Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on May 13, 1962 · Page 5
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 5

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, May 13, 1962
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SUNDAY. MAY 13,1962 THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPORT. INDIANA PAGEFTVB Operations Of The Pennsy Since the old Fourth Strati| Pennsylvania 'railroad passenger depot was sold to the city and demolished, the local operation of the railroad is vastly different than it was during the earlier years of the twentieth century. This change is so great it has caused Agent. C. L. Pullen to remark, "I don't know it I was born 30 years too'soon or 30 years too late." When the depot and the surrounding area was sold to the city of T,ogansport several months ago, all of the offices and personnel were moved to 1he old Master Mechanic's building on Eighteenth Street or to the passenger depot near Van lower a ! Ihe western, edge of the city. TICKETS AKE NOW purchased at (he Eighteenth Street building and the passenger Irains arc boarded at the hew station near Van. To ease the inconvenience of this sol-up, tickets mav now be ordered by telephone and will be delivered to the mirchaser with out extra cost. Tickets may be purchased on the train for anj slop between Cincinnati and Chi CKffa thus avoiding the necessity of ordering by telephone or mak ing the trip to Eighteenth Street The entire office force lhat a one time was housed in (he olc Fourlh Street depot, including ticket sellers, police, track sup ervisor, trainmaster and tb agent's staff, are now located ii Ihe Eighteenth Street building However, passenger train crew: who change in Logansporl have a special new building of Ihei own near the new passenger 3.c pot at Van. This building and 1h small one used at a waiting room for passengers are the only nev additions at lhat point. THE MASTER Mechanic's build ing on Eighteen Street has no been used as an office buildin since divisional headquarter were moved lo Chicago in 194!) The building has been used as storehouse since then. Pullen, who was employed b the Pennsylvania as an operato here 30 years ago, returned t this city as the agent in 1950. H said one reason for the chang in operation here was the fac that passenger business has drop ped to a mere trickle of what used to be and because the rai road's freight business is con fined to car load shipments only Some people speculate that th tiange in the operation'of the 'ennsylvania railroad here was made for tax relief. The company 'aid $8,515 less in taxes during he spring paying period in 1962 han it did during the same period 1961. The sale of the depot and ertain property on Melbourne \venue will be reflected in a still ower lax bill in 196li which could 'onceiveably bring the figure to ess than' $iOfl,000. The spring tax Hll in 19(i2 was $133,812.69, according lo county Treasurer Forist Montgomery. FOB MANY YEARS the com- iany operated a fleet of trucks handle the less-than-carload freight shipments, but closed that part of the operation and sold the trucks Dec, 1, 1961. The Master Mechanic's building that now serves locally as Ihe executive building, is located the south side of the Wabash railroad tracks on the west side of Eighteenth Street. Even the gravel that used be placed under and between the rails has been changed to stone ballast and pulverized slag from the Gary steel mills. The old sec lion gnpgs that once provided jobs for men.in every town along Ihe Pennsylvania have disappeared and in their , place now 'are floating crews who move into .a area, use railroad portable at Wmamac, North Judson, Crown Point and Englewood. ONE PASSENGER train, the Southwind, running between Chicago and Florida, .goes past the new depot every other day and carries 'a heavy passenger load heading for the south or returning to the north. The train runs every other day, one month on the even numbered days and the next month' .on the odd days. It arrives at the. new depot in Logansport at 10:47 a.m. on its way south, The train turns south at Van lower, runs through Indianapolis on its way to Florida and does not pass through Logansport. Therefore most residents of the city never- see the train. All of the communication equipment previously used in the old depot -has -been transferred to Van tower where at was placed in operation and is now operated by one man who controls signals and switches for trains as far noi'lh as North Judson, west to Remington, and south lo Clymers. This enables- one operator to control all Pennsylvania trains operating in that area. In the old days of the steam engine, all trains were kept well apart for safety's sake. And while the safety element is still a vital point in the operation of the railroad, a different method While the operation of Van ower. the new depot, and the lew office set-up on Eighteenth Street is new to the organization, he'yards remain the same and he storage area- and diesel re>air department has not changed n recent years. ' The old'M of W. (maintenance f ways) building on Eighteenth Street is used for storage ol, track equipment and repair machinery, t is what used to be called the old back shop where freight cars were built pi'ior to 1922. In it is stored all of the equipment needed for track maintenance and ma- .erials used in the operation of .he railroad. The engine house is also located on Eighteenth Street and is the wilding where all the diesels are serviced and repaired.. All'em ilo'yes, except passenger train crewmen, report for duty in the office building on Eighteenth Street and on an average day nearly 200 employee owndd auto, mobiles are parked near the auilding. The Child's Prayer living quarters and are trans- is now in use and a block syslem ported to and from work in company trucks. EVEN THE romantic whistle of a far away sleam engine, announcing the approach of a passenger train, has completely disappeared from Hie local railroad operation. The last steam locomotive lo be operated in Logans- porl was a switch engine, retired neavly eight years ago. All Pennsylvania trains in and out of Logansport. and the average.num- ber is about 25 daily, are pulled by diesel engines now. People wanting to board Irains at the new depot may reach the location by usng Ihe recommended route, South Cicott Street lo Melbourne Avenue to Western Avenue, leading direct to the building. . Passenger crews change there and leave for Chicago at 5:18 a.m. and 1:23 p.m. daily. These crews arrive back in Logansport at 1:28 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. when new crews board the trains for Cincinnati. On trips to Chicago the passenger trains make only flag slop* is used. No train is permitted to enter a- certain area of track un- Ihe train in front of it has passed through the block that regulates Ihe safety of the trains All switches and signals lo the train and those thai control the block system are sent by the one operator on duty at Van. The operator stands in front o a large map showing the area he controls and small electric light! Ihe size of Christmas tree bulb: show the location of the trains in the area. The switches are turn ed and the signals are given by the operator inch levers. by the use of six During a normal busy period the operator has ap- proximalely 15 trains under his control and while he uses the levers lo control the trains, he receives his instructions by waj of telephone. NINE PEOPLE, including mai and baggage men are employee by the Pennsylvania at Ihe new depot. A teletype syslem, used fo communications to any poinl o Ihe vast Pennsylvania system, i: located in Van tower. Dear God, Thank you for this nice day Would you forgive me for all Ihe times I have sinned, and couli you help me lo be a better boy'. This prayer was written b; Kent: Bickell during Week Day Religious Education class Noble township school. Read the Want Ads! scion' Club meeting in Blloxt,'Mississipp SAM HUSTON Leading Agent in Volume for 1961 Like grandfather ... like father... like son! Sam Huston is continuing in the footsteps of a truly great Indianapolis Life family. His grandfather, Howard Huston, was the first Indianapolis Life agent, and was contracted in 1.905. HTs father Harry Huston, came with the Company in 1931, and was General Agent in Logansport for the Company until his death in 1957. Sam is a graduate of Indiana University with a B; S. in Insurance, and he cams ' with Indianapolis Life after graduation ,in 1959 with the multi-million dollar Nate Kaufman Agency in Shelbyville. During his college days, he was on the Dean's Honor List, a member of the governing Board of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, a member of Blue Key, and of Aeons. Sam also served on the I, U. Foundation and Interfraternity Council, where he was vice president, secretary, and a member of the Judicial Board. Since entering the life insurance'business, he is continuing his studies in his chosen profession by completing three parts, and currently is' working oh the fourth part of the five-part, college level educational program leading to the coveted Chartered Life Underwriter designation.' He also is a member of ths exclusive App-A-Week Club with over seventy weeks of qualification. We congratulate Sam Huston on his outstanding record and commend i him for the valuable service he is performing for his wide circle of policyholders and friends. We hope that all the friends and policyholders of Indianapolis Life Insurance will call upon Sam if he can be of service-to them. His office address is: 2363 N. Meridian Street, 'Indianapolis. Phone WA 4-5326. The Nate Kaufman Multi-Million Dollar Agency Office Locations Indianapolis Columbus Shelbyville Rushville Seymour Greensburg Bloomington Indianapolis Life INSURANCE COMPANY Reid all about it! 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