Tim Ashley
Tim Ashley
Hello, my name is Tim Ashley, and I have lived in Goshen for more than 11 years now. I enjoy reading, researching and writing about local history very much. I particularly enjoy railroad and transportation history, but also other areas, too.

I've written articles for the online exhibit of the Elkhart County Historical Museum, I have published a small book about the history of west Goshen and I am a writer, editor and photographer for a local newspaper.
In my blog I want to share my enjoyment of local history with others by showing glimpses of the past in photos and short articles.

Many of my blog posts are in Elkhart County, but also Kosciusko, Whitley, Huntington, Fulton, Wabash and possibly other counties.

Tracks for the Wabash Railroad came through Jackson Township

You can still find old remnants of the Wabash Railroad in Elkhart County.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:25 a.m.

Apparently I was serious a while back when I said there are still many remnants of the former Wabash Railroad in Elkhart County. Here’s yet another one.

This one is east of New Paris just off County Road 25 in Jackson Township. I was facing east when I took the photo. It’s a pretty obvious cut for a railroad bed. It’s now private property.

Opened in the 1890s, the Wabash Railroad came through New Paris and Elkhart County. It was later bought by what was then the Norfolk Western Railroad before the railroad line was abandoned and the tracks removed in the 1980s.

I would strongly encourage reading Victor Baird’s book “Railroading on the Wabash Fourth District.” It has quite a bit of information about the Wabash in Elkhart County. You may recall Victor visiting the Wakarusa Public Library earlier this year to talk about his book.

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