Susan Fisher killed by B & O train

The little B & O train depot at South Webster was at the intersection of Tyrrell Street and Webster Street (formerly Railroad Street).

B & O train yards in the Boneyfiddle area of Portsmouth

Extra Force Gang on the C&O at Minford in 1941

Whit Wardell collection

   The first mail service on the Scioto and Hocking Valley Railroad started in 1856 and continued till around 1946. With the loss of the mail contract, passenger service became impractical and was discontinued December 27, 1946. Shortly after freight service was discontinued south of Oak Hill and the track removed from Portsmouth up through Efiort. At one time 8 passenger trains per day ran in and out of Oak Hill but by 1946 it was down to 2 per day.

C & O Bridge at Portsmouth

Chillicothe News Advertiser 18 Dec 1916 

C & O RR Depot at South Shore, KY

C & O Portsmouth Northern RR Bridge ca 1940s

Portsmouth early view of the Sciotoville railroad bridge

Scioto C & O Bridge job well done 1917

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B & O RR freight station
Depot was on west side of Market street between 4th and 5th, Portsmouth, OH
B & O RR freight station at north east corner of 3rd and Market street, Portsmouth, OH in 1909

1918 map of the B&O Yard on Market Street

B & O Portsmouth train yards in about 1915

B & O train yards on Market Street and identified as the historic Boneyfiddle District.  The B &O freight station was at the northwest corner of Third and Market streets.  The passenger station was on the west side of Market between Forth and Fifth.  A passenger and freight depot stood at the northeast corner of Forth and Harding Avenue in Sciotoville in 1929.

B & O RR turn table on Market street,  July 1952

Sciotoville C & O Bridge under construction 1915


B & O RR Depot on Market street, Portsmouth, OH

SCIOTO AND HOCKING VALLEY RAILROAD COMPANY was chartered February 20, 1849, for building a railroad from Portsmouth, Ohio, through Piketon and Chillicothe to Lancaster, Ohio. Only 56 miles of the road were built from Portsmouth to Hamden. This $50 bond was sold to raise money to develop the railroad.   The bond was to mature in five years. It is signed by C. A. M. Damarin and John McDowell who were president and secretary of the company, respectively.  Residents of Scioto County bought $18,000 worth of bonds, while the County Commissioners purchased bonds worth $100,000. The Scioto and Hocking Valley railroad was the first railroad in Scioto County.  It was intended to link Portsmouth to Newark. On February 20, 1849, the Ohio Legilature granted a charter for the railroad and the company was organized in July 1850.  Ties were laid for the railroad in 1852, the year the first locomotive came to Portsmouth.  In 1863, the company was sold and renamed the Portsmouth and Newark Railroad. The following year, the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad purchased the company.  On January 26, 1864, the road was sold under judicial proceedings to the reorganized Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad Company. This sale included so much of the road as extends from Portsmouth to the track of the Cincinnati and Muskingum Valley Railroad. The Marietta and Cincinnati Company operated the road as its Portsmouth branch until the second sale of its road in 1869 under judicial proceedings in Ross County Common Pleas Court, when the road passed into the hands and control of the Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Railroad Company. The Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Railroad Company was sold at foreclosure July 13, 1899, after receivership begun December 31, 1898, to purchasing committee; took over the tract lying within the State of Ohio. It was deeded direct to the purchasing committee on July 28, 1899. The Cincinnati, Baltimore and Washington Railway Company was incorporated February 16, 1883. This company was formed to take the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad on judicial sale of that road, taking the above name. The C B & W was sold at foreclosure October 7, 1889, after receivership begun December 31, 1888, to interests which conveyed the property December 28, 1889, the Baltimore and Ohio Southwester Railroad Company (1889). This company was consolidated with the B & O November 1, 1893.  The Portsmouth branch ran to Hamden via Sciotoville, Wait's, Solcum, Scioto, South Webster, Gepharts, Bloom, and Hales Creek in Scioto Co. The CW&B placed a station at Wait's in 1851 and then moved it, nine months later, one mile to the east to Slocum. Although the station was now in Slocum, the depot and post office still were called Wait's for some time after. The first station agent was Benjamin F. Wait, son of the man for which the station/town was named.  The second station at Slocum was also a store/post office/station built by Herman Hansgen in 1911. The South Webster station was at the intersection of Tyrrell Street and Webster Street (formerly Railroad Street).

B & O & C&O RR in Scioto Co., Ohio Pictures and History

SCIOTO AND HOCKING VALLEY RAILROAD COMPANY was first railroad in Scioto County