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by fmilhaupt
Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Frankfort Question
Replies: 17
Views: 792

Re: Frankfort Question

There was also a Standard Oil depot on the Frankfort side of the lake into at least the late 1950s.

There are a couple of color photos of it in Steve Hile's book on the UTLX tank car fleet.
by fmilhaupt
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Ludington & Northern/Kendallville Terminal SW8 decals
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Ludington & Northern/Kendallville Terminal SW8 decals

Nearly twenty years ago, I produced and sold a small run of HO scale decals to stripe and letter Ludington & Northern SW8 #16 in its original scheme, as well as its later variants. It covered its time on the Ann Arbor Railroad, the Michigan Southern (and its brief stint in Muskegon on the Michigan S...
by fmilhaupt
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Rapido's PM USRA Double-Sheathed Boxcar
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Rapido's PM USRA Double-Sheathed Boxcar

'been kinda quiet around here this summer, so here's a picture of the newly-released Rapido Trains USRA boxcar. http://www.fritzmilhaupt.com/bbgraphics/RapidoUSRAPMBoxcar81725-Broadside-jfm-1sm.jpg The detailing is exceptional- it even has the correct Carmer coupler lift levers. My only comment woul...
by fmilhaupt
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New rail yard coming to Kalkaska on the GLC
Replies: 23
Views: 3725

Re: New rail yard coming to Kalkaska on the GLC

I see that they've trotted out the old "passenger service from SE Michigan" idea again.

Gee, has it been sixteen months, already?
by fmilhaupt
Sat May 30, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: May 2020 Obituaries
Replies: 20
Views: 3318

Re: May 2020 Obituaries

John N. "Jack" Ozanich of Battle Creek, a retired GTW/CN engineer, passed away early in the afternoon of the 29th from lung cancer at age 76. Jack was known for his HO scale Atlantic Great Eastern model railroad and his 3-3/4" scale Sandy Ridge and Clear Lake Railroad, but mostly for being Jack. In ...
by fmilhaupt
Sat May 23, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Midland area flooding
Replies: 5
Views: 1799

Re: Midland area flooding

It occurs to me that the Sanford Historical Society's facility, with its rolling stock and the former Sanford depot, is/was most likely too close to the river to have escaped harm. I imagine that it would come down to a matter of elevation. Obviously, the folks in Sanford have bigger things to be co...
by fmilhaupt
Mon May 11, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GDLK Operations
Replies: 1385
Views: 342131

Re: GDLK Operations

Talk of all of this grade crossing work SE of 28th and Division can't help but remind me of the several millions of dollars of work that went into reworking the grade crossings and traffic lights at 44th and Kalamazoo oh so many years ago. I don't recall whether they actually finished all of the wor...
by fmilhaupt
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: Where Is It?
Replies: 8997
Views: 486012

Re: Where Is It?

Downtown Williston, North Dakota.

That there is Williston's Railroad Park, near their Amtrak depot.
by fmilhaupt
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: No Engineer Required
Replies: 7
Views: 1626

Re: No Engineer Required

Very nice! And you didn't hold off on installing a switch, either-- I've known a couple of live steamers who had no problem doing all of the fiddly work to build steam locomotives, but ran out of enthusiasm when it came time to cut in the first switch. Track work just wasn't interesting enough to th...
by fmilhaupt
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Grand Rapids MC Roundhouse- Approx demolition date?
Replies: 5
Views: 1933

Re: Grand Rapids MC Roundhouse- Approx demolition date?

Thanks, guys!

Being gone by 1981 makes sense, because I started driving around 1982-83, and I was unable to find it then.
by fmilhaupt
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Grand Rapids MC Roundhouse- Approx demolition date?
Replies: 5
Views: 1933

Grand Rapids MC Roundhouse- Approx demolition date?

I have fuzzy memories from the late 1960s/early 1970s of my father driving me past the former Michigan Central roundhouse that used to stand facing Buchanan Street in Grand Rapids. It was north of Albany Street, but south of the Franklin Street overpass, across the street from what was then left of ...
by fmilhaupt
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GRE Spurs on the East Side
Replies: 18
Views: 4962

Re: GRE Spurs on the East Side

The GTW yard arrangement between Plainfield/Leonard and Lafayette Streets can be seen on the Sanborn maps in the Library of Congress online collection, specifically at https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4114gm.g04023191201/?sp=56 This is the arrangement as of 1912, but from what I'm seeing, I don't think...
by fmilhaupt
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Zug Island Works closing.
Replies: 21
Views: 7468

Re: Zug Island Works closing.

Back in college, we used to refer to anyone who loudly proclaimed an over-inflated view of their talents or accomplishments as a Zug Island Prom King (or Prom Queen). Especially in situations where the bar for competence was low.
by fmilhaupt
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: No comments on the Saline show, ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1424

Re: No comments on the Saline show, ?

I was surprised this year. I went in looking for exactly one thing (a Proto BL2 in Monon paint) and not really expecting to find it, but came away with a lot more. I'd figured that I'd catch up with the folks I usually talk to at the show, and that would be enough to make a good day of it. While I d...
by fmilhaupt
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Bluewater Excursions over the years
Replies: 3
Views: 2537

Bluewater Excursions over the years

Has anyone compiled a list of the excursions that the Bluewater Chapter NRHS ran?

I figure that I rode about a dozen, over the years, which didn't cover anywhere near the amount of rare mileage they ultimately managed to run over.
by fmilhaupt
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: November, 2019 Obituaries.
Replies: 4
Views: 4092

Re: November, 2019 Obituaries.

Nov. 30, 2019 - John R. Milhaupt, former Grand Rapids Herald and WOOD TV news photographer, owner of Colorama Studio and 20+ year Editor of West Michigan Railroad Historical Society Waybill , aged 90 in Grand Rapids, Mich. During his time with Robinson Studio in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he to...
by fmilhaupt
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: October Obituaries
Replies: 11
Views: 6968

Re: October Obituaries

Ron Sebastian, owner and proprietor of Des Plaines Hobbies (Des Plaines, Ill.) passed away suddenly Wednesday morning (Oct. 2), according to his daughter and as reported in several online modelers' discussion groups. No obituary has been posted at this writing. Ron was a former employee of All Natio...
by fmilhaupt
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Grand Rapids RR YMCA
Replies: 9
Views: 10037

Re: Grand Rapids RR YMCA

Somewhere around here I have a scan of the photo Dad shot of the Christmas Eve fire that destroyed the YMCA at Wyoming Yard, but it is eluding me at the moment. The fire was believed to have been caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette that touched off paper in a wastebasket. The only fatality wa...
by fmilhaupt
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: New hobby shop - Troy, MI
Replies: 7
Views: 5545

Re: New hobby shop - Troy, MI

I'll miss them- they were the most reliable local-ish source I had for advance orders and special orders after Michigan Model Train Center closed.
by fmilhaupt
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Decline of the PM between Petoskey and Traverse City
Replies: 17
Views: 11304

Re: Decline of the PM between Petoskey and Traverse City

The line between Baldwin and Kaleva, over the High Bridge, was removed starting in late 1955. All traffic north of Baldwin was then routed via Walhalla to Manistee, then back onto the original alignment from Kaleva northward to Traverse City and Petoskey. Passenger service north of Traverse City thr...