Richland County Shelby Chapter
Of The Ohio Genealogical Society
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Shelby Interurban - - -
1901, the street car line of the Citizen's Electric Light &
Power Co. of
Ohio started the construction of an interurban rail line to Shelby.
was located along the west side of the existing Baltimore &
passed through Spring Mill and continued northwest on to Shelby.
the south edge of Shelby, the line continued along the west side
the B & O railroad until reaching Tucker Ave. where it turned
School Ave. and then on along the Blackfork to 14 Mohican Ave
the station was located.
1907, after financial difficulties and several owners, this line
purchased by the Cleveland Southwestern Co.
rail route between Norwalk and Plymouth was established in 1903/04.
branch was completed from New Haven to Willard and one was planned
from Plymouth to Shelby. Before this branch was finished, the
ran out of money and it wasn't until 1904/5 that the line
completed to Shelby.
Card courtesy of the Shelby Museum
Post Card - Norwalk & Shelby Car # 1
1907, there were cars running the route extending from Norwalk
to Mansfield. The schedules and fares of the runs were published
Globe. After another change of ownership the line was succeeded
the Sandusky, Norwalk, and Mansfield Railway. Efforts were made
allow cars of one line to run directly on both rail lines, thereby
wait overs to change from one line to another.
ca. 1911 - courtesy of Phyllis Frazee
Norwalk, and Mansfield, Station in New Haven, Ohio
building in the photo is on the east side of Rt. 61, a few blocks
north of Rt. 224)
1909, a Mansfield passenger could ride the interurban car to
Shelby on the
to Shelby branch of the Cleveland, Columbus, & Southwestern
then wait about 1/2 hour until a car from the S, N, & M line
reaching Norwalk, the passenger could continue on to Sandusky
by using a connection with the LakeShore main line running
Toledo and Cleveland.
this date, the cars used by the rail lines were all electric
powered and took
power off of an overhead line in the manner of a trolley car.
The line north
Shelby was powered by a electric generating station in North
located due south of Norwalk at the point where the rail line
turned and ran
west for a short distance before continuing south to New Haven.
the rail lines expanded and the number of cars increased, the
grew and these smaller generating stations could not supply
power for the lines. The Southwestern Co. generators supplied
to many smaller rail lines until they ran up bills so large they
pay. At this point the smaller company must sell or acquire financing
another source. Many of the changes of ownership were due to
such as these.
peak years for the interurban service were those just prior to
WW I years. After WW I, the interurban railways began to get
from automobiles, buses, and trucks. The profitability of the
lines began to drop and services were reduced. The lines servicing
went into receivership several times during the years from 1912
beginning of WW I. The power bills were the cause of major concern.
in 1921 the Southwestern Co. turned off the power to the
N & M railway. The service was shut down for about 6 months
powered cars were purchased from the American Railway Motor Co.
Elyria for use on the line.
December 22, 1922 the first gasoline car left Norwalk for the
line through Shelby to Mansfield. The cars were 35 feet long
40 people at a top speed of 40 mph. The engine generated electricity
lighting purposes, interior and exterior, had airbrakes, air
and all the modern improvements.1
cars were readily accepted by passengers, but more people were
means of transportation and ridership continued to decrease as
The year 1934 was the end of the interurban era for the Shelby
abstracted from a
article dated Dec. 22, 1922
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