Partial C&O Timeline. Here are a few of the events that helped shape the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway from
its beginnings to the railroad's inclusion in CSX Transportation.
1785.Original Company,James River Company, founded by George Washington.
1836. Louisa Railroad is organized
1849.Blue Ridge Railroad formed.
1850.In a reorganization, Virginia Central assumes operation and assets of the Louisa Railroad.
1853.Covington and Ohio Railroad formed.
1868.Virginia Central changes name to Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.
1880.Richmond and Alleghany Railroad acquires the James River and Alleghany Railroad.
1947. Pere Marquette Railroad merged into Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.
1956. C&O completely dieselized.
1963. C&O acquires control of the baltimore and ohio railroad.
1973. Chessie System holding company formed for its three railroads.
1980.CSX Corporation formed.
1987.Baltimore and Ohio Railroad surrenders its charter and is merged into Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, which,in
turn, is merged into CSX Transportation that same year. The following is Chesapeake and Ohio's Family Tree:
1.James River Company,1785
2.Louisa Railroad, 1836 (renamed Virginia Central in 1850)
3.James River and Kanawha Canal Company, 1875.
4.Blue Ridge Railroad
5.Covington and Ohio RR
6,Richmond and Alleghany RR
7.Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (1878 reorganization of Virginia Central)
8.Chicago,Cincinnati and Louisville Railway
9.Kanawha and Michigan
10.Hocking Valley (merged in 1930)
11.Pere Marquette (merged in 1947)
OPERATING DIVISION MILEAGES
1.Richmond Division,350.2 miles
2.Clifton Forge Division,467.4 miles
3.Hocking Division,318.8 miles
4.Hinton Division,223.5 miles
6.Ashland Division,531.7 miles
7.Cincinnati-Chicago Division,402.1 miles
8.Grand Rapids Division,707.1 miles
9.Saginaw Division,793.0 miles
10.Canadian Division,315.82 miles
Total Chesapeake and Ohio Railway: 4569.62 miles as taken from reprints of employee timetables of the 1950s published
Noted Passenger Trains: The F.F.V., The Sportsman, The George Washington, The Pere Marquettes, of these
trains, only the George Washington survived to become part of the basic Amtrak system. It now operates as the Triweekly
Cardinal between Washington,Cincinnati and Chicago.