Columbus, Chicago & Indiana Central Railway Company

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The Chicago & Great Eastern Railroad was consolidated with the Columbus & Indiana Central Railway Company to form the Columbus, Chicago & Indiana Central Railway Company. Articles of consolidation were executed December 4, 1867, and filed in the offices of the secretaries of state of Ohio and Illinois on February 11, 1868, and Indiana, February 12, 1868.

The CC⁣'s 581 miles of track stretched from Columbus, Ohio (Franklin County) to Chicago, Illinois (Cook County), and the Toledo, Peoria & Western at the Illinois state line, in Iroquois County, Illinois. Its inclusion in the Pennsylvania Railroad system with the 256-mile Little Miami Railroad gave the Pennsylvania two double tracked mainlines extending west from Columbus. The CC⁣ carried mainly freight traffic. By utilizing a cutoff between Bradford and New Paris in western Ohio outbound through freights heading from Columbus to Richmond, Ind., and points west were able to bypass a steep mainline grade in Dayton.

The majority of Pittsburgh-Chicago passenger traffic used the Fort Wayne System's mainline through Alliance, Mansfield and Lima in northern Ohio. All of the Pennsy's Pittsburgh-St. Louis varnish used what railfans called the Panhandle's "Passenger Line" through western Ohio, the Little Miami's mainline through London, Xenia, Dayton and New Paris. There were only two "name" trains assigned to the full CC⁣ run via Columbus-Urbana-Bradford-Logansport; the St. Louis-Chicago "Fort Hayes" and "Ohioan." Both were eliminated by the 1960s.

As part of the Pennsylvania system in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, a double-tracked mainline extended west from Columbus Union Terminal along the CC⁣'s route, passing north of the Panhandle's Buckeye yard in western Franklin County and then Plain City, Milford Center, Urbana, Piqua and Bradford, where the line split.

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