The Mount Gilead Short Line Railway
— ICC Abandonment Filings —
|New York Central System|
|Docket: 7360||1/9/1929||Section: 1&5|
|App. of (1) Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Ry. Go. for certificate to abandon operation of the Mt. Gilead Short Line Ry. between Mt. Gilead and Edison, in Morrow County, Ohio, a distance of 2.1 miles; (2) Toledo and Ohio Central Ry. Co. for authority to acquire control, under lease, of the Mt. Gilead Short Line Ry.; and (3) New York Central RR. Co. for certificate to construct a connecting track between the railroad of the Toledo and Ohio Central Ry. Co. and the railway of the Mt. Gilead Short Line Ry., at Mt. Gilead, Ohio, a length of 200 feet, and to operate the Mt. Gilead Short Line Ry.|
|Length: 2.1 miles|
— User Comments —
The planned path of the railroad began near Centerville in Fairfax County where it connected with the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. The route continued in a northwesterly direction, cutting through Mount Gilead of Catoctin Mountain to reach the heart of Loudoun Valley, the breadbasket of Loudoun County. Following the curves of this landscape, gently winding its way through the fields of Loudoun Valley, it entered Lincoln on a path to Purcellville. The Loudoun Branch was expected to eventually extend to Harpers Ferry where it was to intersect with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.