Shawneetown to Altamont
|Baltimore & Ohio Railroad|
|Docket: AB 19 Sub 27||3/18/1975||Section: 1(18)|
|Applic. for authority to abandon a line and operation thereof, between Sta. 3961+17, at Flora and Sta. 9415+49, Sangamon Junction, a distance of approx. 103.29 mi., all In Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Christian, and Sangamon Counties, State of Ill.|
|Length: 103.290 miles||Citation:|
I think this line (along with the L&N line to Shawneetown) was abandoned at its southernmost ends after 1937, when the Ohio River Flood totally demolished the river port of (Old) Shawneetown and forced its residents upriver to (New) Shawneetown. Of course, that's just an educated guess. I'm not 100% sure.
The line was still intact to Shawneetown. Both the L&N and the B&O came together at Junction, west of Shawneetown. There was jut a switch, no signals. There was an interlocking with B&O-style position lights for a mine spur west of Shawneetown. This crossed the B&O and was just a shuttle between the mine and river, no connection to other railroads. It had Position lights all four directions and semaphores with blue lenses for Distant signals. This line has beebn abandoned and torn up, between Spriongfield and Shawneetown. A B&O line from Springfield to Beardstown was abandoned in the 1970's. There was an interlocking with G M & O in Ashland, with semaphore signals on both lines.
There is no trace of either line left now. Parts of the B&O Line from Springfield to Taylorville are a hiking and bicycle trail. The Interlocking Tower at Pana, where it crossed the C&EI, NYC, and IC, still stands.