Ohio Central Railroad System
An Ohio Central train in South Zanesville, Ohio
|Reporting mark||OHCR, OSRR, CUOH, MVRY, OHPA, WTRM, YARR, YB, POHC, AOR|
|Dates of operation||1988–present|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
Headquartered in Coshocton, Ohio, the system operates 500 miles (800 km) of track divided among 10 subsidiary railroads. Most of the system's routes were divested from Class I railroads and connect industries to the Class I railroads.
The Ohio Central operates on track owned by other entities, including a line from Newark, Ohio to Mount Vernon, Ohio owned by CSX Transportation and the old Panhandle Route, owned by the State of Ohio.
Railroads in the system
Ohio Central's rail system comprises
- Ohio Central Railroad
- Ohio Southern Railroad
- Columbus and Ohio River Rail Road, the former Pennsylvania Railroad Panhandle Route
- Mahoning Valley Railway
- Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroad
- Warren and Trumbull Railroad
- Youngstown and Austintown Railroad
- Youngstown Belt Railroad
- Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad A[›]
- Aliquippa and Ohio River Railroad
As well as being a regular revenue railroad, the Ohio Central has its own steam department that operates steam locomotives for tourist trains, excursions and special events.
Steam locomotives The Ohio Central Railroad System owned and operated several steam locomotives. When Jerry Joe Jacobson sold OCRS in 2008, he maintained the ownership of the antique equipment including the collection of steam locomotives. He built a large roundhouse in Sugarcreek, Ohio, called the Age of Steam Roundhouse to house that equipment including the following:
- Mississippian Railway 76, sold in 2005 to the Steam Railroading Institute of Owosso, Michigan.
- Baldwin Locomotive Works 26, was traded for Canadian National 1551 in 1986 to Steamtown
Acquisition by Genesee and Wyoming
On August 5, 2008, Genesee and Wyoming Inc announced an agreement to purchase the Ohio Central System for $219 million. Approval was granted by the Surface Transportation Board on December 30, 2008.
^ A: formerly the Pittsburgh Industrial Railroad, a 42-mile (68 km) line from Arden to Neville Island, Pennsylvania. The Ohio Central purchased this line from RailAmerica, in December 2000 for $7.7 million. In 2005, the State of Pennsylvania awarded $2.1 million to repair flood damage along this line.
- "Mount Vernon News." September 20, 2006. Mount Vernon News.
- "Ohio Central RR hopes to lease Panhandle line." October 2007. Coshocton Tribune.
- "Ohio Central".
- Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Signs Agreement to Acquire Ohio Central Railroad System, press release
- "Connecticut company buys Ohio Central Railroad". Business First of Columbus. August 4, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2010.