IORY and CF&E northwest quadrant connection in Lima

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IORY and CF&E northwest quadrant connection in Lima

Unread postby Bellevue_Guy » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:23 pm

Anyone know if this is up and running yet? I recently saw one of Scott T's videos from late last year that showed construction progress was underway at that time.

This connection will greatly increase the efficiency of interchange between these two G&W railroads, as it will provide for fluid moves between the CF&E yard (which is west of the diamond) and the IORY yard (which is north of the diamond)

The current connection is in the southeast corner. Anyone know when that was built and why it was built in that corner? I would imagine it dates back to at least the Henry Ford era of the DT&I.
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Re: IORY and CF&E northwest quadrant connection in Lima

Unread postby JoJames » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:55 pm

The northwest connection was completed in late 2019
The southeast connection was also rebuilt.
The southeast connection was used at the start of ConRail to access the refinery when the Erie Lackawanna no longer was a through route.
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Re: IORY and CF&E northwest quadrant connection in Lima

Unread postby Standard Railfan » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:01 am

The connection between the the PRR and DT&I in the southeast quadrant has existed since 1899 according to the Sanborn maps.
The tower at this crossing was called Sugar Street.

https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4084lm.g4084lm_g067641899/?sp=1&q=Lima%2C+Ohio+&r=0.002,0.01,1.017,1.015,0
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Re: IORY and CF&E northwest quadrant connection in Lima

Unread postby heartlandguy » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:17 pm

The northwest connection at Sugar Street is indeed in service. It sees CF&E's interchange run to I&O's Ford Park Yard multiple times a week (typically in the mid afternoon but that's not set in stone), along with grain trains to the ethanol plant on the I&O south of Lima.

The original southeast connector was also rebuild and broadened before being put back into service, though I have not seen a move on it yet.
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Re: IORY and CF&E northwest quadrant connection in Lima

Unread postby Y@ » Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:45 am

SE connection has been done for some time but was never placed back in service. My guess is it will remain OOS until the power switches go in sometime this spring/summer/whenever.
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Re: IORY and CF&E northwest quadrant connection in Lima

Unread postby heartlandguy » Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:07 am

Y@ wrote:SE connection has been done for some time but was never placed back in service. My guess is it will remain OOS until the power switches go in sometime this spring/summer/whenever.


Ah, interesting stuff, didn't know it was still considered OOS. Thanks for the update.

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Re: IORY and CF&E northwest quadrant connection in Lima

Unread postby JoJames » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:51 pm

Y@ wrote:SE connection has been done for some time but was never placed back in service. My guess is it will remain OOS until the power switches go in sometime this spring/summer/whenever.


Are the northwest transfer switches power throws?
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Re: IORY and CF&E northwest quadrant connection in Lima

Unread postby Y@ » Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:11 am

Not yet but they will be.
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