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roc
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Napoleon, Defiance & Western News has…

Post by roc » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:04 am

Been pretty darned slim. Are their efforts at rebuilding the infrastructure paying off? New investments? Power?

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Re: Napoleon, Defiance & Western News has…

Post by jimnorthwood » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:39 am

Over the summer they laid three new tracks in the yard at Defiance. Derailments still happen, but overall the property is in much better shape now than at acquisition. A few weeks ago they added a GP20u, still in Santa Fe blue/yellow colors. Not sure if this is additional power, or a replacement for something that is leaving the property. Inbound tomato paste is still the dominant commodity carried. Interchange with CSX at Defiance and NS at Woodburn. For some time they seemed to have moved more towards the latter, although recently interchange at Defiance has been more busy.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Napoleon, Defiance & Western News has…

Post by roc » Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:19 am

A Scott Taipale special showing the yard mid-rebuild, and the aforementioned ex-SF GP-20:

“The railroad has abandoned the track east of Rt 24 to Liberty Center and the rails have been pulled. ODOT never built an overpass and after a fatality at the crossing the state of Ohio paid them to cut service east of the highway. Those funds were used to relocate the transload from Liberty Center to Napoleon. Also they are now financially able to do a full rebuild of the railyard in Defiance. These videos taken 10/24, 10/25/19 show that rebuild mid process.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOOO4yHjNC8

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Re: Napoleon, Defiance & Western News has…

Post by lvrr325 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:44 pm

From what I can see they hadn't been to Liberty Center in ages, a diamond crossing of a north-south rail line shows as removed in Google Maps views. A large elevator and a plastics company were the customers there.

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Re: Napoleon, Defiance & Western News has…

Post by jimnorthwood » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:01 pm

In MAW days the largest customer in Liberty Center was the elevator. They opted to build a facility in Hamler. ND&W ran to LC occasionally to serve a transload customer. I believe the commodity was firebrick carried in gondolas, either coming from or going to the steel mill in Delta. In the last year or so of operations to LC the diamond with I&O was removed, but they would re-install it temporarily when ND&W needed to make a run to LC. After completing the run they would remove the diamond and set it aside again until next time. The trans load site has moved to Napoleon.Track to LC was removed at the grade crossings but I believe was left intact elsewhere. That was per the agreement with the state of Ohio, as I recall.

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