Marietta Subdivision

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The Marietta Subdivision is a railroad line owned by CSX Transportation and operated by Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad in the U.S. states of West Virginia and Ohio.[1] The line runs from Parkersburg, West Virginia, west to Belpre, Ohio, and north via Marietta to Relief (near Beverly, Ohio)[2] along a former Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road line. Its south end is at a connection to the Ohio River Subdivision; the line crosses the Ohio River on the Parkersburg Bridge between Parkersburg and Belpre.[3][4]


The short piece of the Marietta Subdivision from Moore Junction northeast to Harmar (part of Marietta) opened in 1857 as part of the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad.[5] The Union Railroad, from Moore Junction south to Belpre, opened in 1860.[6] The Parkersburg Bridge opened in 1871, connecting Belpre to the B&O's Parkersburg Branch.[7] In the 1880s or 1890s, the Zanesville and Ohio River Railway built from Harmar northwest past the current end of the line towards Zanesville.[citation needed] The lines became part of the B&O and CSX through leases and mergers. The Parkersburg Branch east from Parkersburg (formerly part of the Monongah Division) is now gone; the only connection there is with the Ohio River Subdivision.


  1. ^ Bevins, Evan (February 29, 2020). "CSX leasing rail line from Parkersburg to Marietta". News and Sentinel. James Spanner. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  2. ^ CSX Timetables: Marietta Subdivision
  3. ^ "MV-Marietta Sub - the RadioReference Wiki".
  4. ^ CSX Huntington East Division Timetable
  5. ^ "PRR Chronology, 1857" (PDF). (54.1 KiB), March 2005 Edition
  6. ^ "PRR Chronology, 1860" (PDF). (91.7 KiB), June 2004 Edition
  7. ^ "PRR Chronology, 1871" (PDF). (72.9 KiB), January 2005 Edition