Wilmington to Morrow
|Baltimore & Ohio Railroad|
|Docket: AB 19 Sub 47F||8/8/1980||Section: 1a|
|APPLICATION FILED FOR ABANDONMENT OF THE MORROW SUB-DIVISION, FROM VALUATION STATION 6751+43, MILEPOST 128.30, AT OR NEAR WILMINGTON, OHIO, TO VALUATION STATION 7327+65, MILEPOST 139.21, at OR NEAR CLARKSVILLE, OHIO, A TOTAL DISTANCE OF 10.91 MILES, IN CLINTON COUNTY, OHIO.|
|Length: 10.910 miles||Citation:|
This was part fo the line that ran from Zanesville to Middletown and was used primarily to move Southeast Ohio coal to the foundries and steel mills of Middletown. It is my understanding that it was not included in Conrail and was abandoned when Conrail was formed.
I'm unable to reconcile the ICC filing seen above for this line, docket AB 19 Sub 47F, for the Baltimore & Ohio. The line described therein appears as a former Pennsylvania RR line in my maps. So not sure what is going on with this particular ICC filing for the B&O seemingly for a PRR line.
Any further info will be greatly appreciated.
This was a segment of a Pennsylvania line that ran from Zanesville to Middletown. They used trackage rights on the B&O from Wilmington to Washington C.H. As stated in the earlier post, I know its main function was coal for Middletown. My guess is that when it wasn't included in Contrail perhaps the B&O received this stretch from Wilmington to Clarksville from the ICC to continue serving a customer there. Given that the ex-pennsy line that ran south from Xenia to Cincinnati (which connected at Morrow) had been abandoned in 1976, maybe a customer in Clarksville made the arrangement with the B&O to continue service. B&O likely filed the abandonment above in 1980 to discontinue unprofitable service.
This is a logical guess, I really don't know for sure but it is the only thing I can think of that may have led B&O to involvement with this line.