Reminder of old Pennsylvania Railroad

This may be the first time I’ve ever posted something on Local Remnants on Christmas Day. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I’m thankful for those who read my blog and have an interest in local history. I feel it is important to preserve history. Shown in the photo is an etching on a railroad bridge across U.S. Highway 40 in Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, on the east side of the city. The Pennsylvania Railroad was one of the most famous railroad lines ever. In its prime, it employed as many workers, if not more, than some major companies do today. I noticed this etching when visiting the area last year. I thought it odd it would still be there considering the Pennsylvania RR has not owned this line for many years and it is still an active line today. Before the Pennsylvania owned the line, it was known as the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad at one time. The line stretched from Cincinnati to Chicago after other railroad lines were acquired. The Pennsylvania acquired part of this line, from Hamilton, Ohio, to Richmond, in about 1886. Eventually they sold it and today Norfolk Southern Railroad operates the line.

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Old Pennsylvania Railroad line in Richmond, Indiana.

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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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