Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hocking Value Railroad

The original segment of the Hocking Valley Railroad was built between Columbus and Athens, OH. Construction started on April 14, 1864 as the Mineral Rail Road to transport coal. Brick, salt and iron were also important commodities that it hauled out of the hills of southern Ohio.. Subsequent corporate entities built routes from Columbus to Toledo and from Logan to Gallipolis. By 1899 it was the Hocking Valley Railway, and it connected Lake Erie with the Ohio River with various branches into the hills of Southern Ohio. In May 1930, it was merged into the C&O. The C&O merged with the B&O in 1972 to form the Chessie System. The line through Nelsonville was abandoned by Chessie in the early 1980s. [HVSRY-aboutEd's Corner]

The following information is from the 2005 SPV Map. The segment from Logan to the river is abandoned. The segment from Logan to Nelsonville is now owned by the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad, and the segment between Nelsonville and Athens is abandoned. The segment north of Logan to Columbus is operated by the Indiana & Ohio Central Railroad, a RailAmerica subsidary. The segment from Columbus through Marion and Fostoria to Toledo is still owned by CSX.

But Genesee & Wyoming bought RailAmerica in 2012 and evidently consolodated the Indiana & Ohio and Indiana & Ohio Central as IORY.

Much more history is available in Ed's Corner.

Map from ColumbusRailroad,  cropped

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