Out in western Butler County where I like to ride the wing there are several large railroad trestles that carry lines that I believe used to serve Fernald among other locations. In exploring satellite images of the line I discovered that it terminates at one end around Paddy’s Run near the Great Miami River, and appears to have gone over the bridge that used to cross near the park where the Cincy Paddlers trips take out.
Following the lines the other way, I can see that they make their way all the way up to Richmond, IN. Much to my surprise, I discovered that they cross what I think is a CSX main with a diamond not far from Richmond. Seeing as I’d never seen a diamond in person, I decided to go exploring. It was a fun trip! I hope to get back up there one day when the I&O is operating and maybe chase them and get some more images.
In another few minutes of free time the other day, I decided to check out an abandoned railroad building I spotted recently. I originally thought it was an old station, but looking trackside, it didn’t seem to have a platform or track access. I concluded it was some kind of depot building rather than a station.
It would be a neat location for a photoshoot eh? Check out the pictures:
As I was out running errands today, I stopped by the post office and was surprised to see that they had pulled up the tracks running along side. I knew the tracks weren’t getting much use, but it was kind of depressing to see them gone. It’s funny, but these are the same tracks I spotted the work vehicle on just a couple of weeks ago.
Wondering a bit about who’s tracks they were and where they connected, I looked into the maps a bit. Turns out that these tracks where part of the large loop spur that branched of the old Baltimore and Ohio, now CSX main that runs northwest. The spur crossed Main St. and then Eaton Ave before heading back down toward the river and Champion paper. The wide angle shot in the slide show below is looking south toward the main line. Although it’s not easily visible, about mid line in the shot is the remains of the short spur that branches off east into what I think used to be a scrap yard. The switch is gone, but the rails into the small yard remain.
Considering that the mill is long closed and while being redeveloped, won’t be industrial any more, I guess it’s no wonder that it’s time to pull up the tracks. I wonder what happened to the red and black engine we used to see moving box cars around near Champion.
Here’s a database of pictures of the Great Miami (GMRY) line that used to run these rails.