1953 South Bend Indiana and a New York Central J-3a 4-6-4 No. 5452 heading East, this is where the Water Level Route crossed the big 4 at NX Tower
Beginning in the roaring twenties, Henry Dreyfuss embarked on a quest to redefine the consumer and industrial world of his time. His work ranged from flyswatters and radios to farm tractors and cruise ships. In the late 1930's, at age 34, the industrial designer received possibly his greatest challenge from the New York Central Railroad—merge the sleek aerodynamic form of an airplane with the utilitarian hard edges of a steam locomotive. NYC wanted the vogue of the modern age, in a word "streamline." Refining concepts from the earlier Commodore Vanderbilt, Dreyfuss gave the world an art deco icon—the Dreyfuss J3a Hudson. Instead of obscuring the locomotive's shape with a shroud, he chose to enhance it with a cowling that conformed tightly to the lines of the locomotive and tender. Running gear and other vital parts remained exposed for aesthetic balance and easier maintenance. Christened in 1938, this sleek new Hudson led the famed Twentieth Century Limited which sped passengers between New York and Chicago in 16 hours, the fastest regular service of the time.. By 1953 the cowling having been long gone the Hudson was still a graceful machine and the Hudson had delivered everything that the Builders had envisioned but time was running out for steam on the New York Central Railroad and by 1956 they ALL had been retired and scrapped in the late 50's
Find an old ROW or want to know what the name of that one tower along the EL was? Post any historical questions or comments here. Open to any era from around the Ft Wayne area. Interurbans welcome!
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