The C&O was, by 1984, a part of the larger Chessie System along with the B&O and Western Maryland, but the C&O still maintained much independence. Even so, this has to be one of the last Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad track charts as the C&O officially disappeared in 1987 into a new railroad as CSX, and its new look, took over. The West Virginia Division spans the economic heartland of the C&O. Here are the vast coal fields that filled so many trains for the C&O. Many of the subdivisions listed below are really nothing more than short coal branches. The West Virginia Division is a new division for the C&O that brought together three former divisions: two historic West Virginia divisions, the Hinton and Huntington Divisions, and the C&O’s Kentucky lines in the former Ashland-Russell Division. On a map the mainline begins at Hinton and generally follows the New River, the Kanawha River and then the Ohio River and then crosses into Kentucky and onto Lexington. All along the main large and small subdivisions break off to gather that coal.
This is a scan of an original C&O track chart. This track chart is a computer generated/hand drawn combination direct from the C&O Office of Transportation Planning. Included is a key and a contents of the included lines. 176 pages.
Covered in this track chart:* Bandmill Sub, * Barrett Sub, * Beaver Creek Sub, * Beech Creek Sub, * Big Clear Creek Sub, * Big Coal Sub (Sproul to Elk Run Junction and Jarrolds Valley), * Big March Fork Sub, * Big Sandy Sub (Big Sandy Junction to Elkhorn City), * Brush Creek Sub, * Buffalo Sub, * Cabin Creek Sub, * Clear Creek Sub, * Coal River Sub (St. Albans to Sharples), * Coal Run Sub, * Dawkins Sub (Dawkins to MP 39.8), * Dingess Run Sub, * E&BV Sub (Beaver Junction to L&N), * Elk Sub, * Elk Creek Sub, * Elk Run Branch, * G&E Sub, * Gauley Sub, * Gilbert Sub, * Glen Jean Sub, * Hominy Creek Sub, * Island Creek Sub, * Jarrolds Valley Sub, * Johns Creek Sub, * Jones Fork Spur, * Kanawha Sub (Handley to RU Tower), * Kayford Sub, * Kelly Sub, * Landisburg Sub, * Laurel Creek Sub, * Laurel Fork Sub, * Leewood Sub, * Levisa Spur, * Lexington Sub (Ashland to Lexington), * Little Creek Spur, * Little Marsh Fork Sub, * Logan Sub (Barboursville to Wylo), * Logan & Southern Sub, * Long Fork Sub, * Loop Creek Sub, * Marrowbone Sub, * Middle Creek Sub, * Mill Creek Sub, * Mud Fork Sub, * New River Sub (MX Cabin to Handley), * Open Fork Sub, * Paint Creek Sub, * Peaser Branch, * Pine Creek Sub, * Piney Creek Sub (Prince to Glen Daniels Junction), * Piney River and Paint Creek Sub, * Pond Fork Sub, * Powellton Sub, * RSW&WG Sub, * Republic Sub, * Rich Creek Sub, * Right Fork Sub, * Road Creek Sub, * Robinson Creek Sub, * Rock House Sub, * Rum Creek Sub, * Rupert Sub, * Russell Sub, * Saunders Sub, * Scary Spur Sub, * Seng Creek Spur, * Sewell Valley Sub (Meadow Creek to Swiss), * Snap Creek Sub, * Stephens Sub, * Stirrat Sub, * Surveyor Spur, * SV&E Sub (Shelby to Dunham), * Trace Fork Sub, * West Fork Sub, * White Oak Sub, * Whitman Creek Sub, and * Winns Industrial. Also included are these small yard detail maps:* Hominy Creek Junction, * Peaser Junction, * Quinnimont, * Sugar Creek Junction, and * Stirrat.