The Cleveland Night Express
was an American
named train of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
(B&O) on its route between Baltimore, Maryland
and Cleveland, Ohio
with major station stops in Washington, D.C.
and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
. The B&O inaugurated the Cleveland Night Express
in 1915. Its discontinuation in 1962 marked the end of B&O passenger service to Cleveland.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was chartered in 1827 and grew to be one of the largest passenger railways in the United States, often by acquiring other, smaller railroads. In Cleveland the B&O purchased two local companies, the Cleveland Lorain & Wheeling Railroad
and the Cleveland, Terminal & Valley Railway Company
From 1915 until 1962 the B&O provided overnight sleeping car service between Baltimore and Cleveland on the Cleveland Night Express. After June 1934, the Cleveland Night Express used Cleveland's Terminal Tower as its passenger station.
Decline and end of the train
In 1962, as railroad passenger traffic was declining nationwide, the B&O discontinued the Cleveland Night Express
on December 7
, which ended all B&O passenger service to Ohio's largest city, Cleveland.
Schedule and equipment
In 1961, the westbound Cleveland Night Express
departed Union Station (Washington, D.C.)
at 9:20 p.m. daily as train # 17, arriving in Cleveland the following morning at 8:45 a.m., equipped with a Pullman sleeping car
, coaches, and a lounge car
having a snack bar serving what B&O described in its timetable as a "light breakfast" prior to arrival.
The westbound Cleveland Night Express train # 17 made the following principal station stops, with a connecting Budd Rail Diesel Car departing at 8:10 p.m. from Baltimore, Maryland:
|| Departure time |
| Washington, D.C.
|| 9:20 p.m. |
| Silver Spring, Maryland
|| 9:35 p.m. |
| Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
|| 10:29 p.m. |
| Martinsburg, West Virginia
|| 11:20 a.m. |
| Cumberland, Maryland
|| 1:05 a.m. |
| Connellsville, Pennsylvania
|| 3:35 a.m. |
| Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
|| 5:15 a.m. |
| Youngstown, Ohio
|| 6:43 a.m. |
| Akron, Ohio
|| 7:45 a.m. |
| Cleveland, Ohio
|| 8:45 a.m. |
|source: B&O timetable, October 29, 1961