Millersburg to Lodi

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  • Railroads: B&O, CW&MV   

The Millersburg Branch

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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 about this route.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD
Docket Number: 2993 Date: 1923 Section: 1
Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. for a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the abandonment of that part of its Millersburg Branch extending from a point south of Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio to Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio, a distance of 16.818 miles.
Length: 16.818 miles Citation:  
BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD
Docket Number: 7009 Date: 7/10/1928 Section: 1
App. for certificate to abandon a part of its Millersburg Branch from South Wooster to Millersburg, in Wayne and Holmes Counties, Ohio, a distance of 16.8 miles.
Length: 16.8 miles Citation: 145 ICC 655  

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.

Gary Lambillotte
Medina, OH
12/18/2008

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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.

S. H. LUSTIG
Mayfield Hts., OH
6/26/2014

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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.

Todd Simpson
Rittman, OH
1/3/2016

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