Eel River RR remnant in Whitley County

It’s nothing more than a hump in the ground now, but years ago it was the location of the Eel River Railroad. The photo shows a location near Calhoun Street in South Whitley where the railroad line once came through. It is also close to where the Eel River RR crossed the old Nickel Plate Railroad, still an active line and now used by Norfolk Southern to ship freight. State Road 5 is also nearby. The Eel River line was owned by different railroad corporations, including the Wabash and Pennsylvania, before being abandoned by the late 1970s. Other remnants of the Eel River can be seen in South Whitley, including a beautiful old trestle above a creek on the south edge of town.



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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