Little Miami and the B&O SW Spring Grove Industrial Track

Two rail lines in Cincinnati, Ohio frame today’s Abandoned update. Covering the Little Miami Railroad — the second railroad in the state and the Baltimore and Ohio Southwest Spring Grove Industrial Track, both present a bit of history that is becoming long forgotten.

Chartered as Ohio’s second railroad, the Little Miami connected Cincinnati to Xenia and Springfield, and later with Columbus. The Little Miami, one of the most profitable railroads in the United States, saw its usage and importance decline after World War II. After consolidations and mergers, the Little Miami was dismantled in 1976, although it was revived less than a decade later as the longest rail to trail in the United States.

The following photographs are from the end of the line at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse east of downtown Cincinnati to the Undercliff Yards. Fellow historian Jeffrey Jakucyk, of Cincinnati Traction History, gave additional background to the railroad, which is penned below.

The Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroad (B&O SW) Spring Grove Industrial Track was located in Cincinnati, Ohio and is currently out-of-service.

The former single-track alignment split from the mainline at the B&O SW Coleraine Avenue underpass and proceeded south east of Spring Grove Avenue. By 1912, the line extended south to Brashears Street and eventually Monmouth Street, where the track split to service two customers. The rail line served the Crosley Radio Corporation, among others. The industrial track has been out of service for over a decade, with all roadway crossings removed.

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