Wabash Railroad came through New Paris

Many likely have memories of the old Wabash Railroad. Several miles of track were once located in northern Indiana for the Wabash. On its east-west route across northern Indiana, it came through Elkhart County. In the small town of New Paris in southern Elkhart County it intersected with the Winona Interurban Railway. Also in New Paris, just to the west of the intersection the railroad went underneath State Road 15. At that time there was an overpass for SR 15 in New Paris. When the Wabash Railroad removed its tracks in the 1970s or early 1980s the overpass was eventually removed, though you can still tell it was there. I took the photo looking to the west from the shoulder of SR 15. The railroad basically followed the tree line. Note the pole seen in the photo. It is also a reminder of the old railway and something like this could have been used as a telegraph system to relay messages. There are other remnants of the Wabash Railroad which I have posted at one time or another. I may find even more somewhere else eventually. It was a well known railroad line.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Trace of Wabash Railroad in 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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