Mineral City, OH Archives

Mineral City Railroad Committee


Terry Nill
Mineral City Councilwoman Valorie Gordon
Mineral City Councilman Rick Cain

Committee News Articles

9-28-2006: "(Mineral City) Mayor urges residents to report dirt bikers (Regional Rail Restoration Steering Committee resolution enacted)" http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=58925 (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)

9-14-2006: "Creation of railroad steering committee discussed at Mineral City session" http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=58390 (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)

8-16-2006: "Mineral City council looks at railroad options" http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=57325&Category=5&fromSearch=yes (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)

7-26-2006: "(Mineral City) residents to decide renewal levy (first meeting of the Railroad Committee)" http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=56576&Category=5&fromSearch=yes (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)



Mineral City-Valley Jct. (From former CSX Huff Run Branch Jct. @ Grant St. to interchange with Wheeling & Lake Erie Rwy. Main Line)

Valley Jct.-Dover (From interchange track to W&LE Main Line at Valley Jct. to RJ Corman Reeves Mill spur switch near Wooster Ave.)

Sandyville EOT-Mineral City (From the Wheeling & Lake Erie Rwy Sandyville Branch end of track to former CSX Huff Run Br. Jct. at Grant St. in Mineral City)

Minerva EOT-Mineral City (From the Ohi-Rail end of track near Minerva to former CSX-PCTC Jct. main line in Mineral City)

Canton McKinley Jct.-W&LE Crossing (From the Akron Metro McKinley Jct. northern interchange track point to the W&LE Sandyville Line southern interchange track point)

Preliminary Rail Restoration Report (MC RR Committee 8-8-2006.pdf) 5KB

Cost Estimates (MC Restorations 9-16-2006.pdf) 12KB

Potential Government Agency Names

Sandy Valley Railway Authority
Tuscarawas Valley Railway Authority
Tri-County Railway Authority
Tuscarawas Valley Port Authority
Tuscarawas Valley Multimodalway Authority
Tuscarawas Valley Right-of-Way Authority
Tuscarawas Valley Turnpike Authority

Committee Resolutions

Regional Rail Restoration Steering Committee resolution (draft) (RRRSC Resolution draft.pdf) 3KB

Tuscarawas Valley Port Authority resolution draft 10-25-2006 (TVPA Resolution 10-25-2006.pdf) 8KB

Resolution to the Tuscarawas County Board of Commissioners to convey certain jurisdictions and powers from the Tuscarawas County Port Authority to the Tuscarawas Valley Port Authority draft 11-22-2006 (TCC Resolution 11-22-2006.pdf) 5KB

Resolution by Mineral City Village Council in support of the resolution to the Tuscarawas County Board of Commissioners to convey certain jurisdictions and powers from the Tuscarawas County Port Authority to the Tuscarawas Valley Port Authority draft 11-22-2006 (TVPA Support Resolution 11-22-2006.pdf) 4KB



8-21-2006: http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=57488&Category=6&fromSearch=yes (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)

National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Emplyees, Inc. Dennison, OH Unit #104 resolution of support for the Regional Rail Restoration Steering Committee (NARVRE RRRSC Resolution 10-10-2006.pdf) 50KB


Anti-Transit Model

Wendell Cox Consultancy/The Public Purpose

8-23-2006: 30 Seconds http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=57566&Category=6&fromSearch=yes (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)


Possible noise barriers
Private grade crossings
Lineside communication with network operation center

National Taxpayers Union & National Taxpayers Union Foundation

Passenger Service

5-31-2003: "Not total end of line: Tourism official realistic despite demise of daily passenger train service" http://www.timesreporter.com/archive/index.php?ID=19702&r=0&Category=3 (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)

8-28-2006: "Ninety-minute train ride wasn�t worth $27.50" http://www.cantonrep.com/printable.php?ID=304622 (Canton Repository subscription required)

9-1-2006: "Railroad trip was well worth the money" http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=305210 (Canton Repository subscription required)



