At the upper center of the photograph is the depot and switching tower. One tower watchman may have been a man named L.C. Fortney. Two people can be seen standing on the loading platform in the front of the depot. In July, 1911 O.W. Yahney took days off from the tower due to sickness. D.R. Spoon covered his third shift at the tower in the meantime.
The Forest railroad yards showing the
Until 1892 this was the site of the Scott House hotel. In 1927, the Ticket Office and part of the Dickelman Manfacturing Co. was destroyed when a wreck occurred burning down the Ticket Office and destroying some of the Dickelman buildings. The Forest Hotel is the building to the right in the photograph.
The west bound Pennsylvania Flyer wrecked at the crossing of the Big Four and Pennsylvania on November 24, 1916. Between that time and the publication of the next Review-Advertiser (30 Nov 1916) the entire scene had been cleaned. "Not even a splinter, misplaced gravel stone or piece of stone ballast" was left to reveal that a wreck had occurred. The east-bound No. 1136 usually passed thru Forest from 70 to 85 miles an hour. This time it derailed tearing up 300 feet and digging a trench four feet deep before coming to a stop after "knocking in the door" of the Forest Hotel. There were three sleepers, two day coaches, a combination car and a mail car. No one was injured beyond scratches. The engineer was H.E. Wagner of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The conductor, C.C. Maines, was from Ft. Wayne also. One unidentified passenger was asleep, but was awakened, thought the train had stopped, so rolled over and went back to sleep. Operator Frank Miller was operating the tower. An explanation offered for the wreck was that lights on the distance signals were misread due to a "regular blizzard.", the signals did not show a clear track, and the operator didn't have enough time for braking. Landlord Norris of the Forest Hotel was awakened with the noise of the wreck. Frank Miller was quoted as saying, "This is the second time an engine has made for the tower as though to get me. I suppose the next time they'll get me."
In September, 1910 railroad men installed a signal system on the Pennsylvania railroad that would be far superior to anything used by railroads to date. A
Coal yards were also common around railroads during the steam era. The G.W. Fox Coal Yard was sold to the Sanderson Brothers in January, 1915. Then John Wier opened a coal yard south of the Stock Yard in 1917. It sold White Ash lump and Virginia Splint coal. It was during the First World War so conditions in the coal market forced Wier to get cash up front. Weir was getting his coal from Ohio, Virginia, and Kentucky. George Thakler was manager of the Forest Coal Yard in 1920.
S.H. Poling was in the coal business. Art Harris leased the Wilson Coal Yard which was operated by Harry Turner in 1936. Harris handled Paragon Red Ash coal and also bought hay and straw to sell in small quantities retail. His father, James Harris, was employed to help. He operated as Harris Coal Yard.
Edna Harris of the Harris Coal Co. placed an ad in The Forest Review in September, 1938 indicating that the company would continue to operate the coal yard in Forest. Why this notice was placed is unknown.
Land belonging to the New York Central railroad company and some land at the John F. Ash Coal Yard was needed to straighten a curve on SR53 in 1950. The same month ground was broken for four new 30,000 bushel cement grain silos erected by Forest Grain & Supply Co. between Martin and Davis streets on the site of the former stock yards along the Pennsylvania railroad.