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Baltimore & Ohio RR

Part 3: Appalachian operations

Regional Timetable - - Local Service via Wheeling - - Pittsburgh / Clarksburg / Richwood trains

Charleston & Shenandoah branch services - - Other Local Trains

Leaving Washington, the B & O heads west through Harpers Ferry to Cumberland, Md., where the line splits. One route bears north to Pittsburgh, then west through upper Ohio and along the lower lake shore to Chicago; the line known as the "Capitol Route".

The other heads west to Parkersburg, WVa., on the Ohio river. Here, a cross line links Pittsburgh with the C & O at Huntington WVa. Crossing the Ohio, the "National Route" heads due west for Cincinnati and on to St. Louis.

The hills of Virginia and West Virginia are rugged country, famous for Sand Patch and 17 Mile Grade, where large mallets frequently double head and helpers are common.

However, in the Appalachian mountain chain, branch line service predominates. There are plenty of local branches feeding the small coal mining communities. Here, the rails are light, maintenance is not up to mainline standards and dispatching is still done by train order.

There are several top Name Trains that pass thru Appalachia - stopping at a few major points, if at all - on their way west. However, the Appalachian hills themselves are thinly settled and the roads are few. It is here that local service has held on longest, with a wide array of locals and accommodation trains. This one relatively small portion of the B&O system accounts for roughly 1/3 of all their scheduled trains.


NOTE: refer to The Glossary for a summary of how to interpret the train listings below.


Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

   

Washington to Parkersburg / Pittsburgh regional trains

   

Effective 6/35

 Cumberland times .

Parkersburg

Grafton

Pittsburgh

Versailles

Connells'vl

 Cumberland

Harpers Fy

Wash D.C.

 notes
 train

 tr #

National Route

Capitol Route

       
 #145

*

    6.45  < 6.05           commuter
 #147

**

    7.20  6.37  < 5.20         ex-su
 #87

**

10.40  < 7.00               motor train
 #149

*

    8.15  < 7.35           commuter
 #143

**

    10.40  10.02  8.45  < 5.20       ex-su
 #29

**

via bus 

12.13        < 8.08       
 #150

*

    > 10.40  11.20           commuter
 #142

**

    > 6.00  6.50  8.40  11.45       ex-su
 #157

*

    12.30  < 11.50           commuter
 #30

**

> 4.17  8.30        12.25       
 #152

*

    > 12.35  1.10           commuter
 #159

*

    2.15  < 1.35           commuter
 #154

*

    > 2.00  2.38           commuter
 #161

*

    3.45  < 3.05           commuter
 #156

*

    > 3.40  4.14           commuter
 #163

*

    5.25  < 4.45           commuter
 #158

**

    > 4.20  4.48  6.20         ex-su
 #160

*

    > 5.00  5.38           commuter
 #165

*

    6.40  < 6.00           commuter
 #162

*

    > 5.30  6.07           commuter
 #31

**

          6.53  3.59  < 2.00   ex-su
 #22

**

> 4.10  7.51               motor train
 #164

*

    > 9.15  9.55           commuter

Washington to Cumberland

B&O Washington to Cumberland, ex-Su.
coach
#31 (w) lv Wash DC 2.00 pm - Harpers Ferry 3.59 pm - arr Cumberland 6.53 pm.
Notes: this train doubles as an equipment balancing move.
 

National Route

B&O Cumberland to Pittsburgh, ex- Su.
coach
#142 (e) lv Pittsburgh 6.00 am - Versailles 6.50 am - Connellsville 8.40 am - arr Cumberland 11.45 am.
#143 (w) lv Cumberland 5.20 am - Connellsville 8.45 am - Versailles 10.02 am - arr Pittsburgh 10.40 am.
Notes: all-stops local. #142 makes 15 minute layover and #143 a 20 minute layover at Connellsville.

See Regional timetable - - Check map

B&O Connellsville to Pittsburgh, ex- Su.
coach
#147 (w) lv Connellsville 5.20 am - Versailles 6.37 am - arr Pittsburgh 7.20 am.
#158 (e) lv Pittsburgh 4.20 pm - Versailles 4.56 pm - arr Connellsville 6.20 pm.
Notes: all-stops local.
 

Versailles shuttle

 
Notes: all trains daily ex- Su., equipped with commuter coaches.
 

See Regional timetable - - Check map

Capitol Route

B&O Grafton to Parkersburg, daily.
motor train
#22 (e) lv Parkersburg 4.10 pm - arr Grafton 7.51 pm.
#87 (w) lv Grafton 7.00 am - arr Parkersburg 10.40 am.
Notes:
 
B&O Cumberland to Grafton, daily.
coach- no food
#29 (w) lv Cumberland 8.08 am - arr Grafton 12.13 pm.
Notes: this train runs opposite #30, below. It has recently been cut back from Parkersburg to Grafton so that it's consist can be diverted there to other assignments, eventually winding up at Parkersburg for the reciprocal journey. Connections from Grafton to Parkersburg are via motor coach.

