Seeing an opportunity itself parent Pennsylvania created the Waynesburg
Southern Railroad in 1966 (which it then leased to the railroad) to
begin building a railroad in a rough crescent south and east of
Waynesburg tapping the many new mines opening in the region. Eventually
the line swung its way around and connected with the Scotts Run Branch
at Blacksville, with two spurs to Wana and Miracle Run to serve mines
south of the new line. No longer needing the Scotts Run Branch east of
Blacksville that line was abandoned in 1968.
Interestingly the first train to move a loaded coal train on
the Waynesburg Southern was the Penn Central in mid-July of 1968. While
the Monongahela Railway also opened an additional branch in the early
1950s tapping Grant Town and
Fairview located to the northwest of Fairmont the railroad, and then
built another branch in the mid-1980s to serve mines located west of
Waynesburg at Sycamore and Time, Pennsylvania the railroad had all but
reached its final length after the Waynesburg Southern extension.
|One of the railroad's GP38s, #2001, lays over at the Brownsville facility awaiting its next assignment on September 20, 1980.|
Following the abandonment of its Scotts Run Branch in 1968 the
railroad also began axing other redundant trackage. In 1976 it
abandoned most of the old Connellsville & Monongahela Railway and
lines south of Millsboro on the west bank of the Monongahela River.
Then, in 1979 it also pulled up its trackage south of Prickett Junction.
By this time the railroad was being operated in two divisions; the
East Division, which operated the Mon’s lines along the river and the
West Division, which operated the lines west of Millsboro (i.e., the
Waynesburg Southern Railroad extension). It also should be noted that
while the Monongahela was controlled by three different railroads it
retained some semblance of independence by being operated by its own
|A trio of GP7s including #1502, #1500 and #1504 sit at the engine terminal in Brownsville, Pennsylvania on September 20, 1980.|
After a rough stretch during the 1970s the Monongahela Railway
was once again becoming a profitable operation by the 1980s,
particularly after its extension to Time and Sycamore in 1984.
Unfortunately, while by the end of the 1980s the railroad was earning
healthier profits its end was nearing. In 1989 the cash-starved
P&LE sold its interest in the Mon to then PRR successor Conrail.
Then, after B&O successor CSX Transportation abandoned its FM&P
Subdivision (which connected with the Monongahela), which operated
between Fairmont, Morgantown, and Connellsville due to a landslide the
railroad also gave up its old B&O share of the Mon to Conrail in
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