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pnorkawich
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Joined: 17 Aug 2017, 12:51

26 Aug 2017, 02:31 #41

Fascinating! Very interested in the pictures, and I will post more questions later when I have intelligent questions. Thanks Frank. I have a childhood friend who worked there, José M. that I ran into while I was there doing a service call years ago. Anyway, thank you.

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Frank R
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Joined: 21 Feb 2007, 09:33

29 Aug 2017, 04:26 #42

Here are some pictures of the Bridgeport Lower Yard on the West side of the river, what it was originally (showing Jenkins Curve on a postcard), and what it is now (showing the ball park etc.), courtesy Bing Maps.
There are several buildings that appear in both pictures
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Frank R
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29 Aug 2017, 04:33 #43

Here's a picture taken at the UI power plant of the yard they built to hold their hopper cars, showing the GE 50 ton loco they bought.  Notice the former Locomobile factory building in the background - it was located where the oil storage tanks are in the present-day picture
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Frank R
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29 Aug 2017, 04:43 #44

Here are pictures of the very first coal delivery the received in 1956.  Looks like they used a portion of the old Lower Yard that the railroad retained to cut the train up to put it inside UI's yard for this train - not sure they continued that practice all through the coal/rail years.  I hope these pictures interest somebody, I "kind of" kept the slides because they would have been lost if I didn't.

One word of note, I was once looking at some pictures taken during the original construction of the first unit at the power plant, which began in 1955.  In the background of several of them, you could see the wreckage of the Federal Express that happened on the curve.  Sure do wish I took those, because I know for sure they were just thrown out. 
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Frank R
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29 Aug 2017, 04:51 #45

The UI published a magazine for its employees with company news and human interest stories, as lots of companies did back then, One issue in the 60's had a story of the coal being delivered where the writer boarded the train in Newtown and he wrote about things that were discussed in the cab of the locomotive and other background info.  I copied it from one of the old magazines on a first generation Xerox machine and it's not in very good shape.  I'll try to doctor it up a little and see if it might be presentable, if anyone is interested. 
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Frank R
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Joined: 21 Feb 2007, 09:33

29 Aug 2017, 05:17 #46

Here is a picture of the railroad's roundhouse that UI used for storage until the construction of their biggest unit that began in 1966. Most of the foundation and the slab is still there and visible to this day
Then there's a picture of the 1955 Federal Express wreck, I wanted to point out the structure of the electrical substation that was being built in conjunction of the power plant's construction on the extreme right hand side of the picture  
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DBrion
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Joined: 21 Jun 2006, 05:52

29 Aug 2017, 06:03 #47

Frank R.,

Great photos of of rarely seen activity.  Although it probably occurred elsewhere, that photo of the four GP9's consist is the first I've seen in Bridgeport.  I would loved to have seen that movement.

Thanks for sharing such interesting photos.
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rsullivan
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Joined: 14 Dec 2016, 20:36

29 Aug 2017, 07:02 #48

Thanks Mr. Frank R for those pictures. After following the whole route along the valuation maps Mr. Statkowski provided I was wondering if the freighthouse on the north or city side of the elevated main line was still present in the 1950's, which is the period I'm modeling. I want to have more freight switching and delivery options for when I get to the Bridgeport area, and now I have two freighthouses, part of the roundhouse, and at least one of the two team tracks.
Mr. DBrion. One of us is getting a different download of the images. On my screen I'm seeing DERS-5 Alco RS-11's #1409, 1412, 1407, and ? in one picture, and RS-11's in the other two. We need to figure out if the different images is because of the Tapatalk operating system, our service provider transmission scrambling and and reconverting the data improperly, or or computer just changing the image. 
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Richard Abramson
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Joined: 04 Aug 2017, 21:23

29 Aug 2017, 10:00 #49

Richard:
You are correct, they are DERS-5s.
Dick: Time to review your engines. . .LOL

Rick
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DBrion
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29 Aug 2017, 13:38 #50

I stand corrected ... the hour was very late (or very early) as it was 2:00 AM and my tired brain was only at one-quarter throttle.  I did see the road number 1409 but I typed GP9 instead of RS11.  All I can plead is mea culpa, mea culpa, and wait to be taken out to the wood shed for proper training!  🙃
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