Map submitted by Mike Fromholt.
This abandoned route once formed part of Baltimore and Ohio's mainline route between Cincinnati, OH and Chicago, IL.
See also Griffith to La Crosse and Marion to Richmond.
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This was CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO, not B&O. It was abandoned in the 1986-87 time frame and rails removed around 1991-92 or so. Line was constructed around 1910, and didn't last even one hundred years. Amtrak ran their Cardinal train 50 and 51 along this route until about 1986 which included a stop in Peru, which was a division point on this line and featured a large yard, roundhouse, car and engine shop, and water and coaling tower. All is gone today. In North Judson a short section remains as part of the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. Amboy on Eastward toward Marion is in place and owned by Kokomo Grain/Winamac Southern Railway and still features CWR. What doomed this line was it's end were cutoff. From Malden to Chicago had been removed at some point and also Cincy to Cottage Grove on the South end was removed in favor of B&O trackage into Hamilton. Then owner CSX determined it could ship trains via Deshler, Ohio via the B&O main line to route Cincy to Chicago traffic and this C&O line was little by little abandoned. It once hosted many piggy back freights and much coal traffic heading to the steel mills near Chicago and was in great shape even at the end. CRW rail was pulled up and the rest is history.
I was wondering if any of the steel rails were on the lone from cincy to Chicago and if so how do you get permission to remove the rails for the companies. Thank you. Yeah M Bishop
Teah M. Bishop
I think i have some picture of this when i was a kid. My grandpa used to take me to Goodman yard in Marion In when I was a little kid. The tracks ran right beside the yard on the south side.
muncie , IN
Do you have any pictures or information about North Judson to Amboy? Please