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    Strong winds flatten Nebraska roundhouse

    A group that successfully fought to save a rundown former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy roundhouse from the wrecking ball in Nebraska City, Neb., was heartbroken Thursday when 70 mph wind gusts collapsed the structure.

    In late 2000, the city council had ordered the Heartland Railroad Historical Society to reinforce the structure – whose roof was in danger of collapse – or have it torn down that December.

    The society beat the deadline, and saved the 1884 roundhouse built by CB&Q predecessor Burlington & Missouri Railroad. The group had the roof and supporting trusses stabilized.

    But the 50-foot tall south wall – which a structural engineer did not deem a hazard – couldn’t withstand the strong wind gusts, said Gerald Kopiasz, president of the society.

    The entire wall and part of the roof came down – and along with it the society’s dreams of renovating the five-stall roundhouse for use as a museum, retail, or wholesale operation.

    “Unfortunately, nature prevailed,” Kopiasz said. “This event was most certainly an unusual occurrence that those who had examined the structure had not anticipated, but for which the roundhouse was insured.”

    The roundhouse was only one of two from that standardized plan in existence and one of only a handful of roundhouses left in Nebraska. It will be demolished.




    Modeling the NYC railroad

    (Not Yet Completed Railroad)

    Phil

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    Also There's too few left.

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      Also There's too few left.



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      Too true my friends and so sad.

      There is no joy in Mudville.



      Nelson

      Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

      George Carlin
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        When the BN had its roundhouse and turntable removed in Edgemont, SD, they contracted to have it done with the requirement that the contractor take extra good care of the turntable as BN had a buyer for it. Well, the contractor "miss handled" the turntable and buckled it in the middle turning it into a pile of scrap metal.

        Don

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          Well, the contractor "miss handled" the turntable and buckled it in the middle turning it into a pile of scrap metal.


          Don


          id=quote>id=quote> String 'em up!!!!

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            Tie him to the tracks.

            Nelson

            Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

            George Carlinid=teal>

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