Erie Lackawanna in Northeast Indiana


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Looking west down the Erie Lackawanna right of way near
Uniondale, Indiana in 2001



The Erie Lackawanna Railroad has now been gone for over 1/4 of a century, which is much longer than it ever existed.  Unfortunately, scenes like the above photo are all that I have ever known of the EL, as I was just 5 years old when the last EL train passed through Indiana.  With these pages, I hope to document what is left of the Erie Lackawanna mainline in northeastern Indiana as it slowly slips into oblivion.

There are 5 short sections of rail left in Indiana:  a small section in Decatur, Laketon to Bolivar, Rochester to US 31, and Monterey to North Judson.  A 5th segment is a short remant of the south track just northwest of the Broad St. crossing in Griffith.  This was part of the shared C&O right of way between Hammond and Griffith.  The Decatur segment is probably the most used section of the remaining 5.  The rest of the EL rail in Indiana has been pulled up and the right-of-way given back to mother nature.  Some has been reclaimed by farmers while other sections are now office buildings or parking lots.  Still, if you look close enough at these locations there are some subtle signs of where the EL once passed through.

Map of the Erie Lackawanna's route across Northeast Indiana

(click on the individual county or use the text links below)

Adams County
Fulton County
Huntington County
Wabash County
Wells County


Erie Lackawanna West End Operation - Train schedules, station listing, and a track diagram.



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