Old Wabash Railroad meets Big Four Railroad

Railroad bridges are quite common in this area. Usually they either cross a road or a body of water. Once in a while, though, a railroad bridge actually crosses another railroad line. Such is the case in Wabash County. Near Wabash the old Big Four Railroad, today owned by Norfolk Southern Railroad, is crossed by a bridge carrying another Norfolk line, which used to be the Wabash Railroad. This Wabash line ran from Lafayette to Fort Wayne. The old Big Four line is today known as the Marion branch of Norfolk Southern. Going north it passes through Kosciusko and Elkhart counties. Both of these railroad lines have a long history. I know the old Big Four line (known by a different name at that time) dates to the early 1870s. The Wabash Railroad dates to the early 1890s I believe. My timing was good this day as I happened to catch a Norfolk locomotive pulling freight up top. Both railroad lines are still in use today.

Two railroad lines in Wabash County.

Two railroad lines in Wabash County.


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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