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Conrail's Fort Wayne line isthe ex-PRR mainline from Pittsburgh to Chicago, famously known as the route of the Broadway Limited. Thisdouble track mainlinewas classic Pennsy with position light signals andtowers aplenty. Unfortunately,all those classic aspects, along with the competing ex-NYC mainline to the north, ledConrail to start downgrading it in the early 1980's.

They routed most of the Chicago traffic off at Alliance, OH and single tracked from Crestline, OH west through its namesake city ofFort Wayne, IN to Chicago in 1985 and '86.From Pittsburgh toAlliance this line was very busy with traffic from Cleveland joining on its final approach toConway Yard in Pittsburgh.

FromAlliance to Crestline, OH this line was still a double track, well used, main with traffic for Indianapolis and St. Louis through the end of Conrail, whilef romCrestline through Ft. Wayne it was a single track secondary dispatched by Form-D's, seeing only local trains and a few roadrailers.

West of Fort Wayne the only Conrail train to use the line was FWEL and ELFW, which only ran to Warsaw before turning north to Elkhart. Norfolk Southern bought the line west of Ft. Wayne from CR in 1994 and used it until the merger as a second track for its Chicago trains trying to avoid congestion onNS' ex-NKP mainline.

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