The Toledo OH area guide is divided into the following sections:

Introduction and General Information 

Toledo North

Toledo south
Toledo northeast
- east side of the Maumee and north of Walbridge

In General

Location / Name:
Toledo OH, Lucas County

What's Here:
AA's Hallett Tower
AA's Ottawa Yard
CSX's Boulevard Yard
CN's Lang Yard
NS's mainline from Detroit down to Airline Yard in west Toledo
Former Toledo Terminal RR R-O-W, most abandoned
Oodles of bridges and overpasses, especially those over the Ottawa and Maumee Rivers
The Ohio-Michigan state line is just north of here

GPS Coordinates: as needed
ZIP: 43612
Area Code: 419

Access by train/transit:
No passenger train service in northern Toledo, the Amtrak station is on my southern Toledo map
TARTA has busses running all over the place
Their map in PDF form is here or here (the official TARTA location)

The Scoop:

The northern side of Toledo probably contains the lion's share of things to visit.  The southern side has mostly yards.  With that said, you've got the Ann Arbor, CSX, CN, and NS.  There are a couple of nice swing bridges crossing the Maumee, and numerous small ones going over the roads and highways of Toledo... a lot!

Not too many signals on the map except for interlockings.

Train frequencies came from a map put out by Toledo, as seen below.  If information on my maps is wrong, blame them.

I would like to thank David Patch for additional information, and Ryan Ramsey for help with the yard information.... there's a lot of them around!

Any additional info / help would be appreciated to make this guide better  :-)

Pix are  from www.bing.com/maps, aka, the old maps.live.com.
Aerial pictures were "snagged" by Techsmith's  Snagit, a great product!

The above map in PDF form is here

1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
Maumee River Bridges:    BR1     BR2    
BR3 and BR4 are on the Toledo South map
Bridges/overpasses along the NS mainline:   BR5    BR6    BR7    BR8    BR9    BR10    BR11   BR12
Overpasses along the old Toledo Terminal trackage:   BR13   BR14   BR15


       Ann Arbor's Hallett Tower

GPS Coordinates: 41.707480, -83.520753

The tower operator doubles as the Ann Arbor dispatcher, which explains both its status as the last operating tower in Toledo as well as its likely future survival.

The AA tower..... Good view and pix from up there.



  Looking south.

    Looking north.

    The grade crossing at the tower.

     Ann Arbor's Ottawa Yard

GPS Coordinates: 41.697455, -83.514455 (middle of yard, next to the road)

Southern end of the AA yard.

Diamond at the south end of the AA yard.


Sometimes you get lucky, except for the RR cop that chased us off!
This train was parked off the bottom end of the above photo, the single track on the left, most of it was parked in the trees.

     the shops at Ann Arbor's Ottawa Yard

GPS Coordinates: 41.695036, -83.512854

The Ann Arbor engines are kinda in the middle of the yard.  Permission was requested at their yard office to wander around and take pictures.

     CN's Lang Yard

GPS Coordinates: 41.702734, -83.503901 (center of yard by HQ building)

Off of Schwartz Rd, there's not too much you have access to without going onto railroad property.


     CSX's Boulevard Yard

GPS Coordinates: 41.697134, -83.511992

     Ann Arbor's Temperance Yard

GPS Coordinates: 41.712280, -83.572597

This is a former GTW and DT&I yard, now operated by the Ann Arbor.

     CSX (AA)/NS Junction

GPS Coordinates: 41.707623, -83.541816

This is a crossing between the Norfolk Southern's double track main to Detroit, and the local track serving industries along Laskey Road, and the GM Powertrain plant.  According to the map put out by Toledo, the track belongs to CSX, but I have seen Ann Arbor trains serving the local businesses. 

The NS main is signaled for both tracks in both directions, but CSX's track is only signaled for trains coming from the yards (EB).


     AA/CSX/NS Junction

GPS Coordinates: 41.72167, -83.529982
This diamond is 3811 feet from the MI/OH border (1.16km)
There is no real access, as this is all private property, but rr access is at the green arrow


Bridges Over the Maumee River


GPS Coordinates: 41.683096, -83.481771

Two views of the northern most swing bridge, 1 of 3, with a CN freight waiting for it to close.  Typical of all three bridges.


GPS Coordinates: 41.674767, -83.489870

The 2nd bridge of three.

NS Bridges/Overpasses
Used for grade separation purposes so we don't get stuck waiting for the train!
Provided more for reference and historical purposes rather than something to go and shoot....

  Detroit Ave / Hwy 24 Overpass

GPS Coordinates: 41.700642, -83.547784


NS over the Ottawa River

GPS Coordinates: 41.688503, -83.558081

  Berdan Ave Overpass

GPS Coordinates: 41.686882, -83.559329

  Central Ave Overpass

GPS Coordinates: 41.678126, -83.565844

  Post Rd Overpass

GPS Coordinates: 41.671791, -83.570734

  I-75 Overpass

GPS Coordinates: 41.669804, -83.572277

  Monroe St Overpass

GPS Coordinates: 41.666670, -83.574644

  Bancroft St Overpass

GPS Coordinates: 41.663587, -83.576879

  Dorr St Overpass

GPS Coordinates: 41.652755, -83.585171

  Bridge over the Ottawa River - abandoned

GPS Coordinates: 41.661903, -83.608036

  Bancroft St Overpass - abandoned

GPS Coordinates: 41.663187, -83.608032

  I-75 Overpass - long abandoned

GPS Coordinates: 41.683602, -83.600032

  Secor Rd Overpasses

GPS Coordinates: 41.656620, -83.621971



GPS Coordinates: 41.708114, -83.523359

Just by chance, I saw this semaphore from the tower.  It is located behind a business off Matzinger, and we asked for permission to go onto their fenced in parking lot to take these pictures.



  The semaphore sighted from the tower.

A great photo of this installation in better days, photo by Eric Schmelz in the summer of 1998, used with permission
It's funny how some parts were left behind and others taken, guess it depended on what needed replacing elsewhere :-)
Notice the blue light on the doll post!

     at the AA Tower

Signals around the AA Tower, site #2.

        Some of the signals around the tower.

     NS Bridge

Pictures of the approach signals on the east bank for the third bridge



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