Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Flora to Shawneetown

1878 O & M Railroad Map
May 1878 The Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines, North American Freight Service Edition

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.

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B & O History

1870

Springfield & Illinois Southeastern chartered to build a railroad to connect the Illinois River at Beardstown with the Ohio River at Shawneetown.

1875

Ohio and Mississippi Railway Company acquired the Springfield and Illinois South Eastern Railway.

1893

Ohio & Mississippi consolidated with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

1900

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.

1962

Chesapeake & Ohio Railway acquired controlling interest in the B & O.

1967

C & O and B &O realigned into joint control.

1971

The B & O files with Interstate Commerce Commission to abandon operations of its Flora to Shawneetown branch.


B & O Abandonment Filing 1971
B & O Abandonment Filing 1971

1973

Chessie System Inc. acquired C & O.

October, 1973

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.

April, 1989

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

Springfield and Illinois South Eastern Railway Wikipedia

B & O Wikipedia

B & O Timeline

CSX Merger Family Tree

Chessie System Wikipedia

B & O Abandonment Filings

In Re Prairie Trunk Ry., 112 B.R. 924 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 1990)

People of the State of Illinois et al., Petitioners, v. United States of America and Interstate Commerce Commission,respondents, 604 F.2d 519 (7th Cir. 1979)

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


1880 Railroad map of Illinois

1880 Railroad map of Illinois
Prepared for the 1880 Report of Railroad and Warehouse Commissioners
by Rand, McNally & Co.
Map provided courtesy of the Map Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1880 Railroad map of Illinois

1880 Railroad map of Illinois
Prepared for the 1880 Report of Railroad and Warehouse Commissioners
by Rand, McNally & Co.
Map provided courtesy of the Map Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign