Posts Tagged ‘Indiana railroad stations’

Not Many of These Left

March 18, 2021

While growing up in east central Illinois I often noticed that many railroad lines had a semaphore signal not far from where they crossed another railroad.

They were most common on branches of the Illinois Central but I also remember seeing them on other railroads as well, including the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The semaphore blade always seemed to be in the same position and in my childhood mind I wondered if the blade moved after a train passed it.

Years later I would learn that these were known as distant signals meant to give a crew a warning that they were approaching an interlocked crossing with and to be prepared to stop.

The semaphore blade was fixed into an approach indication.

Although distant signals are still used there are few of them that are semaphores.

During a recent outing to railfan the New Castle District of Norfolk Southern in its namesake city in Indiana, I spotted a former Nickel Plate Road passenger station and a semaphore signal being used as a distant signal.

The rail line in question was once part of a former Lake Erie & Western route that ran from Fort Wayne to New Castle where it split into branches continuing south to Rushville and Connersville.

The line to Connersville is still in place and owned by the Connersville & New Castle Railroad. The line to Rushville, though, has been abandoned.

NS still owns the NKP depot and as can be seen above has kept it in good condition. Few trains pass by here today and the station is mostly used by the maintenance of way department.

There hasn’t been a scheduled passenger train here since August 1929.

A few blocks to the right of this location is the former Pennsylvania Railroad line that once was part of a Chicago-Cincinnati route.

The ex-PRR from New Castle to the Cincinnati region and the ex-NKP from New Castle to Fort Wayne now make up the NS New Castle District. The former Pennsy is abandoned northwest of New Castle.

Back in the day, the PRR and NKP ran combined through the northern part of New Castle.

Richmond PRR Station To Finally Get Tenants

June 19, 2014

The former Pennsylvania Railroad station in Richmond, Ind., will soon become the home of an upscale restaurant and brew pub as well as feature other new business.

Designed by Daniel Burnham, the 1902 depot, has been vacant for more than three decades. However, by the end of the year the first tenant, Roscoe’s Coffee Bar & Tap Room, will open for business.

The station once served such New York-St. Louis train as the Spirit of St. Louis¸ Penn Texas, St. Louisan  and Jeffersonian.

Amtrak’s New York-Kansas City National Limited stopped there until being discontinued on Oct. 1, 1979. The station has gone unused ever since, although there has been much discussion over the years about preserving it.

One step in that direction was to designate the area where the station is located as the Richmond Historic Depot District.

Other new business that are coming to the station include a banquet hall and catering service, a wine bar, and a retro-modern store featuring home decor items, gifts, and apparel.

“I personally think it’s going to be one of the biggest things that’s happened in Richmond,” said building owner Roger Richerts.

Richerts said the building will be open to the public as opposed to becoming a private office building.

The Richmond Railroad Station Historic District is comprised of a group of historic commercial buildings. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.