Still Standing Though Fading

The Nickel Plate Road became a fallen flag in 1964 when it was acquired by the Norfolk & Western.

Yet a vestige of the Nickel Plate continues to stand in Frankfort, Indiana, although the affects of weather and age have faded it.

Shown is the former coaling tower in the yard, which has been out of service since the late 1950s but continues to bear the NKP herald.

Coaling towers are massive structures and the cost of razing them has probably ensure that some continue to stand decades after they ceased to serve a useful function.

Frankfort once hosted two former components of the Nickel Plate, the Lake Erie & Western and the Clover Leaf.

Lines of both railroads are still in place east of Frankfort, but the former Clover Leaf route to St. Louis has been abandoned west of town.

The tracks in Frankfort are now part of the Frankfort District of Norfolk Southern.

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