The Butler Branch
|Docket: 21450||1/25/1961||Section: 1(18)|
|Application for authority to abandon a portion of their Butler Branch extending from Columbia City, Ind., to Churubusco, Ind., a total distance of 7.81 mi., all in Whitley County, Ind.|
|Length: 7.810 miles||Citation:|
The old Eel River Railroad line, once part of the Vandalia, Pennsylvania Railroad, and even the Wabash Railroad at one time, you can see this line has a storied history. It even caused strife between Peru and Logansport during Wabash Railroad days when the railroad decided to abandon the tracks between Logansport and Chili and move their shops to Peru, eventually leading to a lawsuit and eventual PRR ownership. Abandoned in pieces over many years, but many traces still remain today. An interesting rumor had the mighty AT&SF, yes the Santa Fe, looking at the line from Logansport to Newton, Indiana(near Laketon) to buy and reinstall and use to connect with the mighty former Erie line from Newton to the East coast to make a REAL transcontinental railroad. ATSF owned the Toledo Peoria and Western line from Peoria to Logansport during the same era. Imagine Dash 9's and SD70's pounding the rails in Hoover, Mexico, North Manchester, and other small towns with double stack container trains destined for the East coast plying by at 60-70 MPH today. It almost happened! Today parts of this line are now walking trails in Logansport and I believe near Auburn.
This line also crosses another abandoned line at Chilli,IN. The Eel River line crossed over the Winona Rwy. Interurban line on a bridge there. I think the Winona Rwy. was abandoned sometime after 1951.