Concept and history

What began as a general interest in Ohio rail transportation history eventually evolved and narrowed to focus on specific entities, mainly the Norfolk and Western Railway and the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the industries they served. As well as the state's once extensive interurban network that served both freight and passenger needs. Soon I began to explore ways to integrate these varied interests into a single unique freelance entity of my own creation for hobby purposes. After visits to various locations between Portsmouth and Gallipolis I soon settled on a railroad to be built along the Ohio River, linking river towns, ports and natural resources to manufacturing centers located to the east. Later I would learn of several attempts to build such a route in real life; the Pennsylvania Railroad actually came the closest with its acquisition of the Pittsburgh, Ohio Valley and Cincinnati Railroad, built along the Ohio River from Bellaire to Hannibal, Ohio in the late 1800s. Even more interesting, the original western terminus of the POV&C was to be Ironton, Ohio.

Precedent: former Pennsylvania (POV&C) RR along the Ohio River from Bellaire to Hannibal, Ohio

Company Milestones-

  • 1849: The Ironton Railway is formed and land acquisition begins.
  • 1850: Construction commences.
  • 1852: Service between Ironton and Oak Hill is established to serve mining and timber interests.
  • 1888: Interurban service between Ironton and Pomeroy is established.
  • 1888: Name changed to Ironton, Gallipolis and Eastern Electric Railway.
  • 1890: Controlling interest in the Euclid Heights & South Shore Rwy obtained.
  • 1891: Line extended to Bellaire. Oak Hill branch is sold to Ohio Southern.
  • 1892: The Pennsylvania Company becomes majority shareholder.
  • 1933: Current era. 

West Jersey and Seashore Railroad (WJ&S) a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad - late 20s


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