Butler, Eel River RR 1958

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Butler, Eel River RR 1958

Post by cjberndt » Wed May 04, 2016 10:46 pm

This is looking east from Broadway on the north side of the Butler Company, immediately south of NYC's Airline, in 1958. The track in the grass was Wabash and connected to the Eel River RR in the middle of Broadway behind us. It carried more than 20 trains daily in the 1880s.

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Re: Butler, Eel River RR 1958

Post by Notch 8 » Thu May 05, 2016 7:56 pm

When was that last used as thru route ?

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Re: Butler, Eel River RR 1958

Post by cjberndt » Thu May 05, 2016 9:10 pm

PRR used the ERR as part of its line to Detroit

Butler (Broadway) to Auburn (Center St.) was abandoned in 1954, but service in that segment ended earlier, probably in 1952 or before. It was the first part of the 94-mile Butler-Logansport line to be abandoned.

Except in the 1880s-90's, the ERR never served any customers in Butler. It simply had a connection to the NYC or Wabash.

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Re: Butler, Eel River RR 1958

Post by D.L. » Fri May 06, 2016 3:16 pm

:D PC ran it into the 70's.

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Re: Butler, Eel River RR 1958

Post by cjberndt » Sun May 08, 2016 11:58 am

Conrail was the operator when the last major section, North Manchester-Mexico, was abandoned in 1977. Short sections served as industrial tracks in Columbia City and North Manchester until 1982 and 1984 respectively.

There are two miles of track still in place in Logansport, but it is disconnected from the TP&W as seen in the attached photo, so no trains can operate on it. The Logansport & Eel River Short-Line RR is the owner. I don't think it owns any equipment.

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