Posts Tagged ‘Ashland Railway’

Catching Up With the Ashland

April 29, 2020

On Monday I chased the Ashland Railway train from Willard to Shelby. The motive power was 9166, a NW2R, and 2022 and 2023, both GP38-2s .

I got it at Willard at either milepost zero or 294 depending on what subdivision you are on.

I also photographed the train passing the old Baltimore & Ohio station at Plymouth and a bridge south of town.

Finally, I caught it passing the old power plant at Shelby Ohio.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Ashland Gets Grant for Yard Expansion, Track Work

March 24, 2020

The Ashland Railway has received a grant from the Ohio Rail Development Commission to expand its yard in Mansfield.

The $735,882 grant will also be use for track repair on its route to Willard.

The $1.4 project involves installation of about 3,000 feet of new track and seven turnouts; ultrasonic rail flaw detection on 23 miles of the Willard line; and replacement of rail identified as defective by the rail test.

The RDC said in a news release the project calls for reconnecting stub-ended tracks and extending several yard tracks to improve the efficiency of rail-car switching and blocking, as well as increasing usable car storage.

The work will increase capacity of the yard by 80 rail cars.

“The yard rehab project will add much needed carload space, which will allow Ashland Railway to overcome a capacity problem that has been an issue in the past,” said Bob Thompson, an ASRY roadmaster.

New Signals Set for Shelby Diamond

March 21, 2016

New block signals have been placed at the diamonds in Shelby where the CSX Greenwich Subdivision (former Big Four) crosses the Ashland Railway (former Baltimore & Ohio).

A field report said that the signals are in place but bags are still over the signal heads.

They are slated to replace color position light signals on the Ashland and former New York Central-style signals on CSX.

There it Was Just Sitting There

November 19, 2014



After reading an online report as to the whereabouts of Norfolk Southern 8105, the Interstate heritage locomotive, I decided to make a detour last Saturday on my way to Marion to give a presentation to the railfan society there.

The 8105 was reported to be sitting in Willard since Thursday on the Ashland Railway after coming off CSX as train K525.

Reportedly, the train would leave for Mansfield on Sunday morning to be loaded at AK Steel before returning to be interchanged to CSX.

But on Saturday I found the 8105 and its train snoozing near the Willard hospital and behind an R.R. Donnelley plant.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

NS Interstate H Unit Runs on the Ashland

November 18, 2014



Of late the Ashland Railway has been running coil steel trains between CSX at Willard to AK Steel at Mansfield.  This train has been using Norfolk Southern power instead of the Ashland’s own locomotives.

Last Sunday, the NS Interstate heritage unit led this train from Willard.  I tried chasing but due to a late start I only got the train coming into Mansfield.

It delivered its train of empties to the mill and tied down.  According to another fan it was expected to return to Willard on Monday.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon