The abandoned Stone Creek Tunnel is located along the former Cleveland & Marietta Railway south of Stone Creek, Ohio.
The C&M’s earliest predecessor is the Marietta & Pittsburg Railroad, formed to connect Marietta and Dennison 4 on September 29, 1868. 2 The mainline was constructed from Marietta north to Macksburg in 1871, and to Newcomerstown and Canal Dover (Dover) in June 1874, which included the boring of the Stone Creek Tunnel. 2 6 On December 7, 1873, the company was reorganized to the Marietta, Pittsburg & Cleveland Railway. 2 It was put into receivership on August 5, 1875, reincorporating as the Cleveland & Marietta Railroad (C&M) on May 29, 1879. The C&M made an arrangement in September 1882 to use the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad (C&P) from Canal Dover to Zoar. 1 The railroad was quitclaimed in April 1883; one-third was allocated to the Junction & Terminal property at Valley Junction while two-thirds went to the W&LE; 2 the entirely of the C&M was then operated as a branch of the W&LE. 1
The railroad was once again in receivership on February 2, 1885, where it was reorganized as the Cleveland & Marietta Railway (C&M) on July 2, 1886. 2 The C&M eventually became a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Marietta Branch (PRR). In 1968, the PRR merged with the New York Central (NYC) to form the Penn Central Railroad (PC), 3 which became a part of Conrail on May 1, 1976.
Conrail elected not to utilize PC’s Marietta to Dover alignment, and the route, including the Stone Creek Tunnel, was abandoned.
- State: Ohio
- Type: Tunnel
- Navigational Clearance:
- Titchenal, Stephen. Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad History. N.p.: n.p., 2014. Print.
- “Cleveland and Marietta Railway Company.” Ohio Railway Report 1860’s History. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.
- “History of the Byesville Scenic Railway.” Byesville Scenic Railway. 2010. Web. 24 Feb. 2016. Article.
- “Photos of Yesteryear.” Byesville Scenic Railway. 2010. Web. 1 Mar. 2016. Article.
6 thoughts on “Stone Creek Tunnel”
can you give me any better directions on how to find this railroad tunnel? Do I have to go onto private property?
Get off at the Stone Creek exit of I77( SR 751). Head south on it and just past a lumber company, the tunnel will be on your left. Not sure about the private property or not. Supposed to be part of a rail trail in future.
the marrietta penn RR runs along and under stone creek rd and rt77. does not follow sr751.
I found it. It’s in great shape.
I would like to know more about this tunnel, Greg. My family story is that my great-great-grandfather’s cabin was at the south end of the tunnel. Is the south end accessible, and can it be done without having to go through the tunnel itself?
Is it private property? If not, is it easily accessible?