Posts Tagged ‘Toledo Ohio’

Catching Some ‘Annie’ in Toledo

October 6, 2021

Ann Arbor GP35 No. 393 is in Toledo on Aug. 24, 1977. It was built in June 1964 and later worked for the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay as well as the Great Lakes Central.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Working for Conrail at the Time

July 30, 2021

At the time this image was made, this Canadian National unit was leased to Conrail. It is working in Stanley Yard in Toledo on Oct. 14, 1977.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Crash that Killed 2 Halts NS Chicago Line Traffic

June 8, 2020

Rail traffic on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern was halted for several hours on Sunday afternoon after a grade crossing incident that killed two near Toledo and involved two NS trains.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman said the two deaths occurred in a pickup truck that drove around a downed crossing gate at the crossing of Holland-Sylvania Road near Angola Road on the Toledo-Springfield Township border.

The pickup was struck by westbound NS train 25N which pushed the truck into the front of eastbound 18M, which was stopped at the time.

The 18M was being led by NS 8104, the Lehigh Valley heritage locomotive.

Police said the pickup truck caught fire after the collision and firefighters were called to extinguish the blaze.

The crash occurred about 1:45 p.m. The 18M was stopped at the scene until 6:30 p.m. and roads in the vicinity remained blocked until 7:15 p.m.

Authorities said debris from the truck was strewn along the right of way.

The victims were not initially identified. Police said the victims died at the scene and alcohol is not thought to have been a factor in the incident.

The truck was headed northbound on Holland-Sylvania before the crash.

Working in Toledo

February 6, 2020

Detroit & Toledo Shore Line GP7 No. 50 leads a train in Toledo on July 20, 1982. This unit was built by EMD in February 1953.

It would later join the roster of the Bay Colony Railroad, a short line based in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

At the Bay Colony it would initially wear roster number 1501 before being rebuilt into a GP8 and being renumbered 1701. It now wears number 1750.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Michigan Railroad Club to Meet Wednesday

February 2, 2020

A program about the railroads of Toledo will be featured at the February meeting of The Michigan Railroad Club.

The club meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave, in Dearborn, Club Room No. 1.

The program, titled, Toledo Railfanning will be presented by Mark Cowles and will take a look at railroads and boats.

The meeting is expected to end by 9 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

The club has program slot opening for 2021 and is soliciting presenters.

When Stanley Yard Still Had a Hump

January 23, 2020

I’ve only photographed Stanley Yard in Toledo once and that was one of those outings where I was out to get one thing and happened to get a few others along the way.

Stanley was built by the Toledo & Ohio Central in the early 1900s and later served New York Central, Penn Central, Conrail. It is now owned by CSX.

CSX tried closing Stanley in early 2004 but had to reopen it when the freight congestion in nearby yards became too much.

In March 2017 CSX closed the hump at Stanley, which can be seen above although at the time I was there it was idle.

At right is a Canadian National transfer run that is arriving off the former Toledo Terminal on May 13 2012.

Once Upon a Time on the Toledo Terminal

November 19, 2019

It’s lettered for Penn Central, but at the time this photograph was made it was owned by Conrail. And this switcher is operating on tracks of the Toledo Terminal Railroad. The scene was captured on July 20, 1982, well after Conrail had taken over the rails and rolling stock of the former PC.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Hallett Tower in Toledo Has Closed

September 7, 2019

The Ann Arbor crossed the Toledo Terminal at Hallett Tower on the north side of Toledo. This image was made in March 2013 and is looking north on the Ann Arbor.

Hallett Tower in Toledo closed on Friday, its dispatching duties having been shifted to a Watco Companies office in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Hallett, which once controlled the crossing of the “back side” of the former Toledo Terminal (now CSX) and Ann Arbor Railroad was the last interlocking tower still open in Toledo.

Until its closing, operators at Hallett had dispatched the AA from Osmer (north of Ann Arbor, Michigan) to Toledo.

