Railroad Towns – Bradford, Ohio

Bradford, Ohio was once a busy interchange for the Cincinnati, Columbus & Indiana Central Railroad Company, later the Pennsylvania Railroad, beginning back in 1868. On the east side of town was a yard, and to the west the tracks split. The north track went on to Ft. Wayne and Chicago, and the south track lead to Indianapolis and St. Louis. There was once a large 48 stall roundhouse as well.

Today, the railroad is long gone, but the history still remains. There is a park where the tracks were, and you can still see some of the ballast poking through the grass. The BF tower is still standing at the east end, as well as some old signals that I imagine are waiting for restoration.

There is also a railroad museum near the park in the old bank, and you’ll find all of the information on the railroad and the small village of Bradford, OH. The museum is only open on Saturdays, from 11am to 5pm, but when I was in town was during the week, so I couldn’t take a look around.

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