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    I happened to get a chance to get away from home for the past weekend, and I had some oppurtunities to get trackside.

    Tiffin, Ohio, is located on the CSX Willard Subdivision, between the hotspots of Fostoria and Willard. The Willard Sub is the former B&O mainline between Baltimore and Chicago. The Pennsylvania Railroad had a line going from Toledo to Mansfield, Ohio and the New York Central had a line streching from Sandusky to Springfield, Ohio. The PRR from Tiffin north towards Toledo is still in place, being served by a shortline, the Northern Ohio & Western. The rest of the PRR and NYC around here is abandoned. All three railroads paralled each other for about a half-mile (or about a kilometer) and crossed the Sandusky River on four seprate bridges (1 NYC, 1 B&O, 2 PRR).


    1. CSX train Q139 is heading towards Chicago near downtown on Saturday afternoon.

    2-3. The NO&W has a variety of power, including 4497 and a Central Kansas Railway GP7.

    4. This old PRR CPL still stands even though the mainline it was supposed to signal is now gone.
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    All shots from here on were taken Sunday morning

    5. This eastbound autorack train heads under the Sandusky Street overpass.

    6. This BNSF SD70MAC heads a eastbound freight.

    7. A CSX GP38-2 and a RLCX B39-8 lead a westbound freight over Washington Street/Ohio Route 100.

    8. This CSX SD50/UP Tunnel Motor lead another eastbound around the S-curves and are about ready to cross the Sandusky River.
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    9. This UP C40-8 pair lead double-stacks across the Sandusky River and past the ex-PRR CPL.

    10. This old B&O milepost was buried in foilage, so I cleaned around it and took a photo. The other side reads "W 24" (Willard, and C is Chicago)

    11. This sign was the marker for the boundaries of DTC blocks, which is now outdated technology on the Willard Sub.

    12. And to end this photo essay, another RLCX leaser leads a eastbound freight.

    If you happen to be traveling between Fostoria and Willard on Routes 18 and 224, feel free to stop and see some trains.

    CSX road freq. 160.230
    CSX DS freq. 161.520
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    Quote Originally Posted by dti407
    4. This old PRR CPL still stands even though the mainline it was supposed to signal is now gone.
    The PRR's signals were all yellow making them position lights or just "PL" for short. Conrail had rebuilt some with color aspects but I think it would be safe to assume that project never made it to the Toledo Branch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dti407
    11. This sign was the marker for the boundaries of DTC blocks, which is now outdated technology on the Willard Sub.
    DTC blocks are still mainted by CSX in the advent of a signal system failure or suspention. Although it is not very common it has happened a few times in the last couple years.

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    Thnks for the corrections RO. I'm always learning.
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    I remember seeing the signs for Tiffin when out fanning along 224 but never gave it a second thought of going there. Maybe next time I'll make that detour. Looks like a nice location to shoot.

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    Here is an interlocking map of Tiffin.

    http://broadway.pennsyrr.com/Rail/Pr...tlk/tiffin.gif
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    Nice catch on the old relic of a signal. That looks like it needs some TLC - in a museum perhaps - or a backyard....
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