Byesville Scenic Railway
|Byesville Scenic Railway|
|Locale||Guernsey County, Ohio, USA|
|Dates of operation||–present|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)|
The railway is a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the local coal mining and railroad history in Guernsey County, Ohio, USA. The railroad runs on track that was originally known as the Cleveland & Marietta Railroad and later became part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The primary freight hauled was coal, as Guernsey County was a large producer of coal. It later became part of the Penn Central Railroad due to a merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central and later Conrail.
In the early 1980s most of the C&M was removed, the remaining portion from Cambridge to C&M Junction (just south of Derwent) was sold to the Chessie System (which later became CSX Transportation). Guernsey County purchased Byesville to C&M Junction in 1999 which lay dormant until 2003 when the Buckeye Central Scenic Railroad began operating a tourist train from Byesville, Ohio to Derwent. In 2006, the newly formed Byesville Scenic Railway (BSRW) began operations and has continued the rehabilitation of line to C&M Junction. BSRW plans call for the rebuilding the old B&O Eastern Ohio branch to Cumberland, Ohio.
- "BVSR". Byesville Scenic Railway.
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