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Photograph courtesy of and copyright of Zachary Walters 2011

The Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Railway arrived in 1854.

1854: Arrival

1923: Replaced tracks

The trackmen of the B. & O. were busy last week replacing the old rails in the passing track at Xenia with heavier steel.

Extracted from Flora-Journal Record, July 19, 1923

An important change in the time of trains should be noticed by all who travel. The only trains west that stop at Xenia, are at 7:41 a.m., and at 4:18 p.m. Trains east that stop, 3:47 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 9:24 p.m. Most all train numbers have been changed. For particulars ask or call ticket office.

Extracted from Southern Illinois Record, December 14, 1916

1916: Changing times

Xenia was the scene of a freight wreck Monday night. Fast Freight No. 97 was pulling out of passing track, a rail broke and 4 cars were derailed two of them turned over and the others remained upright. The wreck train soon cleared the scene.

Extracted from Southern Illinois Record, February 27, 1919

1919: Freight wreck

Claud Higgason and Ray Woods have entered the service of the B. & O. and have been making initial trips over the division to acquaint themselves as to how long a man can go without food and water. We believe the boys will soon be running as extra brakemen and perhaps make good train men.

Extracted from Southern Illinois Record, January 11, 1917

1917: Without food and water

CSX 8093 leads train Q564 west through the small town of Xenia, IL on CSX's former B&O St Louis Line.

Scanned slide courtesy of and copyright of Nick Trimberger 2009