Maumee and Western Railroad

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Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad (formerly Maumee & Western Railroad) (reporting mark MAW) is a railroad in the United States operating between Woodburn, Indiana and Liberty Center, Ohio. The railroad originally extended to Toledo; portions have been converted to a rail trail.

There is currently railcar storage between Defiance, Ohio and Cecil, Ohio and in Napoleon, Ohio. The line is used Monday through Saturday between Defiance and Napoleon and upon request in Woodburn.[1] The track, which runs over swamp ground for much of its length, is in an extremely poor state of repair, having had no maintenance for over 50 years.

The railroad was purchased by Pioneer Railcorp on December 28, 2012, and they have announced the intention to repair and extend it.[2] Pioneer described the line as "in dire need of rehabilitation".[2] Pioneer commenced with extensive rehabilitation in January 2013, replacing decayed cross ties and broken rail.

There are two interchanges:

Pioneer also operates trackage in Cecil, Ohio that leads to Lafarge North America (paulding Plant).

The railroad was part of the bankrupt Indiana Hi-Rail. It was originally a main line as part of the Wabash Railroad 5th District from New Haven, Indiana to Toledo, Ohio. The line between Defiance, Ohio and Woodburn, Indiana was acquired with funding from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC).[3]

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