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#108755 Trinity River Vision

Posted by AndyN on 06 February 2018 - 11:05 AM in Public & Institutional

I said it ten years ago when I ran for the Water District board. When it's all said and done, the cost will be over a billion dollars. The construction is proceeding at a snails pace. Why oh why do we have a former assistant D.A. in charge of a massive public works program? I'll save the rest of my comments for the politics subforum.



#102021 Trinity River Vision

Posted by AndyN on 31 March 2017 - 11:32 AM in Public & Institutional

My suggestion still stands that this thread needs to steer clear of politics and personal attacks. We can start a page to discuss the political aspects of the project on the politics subforum.

#104450 Trinity River Vision

Posted by AndyN on 26 July 2017 - 09:40 AM in Public & Institutional

I haven't seen it yet but someone says they actually finally poured a concrete pier.

#102483 West 7th Development

Posted by AndyN on 19 April 2017 - 01:16 PM in Commercial

Sounds like a 21st century Pier One.

#108274 Trinity Bluffs

Posted by AndyN on 12 January 2018 - 02:28 PM in Residential

The Rocklyn project has mobilized. The project office is set up across the street on the corner of Gounah and Samuels and a large excavator is sitting on the subject tract. The homes have begun the demolition process.

#105721 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 13 September 2017 - 02:31 PM in Transportation


This bridge is an absolute monster. I noticed in the last week that you could see the pylons coming into downtown on 121 and girders started going up this week.




Yes, and looking like quite the roller coaster ride.

#105696 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 12 September 2017 - 01:34 PM in Transportation


DART - Downtown Dallas to DFW Airport: 10 stops,  65 to 70 mins.




Man, that orange line ride to the airport is a beating. I rode out one night just to see the line and I didn't get past Northlake College before I gave up and turned around.

#106192 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 27 September 2017 - 11:15 AM in Transportation

I'm guessing actual operation of the line will be contracted to an experienced private operator like Herzog does for the TRE. 

#107848 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 14 December 2017 - 10:39 AM in Transportation

That is going to be a real roller coaster of a ride north of downtown.

#108052 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 25 December 2017 - 03:33 PM in Transportation

Seldom am I willing to give FWTA/DART the benefit of the doubt; the visual perception in photo taken of the over pass might be an exaggeration created by where the photo is snapped. If it really is a hazardous issue, then it is yet another example of on of their bone-headed decisions.


Looking forward to the "views" is yet another snarky remark from the other side of the Metroplex; and from someone who will likely never have a daily reason to ride Tarrant Express other than during opening ceremonies.


The irresistible urge to throw cold water at anything on this side is obsessive.



My comments about it being a roller coaster are tongue in cheek. While the grade changes may not be outside of maximums, they are not something you normally see in railroading outside of mountainous areas. The grade changes are needed, and you probably won't be holding your hands in the air when you pass through, but it is very different for tracks around here. It is not necessary for you to take a jab at Tamtagon for his reply to my post. As I can see the tracks from my back yard and they do climb so high over Peach Yard and the Choctaw Sub, I'm willing to bet you will get some scenic views of north Fort Worth and downtown from this route.


Your caustic commenting is off-putting and detrimental to the forum.

#106756 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 19 October 2017 - 02:49 PM in Transportation

I don't think Ron lives in Fort Worth.


I'm glad y'all found each other to debate with. Keeps me from tilting at windmills.

#104666 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 04 August 2017 - 11:25 AM in Transportation


Stadler completes first US assembled FLIRT for TexRail project:



#102184 "Left Bank"

Posted by AndyN on 06 April 2017 - 10:59 AM in Commercial

Surprised I didn't see anyone I knew yesterday evening. 


When I work in Dallas I frequently find myself at the Whole Foods Market on McKinney Avenue which has ample below ground parking and residential components above. I'm disappointed that the Tom Thumb didn't make as much of an effort with urban design.


This is the closest store to my house, though. So I'll probably use it unless the traffic is insufferable. Prices seemed a little higher than the HEB I use in Midland but I liked the offerings. The WalMart on Beach is about 4 miles and this Tom Thumb is 3 miles.

#102571 Streetcar Circulator Update

Posted by AndyN on 23 April 2017 - 12:11 AM in Transportation

Yes, in 2012 the insurance rate was pretty high. The line did some improvements to the interlocking signal system and was able to further reduce the cost of the insurance although I can not tell you what the current rate is.


