Chasing the Y&S Was My Plan D for Monday

On the original PL&W east of Rogers, Ohio.

On the original PL&W east of Rogers, Ohio.

I had taken off work on Monday to chase the Nickel Plate Road No. 765 ferry move back west.  I was planning on chasing locally and westward as far as Bellevue or even Fostoria.

Well, it turned out that Norfolk Southern had a major derailment near Fort Wayne and the ferry move was cancelled for this week.

What to do?  Plan B, obviously, but chasing the 765 had been my plan A, B and C.  OK, time now for plan D.  I headed for North Lima (across the state from Lima where the 765 was built) to check on the Youngstown & Southern.

The power was missing which was a good sign. Now the question was which way did the train go?

Normally it will head north to Youngstown one day then south to Darlington the next.  I guessed south. The line is more scenic and I could backtrack if need be.

I guessed right as I caught the train returning around Negley. This trackage dates to 1852 at the earliest going through many incarnations until becoming the Pittsburgh, Lisbon & Western in 1896.

he PL&W didn’t reach Pittsburgh but terminated at New Galilee, Pa.; also, it never did build west of Lisbon.

The original Youngstown & Southern was built in 1902 as an interurban between Youngstown and Columbiana, Ohio. Later an extension was built to Leetonia and in 1936 a connection was built to Signal connecting with the PL&W.

All of these disparate lines were merged into the Youngstown & Southern in 1945.  By 1951 the electric operations had ceased and the remaining trackage was dieselized.

I chased the return trip over PL&W tracks, the new 1936 line, and the original interurban tracks back to North Lima.

On my way home I stopped by Midwest Steel in Youngstown.  This is an industrial concern that primarily scraps freight cars and has two switchers.

I saw on the property an ex-Conrail SW1 still in blue paint and a former Providence & Worcester SW1200. The SW1200 was switching today. This trackage is inherited from another Youngstown area short line, the Youngstown & Northern.

The northernmost part includes the diesel shop that is owned by LTEX. The middle part has been abandoned and the south end has morphed into a giant scrapping operation.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

A scenic view near Rogers, Ohio.

A scenic view near Rogers, Ohio.

The Route 558 overpass on the newest 1936 built Columbiana-Signal connection.

The Route 558 overpass on the newest 1936 built Columbiana-Signal connection.

The original Y&S former interurban at Columbiana. The short siding was not for freights but for the interurban cars.

The original Y&S former interurban at Columbiana. The short siding was not for freights but for the interurban cars.

The former Y&N is now Midwest Steel at Youngstown.

The former Y&N is now Midwest Steel at Youngstown.

 

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