Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati Railroad

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The Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati Railroad was a railroad which existed from 1836 to 1868, although for the first nine years of its existence its charter was moribund. Its line ran from Cleveland to Columbus in the U.S. state of Ohio in the United States.


The CC&C was chartered on March 14, 1836.[1] But no work began on the road, and the charter fell dormant. On March 12, 1845, the state of Ohio reactivated the charter, and on February 8, 1847, the state amended the road's charter to permit the construction of branch lines.[1]

Construction from Cleveland through Galion and Delaware to Columbus then began. The road entered Columbus from the north, running east and parallel to Fourth Street, then swinging southwestward to enter the passenger depot of the Columbus and Xenia Railroad (C&X). On February 21, 1851, a grand excursion train with 425 passengers took members of the state and city government to Cleveland, returning them to Columbus after a day's layover.[2] Regular traffic began in April 1851, a full year after service was inaugurated on the C&X.

Meanwhile, the Springfield, Mt. Vernon and Pittsburg Railroad had fallen into receivership. On January 1, 1861, the portion of the road between Delaware and Springfield was sold to the CC&C, and operated as its Delaware Branch.[3]

On May 16, 1868, the CC&C was merged with the Bellefontaine Railway to form the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway.[3] At that time the railroad still hadn't reached Cincinnati, and the CCC&I completed the line.



Further reading

  • Steiner, Rowlee. A Review of Columbus Railroads. 1952 (unpublished manuscript available from the library of the Ohio Historical Society)