Track Inspection:Deshler

DERF Fest 2013



By Giles Kennedy

Founder and Chief Editor



Deshler is one of those gems of rail fanning that people don’t get until they experience it. Trust me, after the 2013 Deshler Rail Festival; it is worth the drive.


Deshler is west of Fostoria on Ohio State Route 18. Deshler Crossroads Park is just south of Main Street on Mulberry Street; nestled between the old B&O Depot, the old interlocking tower/ present MOW outpost for CSX.


Where to begin.


First off major thanks to Bill and Sandy Shaffer for helping to pull this off…


Many small rail towns don’t have advocate like the Shaffers.  Railroads are a sidebar, a traffic annoyance. Thankful Deshler has Bill and Sandy.


And even with them living a few miles away; Sandy helps with the Crossroads Park and the local History Museum…..


And “Big Brother Bill”, he not only keeps up the park; but helps out with the Crossroads Park Facebook page.


So, Deshler itself; there is a Subway inside the 10K QuickStop and a few small mom and pops around town. Plus Dollar General is right on Main Street.


To say there are several trains running through town is an understatement. You have the north-south artery between Toledo and Cincinnati. Then you have the west-east lines connecting Chicago and Cleveland. Plus; just east of town off Route 18 is CSX’s North Baltimore Intermodal Terminal.


CSX, BNSF, and even several NS trains running overflow freight while there on Saturday was amazing.


The Crossroads Park does have a porta-pot; and again nearby businesses do have facilities. But, please patronize if use said restrooms.


The shelter house, donated by CSX; has power outlets and picnic tables. Also, if available; a wifi server is available. Please contact the Deshler Crossroads Park FB page  for details.

As for nearby attractions; you are in driving range from Fostoria, Defiance, North Baltimore and Findlay for local fair. Every mid-month on a Saturday is marked in Deshler by “The Rally in the Alley”; held behind the History Museum. Music, food and fun are the course of the event.


Again, Deshler is remote but well worth the trip for rail fanning and more.



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