Lima to Marion, OH
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A small portion of the ex-Erie track still exists, as a connecting track from the CSX Toledo Branch line, to the ex-NYC line, to serve the industrial park there. There was also eveidence of some new construction, as CSX appeared to be building another industrial spur off the ex-Erie main.
Parts of this line in the city of Kenton still exist. There are a few businesses still served by them. Imperial Bondware, a cup manufacturing company, uses a spur for tankers bringing in wax to coat the cups and for some shipping. Also, there is a foundry, a fuel storage tank farm, and a grain elevator served by the remains. Some trackage remains and is being used for rail car storage. The new construction is being built to serve a storage facility for wind turbines.
This line was very seldom used after a train derailed in the late 1970s due to the poor condition of the track. It struck a house and killed a 16 year old girl. The line was only minimally repaired, and eventually the only shippers were a couple of grain elevators who mostly shipped by truck anyways. Parts of the line, from Marion to Larue, have been turned into a rails-to-trails path. The parts in Hardin county did not due to concerns about litter and vandalism to farmer's fields.
Track between Kenton and Lima was used for car storage in 1979 1980 or so.. The diamonds in Lima at the crosing of the DTI were removed in late 1976 early 1977.