Sandusky to Newark

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  • States: Ohio   
  • Railroads: B&O, SM&N   
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Greg Harrison

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The remains of the right-of-way through a farm field, just north of Prout. This is an isolated section in which tracks are still in place. Photo by Aaron M.

This line began in 1846 as the Sandusky, Mansfield and Newark Railroad, running from Sandusky to Newark, Ohio. In 1869, it came under control of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, for which it became part of the mainline. In the early 1890s, the B&O began using a new mainline west from Willard, and downgraded this line from its mainline status. It was operated into the late 1970s/early 1980s.

Today, portions of this line remains in operation from Newark to Mount Vernon and from Willard to Mansfield. Elsewhere, the route is abandoned. An 18-mile long rail-trail, the Richland B&O trail, has been constructed on the right-of-way from Butler to Mansfield. Other than that, the line remains undeveloped. An isolated section of abandoned track is still in place as pictured here, just north of Prout. In addition, according to satellite imagery, there appears to be remains of a yard with tracks still in place just to the north of these photos; however, it is now on NASA Plumbrook (government) property.

Thanks to Aaron M. for contributing information about this route.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: AB 19 Sub 21 Date: 3/18/1975 Section: 1(18)
Applic. for authority to abandon a portion of its Sandusky Branch betw. VS 4637+00 near Willard, Ohio and VS 5913+00 near Wilmer, Ohio, a distance of approx. 24.17 mi., all in Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio.
Length: 24.17 miles Citation:  
Docket Number: AB 19 Sub 36 Date: 10/22/1976 Section: 1a
Application filed for authority to abandon a portion of the Sandusky Branch btwn. VS 4637+00 at or near Willard, Ohio, and VS 6113+51.5 at or near Sandusky, Ohio, a distance of approx. 29.22 miles; its operations over the line jointly owned with Norfolk and Western Rwy. Co. between VS 6116+56.5 and VS 6141+62 at or near Sandusky, Ohio, a distance of approx. 0.47 miles; and trackage rights over Conosolidated Rail Corp. btwn. VS 6113+51.5 and VS 6116+56.5 at or near Sandusdy, Ohio, a distance of approx. 0.06 miles, all in Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio.
Length: 29.22 miles Citation:  

There's a stone arch bridge still in place just south of Monroeville. I hope to get pics this fall

Ashville, OH


what are the rules with the tracks. (b&o) are you aloud to take out the old track bed? i seen csx. name on them at the court house

paul bollinger
monroeville, OH


I used to live in Butler, and I remember the sad, sad day in 1987 when CSX began to tear up the tracks through Bellville and Butler. There is a nice truss bridge (intact) at Bellville, and girder bridges over the Clear Fork just north of Butler and northwest of Bellville. The line runs southwest of Butler, and west to Ankneytown before it turns south towards Fredericktown. There is a deep cut west of Ankneytown.

I'll never understand why CSX abandoned this line. It was active well into the mid-1980s The trains often pulled onto a siding in Butler so that the crew could eat at our one (and only) diner

Paul Wenning
Columbus, OH


When Did The Rail road Stop Going Through JOHNSTOWN , OHIO ?

Paul V. Wade


This line was a segment of the original B&O mainline to Chicago. It became secondary when the B&O acquired the direct line from New Castle to Willard (current CSX main.) As with the CA&C, as online business vanished, the rails were removed.

Gary Lambillotte
Medina, OH


There is a stone arch bridge between Mason Rd & Bogert Rd in Erie County. Some of the old road bed is visible by Perkins High School. It runs and the back of my yard.

Monty Kaufman
Sandusky, OH


The part that ran through the village of Monroeville was put back in some years ago, it allows the grain mill there access to the Wheeling and Lake Erie. It only stretches about a mile or so, and stops before crossing US 20. From what I understand it was a life saver for the mill to have the put back in.

Randall Coon
Toledo, OH


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