The Millersburg Branch
This line was organized by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as the Cleveland, Wooster and Muskingum Valley Railroad in 1890 to connect Millersburg to the B&O mainline in Lodi. Operations started in 1895, and the line was later abandoned in 1928.
Due to destruction by agriculture and age, the ROW has not endured the years very well. However much of the ROW is still traceable.
It appears that the southern portion of the line used the Hudson to Columbus line, also abandoned.
Thanks to Aaron M. for contributing information.
|Baltimore & Ohio Railroad|
|Docket: AB 19 Sub 66X||2/6/1984||Section: 1152.20|
|NOTICE OF EXEMPTION, ABANDONMENT OF A PORTIOI OF B&0'S WOOSTER BRANCH BETWEEN POINT OF SWITCH 0+00 AND VALUATION STATION 58+00, LOCATED IN LODI, MEDINA COUNTY, OH|
B&O used a separate ROW from the CA&C, but they ran close together near Millersburg, where they shared a station. Parts of this line still have some intact ties and a short branch is evident in the Killbuck Wildlife area. Branch seems to go to a gravel pit.
The Lodi / Wooster portion of the line lasted into the 1970's until it was washed out by one of the hurricanes.
After that, the B&O / CSX reached Wooster via the PRR from Massillon. A portion of the line in wooster is still active.
The Wooster portion of this line runs beside the fairgrounds and is still rail until just past old Lincoln Way. The original depot is still there, and last I knew it was a barber shop. The whole line runs up through the Killbuck creek valley. Some parts of the roadbed can still be seen if you know what you are looking for. There are also a couple small towns through there that I suspect were "born on the railroad". The whole valley is very prone to flooding, so a hurricane may have been the "final blow", but Im sure it was flooded out many times in its history.
I've lived in Wooster my entire life, and I know that the old B&O depot is still in use as a barber shop as of 2017. The track that runs past it was taken over by RJ Corman in the early 2000s. Part of it is still used to serve the Frito-Lay plant on Old Mansfield Road. There is a spur that splits off and goes past the entrance to the Wayne County Fairgrounds, but it appears to have been out of service for some time, and the crossing over Old Mansfield Road next to the Buehler's warehouse has been paved over, even though the rails behind the warehouse are still in place.