Posts Tagged ‘Indiana & Ohio’

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 Spring Excursions

March 14, 2021

The Ohio Rail Experience has announced that it will operate a series of excursions in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan starting May 15.

The first of those trips will run from Cincinnati to Greensburg, Indiana, on former New York Central trackage that was once part of the Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati route of the Big Four.

There will be a two-hour layover in Greensburg with limited dining options within walking distance of the Greensburg stop.

Other food and beverages will be available from the concession car onboard the train, the Queen City Tavern.

The trip is scheduled to take 10 hours. Tickets are $50 for economy coach, $65 for open window coach, and $85 for a deluxe coach.

Table class seating is priced at $200 to $350 and being sold in blocks to accommodate two or four people.

The train will depart at 9 a.m. from the boarding site in Cincinnati at 62 Thornton Ave.

On May 16, there will be three short trips of two hours each between Cincinnati and Dearborn County, Indiana, on former NYC track.

There will be no layover but concessions will be for sale in the Queen City Tavern car. Trains will depart at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for an economy coach, $30 for an open wind coach, $35 for a deluxe coach and between $60 and $180 for table class.

The Lima Limited between Springfield and Lima in Ohio will operate on May 22 and 23 for a 9.5-hour 140-mile roundtrip over the former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Middle Subdivision.

The tracks are now owned by the Indiana & Ohio, a Genesee & Wyoming property.

There will be a layover in Lima and a complimentary shuttle to Lincoln Park to view the railroad displays of the Allen County Historical Museum.

Tickets are $50 for economy coach, $65 for open window coach, $85 for deluxe coach, $85 and between $200 to $350 for table class.

On May 29 and 30 there will be 9.5 hour excursions from Leipsic, Ohio, to Blissfield, Michigan. The excursion includes a two-hour layover in Blissfield.

The train will travel former DT&I rails from Leipsic to Riga, Michigan, and former NYC tracks from Riga to Blissfield that are now owned by the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road.

There will be limited meal options in Blissfield within walking distance of the train stop. The Queen City Traven car will have concessions for sale.

Tickets are $50 for economy coach, $65 for open window coach, $85 for deluxe coach and $200 to $350 for table class.

More information and ticket purchases are available at

ORDC Wants to Help Rebuild ex-B&O Line

August 13, 2020

The Ohio Rail Development Commission has proposed helping an Ohio town build 30 miles of rail line that it owns.

The line extends from Greenfield, which owns the track, to Midland City and runs through Highland and Clinton counties. It is operated by the Indiana & Ohio.

The project would involve replacement of 20,000 ties, installation and tamping of ballast and replacement of grade crossing surfaces. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2021.

Some work would occur in a special flood hazard area of the East Fork Little Miami River in New Vienna.

However, ORDC expects the effect on the floodplain to be minor and result in no increase in local flood levels.

A final floodplain analysis will be made available on the ORDC website.

ORDC said in a news release that the project would ensure safe and efficient operation of trains over the line.

The Greenfield line is former Baltimore & Ohio trackage that was once part of the railroad’s route between Cincinnati and Washington.

PUCO Approves 3 Grade Crossing Projects

August 1, 2020

Three grade crossing projects were approved this week by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Norfolk Southern was directed to to install lights and gates at the Monroe Street/County Road 39 crossing in Huron County.

The Indiana & Ohio Railway was directed to install flashing lights and cantilever at the State Street crossing, and flashing lights and gates at the Deerfield Road crossing in Hamilton county.

The NS and IORY projects must be completed by July 29, 2021.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie was directed to install flashing lights and gates at the Baymere Avenue/Township Road 322 crossing in Stark County by April 29, 2021.

Federal funding will be provided for these projects.

PUCO Orders Grade Crossing Upgrades

July 21, 2020

Three railroads have been directed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to upgrade grade crossing safety devices in four counties.

Norfolk Southern will install lights and gates at the Township Road 1037 crossing in Ashland County by April 15, 2021, and modify and upgrade active warning devices at the Township Road 18/Gaskill Road crossing in Stark County by July 15, 2021.