See Regional timetable

B&O Parkersburg to Cumberland, daily.
coach- no food
#30 (e) lv Parkersburg 4.17 am - Clarksburg 7.27 am - Grafton 8.30 am - arr Cumberland 12.25 pm.
Notes: this train runs opposite #29, above. Both are all-stops accommodation trains.


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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

 Wheeling times  

Local trains via Wheeling

   

Effective 6/35

 train

tr #

Pittsburgh

Wheeling

Parkersburg

Zanesville

Grafton

Huntington

Kenova

 notes
 #78  ** 9.05  6.40  3.45      12.15  < 11.30   
 #81  **     > 6.20      1.20  2.00   mixed
 #56 (Appalachian Dist)  **   > 8.00      11.50       
 #43  **   10.20      < 6.37       
 #55  **     12.00  < 8.20         motor train ex-su
 #33-73  ** > 8.25  10.55  2.10      5.55  6.25   
 #82  **     2.40      6.15  < 5.40   mixed
 #56 (Cincinnati Dist)  **     > 4.50  8.50         motor train ex-su
 #44  **   > 7.20      11.00       
 #51  **   7.33      < 4.05       
 #72-38  ** 10.10  8.00  4.35      12.38  < 12.30   
 #77  ** > 8.20  10.50  2.10      6.15  6.50   


NOTE: refer to The Glossary for a summary of how to interpret the train listings below.


Pittsburgh - Wheeling - Parkersburg - Kenova

B&O Pittsburgh to Kenova, part A/C, daily.
sleeper- partition coach- diner
#77 (s)
lv Pittsburgh 8.20 pm - Wheeling 10.50 pm - Parkersburg 2.10 am - Huntington 6.15 am - arr Kenova 6.50 am.
#78 (n)
lv Kenova 11.30 pm - Huntington 12.15 am - Parkersburg 3.45 am - Wheeling 6.40 am - arr Pittsburgh 9.05 am.
Notes: this is the principal north - south connecting train forwarding sleepers from Pittsburgh (Capitol Route) and Parkersburg (National Route) on a limited stops timecard. Dining car Pittsburgh to Wheeling.
 
B&O Parkersburg to Kenova, daily.
mixed
#81 (s) lv Parkersburg 6.20 am - Huntington 1.20 pm - arr Kenova 2.00 pm.
#82 (n) lv Kenova 5.40 am - Huntington 6.15 am - arr Parkersburg 2.40 pm.
Notes: this is an all-stops local.

See Wheeling timetable - - Check map

B&O Pittsburgh to Kenova, daily.
coach
#33-73 (s)
lv Pittsburgh 8.25 am - Wheeling 10.55 am - Parkersburg 2.10 pm - Huntington 5.55 pm - arr Kenova 6.25 pm.
#72-38 (n)
lv Kenova 12.30 pm - Huntington 12.38 pm - Parkersburg 4.35 pm - Wheeling 8.00 pm - arr Pittsburgh 10.10 pm.
Notes: this is the accommodation train to back up #77 / #78, above. It makes most stops north of Parkersburg and is all-stops from there to Kenova.

General notes:

Trains depart B&O station, Pittsburgh.

 

Grafton via Fairmont to Wheeling

B&O Grafton via Fairmont to Wheeling, daily.
coach
#43 (w) lv Grafton 6.37 am - Fairmont 7.29 am - arr Wheeling 10.20 am.
#56 (e) lv Wheeling 8.00 am - Fairmont 10.57 am - arr Grafton 11.50 am.
Notes:
 
B&O Grafton via Fairmont to Wheeling, daily.
coach
#44 (e) lv Wheeling 7.20 pm - Fairmont 10.15 pm - arr Grafton 11.00 pm.
#51 (w) lv Grafton 4.05 pm - Fairmont 4.48 pm - arr Wheeling 7.33 pm.
Notes:

See Wheeling timetable

Zanesville to Parkersburg

B&O Zanesville to Parkersburg, ex- Su.
motor train
#55 (e) lv Zanesville 8.20 am - arr Parkersburg 12.00 noon.
#56 (w) lv Parkersburg 4.50 pm - arr Zanesville 8.50 pm.
Notes: #56 is a duplicate timecard number from the Cincinnati District not to be confused with the #56 from the Appalachian District.
 

