The Somerset Mining Branch
— ICC Abandonment Filings —
|Baltimore & Ohio Railroad|
|Docket: 26845||10/8/1971||Section: 1(18)|
|Applic. for auth. to aband. the Somerset Mining Branch from Hooversville, VS 0+00 to the end of the branch, at VS 70+32, a dist. of approx. 1.32 miles, all in Somerset County, Pa.|
|Length: 1.32 miles|
— User Comments —
Rebuilt by Reitz Coal Co. Windber,Pa in 1977 to serve their new coal cleaning plant located at the end of line. The line was used steadily though out the late 70's and the last train was loaded in the fall of 1983. The mine loaded between 25 and 45 cars at a time and was the location of a number of spectacular derailments off the very steep grade which was said to be the steepest active grade east of the Mississippi by the B&O crews. ( Yes even steeper than Saluda) The tracks are now removed.