B&O Mineral City Station http://www.west2k.com/ohpix/mineralcitybando.jpg (Courtesy Dan West http://www.west2k.com)

PRR Mineral City Station 26KB

Proposed Mineral City Union Station (see Additional Projects below)

Proposed Valley Jct. Station (see Additional Projects below)

Engine/train houses

3-11-2004: Part of steel mill may sell as scrap http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=27651&Category=3&fromSearch=yes (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)
Hercules Engine Plant


Redundant power
Vintage systems susceptible to failures

Route extensions
Transfers from third party providers
Potential use/lease of spare equipment
Rail network expansions
Additional restorations

Grade Crossings

Traffic light synchronization

8-24-2006: "CSX to silence train horns on rail line through Boca" http://www.bocaratonnews.com/index.php?src=news&prid=16883&category=Local%20News (Courtesy Boca Raton News http://www.bocaratonnews.com)

8-17-2006: "Train whistle alternative gathers steam in Kingston" http://www.dailyfreeman.com/site/printerFriendly.cfm?brd=1769&dept_id=74969&newsid=17063914 (Courtesy Daily Freeman http://www.dailyfreeman.com)


McCarthy Rail Insurance Managers, Inc.
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Modal histories

Trails/roadways converted to highways
Canals/towpaths superceded by railways

Abandoned, privatized

Railways superceded by highways

Abandoned, privatized

USRA Proposed and Final System Plans

Proposed System Plan Portion of Tuscarawas Secondary Track USRA Line Number 371

Final System Plan Portion of Tuscarawas Secondary Track USRA Line Number 371



Ohio Erie Canalway/Ohio Erie Trail

Adjacent landowner rights

Shared Right-of-Ways

U.S. Federal Highway Administration "Rails-with-Trails: Lessons Learned Literature Review, Current Practices, Conclusions" (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/rwt/)

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy "Rails-with-Trails: Sharing Corridors for Recreation and Transportation" by Michael Brilliot and Julie A. Winterich, 1993

1-20-2005: "Community bands together to build access road" http://www.timesreporter.com/archive/index.php?ID=37637&r=2&Category=5 (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Relocated/now abandoned ROW and infrastructure
Joint use agreements?
Abandonment ntices and data?
Continued vested interests



Potential funding sources

Ohio Job Ready Sites Program (http://www.odod.state.oh.us/edd/obd/jrs/)
Ohio State Infrastructure Bank (http://www.dot.state.oh.us/sib1/)
Northeast Ohio Voices and Choices (http://www.voiceschoices.org/)
The Ohio & Lake Erie Regional Rail Cleveland Hub Study Draft Technical Memorandum And Business Plan 10-2004 Sec. 10: Funding Alternatives (Ohio_Hub_Draft_Report.pdf) 4.1MB

Comparisons to roads and streets

Mineral City streets: 5 miles, $44K Street Dept. annual maintenance budget
OH SR 800 cost/mile:

Potential consultants

PCTC/CR/NS retired track manager
NYC/PCTC/CR retired management official
DC railroad law firm
Columbus bond counsel
Village solicitor for deed research
Ackerson Kauffman Fex Attorneys, PC http://www.ackersonlaw.com (DC law firm for ROW issues)


Regional Passenger Service Models

Panhandle & Piney Fork Rail Lines

Ohio Rail Development Commission ROW & infrastructure ownership
Private freight carriage franchisees
Discretionary third party passenger service access

Ohio Central RR Co Steam Dept. @ Sugarcreek

Private ROW, infrastructure, carriage provision
Discretionary passenger service provision
Discretionary third party passenger service access

Michigan State Trust for Railroad Preservation/Steam Railroading Institute

Non-profit ROW, infrastructure, carriage provision

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Quasi-govt/non-profit ROW, infrastructure ownership
Non-profit carriage provision

Cleveland Rapid Ttransit Authority

Govt ROW, infrastructure, carriage provision

Ohio Turnpike

Govt ROW & infrastructure ownership
Third party freight & passenger carriage provision

Potential governance models

Municipal enterprise
Multi-municipality enterprise
County department
Multi-county department
Transportation Improvement District
Port Authority

