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Deshler, Ohio Railroad Railfan Hot Spot CSX © Copyright 2022 1-West Productions™/PJ
Deshler, Ohio Railroad Railfan Hot Spot CSX © Copyright 2022 1-West Productions™/PJ

Deshler, Ohio Railroad Hot Spot

Another great spot for train action is Deshler, OH. This famous railroad hot spot has been a favorite for railfans for decades. Located in downtown Deshler, OH, presently CSX‘s Toledo, Garrett, and Willard Subdivisions come together there, all lines being ex-B&O. Also the ex-depot and tower still stands, although not sure forhow long. One of the better locations to film and take photos is at the railroad park, located on the south side of the CSX Garrett/Willard Subdivision tracks, near W. Mulberry St.  As of 2022, all of the ex-B&O target signals have been replaced with the newer style. 



CSX‘s Toledo Sub, is part of CSX’s Division. Once the B&O, it goes from Toledo to Cincinnati, OH (at Hamilton it is shared by NS, in order for NS to continue on their New Castle District, and turns into CSX’s Sub. into Cinci.). CSX as of 2019 runs mostly locals and auto racks on this line.

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CSX Railroad SB Deshler, OH CSX Toledo Subdiv. © Copyright 2022 1-West Productions™/PJ



CSX‘s Willard Sub. goes from Willard to Deshler, OH. This is part of the ex-B&O that runs between Baltimore, MD and Chicago, IL. This line has more traffic, with coal, coke, TOFC, stack, mix, and auto rack trains. At Deshler, it crosses their Toledo Sub., where it then turns into CSX‘s Garrett Sub. on the west side of the diamond.



CSX‘s Garrett Sub. starts on at the west side of the Toledo Sub. Diamond, and goes to Garrett, IN, where it turns into CSX’s Sub., and to Chicago, IL.


Our videos show great CSX footage in Deshler, OH.  Take a look at our Deshler, OH Railroad Videos, with a lot of great vintage to modern action at this location:

DESHLER, OHIO DIAMOND ACTION WITH CSX (2000)™, Vol.1 (1-West Productions™)
Keith’s Trains Series™ Railroad DVD Title #95 CSX JUNCTION DESHLER, OH 2006/2007 (1-West Productions™)
-Keith’s Trains Series™ Railroad DVD Title #142 VARIOUS FREIGHTS IN NORTHWEST OHIO, IN, & IL (1-West Productions™)
-Keith’s Trains Series™ Railroad DVD Title #148 VARIOUS RAILROADS OF OHIO & INDIANA VOL. 3 (1-West Productions™)
-Keith’s Trains Series™ Railroad DVD Title #171 VARIOUS RAILROADS OF OHIO & INDIANA 2005 VOL. 13 (1-West Productions™)
-Other CSX Videos can be found here.


This blog is a work in progress- more information to be added later.  Thanks for stopping by!



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Berea, Ohio Interlocking- Conrail, Penn Central, New York Central- now Norfolk Southern & CSX

Berea, Ohio Interlocking, or BE Tower- has always been a busy spot for railroad traffic.  Originally part of the Lake Shore Michigan Southern (LS&MS), Big Four, and Cleveland Union Terminal (CUT), then to New York Central (NYC), and Penn Central (PC- 1968), Conrail (CR- 1976), then to Norfolk Southern (NS) and CSX (1998-99).

To this day BE Tower is still a busy place.  The tower is no longer used today, but still stands.  The original CUT/NYC Depot still stands as well, across the Short Line track along Railroad St.  This place is a great spot for railfanning.

The lines running through BE are now NS’s Dearborn Division-Chicago Line (west of Cleveland, OH- ex-LS&MS/NYC Water Level/PC Buffalo-Chicago Line-Lake/Toledo Div./Conrail Dearborn Div.-Chicago Line), and CSX’s Chicago Line (east of Cleveland, OH), Short Line (NYC/PC/CUT Branch- Cleveland Short Line Branch/Conrail Short Line) and Indianapolis Line (PC Columbus-St. Louis Line, Columbus Div./CR Indianapolis Div. and Line).  The W&LE regional railroad also runs a few trains through here.   All of the lines actually run at a SW to NE direction at BE Tower, then west and east, and north and south.

