Cutting Through the Weeds – Bad Tracks
Ambling at a slower speed, the Santa Fe #5 works her way through the brush on rails that were laid as far back as 1890!
The Maumee & Western Railroad (MAW) was originally built as a Class III shortline railroad over swamp ground.
As you can see, the track is in terrible shape and has not had maintenance for over 60 years. The previous owners put no money into the line. It is now under the ownership of Pioneer Railcorp Company who are slowly replacing decayed cross ties and broken rails over 51 miles of track.
Derails are a common occurrence on this stretch of track!
Let us know if you live near by or have seen trains and engines rumbling down these tracks. We would love to hear your thoughts!