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Paw Paw West Virginia B&O Station - Sept 2 2012

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Published on Sep 6, 2012

Another unfortunately disused classic Baltimore & Ohio RR station. Some historical notes:

At one time, Paw Paw was on the B&O's main line. But a rerouting in the 1920s known as the Magnolia Cutoff (deriving its name from a sleepy hollow located on it), which split westbound from the original line at Doe Gully, ended that. The Magnolia Cutoff (several miles shorter that the original line) was only for freights while the original line (here) was reserved for class 1 passenger trains (being it passed all the stations-the Magnolia had no new stations built). Both lines became one again just west of here. Now all trains, regardless of class, use the Magnolia Cutoff as it's now the main line. And NOTHING stops here anymore-obviously!! Incidently, both lines criscrossed in the Magnolia area!

The track was in place, I believe, into the 1990s (I'll have to check if I have any vid/pix of it) but the WV 9 road crossing paved over-and the tracks grown over! Another onetime stop for the Capital Limited! Hard to fathom that today!

Paw Paw WV is an interesting hamlet on WV route 9, just south of the Potomac River crossing. It becomes MD 51 going northwest to Cumberland. The current CSX line (formerly the Cutoff) passes beneath WV 9 just north of the station. The nearby C&O Canal tunnel (on the MD side) derives its name from here. The entire area deserves exploration. It's a fantastic drive to this place!!

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