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#108232 Historic A Brandt Co Ranch Oak Furniture in Fort Worth. Early Factory and HQ?

Posted by AndyN on 08 January 2018 - 02:24 PM

Sanborn maps are an invaluable resource. Check out the top right corner of page 128 of the 1911 set:




Looks like the cutting edge haunted house site across the Lancaster (nee Front) from the T. But the yellow color indicates wood frame construction whereas I believe the current buildings are masonry.

#108070 Forum Posts and Personal Attacks Plus Staying On-Topic

Posted by AndyN on 27 December 2017 - 11:20 AM

I've noticed over the last few days that there have been some personal attacks on forum members within disucssions. This is a clear violation of forum rules. Normally, I have let everyone have a free reign around here, but if these comments continue, I will either sensor posts, close threads, delete posts, delete entire threads, or warn or ban individual members for forum rules violations. Please be nicer to each other, and if you have written something that you think might be taken out of context, edit your posts.

I still read every post on this board, but if I'm busy, then sometimes I let things slide. However, I will be reading and watching more closely over the next few weeks. I am not afraid to edit posts, suspend members, or outright ban members if this behavior continues. Please be careful in what you say on this board.

I also have a request in all of this, please try to stay on-topic. I know it is sometimes hard to do. Sometimes a comment is made that is off the subject that should have a response, and I don't have any problem with that. However, please try to keep the discussion on-topic. If you want to start a disussion on a tangent subject or something that has been mentioned within a post, please start a new topic.

Also, please try to search for a topic to see if it has already been started, if you are looking to start new discussions. Some time is spent every week merging threads of the same subject. Many of you say that you search for those discussions, but you can't find anything. You might try enclosing the name you are searching for with quotation marks. On many occasions, this will lead to results when I'm looking for previous topics when my first search does not turn up anything.


This seems like a good time to bump this post.

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#108052 TEX Rail project

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

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.

#107963 Hemphill/Lamar/Taylor Connector project ?

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

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.

#107848 TEX Rail project

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

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

#107681 Gov owned land downtown

Posted by AndyN on 07 December 2017 - 11:06 AM

I don't think you're phrasing that right. It's an agency authorized by the State of Texas but serves its member cities. http://www.statutes..../htm/TN.451.htm

#106756 TEX Rail project

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

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.

#106200 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 27 September 2017 - 03:16 PM

I think the house has been connected to utilities, the foundation has been completed and some paint has been touched up. I believe the house is going to be listed soon and the owner has applied for a zoning change with a historic overlay to prevent future threats to the structure. This picture is from last week before they painted the foundation trim.





#106192 TEX Rail project

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

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

#106111 The Dash bus connector

Posted by AndyN on 25 September 2017 - 04:01 PM

I feel like we've had this discussion before. LOL

#105970 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 19 September 2017 - 11:15 AM

Any proposal Fort Worth sends with Dallas will be seen as a Dallas proposal. Fort Worth would be much better off submitting its own proposal despite Amazon's request for one proposal per metro area.


Fort Worth used to anchor its own metro area, and is by far the largest U.S. city to not anchor its own census-defined metro area.


IMO, Fort Worth ought to be considered its own metro area.



Well apparently Frisco didn't get that memo because they've already produced a video including Jerry Jones touting Frisco. There's your regional effort.

#105837 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 15 September 2017 - 10:43 AM

I was under the impression that TRWD only acquired the land they needed for the bypass channel. I don't have time to fact check that information, but at the very least, La Grave field and the surrounding land is privately owned.


Edit: So is Panther Island Brewing at 501 N. Main.  I tried doing a georeference search for other area properties, but TAD's site isn't cooperating.


Edit 2: Scratch that on La Grave.  It is owned by the water district, but I believe the current proposal to field a team there calls for a private land owner to swap nearby land for the field with TRWD.


TRWD is probably the largest owner of property in the P.I. area. Followed by Panther Acquisition Partners, the current owner of LaGrave Field and nearby tracts. One of the larger parcels on the west side is still owned by Union Pacific/St. Louis Southwestern. I'm pretty sure they are willing to sell as they are no longer providing service to that site.


As others have reported, Jim Lane was longtime friends with Carl Bell and made arrangements for TRWD to buy several of Bell's tracts for above market rates when he was going through bankruptcy. But that is a matter for the politics page. The remainder of Bell's tracts including the ballpark went to his creditors who then sold to Panther Acquisitions. 


I'm sure Amazon could put together a sufficient sized tract to build a nice HQ.

#105697 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 12 September 2017 - 01:47 PM

Sorry for the double post, but rename asked about TRV funding.  I've gone back and read posts from last year and I'm unclear on where the funding stands. It sounds like it's been approved as part of one bill and appropriated in another omnibus spending bill.  After both bills were approved, there was mention that there was no guarantee the Corps passes up backlogged projects to fund TRV and that the money could disappear in future funding cuts.  My point was that funding still may be in limbo and I was concerned that the funding and construction timeline may not match up with Amazon's wants or needs.  More of a question than a statement.


I don't recall all the mechanics of the arrangement, but PI is full speed ahead regardless of funding. Tarrant Regional Water District has massive financial resources (why do you think the west side gang fought so hard to keep control?) and has been paying the bills for PI in anticipation of being repaid when federal funds and/or TIF money is available. I believe the majority of the delays are over now and we won't see any issues like with the bridge construction. At least I hope not.


As for transportation, the PI folks are actively planning for a transit line. Wouldn't take much to extend it to 9th and Jones Intermodal Station.


I think PI is a great suggestion for Amazon. Housing, office and amazing lifestyle all in a central location. I hope the CofC, the Mayor, and JD Granger get together with a knock it out of the ballpark proposal.

#104867 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 13 August 2017 - 09:04 PM

The house is down on the new foundation now and the artificial stone blocks are being installed and look great. I'll try to grab a picture this week.

#104736 The Dash bus connector

Posted by AndyN on 08 August 2017 - 02:43 PM

Man, it's about butts in seats. Identify where your riders are, where they want to go and connect the two places.


Battery ZEBs sound good, but what is the environmental cost of the total lifecycle of the batteries? Not sure what flavor battery they are going with but lithium titanate batteries were mentioned on one of the buses electricron linked to. Battery production has issues and then end-of-life recycling and/or disposal need to be looked at in the big picture.


Personally, I prefer ETBs, but I realize the T doesn't have a budget for that and many complain the overhead contact system is visual pollution..