Fall Foliage and Street Running

Hickory Street in Warsaw, Indiana, is famous for two blocks of street running on the Marion District of Norfolk Southern, which many railfans still like to call the Marion Branch.

A street project that wrapped up earlier this year changed the traffic patterns on Hickory for vehicles but not for trains. The street is now one lane northbound only with the other lane devoted to on-street parking.

Last Friday I chased the 13Q from Goshen to Warsaw with the objective of getting some fall foliage and street running. There were no colorful trees on Hickory itself, but a pair of tees with gold leaves were visible on Fort Wayne Avenue. The latter comes into Hickory at an angle on the north end of the street running at the crossing of East Main Street.

The 13Q, which was led by a Canadian National unit and had a CN unit on the rear as a DPU, is shown in the top image. However, the first train I saw run down the street was the 14J, whose rear is shown about to clear the street running in the bottom image.

Note that in theory through vehicles are prohibited on the tracks and in the easternmost lane. But during my time waiting for trains I saw a number of vehicles straddle the rails while waiting at the stop light to make a left turn onto Fort Wayne Avenue.

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One Response to “Fall Foliage and Street Running”

  1. Gary Newman Says:

    A good place to wait for the trains might be at the Goshen College campus in Goshen.
    This is on the south end of the Goshen City limits.
    The location is at the tee intersection of State Road 15 (south main street) and College Avenue in Goshen.
    The track crosses College Avenue one block off of Main Street.
    I grew up in the third house east of the tracks on the south side of College Avenue in the 1950’s-60’s.
    I watched many trains pass our house during that period including the very last few steam engines.

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