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Ironton RR Combine #2
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« on: Mar 26th, 2010, 1:59am »
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Ironton Combine number 2 was originally built for the Atlantic City  Railroad (circa 1889). For the past 6+ decades #2 has been sitting along the Ironton  railroad (Now Rail-Trail) Unfortunately she's in a very poor condition... result of weather and  Vandalism . Here's a broadside of #2)

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 2:08am »
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This is the side acing away from the rail-trail... Note the pronounced sag.. The hole to the left of the door is FIRE DAMAGE!

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 2:15am »
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The Baggage/Mail end of combine #2

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 2:17am »
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Looking inside the baggage section.

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 2:20am »
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Looking inside from the "passenger end" of #2... (note the SEVERE roof decay)

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« Reply #5 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 2:22am »
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The "passenger end" of #2.

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« Reply #6 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 2:23am »
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Looking at the "Passenger end" from inside.

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« Reply #7 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 2:32am »
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Detail of roof overhang. (The insulators held wires when #2 was used as a yard or M of W office)

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« Reply #8 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 2:33am »
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Truss rod bracket on IRR number 2

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 2:40am »
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Last shot..2 is on the right and we're looking towards the former American Cement Company (now the Whitehall Parkway) along the Ironton rail-trail. The concrete foundations between the trail branches are the remains of a water tower from steam days.

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« Reply #10 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 3:50am »
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Many thanks for posting there pictures.  You've allowed me to see something that I've always meant to investigate, but never got around to or thought of.  
 
Honestly I'm quite surprised the car has as much intact as it does..  Was it at least closed and locked until the end of the IRR?  
 
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« Reply #11 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 11:35am »
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As far as i know it was used for M of W storage right up until the end of the IRR. There used to be many pieces of wooden interior trim laying loose inside of #2 years back...During a parkway clean-up it must've been all thrown away because it's empty now .. i regret not grabbing a piece or two for my collection.  

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« Reply #12 on: May 30th, 2010, 2:10am »
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Regarding that last photo: the trail that heads off to the left of the photo was the spur that ran to the American Cement (later Giant Cement) Central Mill, which was in operation from 1903 to 1929. You can follow the right of way all the way into the mill's old quarry.
Just opposite that tiny information stand (past the coach, and behind the water tower piers) was a track scale used to weigh outbound loads of cement. The scale house was already torn down by the time the township purchased the right-of-way, and the scale pit was filled in.


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« Reply #13 on: Jun 8th, 2010, 10:18pm »
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I remember seeing workers scrapping the scale deck before the Rail-trail was created..Once again young dumb Mike wasn't carrying a camera    On the bright side older/wiser Mike ALWAYS HAS A CAMERA WITH!!!!!!!!!!   Here's a view taken from 145 in the late sixties before i was born..You can see the combine ,scale and scale house in this pic...This pic is from the "BLACK DIAMONDS TO TIDEWATER" website.....http://www.gingerb.com/

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« Reply #14 on: Jun 8th, 2010, 10:24pm »
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Here's the former American Cement mill that the tracks that branch off to the left  led to... Good moody shot of the ruins taken during one of the MANY snow storms we had this winter .

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« Reply #15 on: Nov 14th, 2012, 7:02pm »
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Restoration work on combine #2 started earlier this year..This image from 4-12-12 shows the beginning stages of the restoration

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« Reply #16 on: Nov 14th, 2012, 7:04pm »
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Braces have been added to shore up the sagging side opposite the trail  (4-12-12)

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« Reply #17 on: Nov 14th, 2012, 7:06pm »
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By 8-23-12 most of the original wooden siding has been replaced and the new car siding has been painted

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« Reply #18 on: Nov 14th, 2012, 7:08pm »
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11-10-12.. The metal roof sheeting is in the process of being replaced.

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« Reply #19 on: Nov 14th, 2012, 7:09pm »
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This inside view shows how much of the original wooden roof and supports have been replaced

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