The Chicago Line (NS side) runs west to Toledo, OH and Chicago, IL, and the east side (CSX) runs to Buffalo, and Albany, NY.  The Short Line starts at BE Tower, and runs to Short, Parma, orig. to the Flats, White, Collinwood Yard, then to Alliance, and Pittsburgh, PA.  The Indianapolis Line runs south to Galion, OH where it branches off to Columbus, OH, and splits west to Marion, OH, Indianapolis, IN,  and St. Louis, MO.

Below is a map of BE Interlocking duinrg Conrail days:

Photo of Berea, OH Interlocking Map by 1-West Productions™/PJ

(map by 1-West Productions™/P. Jordan)

One can see many freight types of stack, TOFC, auto rack, coal, locals, and more.  Also Amtrak runs trains 29, 30, 48, 49.  Most if not all of the original NYC/PC/CR signals have been taken down and updated to modern signals by NS & CSX.  CSX also double-tracked the ex-CR Short Line after the Conrail split between NS in 1998-99.  Over 100 trains a day pass through BE, with NS having the most traffic. Railroad scanner frequencies in use today are:  NS- 161.070, 160.980, 160.350 MHz, and CSX-160.800, 160.485, 160.860 MHz.

Our new video BEREA, OHIO INTERLOCKING WITH CONRAIL & AMTRAK, 1996™shows BE during Conrail in 1996.  At that time BE tower was still in use, and many freights, including Amtrak, were filmed on all the lines at this location.  This video, originally filmed by Keith Lehman, was orignally our Keith’s Trains Series™ #50 title, which was remastered and updated to our new title. 


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CSX Railroad Latest News

What has CSX been up to recently and this past year?  We’ll discuss in this blog CSX’s Latest News.

Photo of CSX Locomotive, Richomnd, IN from 1-West Productions™

(Image of CSX at Richmond, IN 1990s)


CSX New Heritage Units:

CSX has been painting up their own version of Heritage units.  So far Chessie, Conrail, and others.  They are looking pretty sharp!


CSX Pan Am Southern Acquisition:

CSX sales were up about 21% this past quarter, and they continue with discussions to purchase Pan Am Railway.  The US Government wants CSX to allow Amtrak access to and from MA, by way of Pan Am.  Check back to our blog for more updates.

2/2021- Update 7/2021:
CSX Pan Am Southern Acquisition:

CSX & NS have worked out a deal to split Pan Am Southern, in order for both railroads to get another route into Boston, MA.   CSX stock still up.  Update:  As of 6/2021, STB rejected CSX’s plan to purchase Pan Am Southern, with Amtrak also protesting the take over- due to their concern of the aquisition negatively affecting Amtrak’s passenger service in the area.

CSX Pan Am Southern Acquisition:

CSX announced they will be moving to purchase Pan Am Southern, in order to get another route into Boston, MA.  NS had invested money into PAS, but declined to merge with them.  Time will tell what will come of this.

CSX Plans Ahead:

CSX continues to downgrade their Willard, OH Yard, and focus more on larger and more efficient yards.  One of those yards is North Baltimore Yard in OH.  They’re presently expanding and building more warehouses at that location, to expand business, after a hiatus for a few years.  CSX is still using mid-train helpers mainly on their stack trains, on their Willard Subdivision.  Recently, their traffic has been up a bit.  The economy and its woes will only tell if this will keep up.

Oil for CSX:

CSX has outbid NS with contracts for oil trains.  CSX will now gain all of NS’s oil trains.  NS will still be delivering ethanol however.  The oil market downfalls may be NS’s reason.

