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Cleanup in progress after Genesee & Wyoming derailment in Ohio

By Trains Staff | January 21, 2023

| Last updated on February 6, 2024

98 cars of Ohio Central train, 97 of them empty, derailed on Thursday

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Logo of Genesee & Wyoming's Ohio Central RailroadTRINWAY, Ohio — Cleanup will continue into next week after 98 cars of an Ohio Central Railroad train derailed Thursday near the unincorporated community of Trinway in east central Ohio.

The Zanesville Times Recorder reports 97 empty cars and one loaded car were involved, according to Tom Ciuba, vice president of communications for Genesee & Wyoming, in the derailment which occurred about 3:30 p.m. No injuries were recorded. The cause is under investigation.

The Ohio Central, a 74-mile line acquired by G&W in 2008, operates between Warwick and Zanesville, Ohio, and is part of a group of related G&W properties in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The derailment site, in Muskingum County, is about 13 miles north of Zanesville and about 52 miles east of Columbus.

4 thoughts on “Cleanup in progress after Genesee & Wyoming derailment in Ohio

  1. The train crew stopped immediately following the derailment. One tank car derailed at 6 mph. Because it and the other 97 cars all had shelf couplers, the entire cut derailed.

  2. I believe the info About Ohio Central being a 74 mile line is a bit outdated. G&W bought all of what Jerry Jacobs owned which included the Ohio Central and Columbus & Ohio River. Those two railroads were at one time parallel between Coshocton and Trinway. The Ohio Central was ex NS / Wheeling & Lake Erie. Columbus and Ohio River was ex Conrail/PC/ Pennsy Panhandle line which was built to a much higher standard. The Ohio Central to Zanesville was tied into the Panhandle at Trinway and the former Ohio Central pretty unused between Trinway and Papermill Road where stone is loaded from a quarry. It looks like an empty oil train.

  3. How in the world can they derail 98 cars? You would think they would know something was wrong way before that happened.

    1. My thoughts exactly…like when you run a train 30 mph max, even that speed would stop pretty darned quick.

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