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This article appeared in the JD Tower Issue of the Bull Sheet, April 1992

Parties in 'The Park'

By Allen Brougham

A stretch of land on the opposite side of the tracks from JD Tower was once a streetcar line. Now it serves as a right-of-way for an electric power line. A clear space has been kept trimmed, and its use for picnics by members of the railfan community during warmer weather weekends is now legendary.

I could not attend their parties, of course, although I was always amply able to get a share of bounty from the grill.

There was one occasion when I did get to attend a picnic, though, and it happened on Labor Day this past year (1991)...

Since no other trains were running, the dispatcher told me I could go home early.

I told him I would be attending a party.

Two minutes later, I did.