New for CSX in 2020:

CSX is planning to possibly sell off their portion of their Ft. Wayne Line/ Ft. Wayne Secondary Subdiv.  CSX owns the line from Crestline, OH to Ft. Wayne, IN, NS owns the line from Crestline through Pittsburgh, & CF&E leases the track on the CSX side.  This was the ex-PRR Ft. Wayne Line, later PC Ft. Wayne Division (Pittsburgh to Chicago Main Line), & CR Pittsburgh Division-Ft. Wayne Line.

Will CSX follow what NS is doing?  NS has been retiring and selling off a lot of their locomotives, and plan to possibly retire some trackage to cut costs. Usually NS waits to see what CSX does before they do the same.  In the meantime, CSX has been combining trains as before to cut back on crews.  CSX is also planning to expand their North Baltimore, OH facility, while working with BNSF.  It has seen better days, but they are trying it again, with expansion work- builing new large warehouses near the facility.  This is all part of the railroads putting more focus on intermodal service on their systems, since business has been down recently.

CSX Moving Along:

CSX has been updating rail lines, selling off lines that make less of a profit, moving all of their dispatchers once again to Jacksonville, FL (they did this before and had porr results- maybe it’s different this time around?), returning leased units, storing other locomotives and using less on trains to cut back on costs.  The are moving forward to a more profitable railroad such as NS.

CSX Stock Up:

As of June, CSX‘s stock has been going up. Looks like they are getting things back in order, implementing Harrison’s tactics.

CSX Back on Track:

After the passing of CSX’s CEO Harrison, Foote became CEO.  Things seem to be looking up with their shippers, and service is getting back to normal.  Could Harrison’s plans be working out?  The current board announced they are planning to contiunue with most of Harrison’s vision and ideas for the company.

CSX’s Harrison Passes:

CSX’s Hunter Harrison who was appointed earlier this year to help get CSX out of their troubles was first out on sick leave, then shortly after passed away this month.  Jim Foote was placed as acting CEO as a result.  CSX stocks have dropped after the passing of Harrison.  Meanwhile, NS’s stock has continued to increase.  Will the present changes continue with the passing of Harrison?  Most of the people on the board are ex-CN officers.  Time will tell onto 2018.

CSX Troubles:

CSX congestion problems across the system has come about due to changes made by CSX’s new leader Harrison.  Hump yards have been closed, lay offs, & other things have been put into effect this year to help cut operating costs.  As of 10/2017, things seem to be slowly getting better for shippers.

CSX Plant:

CSX has been investing more in their operating plant, rebuilding track, updating facilities, etc.

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In this blog we write about American Railroad Mergers that took place in the 20th Century era. Railroads became a profitable form of transportation. But by the 1950s, things were changing. Until the government gave the railroads more power to adjust rates, truck and automobile traffic increased with highways being built, a shifting economy, bad weather, and bad management caused the railroads to lose business and profits.

The Penn Central always got the worst reputation for a failed railroad company, however many of the other railroads were also were going bankrupt, or had their share of troubles in all areas (such as the LV, EL, RDG, C of NJ, L&H, etc.).

Mergers were a result of the hardships, and were suppose to help with their struggles. “Suppose to” is the key here. Although a few actually made sense and worked out in the long-run, most of the mergers that happened from the 1950s-21st Century made little sense, or did not produce the good results they tried to forcast. For example the Burlington Northern and Erie-Lackawanna mergers were parallel line mergers, did not really save the companies money, and were disasters. Their problems were just more hidden, compared to all the publicity the failed Penn Central merger received.

The ICC regulated and granted or denied permissions for all railroad mergers. The ICC later became the Surface Transportation Board (STC). In a lot of cases they denied mergers that would have made sense, and allowed those that resulted in more harm than good.