General notes:


Check map

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

 Clarksburg times  

Pittsburgh - Clarksburg - Richwood trains

 

Effective 6/35

 train

tr #

Pittsburgh

New Martins

Connellsville

Fairmont

Clarksburg

Richwood

 notes
 #62  **         > 8.00  1.55   
 #46  **   10.45      < 8.10     motor train ex-su
 #41  **   > 10.30      12.45     motor train ex-su
 #65  **         1.35  < 7.45   
 #66  ** > 9.00    10.50  1.40       
 #745  **   > 12.45      3.00     motor train su-only
 #42  **   6.15      < 4.00     motor train ex-su
 #65 (2nd)  ** 8.54    7.00  < 4.10       
 #45  **   > 6.35      8.50     motor train ex-su


NOTE: refer to The Glossary for a summary of how to interpret the train listings below.


Clarksburg services

Pittsburgh via New Martinsville to Clarksburg

B&O New Martinsville to Clarksburg, ex- Su.
motor train
#41 (e) lv New Martinsville 10.30 am - arr Clarksburg 12.45 pm.
Notes: makes no specific connection.
 
B&O Clarksburg to New Martinsville (Pittsburgh), ex- Su.
motor train
#42 (w) lv Clarksburg 4.00 pm - arr New Martinsville 6.15 pm.
Notes: makes connection to #72-38 (Kenova to Pittsburgh).
 
B&O Clarksburg to New Martinsville, ex- Su.
motor train
#45 (e) lv New Martinsville 6.35 pm - arr Clarksburg 8.50 pm.
Notes: makes no specific connection.

See Clarksburg schedule - - Check map

B&O Clarksburg to New Martinsville (Pittsburgh), daily.
motor train
#46 (w) lv Clarksburg 8.10 am - arr New Martinsville 10.25 am.
Notes: makes no specific connection.
 
B&O (Pittsburgh) New Martinsville to Clarksburg, Su- only.
motor train
#745 (e) lv New Martinsville 12.45 pm - arr Clarksburg 3.00 pm.
Notes: Sunday only timecard for #45. Makes connection from #33-73 (Pittsburgh to Kenova), above. The reciprocal movement is on the regular timecard of #42.
 

General notes:

This is a connecting motor train which meets the Pittsburgh to Kenova trains at New Martinsville. The reader should be careful not to mistake New Martinsville for the better known Martinsburg on the main line just west of Harpers ferry.

 

Pittsburgh via Connellsville to Clarksburg - Richwood

See Clarksburg schedule - - Check map

B&O Clarksburg to Richwood, ex- Su.
coach
#62 (s) lv Clarksburg 8.00 am - arr Richwood 1.55 pm.
Notes: consist remains in Clarksburg overnight and returns as #65.
 
B&O Richwood to Clarksburg, ex, Su.
coach
#65 (n) lv Richwood 7.45 am - arr Clarksburg 1.35 pm.
Notes:
 
B&O Fairmont to Pittsburgh, (continued) ex- Su.
coach
#65 (n) lv Fairmont 4.10 pm - Connellsville 7.00 pm - arr Pittsburgh 8.54 pm.
Notes:

See Clarksburg schedule

B&O Pittsburgh to Fairmont, ex- Su.
coach
#66 (s) lv Pittsburgh 9.00 am - Connellsville 10.50 am - arr Fairmont 1.40 pm.
Notes:

General notes:

Service via Connellsville is by three separate consists: #62 and #66 running independently on roughly the same timecard but on respective divisions while #65 pauses at Clarksburg for a brief stint on other duties before returning to the Clarksburg line at Fairmont and resuming its former identity. Presently there is no direct service Clarksburg to Fairmont. Through passengers must make two connections via Grafton. All trains terminate at the P&LE station, Pittsburgh.


Check map

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Effective 6/35

 Elkins times  

Charleston branch

   
 train

tr #

Grafton

Tygart Jct

Bellington

Elkins

Charleston

Buckhannon

Pickens

 notes
 #35  **       > 8.45  4.15       ex- su
 #751  **           10.00  < 8.30   motor car su- only
 #102  **           > 10.22  12.30   ex- su
 #32  ** > 8.25  9.41  10.15  11.00         motor car via WM
 #53-48-32  **   1.55        1.15  < 7.15   motor car ex- su
 #33  ** 3.20  2.02  1.37  < 12.50         motor car via WM
 #32-47-54  **   > 2.10        2.50  5.05   motor car ex- su
 #36  **       1.35  < 6.15       ex- su
 #101  **           3.15  < 12.40   ex- su
 #752  **           > 4.00  5.35   motor car su- only
                   
 Harrisonburg times  

Shenandoah Valley branch

   
 train

tr #

Baltimore

Wash DC

Harpers Fy

Strasburg Jc

Harrison'bg

Staunton

Lexington

 notes
 #86  **         12.52  11.15  < 8.35   mixed ex- su
 #85  **         > 1.15  3.45  6.05   mixed ex- su
 #55  ** > 7.15  8.35  10.30  12.20  2.40       motor train ex- su
 #54  ** 11.18  10.20  7.20  5.37  < 3.25       motor train ex- su


NOTE: refer to The Glossary for a summary of how to interpret the train listings below.


