Wellston-Jackson Belt Railroad Pictures and information updated October 23, 2013
Wellston Railroad map
Wellston Jackson Beltway RR 1909
Wellston and Jackson Belt Railroad Depot about 1909 in Wellston. Note steel mill in background to the left of the box cars.

Harvey Wells chartered a railroad corporation of which he was president. It was named The Wellston-Jackson Belt Line. Wellston & Jackson Belt Railway was chartered 22 January 1895 and was capitalized with $500,000 stock issue. The line was opened to traffic on December 1, 1895, and to Jackson on February 10, 1896. The Hocking Valley Railway's Fifth Annual Report stated it was a total of 17.5 miles from Dundas to Jackson. This station was built about 1895 by the Wellston & Jackson Belt Railway as an interurban electric it came under control of the Columbus, Hocking Valley & Toledo Railroad in June of 1885, a C&O predecessor. The interurban line service ended August 12, 1914 but steam passenger service continued another 17 years and the C&O made a coal carrying road out of it.

The 9.8 miles between Wellston and Jackson ran a train every hour and every half hour during shift changes at the mines. Operating the 600 volt DC power was a problem before the us of high voltage AC current came into general use. Passengers noted that lights dimmed and the trains slowed as they approached Jackson because of the drop in current so far from the power station in Wellston. The Wellston & Jackson Belt line operated with a current collection system that was extremely unusual -- the trolley wire was mounted on the west side of the right-of-way, and the trolley poles were on the corresponding side of the motor cars, mounted just below the clerestory and situated above the front axle of the rear truck. Only one pole per motor was needed, as the cars were never turned. Tickets were at a low cost. A monthly commuter book good for 54 trips between any two points on the line cost $2.00. Later when the line was extended to Hamden the price went to $2.50. A round trip between Wellston and Jackson took 6 tickets costing .25 cents each. The trip from Jackson to Wellston took 50 minutes.

The Jackson B&O station was about 300 yards south and on the other side of the tracks. The B&O and B&O SW, DT&I, C&O and CH&D and even the Iron Railroad from Ironton went into the Jackson/Wellston coal fields in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Over in Wellston across the tracks to the west of the C&O depot in Wellston was the two story CH&D depot. South of them was the DT&I and south of it was the B&O.

Wellston Beltway Depot at Wellston

Wellston-Jackson Belt Depot at Wellston was built in 1891 to serve both the Wellston and Jackson Belt Railroad and the Columbus, Hocking Valley, & Toledo Railroad. It was restored in 1992 as a historical site and used now used as a community center.

Picture June 2010 by Tyrone Hemry
Wellston-Jackson Depot at Wellston
Wellston-Jackson Belt Depot at Wellston tract side view
Picture June 2010 by Tyrone Hemry
Wellston Jackson Belt depot n end
Wellston-Jackson Belt Depot at Wellston looking at North end
Picture June 2010 by Tyrone Hemry
Welston Jackson Depot Cart at Wellston
Picture June 2010 by Tyrone Hemry
Wellston-Jackson Belt looking South from Wellston Depot
Wellston-Jackson Belt line looking South from Wellston Depot where tract use to run
Picture June 2010 by Tyrone Hemry
Wellston Jackson Belt RR Depot at Jackson
Wellston Jackson Belt Railroad Depot at Jackson in 1908
Hockying Valley Depot at Jackson
Hocking Valley Depot at Jackson, Ohio
Mural at C & J in Jackson
Mural at C & J Electric in Jackson showing a Wellston Jackson Belt Railroad Car with riders.

photo by Tyrone Hemry 2011

Wellston - Jackson beltway mural

This mural was painted in 1897 by Fred Powell and George Gance and covered 55 feet of outside wall of the Cincinnati Clothing Company. The wall faced an ally at that time. The conductor shown on the left was Paul Davis. During proabition he worked as the Jackson town constable. Not visible up to the left is a furnace scene but it is hidden by the lowered ceiling at C & J Electric.

photo by Tyrone Hemry August 2012

Jackson, OH B&O Depot
Jackson & Wellston, Ohio Belt Railway Depot at Jackson and now a museum
Picture May 2010 by Tyrone Hemry
Jackson Ohio Depot Rear View
Jackson & Wellston, Ohio Belt Railway Jackson Depot and now museum located East Broadway northeast of Water St. rear view
Picture May 2010 by Tyrone Hemry
Jackson, Ohio RR Timetable
Picture May 2010 by Tyrone Hemry
Jackson RR Map 1907
W & JB RR car #1
Wellston & Jackson Belt Line car #1 built in 1896 by Barney & Smith Car Co. of Dayton, Ohio was 38 feet long.
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W & JB car # 12
Wellston & Jackson Belt Line car #12 built in 1903 by Barney & Smith Car Co. of Dayton, Ohio was 59 1/2 feet long.
Wellston and Jackson Belt Railway C

Wellston and Jackson Belt Railway C

Wellston and Jackson Belt Railway Company stock back side.

Lake Alma with W&JB RR train
Wellston & Jackson Belt Railroad train at Lake Alma
Hocking Valley Railroad ad
Hocking Valley RR lock
Small Baggage lock used by the Hocking Valley Railroad

photo by Tyrone Hemry

Jackson Co. 1898 RR Map
1898 Railroad Map of Jackson Co., Ohio
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