Below is a list of railroad mergers and the years they happened (bold faced names were the main railroads that took over the added railroad):

-Pere Marquette + C&O
-Erie + Lackawanna = Erie-Lackawanna (1961)
Norfolk & Western + Virginian (1959) + NKP + Wabash (1964) + AC&Y (1970s ) + Illinois Terminal (1980s)
-CB&Q + Great Northern + Northern Pacific = Burlington Northern (1970)
-Pennsylvania + New York Central = Penn Central (1968) + New Haven (1969)
-C&O + B&O + Wester Maryland = Chessie System (1972)
-Southern Pacific + Rio Grande  (They continued to use the SP name however)
Union Pacific + Southern Pacific + C&NW + MP
-Illinois Central + Gulf Mobile & Ohio = ICG
-Lehigh Valley + EL + Reading + CNJ + PC = Conrail (1976)
Conrail + CSX / Conrail + NS (1999)
-N&W + Southern = Norfolk Southern (1982)
-Chessie System + Seaboard System = CSX (1986)
-L&N + Seaboard Coast Line = Seaboard System/Family Lines
-BN + ATSF = BNSF (1990s)
Rock Island was the only railroad that was left to fail with no help.  Later all assets were dived up between the UP & C&NW.
-SOO Line + CP
-GT + CV + CN

Which mergers were failures, and which mergers were winners?  All mergers had their share of problems.  The BN merger was not a great as most have thought.  They had their times of congestion, workers retaliating against the merger, money losses, and more.  The PC had many hardships, the EL also had hardships, and was not a success.  Most of the mergers had problems with parallel lines, money losses, congestion of trains across the system, not enough locomotivepower, failed equipment, lack of funds for maintenance, bad track, dirty and old equipment, losses due to weather, and more problems.

The only merger that came out shining was the Norfolk Southern merger (Norfolk & Western + Southern), in the early 1980s.  Both railroads were profitable, efficient, and need to expand.  NS became a highly efficient and money-making merged railroad.  They too had their problems during the Conrail split in 199 with CSX, but eventually pulled through.

What will the future mergers be like?  We will see when it happens.  It’s not a question of if, but what.  there are current prospects of UP merging with CSX, NS with BNSF, or of the Canadian roads of CN and CP.  Railroads are in the business of making money mainly by transporting goods in a country.  As long as there’s materials needed in building and expanding, and consumers, railroads will be needed.

Check out our other blogs for more railroad stories, information, and more.  Also check out our DVD & CD listings of what we have available for purchase, that can give you a more detailed look at the railroads involved in these mergers.

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Railroad Radio Frequencies

For the railfan, below are some Railroad Radio Frequencies for certain areas.  You will hear dispatchers, train crews, defect detectors, & more (for radio listening entertainment purposes).



161.250 MHz (road- ex-NKP-N&W)

160.440 (road & yard)

161.340 (hump)

160.620 (car shops)

160.665 (loco shops)

161.490 (MofW)

161.565 (yard)

161.190 (road ex-PRR-N&W)

As of 2017- 160.815   160.980 (road- ex-PC/CR Water Level)

161.070 ( Dearborb Div. road & yard- ex-PC/CR)

160.800 (road- ex-PC/CR Water Level)

160.380 (road- ex-W&LE-NKP-N&W Toledo Li ne)


160.230 (road- ex-B&O- C&O-PC/CR)

160.320 (road- ex C&O)

161.160 (yard)




(More to be added later.)



160.220 (road- ex-DT&I)



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C&O Cincinnati to Chicago Line & Removal


[Richmond, IN Depot & Yard (L), & Main Line (R)]

This article discusses the C&O Cincinnati to Chicago Line & Removal. The C&O had their main line that ran from Cincinnati, OH to Chicago, IL, which they obtained in 1910.  It was the Chicago, Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad in 1907, & other railroads built sections of the line before 1907.  It was considered the shortest route between Cinci & Chicago, but had many grades and curves.  Per 1987 CSX timetables, the line was broken down into 2 parts:  the Wabash Sub (from Hammond, IN to Peru, IN), & the Miami Sub (from Peru, IN to Cincinnati, OH).  From Cinci, OH to Peru, IN it was under the Cinci Division, & from Peru, IN to Malden, IN it was under the Chicago Division.  By 2005, CSX timetables listed the line from Richmond, IN to Fernald, OH as the Richmond Sub, under the Louisville Div.

The nickname for the line was “The Crooked Road to Muncie”, because it had many curves, and followed an old Indian trail. C&O would run about 6 trains a day on the line, and also Amtrak’s Cardinal from Cinci to Chicago. CSX would run a lot of grain trains as well, between Richmond and Santa Fe, IN. On this line, CSX had a connection with, and ran along side the NS (ex-NKP/N&W) in Muncie, IN.  There was also a yard in Muncie near the NS, close to N. Hackley St.  The yard consisted of a few tracks, and was still in tact as of 1991, but not used much.

kt25coalmostgone==================    COcsxrow(C&O line before removal; CSX locos on C&O line at MP 74 before removal of line)

In Richmond, the C&O line had a connection with the ex-PRR, that went uphill on the north end past the station.  The connection was used to bring coal in from Indianapolis off the PRR, and onto the C&O, where the C&O local would then take the loaded coal trains to south of Richmond to a power plant. When CR took out the PRR from Indianapolis, the power plant switched to transporting the coal to the plant by truck. Later CSX used the connection for a few cars with CR. Also north of the station is where the PRR/CR & NS crossed the C&O, and the bridge over the Whitewater River Gorge.

The C&O also had a small yard used for local industry in Richmond, just south/southeast of the depot, that could hold about 30 or so cars, about 3 city blocks long. The yard had about 5 stub ended tracks, with 2 runaround tracks, and a track to park the engines by the depot.

KT1stationnn(Richmond, IN C&O station facing south- Richmond Yard behind station)

The C&O Chicago line was also plagued with other problems and setbacks, such as having low overpasses in Muncie and Richmond, IN that were not high enough for auto racks, and the rails would tend to wear a lot on curves, due to the steep grades. CSX had the habit of flipping the rails around instead of replacing the rail. Due to the steep grades, it was common for Chessie and CSX to use at least 4 units such as, GP40-2s, U30Bs, U25Bs, etc., to move freights.

Due to some of the setbacks of the line, and improvements of others, its days were numbered, and by 1993, CSX tore up the rail from Richmond to Losantville, IN. Presently the track is still in from Richmond to south of Fernald, OH, and is run by the Indiana North Eastern shortline (since 2005). There are bike trails now in place of the track section that was removed. Also the Richmond depot is still standing, and the small yard has been taken out.

kt24raill=================   kt25railltrainlastco-----------------------

kt25cogonee================   kt25cogon===============e(Taking up of the C&O line by CSX; CSX rail train at Richmond; & 2 after shots of removal of line)

There was a section of the line with a steep grade between Cinci and south of Fernald, that Chessie tore out in the 70s or 80s (by 1978, Chessie retired the line from Cinci to Fernald, OH), and they would re-route the trains using the ex-B&O line to Hamilton, OH. Having the C&O line from Richmond to Losantville ripped up, CSX re-routed the trains with high clearance using the B&O Cinci line to Deshler, OH, and the connection at Deshler to get on the B&O Chicago-Baltimore line, to head west to Chicago, IL. The trains with lower clearance would be re-routed From Cinci to Hamilton, OH, then Hamilton to Cottage Grove, IN, get on the connection at Muncie, IN, through Richmond, IN and onto Chicago.

Here are the list of towns along the line starting from Cinci, OH, going NB towards Chicago, IL:

(Beginning of Miami Sub)
-Cincinnati (aband. 1978 by Chessie btwn. Cinci & Fernald)
-Fernald (leased 2005 to IN Eastern RR btwn. Fernald & Richmond)
-Richmond (d/c service 1989 +/- between Richmond & Marion)
Muncie (small yard at N. Hackley St.)
-Marion (aband./sold to Kokomo Rail 1992 btwn. Marion & Amboy)
-Santa Fe (aband. 1987 between Santa Fe & 12 Mile)
-Peru (end of Miami sub, begin. of Wabash Sub)
-12 Mile (aband. 1987 +/- between 12 Mile & N. Judson)
-Lake Bruce
-N. Judson (aband. 2003 beteen N. Judson & Malden)
-La Crosse (C&O got on the La Crosse Sub-ex-PM-to the B&O at Wellsboro, & west to get to Chicago 1976+)
-Malden (aband. 1982 between Malden & Hammond)
-Griffith (orig. C&O got on the EL here with trackage rights to Hammond, & to Chicago, until the EL line was aband. in 1976.)
-Highlands (EL with C&O trackage rights)
-Hammond (EL with C&O trackage rights, then C&O onto the C&IW & BRC into Chicago, IL, until 1976.  Then C&O used LaCrosse Sub at LaCrosse to the B&O at Wellsboro, & west to get to Chicago);

