole.)

Without giving it away completely, the picture in the original post (the legible one) is 1.38 Google Earth-measured miles away from the illegible one. It is guarding a now-removed rail alignment from the traveling public. Hopefully this jogs some memories.

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by Wayne Gest » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:34 pm

Goshen, where the Marion Branch ties into the Chicago Line main. Wonder if that sign is a original Big Four sign?

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by D.L. » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:35 am

Great photo!

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by 4Quad » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:20 pm

Bzzzt. Time's up.

The sign is where the Bag Factory spur in Goshen intersects the alley behind the houses on the north side of Cosmo Ave.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=41.592819 ... src=6&z=18

It is mounted on a rail that has "CRMCO 9 . 72" stamped on it.

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Re: Where in the World? 8/11/11

Post by rrnut282 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:44 am

So, since most of us haven't seen a sign like that before, could it have been put up by the bag factory and not the RR?
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