Charleston Branch

B&O / WM Grafton to Bellington, daily (to Elkins ex- Su).
motor car
#32 (s) lv Grafton 8.25 am - Tygart Jct 9.41 am - Bellington 10.15 am - arr Elkins 11.00 am.
#33 (n) lv Elkins 12.50 pm - Bellington 1.37 pm - Tygart Jct 2.02 pm - arr Grafton 3.20 pm.
Notes: operates via parallel Western Maryland track from Bellington to Elkins. A connecting motor car meets these trains at Tygart Jct (below) for a round trip to Pickens.
 
B&O Elkins to Charleston, ex- su.
coach
#35 (s) lv Elkins 8.45 am - arr Charleston 4.15 pm.
#36 (n) lv Charleston 6.15 am - arr Elkins 1.35 pm.
Notes: this route is something of the back door to Charleston, WVa, which is primarily served by the C&O. There is presently no direct train from Charleston to Grafton, and connections via Elkins are poor.
 

See Charleston Branch timetable - - Check map

B&O Tygart Jct to Pickens, ex- su.
motor car
#32-47-54 (s) lv Tygart Jct 2.10 pm - Buckhannon 2.50 pm - arr Pickens 5.05 pm.
#53-46-33 (n) lv Pickens 7.15 am - Buckhannon 1.15 pm - arr Tygert Jct 1.55 pm.
Notes: this is a connecting motor car which meets #32 / #33, above, as well as #35 / #36 up from Charleston.
 

Buckhannon - Pickens shuttle

B&O Buckhannon to Pickens, ex- su.
coach
#101 (n) lv Pickens 12.40 pm - arr Buckhannon 3.15 pm.
#102 (s) lv Buckhannon 4.00 pm - arr Pickens 5.35 pm.
Notes:
 
B&O Buckhannon to Pickens, Su only.
motor car
#751 (n) lv Pickens 8.30 am - arr Buckhannon 10.00 am.
#752 (2) lv Buckhannon 4.00 pm - arr Pickens 5.35 pm.
Notes: this is the Sunday only timecard for the Buckhannon to Pickens portion of #32-47-54 / #53-48-33, above, which operates separately on that day.

See Charleston Branch timetable - - Check map

Shenandoah Valley Service

B&O / Sou Ry (Baltimore) Washington DC to Harrisonburg, ex- su.
motor train
#54 (n)
lv Harrisonb'g 3.25 pm - Strasburg Jct 5.37 pm - Harpers Fy 7.20 pm - Wash 10.20 pm - arr Baltimore 11.18 pm.
#55 (s)
lv Baltimore 7.15 am - Wash 8.35 am - Harpers Fy 10.30 am - Strasburg Jct 12.20 pm - arr Harrisonb'g 2.40 pm.
Notes: operates via trackage rights on Southern Railway from Strasburg Jct to Harrisonburg.
 
B&O Harrisonburg to Lexington, ex- su.
mixed.
#85 (s) lv Harrisonburg 1.15 pm - Staunton 3.45 pm - arr Lexington 6.05 pm.
#86 (n) lv Lexington 8.35 am - Staunton 11.15 am - arr Harrisonburg 12.52 pm.
Notes: #85 makes a 1 hr, 10 min layover at Staunton, #86 makes a 55 minute layover at Staunton.

See Shenandoah Branch timetable - - Check map


Other local trains


NOTE: refer to The Glossary for a summary of how to interpret the train listings below.


Confluence to Kendall

 

Green Spring to Petersburg

Check map

Ravenswood - Ripley local

B&O coach, daily.
Notes: Service on these two neighboring branches and the short length of main line between them is handled by a single local train making a circuitous day long journey. Spencer to Ravenswood (32.9 miles) Ravenswood to Millwood (11 miles) Millwood to Ripley (13 miles).
 

Parkersburg to Portsmouth

Check map


General Notes:

B&O makes extensive use of motor cars in the Appalachian mountain region and applies an unusual distinction to them: single motor cars are referred to as "motor cars" while a motor car hauling trailing cars is known as a "motor train". These are not, however, motor trains in the sense of the new lightweight articulated trains.


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