County port authority department
Dedicated port authority
Dedicated multi-county port authority

Recommended business model


Ton-mile tolls

Variable MOW costs

Wear & tear

Access Fee

Administrative costs

Fixed MOW costs

Mowing, trimming, ditching, clearing


Slot abuse

Sample Port Authority Creation Plan

Sample TVPA Project Implementation Plan

Public way vs. private way
Re-conveyance to railroads, reimbursements
Real estate swaps
Eminent domain


Emulation by others

Areas for improvement

Proposal Stakeholders





Board of Commissioners


Board of Commissioners

Park District


Board of Commissioners

Fair Board
Parks Dept.
Port Authority

Federal Government Agencies

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Dept. of Transportation
U.S. Federal Railroad Administration
U.S. Surface Transportation Board

Financial Concerns

Banks and other financiers
Bond counsel
Bond rating agencies

Labor Unions

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
United Transportation Union
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees
Transportation-Communications Union
Ohio Civil Service Employees Association
Service Employees International Union

Other Organizations

Angels on Track Foundation
Camp Tuscazoar Foundation
Dover Historical Society/Reeves Museum

Eastern Ohio Development Alliance
Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
Ohio Erie Canalway Coalition
Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association
Ohio to Erie Trail
Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau
Private donors


Passenger Service Providers and Organizations

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RR
Orrville Railroad Hertitage Society
North American Railcar Operators Association
Minerva Scenic Railway
Midwest Railway Preservation Society
Ohio Valley Railcars
Trolleyville USA

Transit Agencies

Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority
Carroll County
Stark Area Regional Transit Authority


CSX Corp.
Norfolk Southern Corp.
Ohi-Rail Corp.
RJ Corman Group, LLC
Wheeling & Lake Erie Rwy Co.

Right-of-Way Providers

Adjacent landowners
CSX Real Property Inc.
Kimble Clay & Limestone
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
Penn Central Corp. assigns
American Financial Group Inc. (former Penn Central Corp.)

School Districts

Brown Local School District
Minerva Local School District

Sandy Valley School District
Tuscarawas Vally Local School District


American Refining Group (Valley Rwy MP ~2.75)
Greer Steel (C&P RR MP 28.8)
Kimble Clay and Limestone
Waynesburg mill
Waynesburg quarry
City of Canton Sewer Collection Systems Department (Valley Rwy MP 13.6)
Summitville Tile (C&P RR MP 4.2)
Tuscarawas County Reeves Mill Business Park clients (C&P RR MP 28.8)
U.S. Ceramic Tile (Valley Rwy MP 5.4)

1-31-207: "Citing declining sales, East Sparta's U.S. Ceramic Tile to halt operation" http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=63686 Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com

State Government Agencies

Governor's Office of Appalachia
Ohio Dept. of Development
Ohio Dept. of Taxation
Ohio Dept. of Transportation
Ohio Rail Development Commission
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio


Dover Township
Fairfield Township
Brown Township
Goshen Township
Rose Township
Sandy Township, Stark County
Sandy Township, Tuscarawas County

Transit Agencies

Akron Metro
Carroll County Transit
Holmes-Wayne-Tuscarawas Transportation


American Refining Group
Carroll Electric Cooperative
Dominion Gas
Buckeye Pipeline
Other pipeline/gathering operators
Time Warner Cable


Mineral City

Street Dept.



USGS (Courtesy TopoZone http:www.topozone.com)

Mineral City
Zoarville/Valley Jct.

