From the north or south of town, the easiest way is to take exit 167 off of I75, and then head west on OH18 about a mile.
From the east, say, coming from Fostoria, take OH18 out of town and all the way into North Baltimore, however, now, if you want to go
into town, you will have to go to the right at the traffic circle. Signals
From the west, again, it's OH18, but just after you pass Liberty Hi Ave, you will need to take a left onto Business 18/Deshler Rd.
Notice: They have built a bypass around N Baltimore, and on the south side of town, there is now one of them dam traffic circles on OH18, but at least, if you're not planning on stopping in N Baltimore, you don't have to go thru town. Business 18 takes you thru town.
If you're into chasing the E-W line, OH18 is the only game in town, but it is not always that close.
Click here for the PDF version of the above map
CSX Intermodal Facility
CSX's new Intermodal Facility in Henry Township, between North Baltimore and Deshler (or more correctly, Hoytville), opened in February of 2011 - construction started in 2009.
One of the major roles of the facility is to act as a classification yard for stack trains.
An additional role is to take double stack trains from the west and convert them to single levels for their trip to points east like Baltimore because of the low tunnel clearances to get there.
From the Liberty Hi Road overpass.
Picture from CSX's PDF about the facility.
New track going in for the intermodal facility (photo by Bonnie Knaggs)
Looking east towards North Baltimore, a WB freight waits for a favorable indication.
There is a 90 degree curve in the road coming from N Baltimore, and you can pull off here...
this is looking west towards the facility, with interlocking signals for going into and coming out of the yard.
CSX photo via the Freightwaves page.
June 2011, Craig Sanders
After 2 days of clouds and rain, we finally get a clear sky appearing at sunset.....
the North Baltimore Depot
GPS Coordinates: 41.181315, -83.677923
Q509 with an L&N U23B and a Chessie GP30 rolls by the depot in North Baltimore OH while in the process of a few switching moves.
Date 9/17/94. Photo by Barry Lennon
Looking east past the siding side of the depot.
GPS Coordinates: 41.17810, -83.64516
The diamond is technically in Galatea. The N/S track used to be the New York Central (Penn Central, and then Conrail); the E/W line, of course, the B&O.
Really good pictures can be had from the Galatea Rd grade crossing. Anyone have any they would like to share?
This and the next set are shot from the Main St grade crossing in North Baltimore.
Looking down the track to the east from here, you can see the next two sets of signals (just barely). The overpass is I-75.
Beyond the interstate, you can almost see the interlocking signals for the diamond with the N-S line. That diamond is fully signaled.
The EB interlocking signals not only handle the diamond, but a crossover and the interchange track.
If anyone has ventured out into the field for some pictures, I would be greatly appreciative for a copy.
EB/WB Interlocking Colorlights
There is a set of EB signals beyond the immediate set of WB signals, protecting a crossover for traffic approaching the yard.
These pictures were taken before the Liberty Hi Ave overpass was put in!
If you want to get pictures from the overpass, I would park at the green "X" in the aerial shot below, and climb the embankment,
to avoid getting yelled at by the local gendarmes!!!
WB Interlockers at the Diamond
GPS Coordinates: 41.17810, -83.64516
SB Colorlights for the Diamond
GPS Coordinates: 41.17913, -83.64522
Two SB tracks converge into one to cross the diamond.
NB Colorlight for the Diamond and Interchange
GPS Coordinates: 41.17617, -83.64498
This signal controls movements for the interchange track, the diamond, and the 1 to 2 split on the far side of the diamond.
2nd Street Grade Crossing
Main Street Grade Crossing