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by dinwitty
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: An argument against "parking lot" stations...
Replies: 18
Views: 7605

Re: An argument against "parking lot" stations...

oh, bring back the streetcar and reach out to all those car drivers. Then you can dump all them parking lots and put business/apartments above whatever. Wrigley field contantly brings in 40,000+ every game and not everyone can get there via automobile, you have to take the CTA and it works, well, yo...
by dinwitty
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: General Discussion: Fallen Trolley and Interurban Lines
Topic: Longest interurban survivors?
Replies: 13
Views: 8130

Re: Longest interurban survivors?

I think there are some elements of the South Shore that are lost, like the Downtown South Bend street running and the East Chicago street running, and some smaller freight services. In contrast, we're seeing some resurgence, like Norfolk Virginia reviving the former Norfolk Southern electric line ar...
by dinwitty
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: An argument against "parking lot" stations...
Replies: 18
Views: 7605

Re: An argument against "parking lot" stations...

remember the streetcar? Why dont you bring them back and stretch them to the commuter. Then they dont have to drive.
by dinwitty
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: MTH HO Little Joe
Replies: 17
Views: 9127

Re: MTH HO Little Joe

found old thread and I'm responding. I got a first hand look at the MTH Joe at my LHS, ran thru its features, I went ..NOoooopers. It rumbled like a diesel. Wrong. It's porch is hinged, not the pilot trucks. the prototype isnt, the whole truck assembly is one unit, MTH cheated to get around sharp cu...
by dinwitty
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: South Shore Track
Replies: 15
Views: 5642

Re: South Shore Track

one NICTD wants to get off the streets in MC is road salt, its causing signal problems, causing them to go red.
by dinwitty
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: South Shore Track
Replies: 15
Views: 5642

Re: South Shore Track

There was a Bailey siding east of Baileytown that was removed in the forties. In the mean time a few team tracks removed. Some existing sidings are long enough for freight trains to have a double track effect.
by dinwitty
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Calumet "Dummy" Revival? Chicago - Valparaiso, Indiana
Replies: 12
Views: 7022

Re: Calumet "Dummy" Revival? Chicago - Valparaiso, Indiana

Ft Wayne and Co. want the trains back, the Valpo run could return as the tagalong deal. NICTD had plans for Valpo but decided on Dyer. I thought I heard Metra or something expressing interest in a line just west following the IL/IN border in Illinois, so the area is a hotbed of interest for rail pas...
by dinwitty
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Full Coal Trains Use Less Fuel Than Empties!?
Replies: 8
Views: 5529

Re: Full Coal Trains Use Less Fuel Than Empties!?

The aerodynamics of an empty makes sense as the full load the air won't swoom around in the car, when the coal drag is moving it has its own weight of inertia to keep moving and the mounds of coal produce reduced aerodynamics with some streamlining effect. May as well make new coal cars with closeab...
by dinwitty
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Reading Company
Topic: Reading's Frankford Branch
Replies: 28
Views: 23475

Re:

Schuylkill Valley wrote:Hi all,
Here is a scaned copie of the real Reading Blue prints of the frankford branch, this one shows the 100' round table.

Enjoy,
Len.
Can you re-up these pics?
by dinwitty
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Chilly Day in the Big city
Replies: 6
Views: 4242

Re: Chilly Day in the Big city

ExCon90 wrote:What are the flames supposed to be heating? I don't see any switchpoints or movable frogs, and the opposite rail is not being heated, as would be the case with a switch.
could be a joint at a signal point, power connection.
by dinwitty
Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Venango era questions
Replies: 7
Views: 4126

Re: Venango era questions

makes me wonder what the Venango boys are doing today...not going to argue why they ran an 8 car train for their daughter since they owned the show... But today Indiana state reps sit in the NICTD meetings and help make decisions instead of sitting on their arses in Indianapolis not knowing what da ...
by dinwitty
Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: South Shore gets Federal Grant
Replies: 0
Views: 2888

South Shore gets Federal Grant

no link but got info they got a $300,000 grant for the expansion study, thats not going to build it but will get things rolling. South Shore Line lands grant to plan expansion The Times An infusion of federal grant funding will help power the South Shore Line expansion forward. The U.S. Department o...
by dinwitty
Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Minor incident on CTA Blue Line -- What did I just see?
Replies: 9
Views: 4040

Re: Minor incident on CTA Blue Line -- What did I just see?

I recall a story on the South Shore someone without a ticket was lead to the car exit, the train stopped at the next platforms, and was booted out of the car into waiting policeman hands. More than likely the authorities were contacted and the homeless man directed off or perhaps led off or whatever...
by dinwitty
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: General Discussion: Fallen Trolley and Interurban Lines
Topic: Old Spaghetti Factory trolley bodies
Replies: 12
Views: 11607

Re: Old Spaghetti Factory trolley bodies

I have to correct some info, car 74 was at the south shore south bend yard and was used by a model railroad club, members had to go to WW2, came back with the trucks gone body placed on cement supports, warped body and layout, they abandoned the car. 74 was moved near the airport as a diner, later a...
by dinwitty
Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Modeling Chicago Transit
Replies: 42
Views: 30777

Re: Modeling Chicago Transit

I keep my eyes on this forum, working on my layout.

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