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Deshler is a very active junction between CSX N-S and E-W lines, which are all part of CSX's Great Lakes Division.......
The E-W double-track line runs between Cleveland and Chicago. East from Deshler, it's the Willard Subdivision (Deshler to Willard), and runs through Fostoria. Going west out of Deshler, it is the Garrett Subdivision to Auburn OH.
The N-S line runs from Perrysburg (Toledo) to Cincinnati (via Lima and Dayton). It is the Toledo Subdivision from Perry to Trent OH (~161mi). Deshler is at milepost BE164.8. The busiest interchange is the SE connection - for WB trains coming from Fostoria going south to Cincinnati.
Local railfans have been fortunate in their quest to set up a railfan park on the SW corner of the diamond, and it is frequented by railfans a lot!
On the opposite corner stands the Deshler Tower, and it is out in the open and easy to shoot.
The line between Cleveland and Chicago is very busy, with easily 100 trains on an average day. Maybe 20 of them take the interchange track between Fostoria and Lima.
East and west of Deshler, trains run at a pretty good pace, and Deshler Road (OH18) offers a good vantage point of them for the most part.
Radio frequencies are:
RM Dispatcher 161.370 (Deshler west)
BD Dispatcher 161.520 (Deshler east and wyes)
AR Dispatcher 160.290 (Deshler north and south)
160.2300 (Road) This is for both mainlines
Nearby hotbox detectors are at 52.2 to the east, 73.3 to the west, 160.6 & 158.9 to the south, and 178.8 to the north.
Other (kinda) nearby hotspots include:
Fostoria OH (~27mi east via OH18)
Leipsic OH (~8-10mi south on OH65)(the B&O line running south out of Deshler goes thru here)
Lima OH (~40mi south)(ditto for the B&O line going south out of Deshler)
Marion OH (~70 SE)
Sidney OH (~35mi south of Lima off I75)
Butler IN (~50mi NW on US6).
Over on the other side of North Baltimore (and I75), the line crosses the Toledo Line Subdivision.
At the top of the page is a photograph of the Deshler crossing looking east, while everything was still all CPL's. Thanks to Jim Mihalek for the photo!
I would also like to thank Eric Davis for all of the photos he sent me!
If anyone has them, I could use some good pictures of the signals at locations 10, 13, and 14 on my map, or of the CPL's that used to be on the E/W mainline, as I ran out of time and sunlight on both occasions I was in town on a recent trip to MI and OH.
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
My RSUS philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a
thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only
get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take
along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still
better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts
out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their
state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em,
I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and
concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where
tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.
From the north or south of town, probably the easiest way is to take exit 167 off of I75, and heading west on OH18.
From the east, say, coming from Fostoria, take OH18 out of town and all the way into Deshler. From the west, again, it's OH18.
If you're into chasing the E-W line, OH18 is the only game in town, but it is not always that close.
1 Deshler Tower
2 Ex B&O Depot
3 Crossroads Railfan Park
1 EB Interlocking Color Lights
2 SB to WB Interlocking Color Light
3 NB to WB Interlocking Color Light
4 EB to SB Interlocking CPL
5 WB to SB Interlocking CPL
6 SB Interlocking CPL's
7 NB to EB Interlocking colorlight along with EB Interlockers
8 Southside NB Dwarf CPL
9 Southside NB Cantilevered CPL's
10 Northside NB and SB Interlocking CPL's
Another far off shot, taken from the cantilever location and across the diamond....... Guess we'll have to do another trip to Deshler :-)
11 SB CPL at the diamond
12 WB Colorlights at the diamond
13 Southside SB CPL on Signal Bridge
In this far off distant shot (taken from the cantilever), we can see the signal bridge, and on the other side of it, a NB CPL off to the side.... even further, the two red dots is probably another intermediate signal another 2 miles or so down the tracks.... didn't have enough time or sunlight to investigate..... anyone have pix?
14 WB colorlights
Anyone with some good pictures?
Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.
Every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names. Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations. I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area. Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature. While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!
Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.
Last Modified 30-Mar-2014