Ontario Midland Railroad

The Ontario Midland Railroad is an American railroad company operating in western New York.

It was founded on October 5 1979. Ontario Midland was created to save the entire Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad (Hojack) line from Oswego's West Yard to Niagara Falls, New York's Suspension Bridge, but the railroad only managed to buy from Hannibal in Oswego County, New York to Webster in Monroe County, New York. The railroad also operates a line formerly operated by Conrail, Penn Central, Pennsylvania Railroad from Wallington, where it meets the Hojack, to Newark to interchange with CSX's ex-Conrail (New York Central) Waterlevel Route.

Operations on the Ontario Midland are carried on VHF radio at a frequency of 161.370MHz. The OMID carries food products, lumber, fertilizer, pulpboard and chemicals. The OMID carries about 850 cars a year and operates 56 miles of track. It operates Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (8:00-16:00). For a number of years until about 2003, the OMID ran Fall Foliage excursions in conjunction with the Rochester NRHS chapter whom owns the Empire State coach cars that were used for the trips.

The railroad's all time locomotive roster includes, with the exception of #5, an all-Alco roster:

  • #3 is an Alco S4 built in 1953 & formerly of the Genesee & Wyoming & New York Central (NYC).
  • #5 was a GE 45-Tonner formerly of the US Army (USATC).
  • #35 is an Alco S4 built in 1959 formerly of the Genesee & Wyoming (GNWR).
  • #36 is an Alco RS-11 built on 1957 formerly of the Norfolk & Western (N&W).
  • #40, now #408, is an Alco RS-36 built in 1962 formerly of the Norfolk & Western too.
  • #106 was an Alco S-2 built in 1948 & formerly of the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O).
  • #107 was an Alco S4 formerly of the N&W. Today it is at Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in Rush, New York. It has been re-painted into the Paint scheme of its original owner: the New York, Chicago & St.Louis (Nickel Plate Road (NKP)). The N&W absorbed the NKP in 1965 & sold #107 to OMID.
  • #4056 was an Alco RS-3 built for the Spokane, Portland & Seattle (SP&S). It was sold by SP&S successor Burlington Northern (BN).
  • #4085 was also an Alco RS-3 but ex-Delaware & Hudson (D&H).
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