In the following Keith’s Trains Series™ Railroad DVD Titles:

#1 CONRAIL, NS, CSX EAST CENTRAL IN (& HAMILTON, OH)- LATE 80s VOL. 1 , we can see the depot, and parts of the line from the ground.

#9 CONRAIL, NS, & CSX EAST CENTRAL IN- EARLY 90s VOL. 3 shows parts of CSX/ex-C&O Muncie Yard near N. Hackley St., in Muncie, IN.  This has since been removed and ispart of the bike trail.

On DVD Title #14 CAB RIDE CSX LOSANTVILLE-RICHMOND, IN SOU 4501 STEAM, WITH CR & NS IN FREIGHTS 90s, we can see the line from a cab ride view.

Finally in DVDs #24 CONRAIL, NS, CSX EAST CENTRAL IN EARLY 90s VOL. 14, #25 CONRAIL, NS, CSX EAST CENTRAL IN EARLY 90s VOL. 15, & #26 CONRAIL, NS, CSX EAST CENTRAL IN EARLY 90s VOL. 16, we see the dismantling and after shots of the torn up tracks.

As railroads improve their plant, they make changes in order to help keep things profitable and to save costs. Even though changes are made today, history is kept preserved in films and photographs for tomorrow. Also a lot of abandoned railroad ROWs are being made into bike trails, which can also help preserve its history. But sometimes railroads change history by bringing back to life a downgraded or abandoned line or ROW. Presently NS and CSX are working to bring back to life the ex-PRR/PC/CR Pittsburgh to Chicago line, in order for NS to be able to relieve traffic congestion on the ex-NYC/PC/CR Water Level route.  Also there is talk that NS will be purchasing and re-using the ex-NKP/N&W line to Lima because of congestion problems on other NS lines.


[All photos are screenshots taken from the Keith’s Trains Series™, by 1-West Productions™ (from the camera of Keith Lehman).   Sources used for this article/blog information are:  Chessie/C&O/CSX timetables, K. Lehman, P. Jordan.]


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Vintage CSX- Chessie, SBD/ACL/SCL, L&N, CRR

Vintage CSX- remember the early days of CSX? One would see many colors of locomotives and freight names on freight cars that made up the new CSX at the time. Although the merger was approved in the early 1980s (which sparked the NS merger as an answer), it wasn’t until 1986 that CSX came into actual existence.

It still took years before CSX painted locomotives and freight cars. During the early merger, they had L&N (Louisville & Nashville), SBD (Seaboard System), SCL (Seaboard Coast Line), ACL (Atlantic Coast Line), CRR (Clinchfield Railroad), Chessie, B&O (Baltimore & Ohio), WM (Western Maryland), and C&O (Chesapeake & Ohio) equipment all over the system for years. To this day one can still see what’s left over of some of those roads.


What’s interesting is that railfans don’t go wild to take many photos and recording of the roads until a merger is announced, or has taken place. But some of us record what we can regardless. What we see today will not be there forever- things always change.
A lot of these predecessor CSX roads can be seen in action on Railroad DVDs, Keith’s Trains SeriesCSX, Chessie, C&O, L&N, SCL, ACL, SBD– that we own and have available for purchase.  See all of these roads in the late 80s and early 90s+, before CSX retired or painted over these paint schemes.

Remember, what may be “boring” today, may not be here tomorrow, or won’t still be here in the future, as changes are always being made in the railroad industry.

Happy railfanning!


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