This railroad began as the Bowling Green Railroad Company in 1874, as a link between Tontogany and Bowling Green, Ohio. The terminus in Tontogany was at the Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton Railroad (C.H. & D.), and the line continued southeast to Bowling Green. In 1887, the line was purchased by the C.H. & D. In 1890, the company purchased the Toledo, Findlay and Springfield Railroad, extending its line to North Baltimore, Ohio. The line was later purchased by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and operated until it was abandoned in 1978.
Today, a trail now runs on the right of way from North Baltimore to Bowling Green. Named the Slippery Elm Trail, it is 13 miles in length.
Thanks to Aaron M. for contributing information.
|Baltimore & Ohio Railroad|
|Docket: AB 19 Sub 33||10/22/1976||Section: 1a|
|Application filed for authority to abandon its Bowling Green Branch between VS 2+14 at or near Tontogany, Ohio and VS 1010+42.2 at end of Branch at North Baltimore, Ohio, a distance of approx. 19.14 miles, all in Wood County, Ohio.|
|Length: 19.140 miles||Citation:|
I have ridden the trail south from Bowling Green numerous times in the spring, summer and fall. It is almost biliard table flat, headwinds will make it feel like a long grade, especially later in the day. A very quiet and piecefull route.
My father-in-law (B&O RR 33yrs MOW) worked on this branch. He had to clean switch leads in the winter of snow. Didn't care for that. Worked Bates tower in Rossford yards and south to Tontogany and North Baltimore.
For the B&O, this was the direct route for Pittsburgh / Detroit traffic.
It eliminated the problem at Deshler where there was no facing-point connection to go westbound to northbound.
The "Ambassador" (Baltimore / Detroit) used the BG cutoff as this line was known.
I worked this sub as a young fireman in the early '70's. It was somewhat like driving off through a cornfield back then.