Goshen in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Engines of the Winona
Winona Railway Trail
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.
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goshen.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.