Looking for advice on an interesting segment to model

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Fri Sep 27 13:19:02 EDT 2013


Prior to the addition of the west leg of the wye at St Paul, was SOP for L&N trains to cross the Clinchfield, go to Boody Yd, run around their train and prepare to head south? Or did they go north on the Clinchfield to their Boidy Yd and prepare to head south? I know once the west connection was built, crews headed south to Miller Yard, and now run to Frisco Jct because of the L&N / SOU connection at Big Stone Gap.

Russ Goodwin

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Date: 09/27/2013 13:04 (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: Re: Looking for advice on an interesting segment to model

-  At Boody (just east of St. Paul) the N&W interchanged with the Clinchfield. Between St. Paul and Coeburn are a series of tunnels and trestles that would be great to model.

   One item to remember about Big Bull, and the other tunnels between St. Paul and Coeburn--
   they wouldn't clear a "Plate C" car.  The N&W 171000-series covered hoppers are an
   example.  In steam days, according to one N&W Superintendent, you didn't touch the metal
   parts while passing through the tight Big Bull tunnel, or you'd get blistered. 

   L&N trains crossing the CV originated at Loyall, KY and on arrival at St. Paul, if they didn't
   have at least two hours before expiring on the HOSL, they were not permitted to cross to
   St. Paul.  Never saw it, but on the L&N portion, the line from Loyall dead-ended and the
   train reversed course,  went through a switch-back to reach the Middlesboro - Norton line.

   In the 80s, CSX made complaints about NW's handling of their trains on the segment. Through
   reviewing CV District train sheets at Bluefield, I found only one mishandling incident in a three-
   month period and that was questionable.  Their train had outlawed at Virginia City and had
   to be re-crewed.                           Harry Bundy

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