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In General
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In General

Location / Name:
Kokomo IN

What's Here:
Three diamond crossings, two with tilting target signals
One of two surviving watchtowers in Indiana
Freight House

GPS Coordinates: 40.492712, -86.132376
ZIP: 46901

Access by train/transit:
None - closest service is in Indianapolis IN

The Scoop:


Many thanks to Time Vermande for taking the time to go strolling through town and taking good pictures of the tilting-target signals.

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

Getting Here

From Indianapolis: Take US 31 north from the loop around Indianapolis, I-465, and get off at East Markland Ave, IN 22. 
Head west to Washington Street where you'll take a right to go north to the three diamonds.

From Chicago: Take I-65 south out of Gary IN, and get off at exit 172 (South St) in Lafayette, and head east 36.5 miles on IN 26 to 931, and take a left into Kokomo.  931 eventually turns in Reed St, take this up to IN 22 and hang a left after you pass Markland Mall and Target.




  Diamond 1 and a Tilting Target

GPS Coordinates: 40.492711, -86.132355



  Diamond 2

GPS Coordinates: 40.492740, -86.128941

  Diamond 3 and a Tilting Target

GPS Coordinates: 40.496791, -86.131642



GPS Coordinates: 40.487700, -86.132442
Located on Buckeye St, between Mulberry and Walnut Streets.  It is supposedly only one of two left in the state.  It's been renovated 3 times in the past 20 years or so.

 Freight Shed?

GPS Coordinates: 40.469342, -86.126652
Located on Defenbaugh St, just west of Home Ave.


A (print) picture I took in the 1998-2000 timeframe, with one of the two tilting target signals in the background.  At Diamond 1, Madison and Buckeye, the Indiana RR (CIND) train is eastbound.

I added the tiny map locator, as RailPictures didn't have one, and added the location to the picture.

Doesn't look like anything been down W Madison St for a while, but if something does, it looks like a great spot when it veers off at McCann St.


  E Sycamore St

GPS Coordinates: 40.486513, -86.124798
In a town where almost everything is flat, it is unusual to find enough of a dip to have a railroad overpass :-)

  Former PRR Bridge over Wildcat Creek

GPS Coordinates: 40.482076, -86.121848


  Former NYC&StL Bridge over Wildcat Creek

GPS Coordinates: 40.482076, -86.121848
You can good shots of the bridge from the end of Buckeye Street, from the back parking lot of the fire station.

Fire and Police

GPS Coordinates: 40.485215, -86.132989
At the corner of S Washington and W Superior Streets


Although four years out of date, the following description may still be applicable....

  The full story is at: http://itm.org/history-of-the-railroad/

Historical USGS Maps

It seems that early in the 1900's, there were no 7 1/2 minute maps available for Kokomo. 
Below is a wide area index map for Indiana from 1925.  Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.

The 4 maps that I used to make the one below came from the University of Indiana here: https://libraries.indiana.edu/topographic-maps#SEVENPOINTFIVE


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


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