Farm railroad crossing near New Paris

One aspect of history I’ve become particularly interested in is railroads. I’ve discovered some of the former railroad lines have track plans from the early 1900s or even sooner that can be accessed online. At least some can be accessed online. One thing (among many) I see on those track, or right of way, plans is the number of private railroad crossings there used to be. In fact they were quite numerous. Many of them have been closed by railroads through the years for safety and other reasons. It stands to reason fewer crossings means fewer potential accidents and also less maintenance. Also, it should be noted many years ago there were many more farms and more farmland. A few crossings do remain, such as this one just south of New Paris in Elkhart County on a farm field. I took the photo from Old State Road 15 facing west and my timing must have been good that day. I caught a train coming through for Norfolk Southern and also in the background is a car on the current State Road 15.

Farm railroad crossing near New Paris.

Farm railroad crossing near New Paris.


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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