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wabash2800

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Interurban Car Barns
« on: May 06, 2020, 05:23:14 PM »
Are there any within driving distance of Fort Wayne that have been repurposed and include much of the original structure including the doors? I am looking for a two or three stall version, probably of brick construction that I can take photos and notes for a model project and have not seen any plans. I have access to some photos but very few interior views. It appears that most have some sort of façade in front (and rear?) with a frame roof and beam supports inside btw the tracks. It appears that at least one remains in the Gary area but heavily modified. The size and number of windows in the side walls interests me which don't appear in most photos.

When the Winona switched over to internal combustion I would assume they added vents to the roof because of diesel exhaust?

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2020, 07:22:05 PM »
This is a ways from Ft. Wayne, but Riley Park Tire in Greenfield is in the old car barn and still has the rails in the floor in the work area.  It served the Indianapolis via the THI&E

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2020, 08:53:03 PM »
I assume the one in Blufton or the two in Marion don't have what you are looking for?

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2020, 09:01:10 PM »
Bob:

I don't know. Give me the addresses or approximate addresses and I can zoom in on street level satellite maps to have a look.

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2020, 09:02:53 PM »
Thanks DSCHRO. I zoomed in on google Satellite and was able to see the windows, though the front of the building has been heavily modified.

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2020, 09:12:07 PM »
Bob:

I don't know. Give me the addresses or approximate addresses and I can zoom in on street level satellite maps to have a look.

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Blufton is 1624 W. Cherry Street, now the Wells CO. Highway Dept.  Marion is 824 E. 30th Street, now school bus garages.

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2020, 10:09:37 PM »
Thanks Bob.

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2020, 07:02:08 AM »
Well, there is Anderson where the car shops are still mostly in place. It's on Broadway.



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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2020, 02:15:05 PM »
I remember the one in Downtown Indianapolis. I think it was on Ohio Street.

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2020, 04:11:24 PM »
Not Indiana, but the former Rockford & Interurban car barn which handled both interurban and streetcar operations, still stands in downtown Milwaukee at the northeast corner of 1st and Kishwaukee.  An ugly facade was added onto it in later years and it is empty now.  It was a bus barn for decades after the last streetcar line shut down in 1936. 

Also not in IN, but in Milwaukee the massive, former Cold Spring Milwaukee Electric interurban and car barn still stands with tracks wrapping around it at 3801 W McKinley Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208.  The last streetcar used it in 1958 and it was also used as a bus barn for years. 


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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2020, 06:08:43 PM »
Was Safford MP 2.82 at Garfield Park on the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Interurban Line?

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2020, 12:07:50 AM »
Again, not Indiana, but... Plainfield, IL (pictured) has a recently-restored-as-office-space carbarn of the Aurora, Plainfield, & Joliet trolley.  And the grand prize-not sure, but guaranteed one, and maybe as many as 6 shop-type (not carbarns) buildings remaining from the Illinois Terminal interurban, in Decatur, IL
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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2020, 12:16:08 AM »
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Greensburg Indiana has an old car barn.  The above links shows the front and side of the car barn( I hope the links work).  I think the rear is pretty visable too, but I never paid much attention to it when I have been at the eye doctor, whick lies right behind the car barn.

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2020, 08:00:31 PM »
My job took me to 1203 E st clair st in indy yesterday. I was talking to the plumbing and hvac foreman and he said they laid all kinds of new underground piping inside of the building. they dug up alot of old railroad ties and concrete buried under the building. some of the concrete was so deep that they had to dig their sewers down to atleast 7ft to get their proper fall.

long story short he said it used to be an old maintenance facility for the street cars.
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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2020, 11:27:21 AM »
Thats the old Highland car barn operated by Indianapolis Railways, then later a bus barn.

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2020, 08:38:42 AM »
This picture is from the Cottage Home neighborhood preservation plan has a nice image and identifies the building.

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2020, 11:47:56 AM »
There is one on Sycamore Street in Kokomo, just past Ohio street on the north side when traveling west.  Used to be an antique mall, some other kind of business is in there now.   The interurban depot still exhists in Russiaville, just west of Kokomo on Strd 26 and is worth seeing. 

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Re: Interurban Car Barns
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2020, 09:58:44 PM »
Howdy gang. Central, The barn was once used for horse drawn cars, And after the interurban was pulled it was used to store city buses back in the 50s. Later in the 70s and 80s and perhaps 90s it was the treasure Mart antiques mall. Spent many days wandering around in there with my parents soaking up the interesting smells and looking at all the old relics and furniture they hawked. Always overpriced, but still a fun trip just to see what they had.  Different building but don’t forget the old Kokomo Marion and western car shops are still out on West Markland near Park Road across from former continental steel property. Last time I drove by it doesn’t look like it’s used anymore by any business but it still stands. I grew up across the creek from there.