Work continues on the cleanup of the Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad, after 50 years of neglect.
This short line railroad was the victim of multiple mergers and bankruptcies over the years and the neglect shows. Much of the 53 mile long stretch of rail is built over Ohio’s Great Black Swamp and is in poor state of repair. The current rated load capacity of the track is supposed to be 263,000 lbs.
The Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad, a subsidiary of Pioneer Railcorp, runs the line between Woodburn, Indiana and Liberty Center, Ohio.
It is slow going for this GP10 locomotive over what used to be the mainline Wabash Railroad.
- Rail Line: Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad
- Locomotive: EMD GP 10
- Power type: Diesel-electric
- Builder: General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division
- Weight: 254,000 lbs
Let us know if you have ever seen a track as bad as this. We would love to hear about your experience.