Lima to Marion
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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.