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by dinwitty
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Illinois Talk
Topic: Belt Railway of Chicago info
Replies: 1
Views: 4065

Re: Belt Railway of Chicago info

http://www.beltrailway.com/ The BRoC is a go between the railroads, I believe now it is multi-owned by the serving railroads but maintains its unique operation. They have hump yards sorting off cars for routing beyond. I would have to believe any train move is done as a technically extra, as the mov...
by dinwitty
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: South Shore Electric Vs. Diesel
Replies: 6
Views: 3178

Re: South Shore Electric Vs. Diesel

multiple powered wheels can accellerate much faster than a diesel pulled train, this is critical for on time operation with many stops. As noted SS handled a lot of bridge traffic, this was true for a lot of electrified interurbans. Now SS can do terminal to terminal. They own their own freight traf...
by dinwitty
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Waterloo Frequency
Replies: 9
Views: 4951

Re: Waterloo Frequency

Waterloo is the mainline between New York and Chicago of the New York Central/PennCentral/Conrail/NS. It has always been a train watchers hot bed. They fly thru Waterloo full speed. We used to train watch at the Waterloo station in the late 60's. Shot some film then on 8mm. Since there were crossove...
by dinwitty
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: South Shore Electric Vs. Diesel
Replies: 6
Views: 3178

Re: South Shore Electric Vs. Diesel

During the steam era downtown trains were smothering the area with smoke, the city ordered electrification, so the IC electrified. South Shore has always been electric and has trackage rights on the IC. Diesels emit fumes, so that does not bode well for running into mellenium station. The proposed e...
by dinwitty
Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Illinois Talk
Topic: Tollway sues Canadian railroad over western access to O'Hare
Replies: 2
Views: 3306

Re: Tollway sues Canadian railroad over western access to O'

the problem is planning, the tollway has been rambuncious and unprepared about its construction, Thats why CP walked off.
by dinwitty
Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Illinois Talk
Topic: Santa Fe sign dedication
Replies: 5
Views: 4693

Re: Santa Fe sign dedication

going into Chicago in that time it was a mecca of these huge animated signs. I've wondered why they disappeared, some local laws or something?
by dinwitty
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Say goodbye to the CTC on Watco north of Elkhart.
Replies: 22
Views: 9142

Re: Say goodbye to the CTC on Watco north of Elkhart.

They might want to avoid PTC, which might be why the move, they could still do automatic block signals for protection but works (ed) for the South Shore.
by dinwitty
Fri May 06, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Illinois Talk
Topic: NYC tracks past Central Station
Replies: 1
Views: 2624

Re: NYC tracks past Central Station

There was a complex of freight terminal trackage north of there, the South Water street terminal, NKP, NYC (Michigan Central ) used these areas, I am modeling this area. Slowly the area was being cleared, I don't know who whats when, but there may be residual trackage from all of this today. I'll po...
by dinwitty
Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:50 am
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Waterloo Amtrak Shelter
Replies: 27
Views: 12439

Re: Waterloo Amtrak Shelter

they rebuilt the bay window, and gave it a greenish color, I recall it bay windowless and gray...
by dinwitty
Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: South Shore Derailment, Michigan City.
Replies: 5
Views: 2986

Re: South Shore Derailment, Michigan City.

I'm just a messenger, I presume one of the switches works the interchange with the NKP and may not had ever had any interlocking applied, perhaps a simple ground throw, but as noted the dispatcher does not have indication of the turnout, you have to visually look at the turnout.
by dinwitty
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: South Shore Derailment, Michigan City.
Replies: 5
Views: 2986

Re: South Shore Derailment, Michigan City.

I just learned more how it happenned. My father attended the NICTD meeting, crews were readying the 8 car train to South Bend, engineer in east end, conductor on west end. There were multiple facets that contributed to the accident. The train was pulling out of the usual yard exit westbound, enginee...
by dinwitty
Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Illinois Talk
Topic: Former VGN/NH/CR E33 heading to IRM
Replies: 16
Views: 6553

Re: Former VGN/NH/CR E33 heading to IRM

The E33 have a GE 752 motor, rated at 750 volts...ironically. You would have to look at the controls and wiring and see where you could patch in. But they have pantagrapghs. IRM had pan friendly overhead switches, but were removed. They ran the Little Joe and were dropping pans over the switches. I ...
by dinwitty
Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: NICTD officials give residents view of West Lake extension
Replies: 12
Views: 6908

Re: NICTD officials give residents view of West Lake extensi

the plan is to use hybrid electric/diesel engines, I'd rather they fully electrify keeping everything compatible, the issue may be cost to electrify, but maybe the decision isnt fully made yet.
by dinwitty
Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Waterloo Amtrak Shelter
Replies: 27
Views: 12439

Re: Waterloo Amtrak Shelter

we used to hang out at the Waterloo station watching trains, have some films shot of that, plus NYC trains stopping there, run over to Buds and grab a Malt. With no Ft Wayne train service people have to scramble to Kendalville and Waterloo to nab trains. Far as I know the Ft Wayne station is still t...
by dinwitty
Tue May 06, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Man drives into building, later gets hit by train.
Replies: 1
Views: 1012

Re: Man drives into building, later gets hit by train.

hmmm, how many other cars also swerved avoiding that pothole....

ohh, theres that cell phone again...
by dinwitty
Tue May 06, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Railroad Club
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Re: Michigan Railroad Club

horse cars.....ummm wont go into the misspell...-whistles-
by dinwitty
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: CSX files Abandonment for Monon to Monticello line segment
Replies: 11
Views: 5418

Re: CSX files Abandonment for Monon to Monticello line segme

there is a 2-8-2 being restored in Gary, the group restoring it is looking for places to run excursions.
by dinwitty
Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Ore dock question
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Ore dock question

Ironically I am building an ore dock for my layout, it has 2 tracks but does not matter which track they dump into as it falls into the same ramp, the bottom has a swingable ramp which can be raised and lowered, and probably swings the load close or far depending on its position to spread across the...
by dinwitty
Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New board of Directors at Southern Michigan Railroad!
Replies: 49
Views: 2264

Re: New board of Directors at Southern Michigan Railroad!

I kinda followed this story on another forum (RYPN) not familiar with the "whomever " wanting to take over the line, but they went in and dug into the politics of the museum group to try to aquire it. And then it ends up in courtroom battles. I can see the undercutting here going on to take the muse...