Old Nickel Plate Railroad came through South Whitley

In the 25 years after the Civil War, railroad track miles more than doubled as the East was more and more being connected with the West in America. One of the numerous lines built in those years was the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad. Construction began in 1881 and it was built to compete with the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway. Of course New York and Chicago were common connecting points for many railroad lines. Along the way to Chicago, the route passed through Whitley County (and other counties) in Indiana. In South Whitley, it crossed what became known as the Eel River Railroad at what is now State Road 5. That line was eventually abandoned and the tracks removed. But the New York, Chicago and St. Louis RR tracks are still in use today by Norfolk Southern. This line was given the nickname of the Nickel Plate Railroad and most people remember it by that name. In May of 2014, the steam locomotive 765 that attracted so much attention passed through South Whitley. This photo was taken at the Calhoun Street crossing in South Whitley.

This railroad line in South Whitley was once known as the Nickel Plate Railroad.

This railroad line in South Whitley was once known as the Nickel Plate Railroad.

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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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