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That place looks familiar. biggrin



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Yes the tower is gone, and yes some tracks are gone, but, as a whole, most of State Line Interlocking is still there.

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The Monon is gone, the C&O is gone, the Erie is gone.

One of my contemporaries who worked West forever, tells about the time they got a restricting at State Line. So, they took it, next thing you know, they're out of service for running a stop (and stay, in those days).

When the company started investigating, a signal maintainer found a low hanging wire that, when it touched the wire beneath it, made the signal go restricting. Oh, ok.

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State Line. The last obstacle to get by when trying to get off the B&O Chicago Terminal heading east.

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Does it matter, Slugger? Do you get by N. Baltimore?

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Cy Valley wrote:

Does it matter, Slugger? Do you get by N. Baltimore?


 For now, yes. That will all change when the weather gets cold. 



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Along that same line, three shots of Huntington, IN, once a Erie stronghold, crew change point, shops, division HQ, today, scarcely a trace.  All taken looking south from about the same location:

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Crazy how much has changed. I find before and after pictures the most fascinating. Always interesting to see what things used to look like. Especially places that you know about.

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Yeah. Cy saw Huntington in its latter day prime, when they controlled the diamond and the Wabash/Red Team had 20 MPH over the diamond and through town, for that matter. And would raise all kinds of cain if the Red Team blocked the diamond or the town for any reason, as Cy learned one afternoon in a intense discussion with Huntington forces.

Worked with a fellow brakeman who, in his early days, had to go to an investigation because he was the headman when they did work at the interchange and delayed the EL passenger train. Heads were gonna roll.

Today, LAMCO trains breeze through town at up to 60 per, a real shock first time Cy did it on a Triple Clown train.

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Just a bit of an old newspaper article about the demise of the Erie:

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The last remaining former Erie employee at Sluggo's home terminal retired last fall. Those Erie's guys took a fucking from Conrail. Many of them got sent straight to the bottom of the seniority roster. No prior rights no nothing. Go the the bottom and if you don't like it, you can quit.

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Snippy got a baby horse fucking like that by Red Team. Seven people got prior rights, 244 went straight to the bottom. Below 120 guys hired during the "test" period.

However, the poor guys associated with Conrail wrote the book and defined what a major fucking is. Still hard tu believe.

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The Erie guys from Huntington initially came to Fort Wayne, which was still a going concern in 1976, they were suppose to get "their" trains, but that didn't last long. What looked like "their" trains would also have something on it besides Croxton's (EL piggyback terminal) and the EL guys were lost in the mix. Of course, even Fort Wayne went away and a big share of them melted away from railroading, too, some ended up in Elkhart and Toledo. We had at least one hire out at LAMCO in the late eighties, I remember that one of the guys killed in the bad rear-ender on the Chicago Main in western Ohio was a Huntington man.

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Growing up on GN/BN Bellingham Sub there was zero chance of seeing an EL unit.
Seen many EL boxcars over the years but that was. Then by chance the EL/CR sold
a bunch of ALCO C-424/425's to the PGE and they went thru Everett over several nights.
I was there to see them in the darkness of AM as they passed by. No pictures possible
except the ones in my mind.

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