Our Evolution and History

A leader in freight rail transportation for almost 190 years, CSX has a railroad history that dates back to the early 19th century when the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company (B&O) – the nation’s first common carrier – was chartered in 1827. Since that time, CSX has built on the foundation laid by early pioneers who had a vision to create a railroad that could safely and reliably serve the ever-increasing demands of a growing nation.

Since its founding, numerous railroads have combined through merger and consolidation to create what has become CSX. Each was a welcome addition to the CSX family, bringing unique and valuable geographical reach to new markets, gateways, cities, ports and transportation corridors. We're proud to share with you some of the many logos of our heritage railroads.