CSX  Tracks  Through  Athens Ohio - The  Final  Years
Hyperlink repaired  January 10, 2006
After 135 years of operation CSX  removed the B&O tracks through Athens Ohio during
Nov.1991.   The line was originally the  Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad's
"American Central Line"  arriving in Athens in 1857.
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The tracks thru Athens were the B&O's  quickest way between Washington DC  and
St.Louis. This line ran through  Cumberland, Grafton & Parkersburg W.Va.,  Belpre Ohio,
Athens, New Marshfield, Hamden, Chillicothe, among some of the towns.
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The last  "through train"  was a special transformer move in 1985.  Not long after that the tracks
from  Red Diamond ( near McArthur Ohio ) to Athens were removed.   The tracks through
Athens were left in place due to rumored future coal trains needed along the Ohio River.
When this project fell through the track in Athens and Eastward was taken up.
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Today  CSX routes traffic North through Willard Ohio  or  South  through Huntington W.Va.
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While it is sorrowful to see tracks torn up,  this is part of American railroading too.
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This tribute is divided into several  sections
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March 1990  Tour of  the  Line

        Athens  City  areas

        Canaanville  to  Belpre
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Scrapping of the Track - Nov. 1991

       Section #1 - West Half of Athens City

       Section #2 - East Half of Athens City

       Section #3 - East of  Athens  ( Canaanville & Guysville )
 


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