Coshocton to Loudonville

The Walhonding Valley Branch

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This undated photo shows the "split" at the Loudonville station. On the back of the picture, it mentions that "this is the switch that that took the rail down through Greer." (Submitted by Ray Buettner)

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 about this route.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 11073 Date: 1/16/1936 Section: 1
App. of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Detroit Co. and the Pennsylvania RR. Co. for a authority to abandon a portion of the Walhonding Branch of the former company extending from Warsaw Junction, Coshocton County to Brink Haven, Knox County, a distance of 19.5 miles all in Ohio.
Length: 19.5 miles Citation: 212 ICC 799  
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 12351 Date: 3/17/1939 Section: 1
Application of Pennsylvania, Ohio & Detroit Railroad Company for authority to abandon that portion of the Walhonding Branch of the Pennsylvania Ohio & Detroit Railroad extending from Londonville to Brink Haven, a distance of approximately 17 miles, all in Ashland, Holmes and Knox Counties, Ohio.
Length: 17 miles Citation: 236 ICC 490  
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 13545 Date: 11/25/1941 Section: 1
App. of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Detroit RR Co, and Pennsylvania RR Co, Lessee, for abandonment (1) by former of those portions of its line from Trinway to at or near Blissfiled and from Warsaw Juction to Cochocton, a total 30 miles, all in Counties of Muskingum and Coshocton, Ohio; (2) of operation by Pennsylvania RR between Tennel Hill and Blissfield and between Warsaw Junction and Coshocton, a total distance of 19 miles all in Coshocton county, Ohio.
Length: 49 miles Citation: 252 ICC 802  
Also under this filing: The Dresden Branch   
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 13940 Date: 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 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?

Todd Rook
Tipp City, OH
10/18/2010

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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.

http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=h&lat=40.358173&lon=-82.137098&zoom=18

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.

Michael C.
Zanesville, OH
1/17/2011

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is there anyone out there that would like to help organized a metal detecting trip along these abandon RR lines?

bryan
cin, OH
4/25/2011

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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 melissakjones21615@yahoo.com. Thanks so much!

Melissa Jones
Howard, OH
8/17/2011

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I do also know for a fact about the line that went through Greer Ohio. Most of my family worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad. I was told that there was a station there, that is where my cousins and great grandfather used to get on, then head to Loudenville, to the station there, and get on the trains to work.

Also I was told that (I seen where the tracks went through Greer) father told me it ran up Wally Road. Aka Township Road 357. Along the road itself. Then into Loudenville. I have family that still lives in Greer, so it has been passed down through the ages about that town. Course if you blink, you went through it. Though I never understood why they had a station in Greer. Or if it was just a stop along the way.

Raymond Buettner
Ohio
3/2/2012

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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.

Eric Porch
Mansfield, OH
6/2/2012

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"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!

Gary Lambillotte
Medina, OH
3/18/2013

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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 Bosson
Tunnel hill, OH
9/14/2013

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