Old Road Railroad Line

Shown is a portion of the oldest continuously operating railroad line in Elkhart County. This photo was taken in Bristol just west of where the railroad crosses State Road 15. Originally it was known as the Northern Indiana Railroad in 1851. Eventually it was owned by Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and later by other lines. At one time it was simply known as the “Old Road,” a branch from Toledo to Elkhart. Today the Grand Elk Railroad leases the line from Norfolk Southern.



About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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