Deshler, Ohio 43516 (population, 1,799)
GPS: N 41.2061, W 83.9023 Google map
Scanner: CSX 160.230 , 160.320 , 161.520 ; Railfan Amateur radio: 147.315 on 2 meter
Railroads: CSX (E/W) Great Lakes Div, Willard Sub MP 62.5; CSX (N/S) Louisville Div, Toledo Sub MP 164 7
Description: Deshler, Ohio is in north central Ohio. Deshler is called the “Crossroads of the B&O” by local railfans.
The East West CSX (Former B&O Chicago Line) double main crosses the North South CSX (former B&O Toledo Sub)
main. The local railfans in Deshler are well organized, and have
built a very nice, small rail park in the southwest
wye of the junction. It has gravel parking, a small picnic shelter with tables, electricity, a pop machine, fire pit, a
fairly clean porta-potty, and when locals are present there is a scanner in operation. Camping is permitted, and
electricity can be had for contributing $5.00 to the local club. On Saturday nights (at least in 2012), in good
weather, the locals often have a chicken barbecue on site and railfans are welcome if they pay a donation.
Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 75+
Nearby RR stuff: Fostoria Rail Park N 41.15250, W 83.41133
Local food: There is a convenience store with gas and a Subway sandwich shop 1 block north in downtown.
Lodging: Best Western Fostoria Inn, Fostoria, N 41.1806, W 83.4205 or in Findlay, OH at I-75, 25 miles to the
Personal observations: Fostoria’s “Iron Triangle” is 30 Miles East on route O-18 and Deshler sees most of the same
East West trains so generally Deshler makes a worthwhile side trip from Fostoria.
TRAINS Hot Spot Article February, 2016
Deshler Map courtesy of Todd Sestero
RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Annotated Google map of
CSX's North Baltimore, OH Intermodal Yard
N 41.18527, W 83.73914 8.5 mi east of Deshler
Deshler Crossroads Park Google image