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Conrail Railroad cut (Penn Central Railroad cut; Pennsylvania Railroad cut), Minerva, Stark Co., Ohio, USAi
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Conrail Railroad cut (Penn Central Railroad cut; Pennsylvania Railroad cut)- not defined -
Minerva- not defined -
Stark Co.County

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
40° 45' 8'' North , 81° 6' 21'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Nearest Settlements:
Minerva3,678 (2017)2.5km
East Rochester231 (2017)6.0km
Robertsville331 (2017)7.1km
Malvern1,155 (2017)9.3km
Homeworth481 (2017)9.8km

An abandoned Conrail Railroad cut located in the NW ¼ of Section 25, Minerva, Paris Township, Stark County, Ohio. The locality exposes the Lower Freeport Coal Formation, Allegheny Group. The Lower Freeport is known locally to coal miners as the No. 6a coal vein.

Ernest Carlson (1991, p. 114, 2015, p. 202) observed efflorescence of halotrichite-pickeringite at the locality.

This rail cut was along the former Canton-Bayard Branch Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The branch line split from the main line at Rochester, Pennsylvania, then went points west to Canton, Ohio where it rejoined the mainline at Fairhope, Ohio. The “Bayard Cutoff” from Fairhope to Bayard was used by iron ore and coal trains until the late 1970s, when the Pennsylvania Railroad merged with the New York Central to form the ill-fated Penn Central Railroad (Lynch, 2004, p. 70).

After the Penn Central Railroad when bankrupt and the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) was established in 1976, Conrail decided to abandon the Bayard Branch from Fairhope to Bayard in 1983 as part of their effort to reduce duplicate lines or unnecessary lines (Sanders, 2009, p. 45).

Today the locality is on private property and heavily overgrown.

Regions containing this locality

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

1 valid mineral.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: MgAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
Reference: Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Pickeringite7.CB.85MgAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Pickeringite29.7.3.1MgAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

H PickeringiteMgAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
O PickeringiteMgAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
Mg PickeringiteMgAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
Al PickeringiteMgAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
S PickeringiteMgAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O


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Carlson, E.H. (1991) Minerals of Ohio: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Bulletin 69: 114.
Lynch, P.E. (2004) Penn Central Railroad. MBI Publishing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota: 70.
Sanders, C. (2009) Canton area railroads. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina: 45.
Carlson, E.H. (2015) Minerals of Ohio: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Bulletin 69, Second Edition: 202.

External Links -- Bayard Branch/Bayard Cutoff, Pennsylvania Railroad.

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