This abandoned railway line was organized in 1889 as the Walhonding Valley Railway (later to be known as the Pennsylvania Railroad's Walhonding Valley Branch). It was built to "kill" the dwindling Walhonding Canal, which it paralleled for most of its route. After construction of the line began in 1892 (then as the Toledo, Walhonding Valley and Ohio Railway), it caused much of a stir, due to PRR's unauthorized (illegal) use of land; the line was completed in 1893. In 1894, the PRR reached an agreement with the State of Ohio over the use of land, including the state's right to order the PRR to raise bridges for canal boats. The canal eventually closed in 1896, however.
The line was used until 1936, when the Mohawk Dam was built, cutting off the ROW.
Since then, most of the ROW has been obliterated, and the once-impressive 700-ft long, 70-foot high trestle over the PRR's Hudson-Columbus route, now abandoned, has long been removed. Portions of the ROW are visible via satellite imagery, though they can be challenging to locate.
Thanks to Aaron M. for contributing information.
|Docket: 13940||9/11/1942||Section: 1|
|Application of The Pennsylvania, Ohio and Detroit Railroad company and The Pennsylvania Railroad Company for abandonment of the formers Walhonding Branch extending from Loudonville to Brink Haven, a distance of approximately 17 miles, in Ashland, Holmes and Eiiox Counties Ohio, and abandonment of operations thereover by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, as Lessee.|
|Length: 17.000 miles||Citation: 254 ICC 812|
The thru-truss bridge shown did not belong to the Wally (TWV&O). Rather it was a road bridge (CR 715) before realigned as part of the Mohawk Dam construction. I visited the bridge this weekend and verified it had decking for a road and not for a RR. Please see http://bridgehunter.com/oh/coshocton/1602888/
I'm not sure where the Wally crossed the river here but it may be where the new CR 715 bridge is. Anyone know?
If you actually veer off National Route 36 (5 minutes west of warsaw), to State Route 715, it will take you directly to the Mohawk dam. The bridge you mention is an old remnant of the original vehicle road path. A steel truss bridge, barely 2 lanes in width, located just to the west of the dam (a mile or so). However, while crossing the new alignment of the road, and subsequent concrete bridge of SR 715....look directly to your right (just up the river), and notice the old stone piers. That's the original crossing of the old railroad line. A second bridge crossing, and the same thing appears...more stones piers, just up the river. The railroad bed, disappears in some farmland. Most likely graded out.
Notice 2 stone piers, just to the north of 715 in that image. Google earth maps, give you subtle hints of the path of that railroad.
is there anyone out there that would like to help organized a metal detecting trip along these abandon RR lines?
I am looking for old pictures of the old railroad bridge in between Walhonding and Cavallo. It was actually closer to Cavallo. It had the big open spans and was coverted to allow cars to travel across it. When my mom was growing up it had 2 planks that you had to line your tires up on to get across. Later they filled in the "road" part with what looked like old railroad ties. I have a lot a great memories on this bridge and after high scholl I moved away for a few years and when I came home, it had been torn down. I would love to have some pictures of it, and have not had any luck so far. If anyone know of or has any that I can make copies of please let me know. my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much!
In response to Mr. Buettner, for some reason the depot at Greer was named Edlam. This has happened more than once; where the rr gave a different name than the town to it's depot.
"Greer" PO was changed to "Edlam" due to the continuous problem of mail miscarried to similarly-named places (eg: Green, Greersville, etc.) This was, after all, the pre-zip code era!
Does any one have any pictures or the story of the rail line that ran through tunnel hill? I grew up there and we used to play around the entrances to the tunnel.
Mike, There are PRR ICC evaluation photos on line of both the north and south ends of the tunnel, as well as some current ones. From the south portal is unrecognizable and the north portal stonework is a the end of cut but the brick-lined tunnel is totally caved in.
I have sent the author of this page, more images to back up the information from my first picture I sent to here. and other pictures of The Wally Road (Walhonding Valley Railroad)