Delphos to Dayton

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This abandoned railway line was built starting in 1879 as a narrow-gauge railroad, the Toledo, Cincinnati, and St. Louis Railroad. It was completed by 1883. It was bought by the CH&D, who then converted it to standard gauge.

In 1904, the CH&D extended the railroad north to intersect another one of CH&D's lines, the Cincinnati, Findlay, and Fort Wayne Railroad, that ran from Findlay to Ft. Wayne, Indiana (also abandoned, see Fort Wayne, IN to Findlay, OH.) In 1916, the Baltimore and Ohio bought the railroad, and removed the connection to the CF&FW.

In 1923, the B&O abandoned the rest of the line. Today, because it was abandoned early in the twentieth century, not much remains, and most of the right of way has been reclaimed by agriculture.

Thanks to Aaron M. for contributing information about this route.

There is still evidence of the line if you know where to look. Through the Englewood area there is high power lines running on the right of way. A lot of neighborhoods built over the right of way but the power lines follow the route.

Behind O.R. Edgington Elementary School there is a treeline/fenceline that shows the right of way. Back in the 1980's there was a remnant of an abondoned sign there.

Brian Spirito
Englewood, OH
6/8/2012

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I recently read a written history of Englewood, OH (where I grew up) that stated this line was sold by the CH&D in 1922 to the Ringling Bros. and was little used until it's abandonment in 1927.

I know of a few stations that have been converted to houses. There is one in Union on Martindale Rd. next to the basketball courts. Another is in Pleasant Hill next to the grain elevator. North of Union there is Pigeye creek and there are still some bridge abutments in place on private property where the railroad came through.

Brian S.
Troy, OH
5/26/2013

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Brian, According to the information that I found, this line was purchased by the Ringling Bros. in 1917 when the C.H.& D. was sold due to foreclosure. It operated as the Dayton, Toledo and Chicago until it folded in 1922. The iron rails were taken up for scrap, sometime in 1923.

This line is of particular interest to me since it is pretty much the reason for my hometown's (Osgood, Ohio)existence.

Dale
Maria Stein, OH
6/18/2013

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Thanks for the info. I wouldn't even know the names of towns like Yorkshire and Osgood if it wasn't for studying this railroad line.

Brian S.
Troy, OH
8/3/2013

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This line ran through my yard on Honeybrook Ave.. There are rail ties on the eadt side of Northview Park, near the power lines.

Billd
Dayton, OH
8/5/2014

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About 223 feet of this old line runs through the back part of my property. You can still see a rise in the land on both sides of where the foundation for the tracks where. I dug around the area so see what I could find. Didn't find much but the dirt is black and rocky, reminiscent of the track material.

Ty
Englewood, OH
1/31/2016

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I grew up living by the still active part of the old line...This was in the 50's and 60's...If you are familiar with Dayton Ohio what was left of this line serviced the old Inland GM plant...It is gone to..That line came off of a place called Stillwater Junction and went north from there..

Vernon Slone
Henderson, NV
8/1/2016

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I agree with Brian S., there is evidence in my area also if you know where to look. Just north of Covington, Ohio, on the east side of State Route 48, you can still see a very prominent and obvious hill marking the former right of way. This hill runs through a cow and horse pasture. Pretty cool that it's still there nearly 100 years after abandonment. Also, there are some property lines and fence rows between farm fields at a diagonal (unusual here) that follow the old right of way, northwest of Covington.

Allen K.
Covington, OH
10/6/2016

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I read some articles (via newspapers.com) about the DT&C. A lot more info than I'll relate here, but here are some highlights.

John Ringling bought it on Jan. 4, 1918 from the CH&D trustee. On that day operation was also discontinued from Delphos to East Mandale.

On July 31, 1922 the Miami County court ordered the entire DT&C shut down, from Stillwater Jct. to Delphos. 200 employees lost their jobs. B&O had kept ownership of Dayton to Stillwater Jct, but all DT&C trains originated and terminated in Dayton. The railroad was shut down due to poor condition of its tracks, bridges and finances. Exacerbating this were the coal and rail strikes at the time.

Industries served at abandonment included the Northwestern Ohio Coal Co., Delphos; the Delphos Bending Co.; the Ames Bending Co., Celina; the Longnecker Gravel Co., Pleasant Hill (approx. 2000 cars/year); the Myers and Patty Elevator Co., Pleasant Hill, and a livestock & food products company at Englewood.

In Aug. 1922 all equipment was moved to the road's Celina shops for disposition. Its terminal facilities in Dayton were rented from the Dayton & Union RR.

Intriguingly, in August 1922 the Pennsylvania RR studied the possibility of acquiring the DT&C. With a force of 300 men and 30 days (not including time spent on bridge work) it would have rehabbed the DT&C into a direct PRR line between Dayton and Chicago via Delphos and Fort Wayne, connecting on the south end via a new connection at Stillwater Jct. This route would have been about the same mileage as the then-existing trackage rights on the B&O into Dayton.

On Sept. 8, 1922 Erie RR announced its intention to remove the diamonds at Spencerville and eliminate three signal men there. At that point the B&O had already removed the crossing over the PRR at Stillwater Jct.

In November 1922 engineers hired by a W.F. Denny of New York City examined the railroad. Mr. Denny had expressed interest in reopening the line.

On Dec. 27, 1922 the ICC approved the DT&C's receiver's abandonment petition.

On Feb. 17, 1923 the bid of the West Virgina Rail Co. was accepted by the county court for scrapping the line, with removal scheduled to begin March 1, 1923.

Steve
East Lansing, MI
6/5/2018

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