Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:01 pm
I ventured up to Ridgeway today to see what I could find after a failed attempt at finding the H708 local coming into Marysville. Ridgeway was unusually quiet on the Scottslawn and Toledo Branch and the INDY line wasn’t much better, one westbound and one eastbound. Also unusual was I did not see Q008, I got there at about 10:00am, so maybe it was running early but I believe it normally runs later than that. My question is, is that normal nowadays for Ridgeway? I know the Toledo Branch has lost some traffic in recent years and is slower, but the Scottslawn normally has a couple each direction everyday, and today there was none. I never did see the H708 either and I’m not sure if it worked today or not, but the cement plant in Marysville still had hoppers to be taken by CSX on my way home. The only action in Ridgeway all day was some maintenance work by a friendly CSX worker. I saw the same amount of hi-railers on the tracks as I did trains, but overall, it was a slow day to say the least.