B&O-N&W Portsmouth OH

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Sun Jun 11 20:49:38 EDT 2006


The Marietta & Cincinnati Railway line from Hamden to Portsmouth was indeed
in operation before it became part of the B&O. The oldest authority I have
for that is the June 1868 Official Guide reprint. And, when I was young in
the 30s and early 40s, the line (then the B&O) had a local passenger train
(usually a motor car originating and terminating in Parkersburg WV) each way
daily except Sunday. The car periodically showed up in Chillicothe, where I
lived) for servicing. I don't remember when passenger service on the
Portsmouth branch ceased, but others reading this will know that, as well as
the location of the passenger depot. I'm pretty sure the passenger depot
was on Market Street in the old part of Portsmouth where the B&O yards were.
And, yes, the B&O and the DT&I shared trackage between Jackson and Bloom

Bob McKell

Chillicothe OH

nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org wrote:

Hello All,

This B&O Portsmouth thread has me wondering about some things. It seems that
the B&O was actually into Portsmouth and Sciotoville before the N&W as the
Marietta and Cincinnati RR. Is this true? Also, I assume that the B&O
Southwest at one time operated passenger service on the Portsmouth Branch.
Is this true and was there a B&O passenger depot in Portsmouth? Where was
it located? What year did passenger operations cease? It is very hard to
find information about the B&O Southwest's Portsmouth Branch or pictures of
its operation. One more question. Did the B&O and DT&I share trackage from
Jackson down thru Oak Hill or Bloom Jct before they split to Sciotoville and
Ironton respectively? As you can see I have a lot of questions about this
area of N&W and Ohio railroad history.

I appreciate everyones input and look forward to reading more about this

Thanks Very Much,

Jim Hall

Columbus, OH

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