Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Toledo & Ironton’

Harvesting ‘Pumpkins’ in Michigan

June 17, 2021

BNSF is not the only railroad known for having orange locomotives. The Detroit, Toledo & Ironton had them, too. A trio of GP40-2 Nos. 419 and 410, and GP38AC No. 219 are in Flat Rock, Michigan, on March 23, 1981.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Action on North and South Ohio Rail Lines

May 28, 2021

Most rail lines in Ohio are oriented east-west and are dispatched as such. But even some rail lines that physically operate on a north-south orientation are dispatched as east and west rather than north and south.

This can be seen in Marion where former Chesapeake & Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroad routes come through town on a north-south orientation but are dispatched as east-west routes.

In western Ohio, a couple of rail lines are dispatched north and south. Shown above are some images made on the CSX Toledo Subdivision (former Baltimore & Ohio) and the Indiana & Ohio (former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton).

In the top image a southbound CSX auto rack train, the Q203, is approaching Hook-Watz Road north of Cairo, Ohio. It has just passed beneath a signal bridge visible in the distance that still holds a B&O color position light signal.

Next up is southbound steel train K596, which is moving from the north end of a lap siding at Cairo to the main.

Moving farther south, we find southbound manifest freight Q509 rolling along south of Wapakoneta. Note the B&O position signals in the distance. These are still several of them on the Toledo Sub.

Skipping even further south, we find the Q561 in Hamilton, Ohio, on the joint track used by CSX and Norfolk Southern.

Now let’s check out some I&O trains starting with a southbound that has just left the yard in Lima. It is crossing the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s Fort Wayne Line at Sugar Street.

We head back north to Ottawa where we find an I&O train getting off its own rails and onto the CSX Toledo Sub. The former DT&I is abandoned between here and Lima.

Not far down the road that same I&O train is passing the grain elevator complex in Columbus Grove. At one time, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown crossed the B&O here although the crossing was farther south from the grain elevator.

Finally, we end the series with an oldie. This southbound I&O train was captured on its own tracks south of Hamler on July 19, 2009, and was scanned from a slide.

You wouldn’t know this was the I&O from the motive power being used. In fact you might not think you were even in Ohio.

All the other images in this series were made this past April.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Cruising South in Columbus Grove

April 15, 2021

A southbound Indiana & Ohio manifest freight rolls southbound past the grain elevator in Columbus Grove, Ohio. The train is on the Toledo Subdivision of CSX.

It will leave CSX tracks in Lima and get back onto the original Detroit, Toledo & Ironton where it will tie up in the yard.

The original DT&I track between Lima and Leipsic has been abandoned except for a short stretch in Ottawa.

The image was made on April 13.

Ohio Rail Experience Announces 2020 Excursions

March 15, 2020

The Ohio Rail Experience has announced its trip lineup for 2020.

Tickets are now on sale for the Lima Limited of May 16 and 17, a full day excursion that will operate on each date between Springfield and Lima on the former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton.

Tickets are also on sale for the May 23 and 24 trips from Leipsic and Blissfield, Michigan, and return.

These trips will follow the former DT&I to Riga, Michigan, where the train will turn west on the

Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road (former New York Central Old Road).

There will be a two-hour layover in Blissfield.

On Sept. 5 the Blue Ash Flyer will board in Bond Hill and travel north through Norwood, Silverton and Blue Ash to the end of the line in Brecon.

The train will then reverse direction and make a two-hour stopover in Blue Ash.

Tickets for this excursion are expected to go on sale in late spring.

On the Sept. 6 the fireworks train will operate to the WEBN Cincinnati Bell Labor Day

Fireworks show that has been an end of summer tradition in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for more than 40 years.

The train will board at the Norwood Eagles Station and run down the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s Oasis Branch to the Montgomery Inn Boathouse where passengers can disembark for several hours to enjoy Riverfest and the Fireworks at 9 p.m.

