Sandyville to Magnolia

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  • States: Ohio   
  • Railroads: B&O   

The Magnolia Branch

Point of Interest

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Greg Harrison

The Magnolia Branch was constructed in 1898 in order to reach the town of Magnolia (about 650 population). The Magnolia Coal Company advanced to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad $35,000 to aid in its construction; in return, the B&O served their coal mines along the short 5-mile route. The line branched from the B&O mainline at Sandyville, OH, and ran eastward to Magnolia, where it also served a flour mill.

The line did see passenger service via a mixed train that ran daily between Sandyville and Magnolia. This service lasted until April of 1918.

Shortly after this branch was in operation, the Pennsylvania Railroad built their own mainline directly through Magnolia, which was not large enough to support the operation of two large railroad companies. Due to dwindling coal returns from mines along the route, and the decreasing commerce from Magnolia as it shifted to the new PRR mainline, the B&O decided to abandoned the Magnolia Branch in 1922.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: 2199 Date: 1/25/1922 Section: 1-18
The Baltimore & Ohio RR Co. for a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the abandonment of its Magnolia Branch in Caroll and Starke Counties, OH.
Length: Unknown Citation: 71 ICC 386  
Docket Number: 3368 Date: 1924 Section: 1
Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for authority to abandon and remove its Magnolia Branch consisting of 2.884 miles of main track, and 0.26 miles of side track all of which is located in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
Length: 3.144 miles Citation: 86 ICC 327  

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