That territory included a combination of centralized traffic control and track warrants.

Last April control of the interlocking controls at Hallett had been shifted to a CSX dispatching office in Jacksonville, Florida.

That change coincided with the replacement of signals by CSX at the junction.

Hallett Tower, located off Matzinger Road on the north side of Toledo, was the last interlocking tower still operating in Ohio.

“We used to hang orders for every northbound and southbound train on [what is now] CSX, and on the Ann Arbor we gave northbound trains orders while southbounds gave us their consists” — lists of their trains’ cars that were then given to yardmasters in nearby Ottawa Yard, said Larry Bohland in an interview with The Blade newspaper of Toledo.

Excluding drawbridge towers, as recently as 1994 there were eight open interlocking towers in Toledo controlling railroad junctions.

John Vance, the Ann Arbor general manager in Toledo, said that Hallett survived because neither the Ann Arbor, which owned the tower nor CSX, which paid two-thirds of its operating costs under a decades-long operating agreement, had a significant incentive to replace it.

Besides, the Ann Arbor would need dispatchers when it was spun off from the former Michigan Interstate Railroad in 1985 so Hallett Tower was tapped to serve that purpose.

Vance told the Blade that the tower building will remain standing for now to provide storage for the Ann Arbor’s signal department.

He said Watco is open to the idea of donating all or part of it to a museum.

Drawbridge Tower in Cleveland is still open with operators there raising and lowering the lift bridge over the Cuyahoga River under the direction of NS dispatchers in Atlanta, who also line the switches and signals there.

The four operators at Hallett were given the opportunity to transfer to the Kansas office, but all elected instead to take a severance payment.

NS Wants to Remove Bridge in Toledo

January 24, 2018

A bridge over the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern in Toledo that is often used by railfan photographers may be coming down soon.

The railroad has offered to the city of Toledo to remove the bridge at no expense to the city.

The bridge, which is located at the west end of Central Union Terminal, now know as Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, is no longer open to vehicular traffic, but is used by pedestrians.

An NS government affairs officer told the Toledo City Council that the bridge presents a problem if the tracks need repair.

“The underlying track bed that the trains ride on top of is limited for maintenance because you’re unable to do any sort of raising of the underlying track bed at the location because of the tightness of where the bridge is,” he told the council.

Councilman Peter Ujvagi asked that the vote be delayed until he has the opportunity to meet with residents of the neighborhood who use the bridge.

Councilman Tyrone Riley expressed general concerns about NS bridges in the city, saying they need maintenance and are “in very deplorable condition.”

Kristin Cousino, a senior engineer with the City of Toledo, agrees with Riley. “[NS has] been reluctant to do so to the standards that the city will like.”

Historic Toledo RR Bridge Available for Free

January 5, 2018

If you’ve driven on the Ohio Turnpike past Toledo you’ve probably seen an abandoned railroad bridge over the Maumee River alongside the highway.

It once carried the tracks of the Toledo Terminal Railroad, which made a loop around Toledo. It was in its day the only complete railroad beltway in the country to form a complete loop.

Now The Wood County Port Authority and the Ohio Department of Transportation have a deal in place that will allow the bridge to be removed.

The agreement, which also includes the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, requires the bridge to be documented and, if possible, reused.

The bridge was built in 1902 and in its current condition cannot be used for railroad, highway or even trail uses. CSX conveyed it to the port authority in 2011.

The port authority is willing to give the bridge to a community or park system if they will place it somewhere else.

ODOT has agreed to preserve the spans before and after they’re removed. The swing spans are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places because they are an example of an uncommon type of bridge.

A commemorative plaque and display about the bridge and railroad will be placed near its present site and parts of the bridge could be used along the Chessie Circle Trail.

Before the bridge is removed, it will be documented using Historic American Engineering Record standards. So far, no one has come forward to claim the bridge.