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April 4, 2017

This Week's Woodpile Is Racked and Stacked


Union stations made transfers between trains far more convenient, and in-station restaurants and other businesses were a welcome profit center.
The downside was, and there's always a downside, Cleveland Union Terminal was a significant distance from the main lines paralleling Lake Erie. Further, steam locomotives weren't allowed in the city so every train had to swap out for an electric locomotive when entering, then change back when leaving, which lengthened schedules considerably. The Pennsylvania Railroad took a pass for that reason and even some "member" trains bypassed the city. - - - Woodpile Report

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 4, 2017 7:53 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I rode the "Rapid" (as we called it) in the late 60's to get to school. A bus from the West Side transferring at Terminal Tower onto the rapid to the East Side.

I loved running around the lower levels of the building.

Even better for a young boy was the run out from the rapid platform into the surrounding cityscape. All the old trains and support equipment - like a lost world.

To me, the Terminal Tower is the iconic structure of Cleveland.

Posted by: browndog at April 4, 2017 12:33 PM

Been nibblin' on the Woodpile off'n on all day, may finish it after supper and a fresh cup o' mud.

Yeah, that means I'll prolly miss out on Big Bang Theory or it's nightly equivalent but....the sacrifices I make for my sanity.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 4, 2017 2:00 PM

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