Ohio Central Railroad System

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Ohio Central Railroad System
Ohio Central Railroad logo.png
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An Ohio Central train in South Zanesville, Ohio
Locale Ohio, Pennsylvania
Dates of operation 1988–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Coshocton, Ohio

The Ohio Central Railroad System is a network of short line railroads operating in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. It is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

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[1] and the old Panhandle Route, owned by the State of Ohio.[2]

Railroads in the system[edit]

Ohio Central's rail system comprises[3]

Steam operations[edit]

As well as being a regular revenue railroad, the Ohio Central had its own steam department that operated 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:


Awaiting restoration:

Former engines:

Acquisition by Genesee and Wyoming[edit]

On August 5, 2008, Genesee and Wyoming Inc announced an agreement to purchase the Ohio Central System for $219 million.[4][5] Approval was granted by the Surface Transportation Board on December 30, 2008.[6]


^ 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.


  1. ^ "Mount Vernon News." September 20, 2006. Mount Vernon News.
  2. ^ "Ohio Central RR hopes to lease Panhandle line." October 2007. Coshocton Tribune.
  3. ^ "Ohio Central". Archived from the original on 2007-10-25. 
  4. ^ Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Signs Agreement to Acquire Ohio Central Railroad System, press release
  5. ^ "Connecticut company buys Ohio Central Railroad". Business First of Columbus. August 4, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ [1]