Newcomerstown Tunnel (Cleveland & Marietta Railway)

The Newcomerstown Tunnel is located along the former Cleveland & Marietta Railway (C&M) south of Newcomerstown, Ohio. Built in 1874, the tunnel was taken out of service in May 1976.

The C&M’s earliest predecessor is the Marietta & Pittsburg Railroad, formed on September 29, 1868 2 with the goal of connecting Marietta and Dennison.4 The mainline was constructed from Marietta north to Macksburg in 1871, and to Newcomerstown and Canal Dover (Dover) in June 1874.2 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 on May 29, 1879 as the Cleveland & Marietta Railroad (C&M). 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≤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 on July 2, 1886 as the Cleveland & Marietta Railway (C&M).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 In 1976, PC became part of Conrail and on May 1, 1976, the last train rolled over the line from Marietta to Dover.

Sources
  1. Titchenal, Stephen. Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad History. N.p.: n.p., 2014. Print.
  2. “Cleveland and Marietta Railway Company.” Ohio Railway Report 1860’s History. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.
  3. “History of the Byesville Scenic Railway.” Byesville Scenic Railway. 2010. Web. 24 Feb. 2016. Article.
  4. “Photos of Yesteryear.” Byesville Scenic Railway. 2010. Web. 1 Mar. 2016. Article.

15 Replies to “Newcomerstown Tunnel (Cleveland & Marietta Railway)”

    1. Find River street in Newcomerstown, Ohio Cross Tuscaroras river turn left onto Johnson hill road . go 2/10 mile turn in to aep substation walk about 2 mile straight back on old C & M railroad bed . It is private property so you are on your own

      1. While this tunnel is near Newcomerstown, the actual name of it is the Post Boy Tunnel. It is because the station just south of the tunnel on the C&M was Post Boy. The name comes from the legend of the post boy who was robbed and killed not to far away from where the C&M railroad was built. Also, not to far away from the railroad is where the post boy’s killer was hung from a tree. the tree is now dead but I can remember it when I was a little kid. If you find the road of Post Boy just of Johnson Hill Road and start down the hill, the site of the tree is about 3/4 the way down on a curve to the right… It was a massive old oak tree that hung over the road. If you get to the bottom of the hill you will find where the railroad bed crosses the road. A right turn down the railroad will take you to the tunnel, however this is all private property and there is no public access.

      2. I was there 25 years ago with my dad I would love to get permission to go check it out again my dad is from Newcomerstown

  1. Is this the Post Boy tunnel? Do you have info and photos of the other tunnels on this line besides the one at Stonecreek?

  2. There is a railroad tunnel between Guernsey and Kimbolton in Guernsey County. And a tunnel near Ava in Noble County. Both on C&M/Pennsylvania railroad.

  3. Does anyone know of any info on two additional tunnels adjacent to each other on the same line, if you follow the old rail grade remnants south to just above Kimbolton, Ohio? One looks to be a bypass spur loop around the other westerly more direct north-south run. I read mention of a Newcomerstown Tunnel and saw a photo, but no location other than “south of Newcomerstown.” I discovered all three locations on topographical maps, as it is often very easy to pick out the old rail grades on topographical hybrid maps, and spot the mouths of the tunnels even.

    1. Is that tunnel still open (not collapsed/blocked)? There looks to be another tunnel directly west of there a short ways, a bit east of 8th Street Rd, but I haven’t visited any of these. Driven past that dozens of times as well as the more well known one just south of Newcomerstown, but never had the time to explore.

  4. I just visited Newcomerstown and Bird Run today. Bird Run is dry as a bone. Curved tunnel and in great shape. Go in from Plum Rd. Didn’t know of a third tunnel.

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