Stanley Yard to Reopen

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Stanley Yard to Reopen

Postby CG Tower » Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:23 am

As if those of us here in Northwest Ohio did not see this one coming...rumor has it that Stanley Yard is going to be "officially" reactivated in some capacity next week!

Look for the ever changing train routings to continue for a while. My bet is that Q508 will once again polish the northwest connection at Deshler.

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Postby matt » Sun Apr 25, 2004 2:59 pm

Were tracks removed from Stanley yet or is the facility still complete?
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Postby CG Tower » Sun Apr 25, 2004 7:31 pm

[quote="matt"]Were tracks removed from Stanley yet or is the facility still complete?[/quote]

Tracks were not removed as the yard was only "closed" per se for about 4 weeks. It sounds as if though cars were stored there in the down time, so no, everything is as is when it closed.

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Postby MR77100 » Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:14 am

Is this yard on the remains of the abandoned T&OC line to Fostoria? how do you reach Stanley Yard?
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Postby chessie8212 » Mon Apr 26, 2004 9:54 am

To get to Stanley from I-75 South:

Exit on Oregon/Wales Rd exit.
Turn left at the stoplight at the top of the ramp.
Follow this road (Wales Rd) to Oregon Rd
Turn right on Oregon Rd and follow this all the way through the campus of Owens CC.
Immediately after the campus of Owens is a set of CSX tracks and on the other side of those tracks is Walbridge Rd on the left side.
Follow Walbridge Rd west and you will reach the Stanley Yard leads

A trip just a bit further on Walbridge Rd will take you to Walbridge Yard

The directions are the same from I-75 North except that you will turn right after exiting at Wales/Oregon Rd.
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Postby CG Tower » Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:59 am

[quote="MR77100"]Is this yard on the remains of the abandoned T&OC line to Fostoria? how do you reach Stanley Yard?[/quote]

Yes it is...Stanley is unique in that is is "stub end"...the south end has a rather long hump lead (which is the original T&OC main) and then stops. This is what CSX wanted to connect to it's former C&O main line a few miles away but local opposition stopped it's expansion.

I would recommend not driving into the yard complex or the engine facilities. Unfortuatnely, these two areas are a little hard to see from the nearby public streets. The north end of Stanley however is bi-sected by Walbridge Road, a public drive.

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Postby chessie8212 » Mon Apr 26, 2004 3:33 pm

There is a public road that runs right next to the entire west side of Walbridge Yard. It's Luckey Road and it is on the right side of Walbridge Road before you reach the yard. From this road, you can get a good look (albeit from your moving car, so be careful) at the yard's length.
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Postby ToledoTerminalRy » Thu Apr 29, 2004 10:07 pm

Honestly I dont think Stanley Yard EVER closed "perse" there were always strings of cars here, I think all they had to do was maintenance to the main tracks through Stanley Yard (the old T&OC Main to the hump) and some other major points, like the enigne facility and lines on that side. They DID replace alot of track around the hump.

Stanley Yards hump is very visible from Ayers road from the West going East on Ayers. I always go here whenever I visit the yard. It is completely LEGAL there are no "No Trespassing" signs untill the first track into the yard. When I go I go past the first service road to the service road to the Engine house, just before the road on the right side. I usually get the guys to stop by and talk, one did say that the workers there get a kick out of me 'cuz I show up so often. Also that where I sit is fine, just if a semi comes get out of its way, and I CANNOT go into the yard from Ayers, that IS ILLEGAL.

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Postby mike » Sun May 02, 2004 9:56 pm

Took a quick drive by Stanley today on my way back from home, and while there's a few cuts of cars here and there, there's nothing much sitting around. The signals at the north end of the yard were still showing red too. Just thought I'd pass this along..
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Postby chessie8212 » Sun May 02, 2004 10:52 pm

I was by there at about 7:00 or so tonight and there were two trains assembled and waiting to head out. There was also a set of locos shunting some cars around. Took a drive by the south end of the yard and there were quite a few cuts on the East side of the yard, but the west tracks, near the hump, were just about empty. There was some back and forth moves between there and Walbridge.
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Postby MR77100 » Wed May 05, 2004 11:21 am

In an aerial view of Stanley Yard, it looks like there is a junction on the south side, with a tower. Are those tracks still there what crosses? It's hard to tell from the photo.

http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/csx/csx-stayd-ggj.jpg
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Postby CG Tower » Wed May 05, 2004 1:40 pm

MR77100 wrote:In an aerial view of Stanley Yard, it looks like there is a junction on the south side, with a tower. Are those tracks still there what crosses? It's hard to tell from the photo.

http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/csx/csx-stayd-ggj.jpg


Neat photo..

Actually, we are looking at the north end of Stanley Yard, the Tower is Stanley Tower and the interlocking is the crossing of the former Toledo Terminal Railroad.

The south end is stub end with no exit to any main line.

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Postby MR77100 » Thu May 06, 2004 7:36 pm

Is that tower still in operation? How busy is that junction?
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Postby oregontrunkline » Sat May 08, 2004 8:43 pm

This evening (May 8th) I made my first visit to Walbridge and Stanley since the "closure." Found probably a dozen units (including an unidentified Santa Fe yellow bonnet) parked on several tracks at the north end of Walbridge. Only power in former Stanley engine facility was five remote units. CN 2652/5694/5764 and CSX 2577/1177 were working the north end of Stanley, and one CSX unit (SD40?) was poking around along the west side of the yard.

Several surprises at Walbridge, by the way. CSX 2667 in full SBD paint ws switching with remote 9156. HLCX and remote 9152 were also switching. Two more CN units, 5676/5928, were parked at the north end, and BNSF 7913/6958, in BN and SF paint respectively, arrived southbound.
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