Historical Images of Porter County

Goodrum Junction Car Barn
Liberty Township, Porter County, Indiana

Date: March 19, 1913
Source Type: Photograph
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Air Line News
Postmark: Not applicable
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: The Goodrum Junction Car Barn was constructed as a temporary facility for the Goshen, South Bend & Chicago Railroad and the Valparaiso & Northern Railway along the Air Line Railroad. On January 18, 1918, a fire heavily damaged this structure; however, it remained as a functioning car barn until 1927 and the opening of the car barn at Valparaiso by the Gary Railways. The Air Line Railroad was incorporated in April 1906 with the vision of constructing a rail line from New York to Chicago along a 742 mile route, which was considerably shorter than any existing routes at the time. A section between LaPorte and Gary was completed, but the full route to New York was never constructed due to financial issues. The Goodrum station was located at the intersection of the interurban feeder routes arriving from Valparaiso and Chesterton, thereby feeding Gary and LaPorte with passengers from northern and southern portions of Porter County.

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