Interurban remnant in Kendallville

A few weeks ago I posted something about the former Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway. It was originally planned to be a 70-mile railway, but was never completely finished. Quite common for many interurban lines. Big dreams crashed into a sea of reality. Shown is another remnant of the Toledo & Chicago Interurban. There was a powerhouse and car barn near what is now East Noble High School in Kendallville. If you look closely, you can see part of the foundation for the powerhouse and car barn. A powerhouse, as the name implies, was a source of providing electricity to power the interurban cars. Depending on the length of the line, there was typically more than one of these along the line. I’m not sure if there was more than one for the Toledo & Chicago. A car barn was a place to store the interurban cars and also to do needed maintenance work on the cars. It would be easy to overlook this remnant unless you knew exactly where to look. But it is a reminder of the past and a mode of transportation that was important, but short lived.


Foundation for powerhouse and car barn in Kendallville.


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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