Bloom Switch to Ironton

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Looking north on Rail Road St. in Ironton, OH. Photo by Brian Milem, July 2008.

This line started as part of the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton's main line between Detroit, MI and Ironton, OH, and was eventually purchased by PRR and merged into Penn Central. Ownership of the DT&I lasted until 1970, when the bankrupt Penn Central sold the line to private investors to pay off creditors. The Grand Trunk Western Railroad ultimately became the owner of the line in 1980, and abandoned this segment in 1982.

See also Washington Court House to Jackson.

Thanks to Aaron M. for contributing information about this route.

In Sept. 2009 the Port Authority of Lawrence County and the City of Jackson Ohio entered into an agreement to study rebuilding this section.

Brian Milem
South Point
10/11/2009

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The map as drawn is inaccurate... the rail bed actually (more or less) parallels Ohio State Route 93 north toward Oak Hill. What is interesting is that after the line left Oak Hill and headed south towards Ironton, there was a switch located at the intersection of State Routes 93 and 140 shown on the map, and a now-abandoned line went west through South Webster to Wheelersburg!

Mark
Near Ironton, OH
7/14/2010

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What ever happened to the port authoritys study on reviving this line ?

I've always heard there was a connection towards Wheelersburg or Sciotoville but can never find information.What was the name of the branch/spur that ran towards Wheelersburg ? Any websites with info. ?

Collin
Flatwoods, KY
10/24/2010

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Mark and Collin, the line you guys are referring to would be the B&O Portsmouth branch, originally part of the B&OSW, it ran from Hamden to Portsmouth, paralleling the N&W at Sciotoville, and ending somewhere in the western part of Portsmouth at some industries. The DT&I shared trackage rights from Bloom Junction to Hamden, where it headed west to WCH and points north/west. The line was abandoned from Bloom Junction to Sciotoville when the C&O and B&O merged, and favored the Northern Sub for most of their traffic. There is a stretch of trackage left that is operated by US Rail Corp (former Great Miami Railway) from Jackson through Oak Hill to Firebrick on Route 140, ending at a small warehouse.

Mike Sullivan
Ashland, KY
10/11/2012

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The line you speak of runs from Ironton to south Webster where it merged and had trackage rights along the B&O from South Webster to Jackson, Oh. In Jackson the DT&I had a yard with car shops (the car shops are still there. But used for something else now) and in that yard the DT&I split from the B&O and headed towards Chillicothe. Some of the line is still in place around Jackson. Most of the track is there between jackson and 140 but its been out of service for a year or two. The old B&O line is still actively used by a short line between Jackson and Hamden. It goes north as well but not sure exactly where.

sw carman
south webster, OH
1/12/2014

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Actually after a detailed survey in 2009 they figured it would cost $4million dollars to revive the rail line from oakhill Ohio to the Norfolk & Southern line in Portsmouth there has been a lot of houses built on the old 140 line through South Webster. And as of 2013 the rail line was abandoned South of Jackson Ohio at state rt 93 the tracks were removed at the waterloo coal company crossing in November 2014 and the Oakhill brick plant crossing south of the village was removed in 2013 and the entire line was abandoned from oakhill to Jackson and Jackson to oakhill. The line is active North of Jackson to Red Diamond powder plant in MacArthur it links up to the west of Wellston Ohio in Richmondale Ohio to the CSX Line.

Jeff garrett
Jackson, OH
11/28/2014

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Just curious but what would be the purpose of reviving the old B&O line between Portsmouth and Oak Hill? And I had heard they looked into reviving the DT&I line between Ironton and Oak Hill as well. But don't really know what the purpose was there either.

sw carman
south webster, OH
11/28/2014

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It was supposed to bring more income to oakhill and other villages along the way they wanted to ship more stuff in and out by rail 90% of it was coal loaded at Waterloo Coal and shipped.

Jeff garrett
Jackson, OH
11/28/2014

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Any idea what why they never went through with it?

sw carman
south webster, OH
11/29/2014

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They never went through with it because the total cost to revive that line was over $4million dollars and oakhill didn't have the money to do it and never would. Besides if people hadn't built houses on the old line it wouldn't have cost so much

Jeff Garrett
Jackson, OH
12/5/2014

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Why would the cost go to Oak Hill? The line as a whole is owned by the city of Jackson.

sw carman
south webster, OH
12/5/2014

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The line was not abandoned south of Jackson to Oak Hill and the end of track at Nock & Sons. The crossings were removed instead of rebuilt to save money on the out of service line. When if any customers begin service south of Jackson the crossings will be reinstalled.

Mark Hiser
Circleville , OH
12/31/2014

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