Old Iron Rails at Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad Roundhouse, Ironton, Ohio, 1923

Summary

When Henry Ford purchased the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad in 1920, the line was in rough shape. He spent $15 million on improvements. Ford rebuilt track with heavier rail, repaired or replaced bridges, and improved stations, warehouses and roundhouses. Most significantly, Ford built a new mainline between Durban, Michigan, and Malinta, Ohio, that was 20 miles shorter than the previous route.

When Henry Ford purchased the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad in 1920, the line was in rough shape. He spent $15 million on improvements. Ford rebuilt track with heavier rail, repaired or replaced bridges, and improved stations, warehouses and roundhouses. Most significantly, Ford built a new mainline between Durban, Michigan, and Malinta, Ohio, that was 20 miles shorter than the previous route.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

26 December 1923

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.36370

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.25 in

Width: 10.25 in

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