USGS (Courtesy Stephen Titchenal Rails and Trails http://www.railsandtrails.com)

Canal Dover NE quadrant 3-1912 (USGS Canal Dover NE 3-1912.pdf) 4.518MB
Canal Dover SE quadrant 3-1912 (USGS Canal Dover SE 3-1912.pdf) 4.422MB
Canal Dover SW quadrant 3-1912 (USGS Canal Dover SW 3-1912.pdf) 4.478MB
Canal Dover NW quadrant 3-1912 (USGS Canal Dover NW 3-1912.pdf) 4.05MB
Mineral City 1961 (USGS Mineral City 1961.pdf) 2.869MB
Tuscarawas County 1908 Centenial Atlas-Mineral City http://www.railsandtrails.com/Maps/Tuscararas1908CentenialAtlas/index.htm

Penn Central Corp. Track Segments Available For Sale 5-14-1979 (including 1970 PCTC System Map) (PCC Track Segment Sale 5-14-1979.pdf) 5.131MB

Track Charts

B&O Akron Division Valley Jct.-Cleveland Track Charts 1-1954 (B&O Akron-Chicago Track Chart 1966.pdf) 9.785MB

CSX Engineering Information System CT&V Subdivision abandonment project and track chart (excerpt from whole EIS report) (CSX EIS AC Partial.pdf) 3.671MB

PCTC Central Region Valley Division Track Chart c.1973 (PCTC Valley Track Chart c.1973.pdf) 10.176MB Courtesy Stephen Titchenal Rails & Trails

PCTC Central Region Valley Division Tuscarawas Branch Track Chart 1970 http://www.railsandtrails.com/TC/PC/ValleyDiv/index.htm Courtesy Stephen Titchenal Rails & Trails

PCTC Central Region Valley Division Track Chart c.1973 http://www.railsandtrails.com/TC/PC/ValleyDiv/index.htm Courtesy Stephen Titchenal Rails & Trails

NS Pittsburgh Division 1-1-1987 Valley Jct. MP 151.4 (NS Pgh Div Track Chart 1-1-1987.pdf#page=65) 19.221MB

Conrail Pittsburgh Division Track Chart 1999 MP 102 (CR Pgh Track Chart 1999.pdf#page=85) 17.317MB

NS Pittsburgh Division 1-1-1987 W&LE/CSX Crossing MP 61.15 (NS Pgh Div Track Chart 1-1-1987.pdf#page=83) 19.221MB

Ohio Revised Code Sections

ORC 701.07 Cooperative Economic Development Agreements
ORC 4582 Port Authorities
ORC 5537 Ohio Turnpike Commission
ORC 5540 Transportation Improvement Districts

Government Agency Enabling Resolutions

Multi-County Waste Disposal Supplemental Agreement (Stark, Tuscarawas & Wayne) 11-28-1988 (SWD Resolution 11-28-1988.pdf) 683KB

Resolution 696-2000 creating the Tuscarawas County Port Authority, Providing for the Organization Thereof, and Appointing Members to the Board of Directors 11-20-2000 (TCC 696-2000.pdf) 339KB

Resolution 691-2001 providing the Tuscarawas County Port Authority with All Powers Permitted by Ohio Law 10-18-2001 (TCC 691-2001.pdf) 85KB

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Ohio Turnpike Commission 5-25-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Ohio_Turnpike_Commission_05-Cuyahoga.pdf) 11.67MB



Financial Condition 7-11-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Tuscarawas_County_05-Tuscarawas.pdf) 1.65MB

Port Authority 12-1-2005 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2005/Tuscarawas_County_Port_Authority_04_03-Tuscarawas.pdf) 536KB


Financial Condition 12-13-2005 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2005/Financial_Condition_04-Carroll.pdf) 1.48MB


Financial Condition 7-14-2005 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2005/Stark_County_04-Stark.pdf) 1.91MB


Transportation Improvement District 7-18-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Transportation_Improvement_District_05-Muskingum_report.pdf) 423KB

Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District 12-15-2005 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2005/Stark_Tuscarawas_Wayne_Joint_Solid_Waste_Management_District_04-Tuscarawas.pdf) 489KB


Sandy (Tuscarawas) 4-9-2002 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2002/sandy_township_00_01-tuscarawas.pdf) 353KB

Fairfield 11-18-2004 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2004/FAIRFIELD_TOWNSHIP_03_02-TUSCARAWAS.pdf) 255KB

Goshen 10-12-2004 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2004/Goshen_Twp_03_02-Tuscarawas.pdf) 275KB

