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walter stafa

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Same design stations in two different states
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:59:35 AM »
I noticed just today that two station-substations in two different states are the same design.  The the one in Leipsic, Ohio is on the LT, Ohio Electric, C&LE.  The other in Plainfield, Indiana was on the THI&E, Indiana Railroad and is still there.

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2018, 02:02:34 PM »
And that's similar to the Amo depot too. Neat.
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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2018, 02:34:14 PM »
Very nice find!

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2018, 02:47:56 PM »
Very good attention to detail.  I bet the luminati were behind it,


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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2018, 04:38:15 PM »
Are they both gone?

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2018, 05:02:14 PM »
Why pay an architect twice?  Design one building and use it lots of places.
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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2018, 07:02:05 AM »
The Plainfield and Amo stations were restored and are in community use.

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2018, 07:57:35 AM »
Amo on the THI&E, Sept. 1939.

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2018, 10:58:06 AM »
Why pay an architect twice?  Design one building and use it lots of places.
Works great as long as you don't care about balanced excavation, existing utility locations, whether the foundation is appropriate for the location, etc.  But, yes, it can be done.
Were these lines consolidated under some corporate umbrella?  Otherwise, it would be very odd, indeed. 
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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2018, 10:59:19 PM »
Amo on the THI&E, Sept. 1939.

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2018, 09:42:14 AM »
It was not uncommon for companies--not just railroads-- to have "recommended practices" that would lend to to a general structure looking the same as another.  In this case, the company that made the rectifiers and other electrical equipment, probably Westinghouse, or maybe GE could have recommended this particular design to many interurbans for their substations designs. 
Another example would be interlocking towers that saxby and farmer gave plans to all the railroads to use, as a "Best practice"
EMD also designed diesel houses when they were new.  Marion Oh's current UTLX facility was one such "recommended design."  (that building is the length of 4 EMD F3's, by the way). 
Basically, if it works in one place, it'll probably work elsewhere also--railroads are known for their spendthrift ways, why reinvent the wheel?! :)
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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2018, 10:17:24 AM »
Here's how the Plainfield station looked this morning.

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2018, 03:46:43 PM »
Thanks for the photo Scott.

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2018, 09:32:09 PM »
Arthur Gerber designed 11 stations for the North Shore Line that were constructed in 1926 along the Skokie Valley line in the Insull Spanish style that were replicated a short time later for the affiliated South Shore Line at Beverly Shores and Pines (west of Michigan City.)

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2018, 11:16:18 AM »
Among my other interests is the steel industry. Structures with identical purposes tend to look similar. For example a blast furnace of the early 1900s looks similar to a blast furnace of the 1950s abate different in size. Good engineering doesn't require redesigning the wheel unless the wheel is deeply flawed; simply fix and adapt as needed.
 

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Re: Same design stations in two different states
« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2018, 09:04:05 PM »
Forgive me for stepping out of state, but interurban Illinois Terminal rural depots were mostly of a standard design. This happens to be Union, IL (NOT the Union, IL with the Illinois Railroad Museum), looking south towards the next stop, Lincoln, IL (on I-55, north of Springfield) (track was on the other/east side of the depot)
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