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.

Wabash Railroad remnants remain in Benton Township

A few pieces of the Wabash Railroad, which used to run through Elkhart County, remain in Benton Township. 

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Unless I discover more remnants later, this should wrap up the remains of the old Wabash Railroad I’ve found thus far in Elkhart County.

These appear to be control boxes of some type and are located just off U.S. 33 in Benton Township, Elkhart County. More precisely, the location of the boxes is in the community of Benton. The highway can be seen in the background. There would have been railroad crossing lights and arms on a major highway such as U.S. 33. These boxes may have housed electronic or mechanical controls of some type that were connected to the crossing lights and/or arms.

This part of U.S. 33 is also of historical significance, as it was once part of the Lincoln Highway. As I’ve noted before, the Wabash Railroad was purchased by what is now Norfolk Southern, and the tracks were abandoned and then removed from the county in the early 1980s.

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