Dover 7-14-2005 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2005/Dover_Township_04_03-Tuscarawas.pdf) 744KB

Sandy (Stark) 1-12-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Sandy_Township_04_03-Stark.pdf) 521KB

Brown 4-22-2004 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2004/Brown_Township_03_Carroll.pdf) 1.06MB

Rose 9-14-2004 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2004/Rose_Township_03-Carroll.pdf) 859KB

Pike 12-7-2004 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2004/Pike_Township_03_02-Stark.pdf) 262KB

Canton 10-8-2002 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2002/canton_township_00_01-stark.pdf) 460KB


Dover 7-6-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/City_of_Dover_05-Tuscarawas.pdf) 1.92MB

Canton 7-11-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/City_of_Canton_05-Stark.pdf) 1.51MB


Mineral City 8-30-2005 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2005/Village_of_Mineral_City_04_03-Tuscarawas.pdf) 466KB

Magnolia 7-27-2004 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2004/Village_of_Magnolia_03_02-Stark.pdf) 341KB

Waynesburg 8-31-2004 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2004/Village_of_Waynesburg_03-02-Stark.pdf) 258KB

Malvern 11-4-2004 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2004/Village_of_Malvern_03-Carroll.pdf) 935KB

Minerva 8-22-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Village_of_Minerva_04_05-Stark.pdf) 286KB

East Sparta 12-30-2005 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2005/Village_of_East_Sparta_04_03-Stark.pdf) 236KB

School Districts

Sandy Valley Local 3-7-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Sandy_Valley_Local_School_District_05-Stark.pdf) 706KB

Tuscarawas Valley Local 2-9-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Tuscarawas_Valley_Local_School_District_05-Tuscarawas.pdf) 886KB

Dover City 12-30-2005 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2005/Dover_City_School_District_05-Tuscarawas.pdf) 663KB

New Philadelphia City 12-30-2005 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2005/New_Philadelphia_City_School_District_05-Tuscarawas.pdf) 840KB

Minerva Local 2-9-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Minerva_LSD_05-Stark.pdf) 387KB

Canton City 4-13-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Canton_City_School_District_05-Stark.pdf) 936KB

Transit Authorities

Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority 7-18-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Metro_Regional_Transit_Authority_05-Summit.pdf) 4.61MB

Stark Area Regional Transit Authority 7-11-2006 (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AuditSearch/Reports/2006/Stark_Area_Regional_Transit_Authority_05-Stark.pdf) 10.39MB

Additional Projects

Proposed Mineral City Multi-Use Activity Center

Union Station

Cleveland & Pittsburgh Rwy
Sandyville & Waynesburg RR
Wheeling & Lake Erie Rwy
Valley Rwy

Mineral City Historical Society

Railroad artifacts
Toy train layout

Mineral City Community Center

Weigh Station

YMCA temporary crew quarters

Proposed Valley Jct. Station

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District may have blueprints

Original Mineral City-Valley Jct. Rail and Trail Proposals

Valley Jct. North (VJNorthOutline.pdf) 327KB
Valley Jct. South (VJSouthOutline.pdf) 2.059MB

Lineside Telecommunications Potentials

8-22-2006: "Dover mayor backs agreement to move forward with fiber optics" http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=57544&Category=5&fromSearch=yes (Courtesy Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter http://www.timesreporter.com)

OARNet to be extended to Reeves Mill Business Park; potential to extend it along proposed rail line restoration routes to lineside communities
New Philadelphia Service Dept. storing 1.5 miles of donated, unused segmented fiber optic PVC conduit

Tuscarawas 2020 Strategic Vision

Tuscarawas Valley Internet Gateway http://www.tusc2020.com/board/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=114

See also:

Baltimore & Ohio RR Archives

CSX Archives

Penn Central Transportation Co. Archives

Wheeling & Lake Erie Rwy Archives

NEORail Proposal

U.S. Railway Association Archives

Ohio Erie Canalway/Ohio to Erie Trail Archives


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of this page; updated 4-7-2007