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This is part of a collection I inherited when a friend of mine past away a few years ago. These photos were all taken by Gene Barton of Lima, Ohio during WW2. He traveled to Delphos and shot some Akron Canton and Youngstown action as well.

Lima, Ohio - 1942 Style

  

Sugar Street Tower, looking east, where the PRR Mainline crossed the Detroit Toledo & Ironton.

  

Heavy action at the union depot of the B&O and NKP in Lima!

 

One PRR train coming towards Lima Tower (NS Tower in later days) and one leaving town with a rarity, #6100 East!

    

Another day in Lima we find the Liberty Limited stop at the depot and an unknown eastbound taking on water.

 

#6200 West, a light engine break in run from Crestline to Ft Wayne and return. Shown here in Lima for an inspection stop.

 

Two eastbounds at Lima's PRR Depot

 

    Some B&O action at the Depot in Lima. Both trains are northbound. Note: Semaphores. In 1952, these changed to CPL type signals.

 

A B&O southbound passenger train makes it's daily station stop, as northbound passes the B&O roundhouse (view from Lima Tower).

   

It's NKP's turn! Her is the St Mary's local on it's way back to Sandusky, Ohio and #718, ready to go at South Lima Yard.

Delphos, Ohio

Here's Gene checking out AC&Y 2-8-2 at Delphos after being serviced. An NKP switcher in moving car around next door to the AC&Y.

 

A variety of AC&Y cabooses. Gene appears to have commandeered #324 for a ride around in the yard.

   

Model Railroad and Railfans gather in Lima

   

Dola track pans for scooping water at speed. Right is a little known tower that stood in Dola. Control of this tower was transferred to Dunkirk after the 'new' Dunkirk tower was completed. This train is about to duck under the mainline coaling tower and then pick up water out of the track pans.

 

How could I forget Wapakoneta, Ohio!

 

Two very rare shots of "AK" Tower in Wapakoneta, Ohio. First view is looking east towards Bellefontaine, Ohio, the beginning

of the Toledo & Ohio Central's - St Marys Branch. The second view is looking west towards St Marys, Ohio, only 10 miles away.

The B&O Toledo Sub. crossed the later NYC's St Marys Branch here in Wapak. The tower was torn down sometime in the late sixties.

The St Marys Branch was lifted prior to Conrail in the early seventies. The CSX Toledo Sub. sees about 24 trains a day.

 

I went to the mailbox one day and these arrived from a friend of mine Sandusky, Ohio. Holy CRAP! I suspect these three photos were

taken by Clyde Helms in about 1937, just prior to tearing down this cool depot. The passenger service ended in 1935 and all agents

were moved across the street to the depot pictured below.

 

Looking west towards St Marys. The freight house looks great. After tracks were taken up in the early 70's a local grain dealer used

the building for storage. The cast iron signs are in my personal collection. The building was eventually donated to the Auglaize County Historical

 Society and moved the Auglaize County fair grounds.

       

'Big John' Billapalivich of Lima, engineer of the "Botkin's Bullet", B&O 3779,  was my earliest inspiration at the age 10.