After checking with the former superintendent of this line, I have learned that the CSX speed limit is 35. I couldn't tell you what the limit is on the FWWR, but long story short, streetcars can cross railroads and they do.

#102543 Streetcar Circulator Update

Posted by AndyN on 21 April 2017 - 12:11 PM in Transportation

I didn't see posted speed limits and the last time I operated the streetcar in Tampa, the freight train that crossed was going faster than 10 mph. The suggestion that it can't happen is false.

#102534 Streetcar Circulator Update

Posted by AndyN on 21 April 2017 - 10:48 AM in Transportation

There's a fatal flaw of placing streetcars onto 7th Street, it's the at grade crossing of 7th with the FWWR rail line. The FRA and FTA will never ever allow it.


Not true. 3 examples of streetcars crossing railroads at grade:








#102585 Streetcar Circulator Update

Posted by AndyN on 23 April 2017 - 11:47 PM in Transportation

The streetcar will cross Paddock Viaduct before it crosses lancaster or 7th.

#103034 Gem on Samuels Ave. - The Garvey House

Posted by AndyN on 11 May 2017 - 12:35 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

What little I know of the house relocation is that it will be set on 5 feet of cribbing while the foundation is completed.

#103026 Gem on Samuels Ave. - The Garvey House

Posted by AndyN on 11 May 2017 - 10:01 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

When I drove by this property yesterday evening, I noticed that the house has been encircled with scaffolding and work has begun. I did not get a picture.

#107846 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by AndyN on 14 December 2017 - 10:33 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

So is the lexan painted to look like windows, or are the real windows visible through the lexan?


Lexan is a brand name of polycarbonate, a transparent plastic material. Not sure why you'd paint it.

#102127 St. Joseph's Hospital?

Posted by AndyN on 05 April 2017 - 09:23 AM in Local History

From the Handbook of Texas:


On this day in 1885, a fire destroyed the Missouri Pacific Hospital, the first in Fort Worth. The precursor of St. Joseph Hospital was founded in 1883 for railroad workers. In early 1885 Mother St. Pierrette Cinquin, mother superior of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio, agreed to have her order take charge of the hospital's nursing program. The hospital burned only a few months after the sisters arrived. The Missouri Pacific Railroad rebuilt it and continued to operate it until moving all patients to Sedalia, Missouri, in 1889. The railroad then sold the hospital to the sisters for $15,000. The institution was renamed St. Joseph's Infirmary and dedicated on May 12, 1889. Its name was changed to St. Joseph Hospital in 1930.



I read elsewhere that the fire started in the kitchen and a valiant effort was made with hand extinguishers. Apparently the nearest hydrant was dry, so even when the FWFD arrived, there was not much they could do to save the building. All hands available were removing the patients and contents of the building.

#104397 Trains, Streetcars, and Fort Worth's Past

Posted by AndyN on 24 July 2017 - 01:51 PM in Local History

I have a photo of my maternal grandmother in front of the Fostepco Heights Trolley





If you'd like to post it let me know. I'd be happy to host the picture on my domain if you don't have a storage space.

#107963 Hemphill/Lamar/Taylor Connector project ?

Posted by AndyN on 18 December 2017 - 12:14 PM in Transportation

Johnfwd, not sure if you recall that the bridge over Hemphill was built when I-30 was relocated south of the railroad in anticipation of the future tunnel. All they have to do is remove the dirt. The railroad is the tricky part where the tracks are being relocated to a shoefly and then bridges will be constructed.

#109004 Hemphill/Lamar/Taylor Connector project ?

Posted by AndyN on 16 February 2018 - 04:57 PM in Transportation

I don't see any evidence that the southernmost tracks have been cut out yet, but at least one of the shoefly tracks is in place. I'll look at it when I go home today. I usually take the Forest Park exit but the Lancaster is just as easy if the traffic isn't horrible.

#103584 High Speed Rail - Texas

Posted by AndyN on 09 June 2017 - 12:37 PM in Transportation

How's that for post moderation?


I think this HSR thread is appropriate place to discuss the Fort Worth-Dallas line.as it is not necessarily part of the TCR project. We can adjust as needed.