Last day on the MAW plus Amtrak/NS in Bryan and CSX in Defiance is a free online Railroad Discussion Forum and Railroad Photo Gallery for railroaders, railfans, model railroaders and anyone else who is interested in railroads. We cover a wide variety of topics, including freight trains, passenger and commuter railroads, rail news and information, tourist railroads, railway museums and railroad history.


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Well my wife had the day off so I didn't get as early of a start as I would have liked but we first got to Cecil about 11am. The crew was leaving in the White Ranger as we were coming into town, CNUR 7 asleep on the line.
end of the MAW Maumee and Western Railroad by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

We drove on to Defiance to see if there was movement there but just pickups loaded on a semi and the 3 locomotives parked in the yard.
Maumee and Western Railroad by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

Maumee and Western Railroad by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

I decided to drive north to Bryan for a few hours. My wife got me a scanner for Christmas so I was still getting used to it but but I heard a CSX call and got to the south side of Sherwood just in time to miss a DM&E crude oil train. Minutes after getting to Bryan a really late Amtrak Lakehsore Limited arrived.
Before I could pack up my camera an eastbound intermodal came whizzing by.

We drove towards the station but only managed to pace (driving down Paige St) the Lakeshore for 100 yards before it left us in the slush. This local was waiting for an eastbound to pass before it could get off the siding. I tried to get back to town to film the eastbound but icey roads prevented me so I missed both trains.
Norfolk Southern GP38-2's on the local in Byan Ohio by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

The last train we saw was westbound intermodal, then there was a slow spot on the line.

We followed the line clear to Delta without seeing any trains, then we missed a westbound manifest. O well, also no sign of the I&O in Delta. They were on a run somewhere. It was getting close to 2pm so we drove south into Napoleon and followed the MAW back to Defiance. First we went by the diamond to see of tracks east were made but nope. Set up just in time to catch this manifest cross from main 2 to main 1.

Back to the MAW yard to see their last day switching. CNUR 5 was switching to set up the 4/16 and be able to run around them.
Maumee and Western Railroad by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Maumee and Western Railroad by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Unfourtunately some railfans don't care about trespassing.
This railfan did not care that he was trespassing by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Maumee and Western Railroad by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

The interchange track did not have enough room so they had to pull 2 boxcars off.

Sorry about the talking in the video here but there was about 5 others there watching the last move.

last run out to the interchange track for the MAW's locomotives by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

We stayed at the diamond til dark hoping for y101 but not thursday. We did catch some good trains though. Lots of BNSF, CSX and even NS locos passed through. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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