After the fireworks the train will return to the Norwood Eagles Station. Tickets will go on sale in late spring.

Rare Mileage Trip To Cover ex-DT&I North End

July 26, 2019

The Ohio Rail Experience is offering a rare mileage trip in October on the north end of the former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton.

The trip on Oct. 12, will travel from Leipsic, Ohio, to Diann Tower near Dundee, Michigan, and return for a 134-mile roundtrip.

Tickets range from $40 to $80 per person. The trip time is seven hours.

Among the locations through which the train will travel are Hamler, the crossing of the

CSX Willard Subdivision; Malinta; Liberty Center; and Delta, where the tracks go over the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern,

The train will have a concessions car and an array of items available for purchase in the Queen City Tavern car.

More information is available and tickets can be purchased at

Excursion to be Offered on ex-DT&I on Sept. 10

August 8, 2017

Excursion train rides over the former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton in western Ohio will be offered on Sept. 10 between Lima and Jackson Center.

The 43-mile roundtrip excursions will leave Lincoln Park in Lima at 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and feature two diesel engines and six vintage coaches. Each excursion can accommodates 360 passengers.

Refreshments and souvenirs will be sold onboard. The Lincoln Park train exhibit will be open for free tours.

Ticket are $40 for adults and $25 for children (ages 12 and under). Tickets will go on sale on Aug. 8 at the Allen County Museum. Tickets can be ordered online and picked up on the day of the trip.  No credit card orders will be accepted after Sept. 4.

Tickets are good for the specified departure time and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

The train is not ADA accessible and the passenger cars do not have heat or air conditioning.

Boarding will begin 10 minutes prior to departure. The trips are being operated by the Cincinnati Railway Company.

All proceeds benefit the Allen County Museum, 620 W Market St, Lima OH.

For further information call 419-222-9426 or visit the website at

Do You Know Anything About This 1950s Era Steam Excursion on the DT&I?

January 8, 2016



I recently received an email message from a man with two photographs of a steam excursion that operated in the 1950s on the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton. The photos are shown above.

He is trying to find out the date that this excursion operated and where these images were made.

A makeshift tail sign on the rear of a New York Central observation car reads “Toledo Chapter, National Railroad Association.”

That group is a new one to me, but maybe there are some folks out there who might know something about it.

If you have any information, leave a message with this posting or send an email to

Photographs (c) JW Vigrass photo, Krambles-Peterson Archive


NS Southern H Unit Travels Quincy High Bridge

September 22, 2015

It took wet shoes and feet to get this image.

It took wet shoes and feet to get this image.

On Sunday I chased the morning trip of Norfolk Southern No. 3170 between Lima and Quincy.

Since being restored to a Southern Railway paint scheme earlier this year the SD40 has stayed near Chattanooga, Tennessee.

It was leased to pull the yearly fan trips between Lima and Quincy over former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton trackage that included traveling on the scenic Quincy High bridge.

The trips were sponsored by the Allen County Historical Society and were sold out. Operating the train was the Cincinnati Railway Company, which holds the rights to operate chartered passenger service on the Indiana & Ohio line.

Since catching this engine would normally mean a trip to Tennessee I made the drive over to Lima to get this rare move.

I had to wade through knee deep water across a small creek to get this view of the train on the bridge. I think it was worthwhile.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

First of two at Uniopolis.

First of two at Uniopolis.

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Leaving Lima for the trip south.

Leaving Lima for the trip south.

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DT&I Freight Station Demolished in Lima

April 20, 2015

The former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton freight depot in Lima was razed last week. The building had sat empty for several years and was last used as a sports bar and restaurant.

The depot was built by DT&I predecessor Ohio Southern Railroad and sat along Ohio Route 309 (Bellefontaine Avenue). The site may be incorporated in a grade separation project.

The DT&I was acquired by the Grand Trunk Western in 1980 and is now owned by Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary Indiana & Ohio.