The Plum Creek Branch

Holly Junction to Webster Springs, West Virginia

This abandoned railway line started out as the narrow gauge Holly River and Addison Railroad, and then the West Virginia Midland Railroad. A logging operation that harvested the rich woods in this region of West Virginia, it connected to the Baltimore and Ohio's Richwood Branch at Holly Junction (adjacent to Holly Creek), and ran to Webster Springs, WV, where it interchanged with the Western Maryland (formerly the Greenbriar, Cheat and Elk Railroad).

It is not known when the line was purchased by the Pennsylvania Railroad, who filed for abandonment for part of the line in 1937.

Thanks to Ed Sumner for contributing information.

—  ICC Abandonment Filings  —

Pennsylvania Railroad
Docket: 11589 3/17/1937 Section: 1
App. for authority to abandon a portion of its Plum Creek Branch extending from Holly Junction through Palmer, Holly, Salisbury, Big Run and Diana all in Counties of Webster and Braxton, State of West Va. about 16.7 miles.
Length: 16.700 miles Citation: 221 ICC 403  

—  User Comments  —

To my knowledge, the PRR had nothing to do with this line. I refer you to Mr. James C. Marsh, grandson of the WVM's last superintendent O.W. Marsh, and the author of a comprehensive book on the WVM.

Ed Sumner
Cleveland, TN
9/3/2010