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There is still a viaduct over US 31 marked with the Penn Central emblem, near the Grissom Air Force Base.

Morgan Weldy
Bremen, IN
10/14/2012

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You can still pass over the tracks just west of Oak Hill High School at Converse Indiana. I think they continue from Marion to Converse.

David Warnick
Flora, IN
7/9/2013

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David, what you are seeing is part of the old C&O Railroad line which Winamac Southern Railway/US RAIL uses from Goodman Yard on Marion's West side(old Conrail yard)to Amboy. C&O and this former Pennsylvania Railroad line ran side by side from Marion to just outside of Converse until the Sweestser to Anoka section was removed back in the 1980's. C&O, later Csx abandoned their line except for the section from the old Marion Belt line on Goodman's East end to New Santa Fe(later truncated back to Amboy)and sold it to "Kokomo Railroad" operated by Central Railroad of Indianapolis and later owned by Kokomo Grain aka Winamac Southern Railway. The Anoka to Logansport section is still in and part of the line from Logansport to Kokomo which in itself was built together in the 1850's with the Anoka towards Marion line built later. This line from Anoka to Marion was once double tracked and serviced many small towns as well as the Grissom Air Force Base(nee Bunker Hill Naval Air Station). It featured a unique two story depot at Bunker Hill as well as interchange with the former NS Nickel Plate Road IMC line which today is known as the Nickel Plate Trail. Eventually the second track was taken up, but despite Penn Central and later Conrail's attempt at running off shippers, the line saw renewed use as run through freights from the Toledo Peoria and Western Railroad to Columbus, Ohio kept the line intact for awhile. After ATSF ownership of TP&W came to pass, Conrail quickly ended this arrangement to avoid any added competition on it's Eastern lines. There was an attempt to sell this and other Logansport "cluster" Conrail lines to the Pittsburg and Lake Erie Railroad at one time but this too passed without anything happening. Eventually no traffic moved except for a one weekend usage by the Logansport "Iron Horse Festival" before the remaining single track was removed. The Sweetser section was used for boxcar storage for many years and featured long strings of some neat Penn Central and NYC green boxcars. This section too was later pulled up to Goodman Yard's extreme West end and today is part of the Sweetser Switch Trail, connecting with the Cardinal Trail which picks up along the abandoned C&O line on the other side of Goodman and run's through Marion to Gas City and beyond in segments. The viaduct over US 31 for this line is only used by Peru Municipal Utilities to service power lines in the area. Much of it is intact, except for a few small segments that are plowed over or used by homeowners for driveways. Hard to believe this was a vital link between Chicago to Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during it's "Panhandle Railroad" days.

James Norwood
Logansport/Kokomo, IN
10/6/2013

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I Cross Over That rail Bed In Wabash County Indiana You Can Still See Where It Ran Towards Roann,IN On State Road 15 Really Sad That There Is No Rail Activity As There Used To Be In Indiana.

Joshua Lemler
Tippecanoe, IN
11/17/2014

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Joshua Lemler, the line you are referring too is different, it is the former Eel River Railroad line which ran from Logansport Northeast through Adamsboro, Mexico, Roann, North Manchester, and on towards Butler, Indiana. It has it's own interesting history including ownership by the Wabash, later Pennsylvania Railroad and eventual abandonment section by section over several decades. Part of it is now the "River Bluff Trail" in Logansport. Check out this for more info http://www.abandonedrails.com/Butler_Branch_(IN)

James Norwood
Logansport/Kokomo, IN
12/3/2014

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the Wabash Railroad didnt own the line i cross in Wabash County near Roann that is the Pennsylvnia Railroad.

Joshua Lemler
Tippecanoe,IN
3/31/2015

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Joshua, Let me correct one thing, the Wabash was leasing the line from the Eel River Railway starting in 1879 long before Pennsylvania Railroad's involvement. In or about 1890, the Wabash leased the Peru and Detroit Railway. This was built from the East end of the current NS yard in Peru towards Chili where a connecting track was built. The Peru and Detroit was the same line that eventually became the Winona traction company which later built further North towards Warsaw and Goshen. The Wabash leased the line to give it a direct way to Detroit. It attempted to abandon the line from Chili to Logansport causing an uproar with Logansport bondholders who took the Wabash to court in a long legal battle to revoke the Eel River's charter due to the lease to the Wabash. The Wabash would then use the line from Peru to Chili to access the Eel River line to Detroit. Eventually the bondholders won, the charter was revoked, lease ended and the locals started their own railroad called the Logansport and Toledo Railway whereas they quickly sold the line to the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1901. The Wabash continued to use the line until 1902 while they constructed their own line from Butler to New Haven/Ft. Wayne to access the remainder of their Wabash line from Butler to Detroit which NS still uses today. So YES Wabash didn't own the line proper, but did lease and use the line for over 20 years prior to the Pennsylvania Railroad's ownership. It makes me wonder how busy the Denver junction was since the Wabash was using the old Nickel Plate Road IMC line during part of that time also. I do know their were lots of egg shipped from there back in the day. Hope that helps. For more info check out this Wikipedia page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butler_Branch_(Indiana)

James Norwood
Logansport/Kokomo, IN
4/20/2015

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