CSX will upgrade lights and gates and install new crossing surfaces at the Cabintown Road and Hunt Road crossings in Morrow County by April 15, 2021.

Indiana & Ohio will install lights, gates and a new crossing surface at the Middle Pike/County Road 150 crossing in Auglaize County by April 15, 2021.

Federal funding will be provided for the projects, PUCO officials said in a press release.

PUCO Approves Upgrades for 5 Crossings

March 14, 2020

Five railroad grade crossings will get lights and gates as a result of action taken recently by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The projects must be completed by Dec. 11 and are funded in part by the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund.

Norfolk Southern will install LED lights at the County Road D and the Fulton Street crossings in Fulton County, and the Indiana and Ohio Railway will install lights and gates at the New York Avenue crossing in Lucas County.

IORY also will install lights and gates at the County Road M crossing in Fulton County and the East Hume Road/TR 144 crossing in Allen County.

2 Ohio Projects Get Federal Grants

March 14, 2020

Two Ohio projects are among those that have received funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

DOT announced that it has awarded $248.5 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program for state and local railroad infrastructure projects.

The program is administered by the Federal Railroad Administration and this year involved grants for 32 projects in 27 states.

In a news release, DOT said half of the grant funds went to rural projects, which have a 25 percent funding requirement under the program.

The Ohio Rail Development Commission received  $1.7 million to be used to rehabilitate 30 miles of track, including including ties, track surfacing and gauging, of a rail line between Greenfield and Midland.

The project will allow for increased speeds for trains of the Indiana & Ohio Railway on the former Baltimore & Ohio line.

Another grant of $4.7 million went to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority for multiple rail upgrade projects along the I&O’s Blue Ash and Oasis subdivisions in Cincinnati.

Those lines are owned by the transit authority.

The work include track upgrades to allow for 286,000-pound rail car loads on the Blue Ash Subdivision, and rail yard improvements and three bridge rehabilitation projects on the Oasis Subdivision.

In Michigan, Lake State Railway received $7.9 million to fund replacement of 30 miles of nearly 100-year-old jointed rail with continuous welded rail.

The work will also involve rebuilding switches, improved grade crossing circuitry, and resurfacing grade crossings primarily on the railroad’s Huron Subdivision.

G&W Shippers Spent $1.1B in New Facilities in 2019

March 13, 2020

Genesee & Wyoming said its shippers invested $1.1 billion in new projects in communities that it serves including two facilities in Ohio.

Those include a plant by AMG Vandium in Zanesville on the Columbus & Ohio River Railroad and a quarry expansion by Melvin Stone in Whitewater on the Indiana & Ohio.

In Remington, Indiana, on the Toledo, Peoria & Western, Vestas American Wind Technology created a railhead location.

In a news release, G&W said the news facilities across its system will support such commodities as grain, plastic pellets, lumber, paper, rock, and wind turbine components.

W&LE, I&O to Upgrade Grade Crossings

November 9, 2019

Two short line railroads will improve grade crossings in Clark and Crawford counties in Ohio.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing the Indiana & Ohio, and the Wheeling & Lake Erie to make the improvements.

The I&O will install lights and gates at the North Burnett Road grade crossings in Springfield by Aug. 6, 2020.

The W&LE was directed to install lights and gates at the Ohio Route 4 crossing in Crawford County by Aug. 6, 2020.

PUCO said federal funding will be provided for both projects.

PUCO Approves Grade Crossing Projects

October 5, 2018

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved grade crossing projects to be undertaken by CSX, Norfolk Southern, and the Indiana & Ohio.

In Montgomery County, CSX will install lights and gates at the Old Webster Road crossing in Vandalia.

The I&O will install the same equipment at the South Elm Street crossing in Washington Court House in Fayette County.

NS will upgrade circuitry and add advanced traffic preemption to the active warning devices at Lockbourne Road and Fairwood Avenue in Columbus. It also will install active warning devices at crossings in Putnam and Wayne counties.

All projects must be completed by Sept. 26, 2019, and will be funded by federal dollars from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund.