Camera of Steve Neff
Join Green Frog for another look at fascinating train action in the 1990’s. In that decade the Indiana and Ohio Short Line acquired the Grand Trunk’s (former Detroit, Toledo and Ironton) Flat Rock Sub on February 15, 1997.
Since the Indiana & Ohio didn’t have enough locomotive power at the time of the takeover, the I&O had to lease Grand Trunk locomotives (many were former DT&I diesels). When the Grand Trunk sold that line, the track was in pretty sad shape and slow order speeds of 10-20 mph were the norm. Later, as the I&O was able to acquire their own power, I&O painted locomotives came on line and the track was repaired and upgraded for faster speeds.
Another transition took place when NS and CSX took administrative control of Conrail on August 22, 1998.
This video depicts the before and after train action of the Grand Trunk, the Indiana & Ohio, and the pre and post merger split of Conrail. All kinds of Fallen Flag locomotive power are displayed in this program. You’ll see Conrail freight locos as well as the E-8 Office Car Special locos.
Additional Fallen Flag locos depicted are from the DWP, BN, Seaboard System, Wisconsin Central, Susquehanna, I&O and GT. Additional modern day locos from NS (including many high nose models) and CSX in several different paint schemes are shown.
Locations included: Painesville, Fairborn, Springfield, Dayton, Miamisburg, Thackery, DeGraff, Snyderville, Sidney, Quincy, Swanders, Wapakoneta, Lima, Enon, Troy, and Galetea , all in Ohio.