North Fork info
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Jim, thanks, North Fork area (Eckman to Crumpler) info is in fragments
and I have continued to try to fill it in, but I can pull together
On 10/28/2017 2:55 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> Once again, terrific operational information for Maitland/Superior.
> Would you have the same type knowledge for any of the mines "up North
> Fork hollow"? In particular I am most interested in Crumpler,
> Greenbriar, McDowell and Indian Ridge.
> Jim Cochran
> On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 11:59 AM, NW Mailing List
> <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org <mailto:nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>> wrote:
> Mr. Woods,
> Huger Middle Track has been and appears to still be used as a
> storage track. I'm not sure how this is currently worked, but
> based on this and similar locations in the past, the track
> arrangement suggests westbounds can set off empty hoppers by a
> trailing-point move from the #2 (former westbound) main and
> eastbounds can pick up loads by a trailing-point move from the #1
> (former eastbound) main. The mine run can show up as just a light
> engine and swap empties for loads between the middle track and
> outlet track.
> Ironically, this middle track used to have an unusually elaborate
> arrangement on the west end and was kept busy serving three
> adjacent tipples. I believe the one current tipple is referred to
> as "Maitland" and is on the site of the former Lake Superior Coal
> Co., Operation #3, next to the westbound main. The former Maitland
> Colliery was on the same side just to the west past the next curve
> and the former Lake Superior #4 was across from #3, next to the
> eastbound main.
> The middle track's west end had the usual crossover to the
> westbound main, but had a double crossover to the eastbound main,
> just west of the #4 outlet switch. Both Superior tipples only
> shipped west (lake) coal, so the double crossover made it easy to
> pull loads directly from #4 outlet across the eastbound main to
> the westbound. The mine run could set them over into the middle
> track along with loads from #3 for westbound River crews to pick
> up on their return to Williamson. River crews could also pull
> loads directly from the two Superior tipples if the middle track
> was full or if a tipple might get blocked off.
> Maitland loaded raw coal and when it shipped east to Bluestone,
> the mine run would shove these "short" loads into the east end of
> Huger for eastbound Elkhorn crews to pick up on their way back to
> Bluefield. When the mine run worked out of Eckman, they could also
> return with east loads for forwarding from Eckman Yard and free up
> more capacity at Huger.
> Westbound Elkhorn crews set off empties in Huger for the mine run
> to deliver all three tipples.
> When the lakes froze over, Superior stopped shipping and
> stockpiled coal. The resulting capacity in the middle track was
> used for storing coal from other tipples.
> Grant Carpenter
> On 10/18/2017 5:13 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
>> Just west of Huger tunnel a center track comes off main #1 then
>> connects to main #2 about 3,000’ to the west. I find it unusual
>> since it’s not connected to both mains at both ends like most of
>> the center sidings. Can anyone explain this arrangement and how
>> the track is used? Is it just a storage track? The satellite
>> image on google maps shows some hoppers parked there.
>> Here's the satellite image that shows the track:
>> https://goo.gl/maps/dTJ7gwkN38y <https://goo.gl/maps/dTJ7gwkN38y>
>> Carl Woods
>> Richmond, VA
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