Blaze Destroys Historic Rail Tower

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  1. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    I was floored when I heard about this Monday morning. I didn't even know that it had happened. It is such a shame because now some more of the PRR History is gone.:crying: SO Tower in South Fork, pa was built around the same time as MO Tower in Cresson, Pa. SO Tower was only about 8-9 miles down the road from me. Below is the link for all to read the article.

    http://www.tribune-democrat.com/local/local_story_314234512.html
  2. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

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    That is tragic.
  3. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

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    No electrical service, no utilities what-so-ever....freaking vandals! Man this kind of news really makes me angry. Society is truly ruled by the lowest common denominator these days.
  4. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Unreal.... I hate to see these things happen.. There are wstill a few (very few) towers near me. All are "abandoned in place" :( :(
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    It is saddening to think about it... but as for the "lowest common denominator" - at least they are (probably) not targetting railways specifically (i.e. any abandoned building will do). Now compare this with municipalities who are actively cutting up the remaining "display" steam fleet... :mad: :( :cry:

    Andrew
  6. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    And the rail enthusiast does nothing to save those locomotives.:curse:
  7. sgtcarl

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    burning buildings

    I HATE arsonists!! Especially those who do it to get their "kicks." But, before I get up on my soapbox, I'd like to add my regrets for the loss of this fine structure. :cry: As for saving the steam locos, well, a guy recently was given an old decrepit steam loco, if he'd haul it off. It cost him over $75,000 to have it shipped to Ohio, where it will become part of a railroad-themed restaurant complex. :eek: Maybe that's why more of us don't get involved in their "salvation."
  8. railohio

    railohio Active Member

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    Railfans support their own interests and not every railfan is interested in teakettles. Just because it exists does not mean it is worth preserving, anyway.
  9. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    Hi Andrew,

    Which cities/towns are doing this (cutting up remaining steam locos)?

    Regarding another comment here, I guess having a steam loco being part of a restaurant is better than completely destroying it -- at least it's still preserved and on view for people to enjoy?

    Rob
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Can't find it right now, but there is a recent post here about one in Alberta(?) possibly going under the torch. And Guelph had considered it for their static display loco. I do not know what the current status is there...

    I guess that I should add that not all governments are actively doing this... they just don't make it easy to save them, or any much history for that matter. Two towns where I used to live have both let railway related structures be torn down. I suppose it is the right of the company (railroad) to operate like any other business, but somehow it's not quite that simple...

    Andrew