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Goshen in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Engines of the Winona

Winona Railway Trail

 
 
The Engines of the Winona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 27, 2013
1. The Engines of the Winona Marker
Inscription. The Winona Interurban Railway once ran along this corridor. The passenger and freight service was initially powered by electricity and later by internal-combustion engines until its demise.

The Winona Interurban Railway was created just as electric trains were replacing steam engine trains throughout the United States. Electricity could now be generated in a power house by either a steam-powered or hydro-powered turbine. It could then be transferred through wires to either an overhead cable or a third ground rail where contact was made with the locomotive. The electric railway kept local exhaust and noise levels down, and it had a rapid acceleration rate. This was appreciated especially in large metropolitan areas where commuter trains were used exclusively.

Soon, technology brought yet another development, the diesel internal-combustion engine. For interurban routes this engine had even greater benefits than the electric railway; it was a more powerful and more economical mode of transportation. Most electric railways, including the Winona Interurban Railway, converted to these engines.

Although passengers and goods are no longer transported along this route, it can still be enjoyed as a bike and pedestrian trail. Now the only form of transportation here is human-powered.
 
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Winona Interurban Railway in the 1910's image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 27, 2013
2. Winona Interurban Railway in the 1910's
Close-up of image on marker
Goshen Parks & Recreation Department.
 
Location. 41° 33.087′ N, 85° 49.557′ W. Marker is in Goshen, Indiana, in Elkhart County. Marker is on E. Kercher Road 0.1 miles east of S. Main Street (State Road 15), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located along the Winona Railway Trail where it crosses E. Kercher Road. Marker is in this post office area: Goshen IN 46526, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A History of the Winona / Bethany Christian Schools (approx. 0.3 miles away); Waterford Elementary School (approx. half a mile away); Violett Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); A History of the Winona (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pioneer Dierdorff Cemetery Folk Lore (approx. 0.7 miles away); Goshen College (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Goshen Dam and Millrace Hydraulic Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shanklin Park (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Goshen.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Winona Railway Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 27, 2013
3. Winona Railway Trail
Trail to the right, operating railroad tracks to the left
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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