Posts Tagged ‘Toledo Terminal Railroad’

Working for Conrail Now

November 26, 2021

Although still painted in its Toledo Terminal livery, switcher 9300 was working for Conrail at the time this image was made. The date is March 30, 1983.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Little Red Caboose

September 17, 2020

Can you guess who owns this caboose? Here is a hint. The photograph was made in Toledo on July 6, 1980. No. 90 belongs to the Toledo Terminal.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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.

Toledo Rail Bridge Being Dismantled

October 20, 2018

A high-profile but out-of-service railroad bridge in Toledo is being dismantled.

The bridge over the Maumee River adjacent to the Ohio Turnpike is being removed after the Wood County Port Authority was unable to give it away.

Known as the Upper River Bridge, it once carried the Toledo Terminal Railroad between South Toledo and Perrysburg Township.

A few components of the bridge will be preserved and displayed in a park being developed in South Toledo.

Trains haven’t used the 116-year-old bridge in more than 30 years and the tracks were earlier removed by CSX.

Officials said the steel on the bridge is expected to be removed by late December. The park is expected to open by June 1, 2019.

Officials considered using the 1,400-foot bridge as part of the Chessie Circle Trail that is being developed on part on former TT right of way.

But an engineering study determined that although the bridge could support the weight of pedestrians and bicyclists, it might not have been strong enough for use by emergency vehicles.

The structure of the bridge was found to be too poor to make restoration practical.

The Westside Corridor Coordinating Committee, a consortium of public agencies organized to develop the Chessie Circle Trail, is considering building a bridge in the footprint of the Upper River Bridge, but currently lacks the funding to do so.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Environmental Services determined in 2009 that the center swing spans of the Upper River Bridge were eligible for the National Register of Historic Places “as a surviving example of an uncommon type of bridge technology.”

The pivot mechanism built beneath those spans is rare and will be preserved and displayed in the park.

But officials are uncertain if the bridge was ever opened for river traffic because there is no evidence that motors or controls were installed.

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.