Wellsboro, Indiana, located about 65 miles east of Chicago in northwest Indiana, is a well-known railfan hotspot. It is where CSX’s ex-B&O Garrett Sub crosses CN’s GTW Battle Creek main. A C&O branch to New Buffalo, Michigan once crossed here as well, but now feeds in from the south and is owned by the C&I shortline. During the first week of June, 2014, a new diamond was badly needed on the south CSX track, prompting a slow order to be placed on that track. The CN trains, however, had no such slow order. Here we see a CN train rock and roll across the diamond and a CSX train creep across it. Note the the yellow signs for the temporary speed restriction.
The new diamond is lying on the northwest quadrant and will be installed soon. Local legend has it that CSX will be building a connector track on the northwest quadrant so that CN can use trackage rights into Barr Yard. The GTW searchlight signals are being replaced for this purpose. Stay tuned for more changes from Wellsboro-one of Indiana’s railfan hotspots.