I&O Mason Subdivision
The I&O Mason sub-division between Mason and Lebanon was built by the Cincinnati, Lebanon & Northern Railroad as a narrow gauge line. The portion from Hageman Junction to Monroe was built by the Middletown & Cincinnati Railroad. Both came under the control of the Pennsylvania Railroad, who accessed the line from Cincinnati or from Kings Mills, off the Cincinnati & Xenia Line (now the M&C is abandoned east of Hageman Junction to Kings Mills). I&O purchased the Mason sub in 1984. It reopened the Lebanon Branch in 1985, which had been closed for quite sometime due to lack of online business by Conrail. I&O operated excursions from Mason to Lebanon until the company was sold to Railtex in 1996. Mr. Thomas McOwen, the principle owner of I&O when sold to Railtex, retained the I&O Rail Passenger Corporation, which operated the passenger trains. He continues to operate as the Turtle Creek Valley Scenic Railway.
When I&O acquired the Blue Ash Subdivision in 1986, it attempted to rebuild the railroad that Penn Central had abandoned between South Mason and Brecon in 1972, re-linking the two lines. Due to vehement "NIMBY" opposition, the project failed due to failure to obtain permission from regulatory agencies.
|Mile Post (southbound)||Station Name||Notes|
|0.0||Garver Road||Jct. NS Dayton District / Reed Yard Limits|
|6.7||Hageman Junction||Jct. Lebanon Branch|
|8.0||Stokes||I&O Engine House|
|10.0||Mason||End of track|
|6.7||Hageman Junction||Jct. Mason Subdivision|
|2.3||Lebanon||End of track|
Radio Frequency - 161.385
|I&O 56 northbound at Mason.|
|#56 switching at Mason in 1988.|
|#52 switching at Monroe.|
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