Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Flora to Shawneetown
The Baltimore and Ohio railroad had a sub-division of the St. Louis division in southeastern Illinois that consisted of 74 miles of track from Flora to the Ohio river at Shawneetown. This was the southern segment of the 228 mile route from Shawneetown to the Illinois River at Beardstown.
B & O History
Springfield & Illinois Southeastern chartered to build a railroad to connect the Illinois River at Beardstown with the Ohio River at Shawneetown.
Ohio and Mississippi Railway Company acquired the Springfield and Illinois South Eastern Railway.
Ohio & Mississippi consolidated with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
B & O merges Ohio & Mississippi into B & O Southwestern Railroad.
11 Mar 1949
B & O discontinued passenger trains 42 and 43 between Flora and Shawneetown.
Chesapeake & Ohio Railway acquired controlling interest in the B & O.
C & O and B &O realigned into joint control.
The B & O files with Interstate Commerce Commission to abandon operations of its Flora to Shawneetown branch.
Chessie System Inc. acquired C & O.
Prairie Trunk Railway sought permission to acquire and operate the 73.27-mile Flora-Shawneetown line of railroad.
February 17, 1977
Prairie Trunk acquisition of the Flora-Shawneetown line approved and B & O application to abandon the railway dismissed by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
July 27, 1977
Interstate Commerce Commission denied petitions for reconsideration of its previous decision dismissing B & O's abandonment application and approving the acquisition of the line by Prairie Trunk.
July 25, 1985
Prairie Trunk Railway filed a Chapter 11 petition and abandoned operations of the Flora to Shawneetown railroad concurrent with the filing.
The Court entered an Order authorizing the sale of the Prairie Trunk Railway real estate and tangible personal property to Butler/Binion Group, Ltd for the sum of $4,150,000.00.
Mt. Vernon Register-News (Mt Vernon, Illinois) 11 Mar 1949, Fri • Page 1
B & O Schedules
Schedules found on the Google Play Store as free books. A list is available at: Old Official Railway Guides by National Association of Timetable Collecters
1976 list of B & O stations and mileage from Wilson Mayberry