Through the Heart of Ohio


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The Columbus, Delaware and Marion Electric Company by Jeffrey R. Brashares

Published 1973, Softbound

Illustrated, 64 pp.

At the turn of the 20th. Century, a new means of transportation was taking hold as “interurban trains” became popular as a means of traveling from one city to another. Through the Heart of Ohio tells the story of the Columbus, Delaware, and Marion Interurban system.  In service from 1903 to 1933, the CDM traveled from downtown Columbus to downtown Marion.  It was later extended to Bucyrus with connections from there to Cleveland.  Other connections in Columbus made it possible to go from Cleveland to Cincinnati on the interurban systems.  With the advent of the automobile, the interurban system rapidly declined with the CDM making its last run on August 23, 1933.
Filled with more than 75 pictures of CDM cars, equipment, operators and memorabilia, Through the Heart of Ohio enables the reader to take a trip back in time to experience what riding the rails must have been like.


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