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Urbana in Champaign County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway
 
Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway Marker </b>(front) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
1. Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway Marker (front)
 
Inscription. [Marker Front]:
The Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway (DS&U) was an “Interurban” rail system that ran between the cities of Urbana, Springfield and Dayton. Its beginning can be traced to the franchise given to William H. Hanford to operate a single line of electrical railway between Springfield and the southern boundary of Champaign County in 1895. Hanford then sold his rights to John G. Webb of Springfield and Colonel Frederich Colburn of Kentucky, who along with other syndicate members formed the Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway. In 1897 Boston promoter Arthur E. Appleyard joined the syndicate and brought investment monies, organizational skills, and energy to the venture. He quickly became managing director/treasurer and the real driving force of the DS&U. The railway was organized into two divisions. One operated between Dayton and Springfield and the other between Springfield and Urbana.

[Marker Reverse]:
The Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway ran on 600 volts of direct electrical current with power generated from a 24,600-volt plant located in Medway. To sustain the current over the track's length, several “booster” stations were constructed along the line. The initial run took place on February 14, 1900 between Springfield and
 
Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway Marker </b>(reverse) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
2. Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway Marker (reverse)
 
Dayton. Regular passenger service on the Urbana division opened on March 3, 1901. Trolley cars carried freight, livestock, and passengers at speeds of 60 miles per hour. Interurban lines were popular due to reduced noise, smoke, and soot compared to steam powered railways. They could also be “flagged down” for pick up along the line. On October 29, 1938, motorman Hal Angell drove the last railway's run. This corner was the site of a DS&U substation that also served as a ticket office, waiting room, maintenance garage, and living quarters for the operator and his family.
 
Erected 2005 by The Peoples Savings Bank, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 6.429′ N, 83° 45.182′ W. Marker is in Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and Main Street (U.S. 68), on the right when traveling west on Market Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Urbana OH 43078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Champaign County Civil War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); This tablet mark's the Site of Doolittle's Tavern (about 500 feet away); Simon Kenton (about 600 feet away); Harmony Lodge No. 8 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Anderson Ward Farmstead / John Quincy Adams Ward & Edgar Melville Ward (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Johnson Manufacturing Company (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Urbana.
 
Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway Drawing Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
3. Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway Drawing
The drawing on the marker is by A. W. Maginnis of Lansdale, PA. It appeared in the book The Uncertain Trolley. A history of the Dayton, Springfield and Urbana Electric Railway by Jack Keegan, published in 1992 by Cam-Tech Publishing.
 

 
Also see . . .  The Uncertain Trolley: A History of the Dayton, Springfield and Urbana Electric Railway. 1992 Ohio Railroad Heritage Series book by Jack Keenan. (Submitted on November 26, 2008.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. 26,400 Volt Power Plant
Two digits were transposed on the voltage listed on this marker. At that time power was generated in increments of 13,200 volts. Twice that number is 26,400, not the 24,600 volts shown on the marker.
    — Submitted February 20, 2009, by Clifford R. Scholes of Beavercreek, Ohio.

2. Railway Name as Shown is in Error
The official name of this railway was the “Dayton, Springfield and Urbana Electric Railway.” There is no comma after the word “Springfield” in the corporate name.
    — Submitted February 20, 2009, by Clifford R. Scholes of Beavercreek, Ohio.
 
Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
4. Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway Marker
Looking west along Market Street.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,845 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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