Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway

Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway (HM8YK)

Location: Urbana, OH 43078 Champaign County
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N 40° 6.429', W 83° 45.182'

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[Marker Front]:
The Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway (DS&U) was an "Interurban" rail system that ran between the cities of Urbana, Springfield and Dayton. Its beginning can be traced to the franchise given to William H. Hanford to operate a single line of electrical railway between Springfield and the southern boundary of Champaign County in 1895. Hanford then sold his rights to John G. Webb of Springfield and Colonel Frederich Colburn of Kentucky, who along with other syndicate members formed the Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway. In 1897 Boston promoter Arthur E. Appleyard joined the syndicate and brought investment monies, organizational skills, and energy to the venture. He quickly became managing director/treasurer and the real driving force of the DS&U. The railway was organized into two divisions. One operated between Dayton and Springfield and the other between Springfield and Urbana.

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The Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway ran on 600 volts of direct electrical current with power generated from a 24,600-volt plant located in Medway. To sustain the current over the track's length, several "booster" stations were constructed along the line. The initial run took place on February 14, 1900 between Springfield and Dayton. Regular passenger service on the Urbana division opened on March 3, 1901. Trolley cars carried freight, livestock, and passengers at speeds of 60 miles per hour. Interurban lines were popular due to reduced noise, smoke, and soot compared to steam powered railways. They could also be "flagged down" for pick up along the line. On October 29, 1938, motorman Hal Angell drove the last railway's run. This corner was the site of a DS&U substation that also served as a ticket office, waiting room, maintenance garage, and living quarters for the operator and his family.
HM NumberHM8YK
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number15-11
Year Placed2005
Placed ByThe Peoples Savings Bank, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 11:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 265354 N 4443283
Decimal Degrees40.10715000, -83.75303333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 6.429', W 83° 45.182'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 6' 25.74" N, 83° 45' 10.92" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120-124 W Market St, Urbana OH 43078, US
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