Flats Industrial Railroad
The Flats Industrial Railroad ( reporting mark FIR) is a Class III railroad that provides short-line commercial/industrial switching service in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, primarily with CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway.

History
Trains have run in the Cuyahoga Valley since the 1880s. In 1880, the Valley Railway began operations, transporting coal to Cleveland, Akron, and Canton from the Tuscarawas River Valley and providing passenger service along the way. After a decade of operation, the Valley Railway became part of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. In the 20th century, competition from automobiles, trucks, and buses caused the decline of both freight and passenger service. Right-of-way ownership shifted over the years from Valley Railway to Cleveland Terminal & Valley Railroad (CT&V), to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, to the Chessie System.

Today
Flats Industrial Railroad acquired its rails and right-of-way within the Flats District (Cleveland) from former ConRail. As of 2009, the Class III Short Line railroad operates as the Flats Industrial Railroad Company (FIR/FIRS). FIR has one employee: a locomotive engineer.

Equipment
Flats Industrial Railroad initially operated one switching locomotive, later adding a second locomotive. B

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All locations are in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio: Flats Industrial Railroad - Locomotives Number Manufacturer Model Description 12 EMD SW1001 Diesel-Electric Switcher 1202 EMD SW1001 Diesel-Electric Switcher Map of all coordinates from Google Map of all coordinates from Bing Export all coordinates as KML Export all coordinates as GeoRSS Map of all microformatted coordinates Place data as RDF MilePost Name Note1 Note2

Cuyahoga River

Cuyahoga River EOL

Cuyahoga River EOL

? siding

Merwin Level crossing

Merwin EOL

Merwin EOL

? siding

Fall Switch

Fall-Leonard switch

Fall Level crossing

? EOL

? EOL

? siding

? EOL

? siding

French switch

Leonard switch

CUT ( GCRTA Red Line) Viaduct

Columbus-French switch

Columbus-French-Leonard Level crossing

Columbus-Leonard switch

? Clark

? Clark

Cuyahoga River Vertical lift bridge

? Clark

Carter Level crossing

? Clark

10 miles (16 km) Carter-Old River EOL

Carter-Scranton EOL

? siding

? switch

? switch

? switch

DK Yard

? switch

OH-10, Lorain 1932-1001.3-1801503 Overpass

? switch

? switch

? Clark

Abbey 1991-333.2-1870084 Overpass

Clark-? switch

? siding

Willey EOL

Willey Level crossing

? Clark

US-42, W.25 1912-208.8-1803301 Overpass

? Clark

? RR Overpass

? switch

? switch

DK Yard

Fulton 1901-148.4-1869663 Overpass

DK Yard

I-90 1975-161.5-1807870 Overpass

? switch

? switch

14 miles (23 km) CUT-Clark Border Cleveland Union Terminal Branch Line length: 4 miles (6.4 km) Gauge: 4 ft 8 1â„ 2 in (1,435 mm) Standard gauge


Mileage Name Note1 Note2

? Yard

CUT

Overpass

CUT

GCRTA Red, Blue, Green Overpass

CUT

Interstate 77 Overpass

CUT

E.37 Underpass

CUT- Switch

CUT- Switch

CUT- Switch

CUT- Switch

CUT- Switch

CUT- Branch

Broadway-E.34 Overpass

CUT {{BS5||STR|STR|ABZrg|STRrf||?||Switch||

Rockefeller Overpass

CUT

? EOL

CUT

CUT

CUT

Canal underpass

CUT

W.3 underpass

CUT

CUT

Interstate 90 Overpass

CUT

Cuyahoga River

CUT

University underpass

CUT

Abbey 1991-333.2-1870084 Overpass

CUT-? branch

CUT-? switch

CUT

Fairfield-Scranton 1910-62.5-1840444 underpass

CUT

Willey 1909-33.2-1840606 underpass

CUT