Rockcut, Norton, Ohio

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Rock Cut between Wadsworth and Barberton

Train passing through Rock Cut in Norton Township, Ohio.

Rockcut was the only real geological obstacle between Barberton and Rittman for the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad to overcome. When first constructed, the line used a non-standard 6 foot gauge. As the years went on a third rail was added and later the line was converted to the standard 4ft. 8.5in. used today. While under the control of the Erie Railroad, a second main line was added through the rock cut.

Photo by Goerge Rockwood of an Atlantic & Great Western Railroad's  65,000 pound 4-4-0 locomotive. It had 66 " drivers and a 6ft. gauge. c1865

Photo by Goerge Rockwood of an Atlantic & Great Western Railroad 6ft. gauge locomotive c.1865