Maumee and Western Railroad

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad, formerly Maumee and Western Railroad (reporting mark MAW) is a decaying railroad in the United States which operates between Woodburn, Indiana and Liberty Center, Ohio. The railroad originally went to Toledo. Now half of the line is a walking trail.

Currently there is railcar storage between Defiance, Ohio and Cecil, Ohio and in Napoleon, Ohio. The line is used Mon-Sat 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. New owners Pioneer describe the line as "in dire need of rehabilitation".[2] From January 2013 onward Pioneer Railcorp ((stock symbol PRRR )) has been doing extensive repair work replacing decayed cross ties and broken pieces of rail.

There are two interchanges, one with Norfolk Southern in Woodburn and the other with CSX in Defiance. The Railroad also operates some trackage in Cecil, Ohio that leads to Lafarge North America (paulding Plant)

The railroad was part of Indiana Hi-Rail but that company went bankrupt. It was originally a main line as part of the Wabash Railroad's 5th District from New Haven IN to Toledo OH.

The line between Defiance, Ohio and Woodburn, Indiana was acquired with funding from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC).[3]

The railroad was purchased by Pioneer Railcorp on December 28, 2012, and they have announced the intention to repair and extend it.[2]

References[edit]