Deshler is a very active junction between CSX N-S and E-W lines, which are all part of CSX's Great Lakes Division.......
The E-W double-track line runs between Cleveland and Chicago. East from Deshler, it's the Willard Subdivision (Deshler to
Willard), and runs through Fostoria. Going west out of Deshler, it is the Garrett
Subdivision to Auburn OH.
The N-S line runs from Perrysburg (Toledo) to Cincinnati (via Lima and Dayton). It is the Toledo Subdivision from Perry to Trent
OH (~161mi). Deshler is at milepost BE164.8. The busiest interchange is the SE connection - for WB trains coming from Fostoria going south to Cincinnati.
Local railfans have been fortunate in their quest to set up a railfan park on the SW corner of the diamond, and it is frequented by railfans a lot!
On the opposite corner stands the Deshler Tower, and it is out in the open and easy to shoot.
The line between Cleveland and Chicago is very busy, with easily 100 trains on an average day. Maybe 20 of them take the interchange track between Fostoria and Lima.
East and west of Deshler, trains run at a pretty good pace, and Deshler Road (OH18) offers a good vantage point of them for the most part.
Radio frequencies are:
RM Dispatcher 161.370 (Deshler west)
BD Dispatcher 161.520 (Deshler east and wyes)
AR Dispatcher 160.290 (Deshler north and south)
160.2300 (Road) This is for both mainlines
Nearby hotbox detectors are at 52.2 to the east, 73.3 to the west, 160.6 & 158.9 to the south, and 178.8 to the north.
Other (kinda) nearby hotspots include:
Fostoria OH (~27mi east via OH18)
Leipsic OH (~8-10mi south on OH65)(the B&O line running south out of Deshler goes thru here)
Lima OH (~40mi south)(ditto for the B&O line going south out of Deshler)
Marion OH (~70 SE)
Sidney OH (~35mi south of Lima off I75)
Butler IN (~50mi NW on US6).
Over on the other side of North Baltimore (and I75), the line crosses the Toledo Line Subdivision.
If anyone has them, I could use some good pictures of the signals at locations 10, 13, and 14 on my map, or of the CPL's that used to be on the E/W mainline, as I ran out
of time and sunlight on both occasions I was in town on a recent trip to MI and OH.
BTW, the angle of the diamond is 71 degrees:
Eric Davis, for all of the signal photos he sent in!
Thanks to Jim Mihalek for the photo at the top of the page, looking east across the Deshler crossing, while everything was still all CPL's!
Michael Maurer, for suggesting I add the angle of the diamond.... great idea, Thanks!
Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None for now.
Dusk comes to Deschler... there's a small pond adjacent to
WB to SB Interlocking CPL
SB Interlocking CPL's
SB freight passing signals at 6, a little fuzzy...
NB to EB Interlocking colorlight along with EB Interlockers
Southside NB Dwarf CPL
Southside NB Cantilevered CPL's
Looking south from the cantilevered signals.
Looking even further south, pushing the limits of my little SX130.
SB freight passing under the cantilevered signals.....
photo by Eric Davis
Northside NB and SB Interlocking CPL's
Another far off shot, taken from the cantilever location
and across the diamond....... Guess we'll have to do another trip to Deshler
Two close-up shots of the dwarf, one is a time exposure...
cool... Thanks Eric!
SB CPL at the diamond
WB Colorlights at the diamond
Southside SB CPL on Signal Bridge
In this far off distant shot (taken from the cantilever),
we can see the signal bridge, and on the other side of it, a NB CPL off to
the side.... even further, the two red dots is probably another intermediate
signal another 2 miles or so down the tracks.... didn't have enough time or
sunlight to investigate..... anyone have pix?
Photos by Eric Davis.... GP-30 #2312 passing under the
signal bridge on its way south, and another cool time exposure!
One of the grade crossings on Main St with the N-S line.
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