Catching a Pair on W&LE’s Carrollton Branch

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Passing through someone’s backyard west of Robertsville.

The past two Fridays I was lucky enough to catch the Wheeling & Lake Erie local returning from Carrollton.

This branch comes from Canton and winds about 25 miles down to Carrollton to serve a couple industries. It only runs one day a week, currently on Fridays.

Branch line railroading has a charm that you don’t get on the mainline. This line is rural and very scenic and with low speeds (5-10 mph) it’s an easy chase. There is even a tunnel at Robertsville, about halfway down the line.

This is railroading in the style of the Abingdon branch made famous by O. Winston Link. I can picture a small 4-6-0 or 2-8-0 steam engine making it’s way through farms and backyards.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Passing through East Canton.

Passing through East Canton.

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Rounding a curve at East Canton.

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Approaching an old feed mill in Robertsville.

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Passing through Oneida where the W&LE’s Carrollton branch once crossed a branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad that ran to Marietta, Ohio.

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Passing through the tunnel at Robertsville. (Photograph by Matt Sell)

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One Response to “Catching a Pair on W&LE’s Carrollton Branch”

  1. Bob Says:

    Thanks for posting this. Your photos helped make the line come alive.
    I was surprised to find there was a tunnel on this line.
    Bob

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