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IRM trolley service to West Baden
« on: April 15, 2011, 07:40:17 PM »
According to the book "The First 50 Years", IRM hopes to have the track rehabilitated from French Lick to West Baden in 2012. It will include a track extension from the depot to the FL Convention Center and Casino. The original trolley carbody was constructed new (with some salvaged parts) from the truck up and will be diesel powered instead of electric.

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2015, 07:38:08 PM »
Here is a photo of the trolley passing the Monon Depot in French Lick on its run to West Baden. A lot of work has been going on at the museum property. They have removed the "circus track" and are cutting up 2 baggage cars and possibly 1 observation (with platform). South of Hwy. 145 they have rebuilt the yard and erected a security fence around it. In the photo you can see the station area improvements.

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2015, 10:29:40 PM »
Are they baggage cars or the old South Shore cars stored there? I thought the Erie and NKP business cars were stored in their new "yards." What other business car did they have?

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2015, 07:34:38 PM »
I will be down that way tomorrow. I will take a photo. The two baggage cars were on the wye for the last ten years. One was painted in red and gray colors. It was cut in half and only one half remains. the other is just cut in half. I don't know if the obs is to be cut up or not, but it is precariously close to the work (like almost coupled up).

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2015, 09:40:31 PM »
The Nickle Plate Quick Step, the South Shore Cars,and The Baggage Cars have either been Cut Up or are in the process of being Cut Up.. The only other Observation Cars that they still have are the Indianapolis, Jacksonville and the Erie 1. The Pennsylvania Obs Samuel Rea has been sold. That car was used on the Spirit of St Louis. I understand the car was sold to the guy who owns the PRR E Units to make up a Prr Passenger Train to go behind the E Units.

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2015, 10:12:27 PM »
That is a shame that they cut up the NKP Quick Step.

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2015, 01:52:41 PM »
The Nickle Plate Quick Step Rusted out so badly that they had no choice but to cut it up. They were going to sell  it to the Nickle Plate Railroad Historical Society. But after many Items started falling off the car as they were trying to get it ready to move, It was determined it was to far gone to try to save. It was unsafe for them to try to move. Yes it is Sad that it sat and Rusted out on the Rails. That is what happens when you don't take care of things.

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2015, 06:53:36 PM »
Here are the photos I took today.

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2015, 08:04:53 PM »
That is so sad to see all those Cars getting Scrapped.

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2015, 08:22:07 PM »
What a shame...wish they had let them go before it got to that.

Whose baggage cars are those?

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2015, 08:54:12 PM »
Who (contractor) is cutting those up and how long have they been doing it in this drastically falling scrap market?  By time 2/1 rolls around, scrap will be down $40-$60 per ton from December pricing.  If contractor bought scrap on Dec numbers, ouch.  If car owner is expecting December numbers, they will be disappointed.

Here's how you cut up a car on museum property - from complete car to no evidence of car ever being there in less than 8 hours
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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2015, 10:29:41 PM »
Originally built in 1927 as C&O #1, "Richmond", was later sold to Port Huron and Detroit as their #1 and renamed "Castleblayney"  Not sure when it went into private ownership but it ran in the 80s as PPCX 800047 in full PH&D regalia.  Was donated to Gold Coast Railroad museum in Miami late 80s?  Received salt water damage in Hurricane Andrew and mother nature took it from there.  Had a lot of rot in in.  Believe the owner of C&O #3, "Chapel Hill" purchased it from Gold Coast for the truck components.   Original plan was to have the Castleblayney and Chapel Hill meet up somewhere and swap trucks.  Chapel Hill would then go have it's "new" trucks rebuilt to AMTK NEC standards, and Castleblayney would go with it's "new" trucks to the PH&D Historical Society.   I spent a bit of time working as a consultant to "Chapel Hills" owner trying to get this car moves.  Ultimately, the very trucks that where wanted for rebuild for the Chapel Hill are what prevented the Castleblayney from moving out of GCRM.  CSXT simply would not handle with unrebuilt trucks - explored numerous options including trucking the Castleblayney to a FEC railhead.  Unfortunatly, nothing work, so some items where salvages, trucks reclaimed and sent to South Carolina for rebuild (and now are under Chapel Hill) and car cut up at museum.
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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2015, 07:43:07 PM »
Is that the "Quick Step" shown in pictures #IRM001c, IRM002c and IRM005c?

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2015, 10:10:10 PM »
Here's how you cut up a car on museum property - from complete car to no evidence of car ever being there in less than 8 hours

How long does it take if the car contains "material" that is supposed to undergo remediation?

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Re: IRM trolley service to West Baden
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2015, 02:58:24 PM »
Some half cut up car bodies have been relocated to the south end of Burton Tunnel, where a makeshift station has been set up. Does anyone know what is going on with that?