Dry Fork Branch

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Wed Oct 5 23:33:55 EDT 2005

> Thanks for the input Gary,

My research is very basic now, so your comments are greatly appreciated.
Thanks Tim Anderson Chesapeake VA

Dear Tim:


> I personally do not know what type of traffic was on the Dry Fork Branch

> in those days. However, I can suggest that you look at the employee

> time tables of that period that will give some indication of the

> scheduled trains that ran over the branch. This does NOT describe any

> of the unscheduled (coal or Mty Hoppers) trains, of which there had to

> be many.


> Note that the ETT's trasitioned from listing trains by timetable

> schedule to a "rules" and operation format in the early 1970's, so you

> will need to look at the earlier timetables.


> The Dry Fork probably saw mostly unscheduled coal trains and mine run

> trains in that time period. I do not know of any scheduled manifest

> freights that ran over that line as freight traffic 'cutting the corner'

> would have been pretty scarce.


> The line can be followed from Cedar Bluff to Ieager fairly easily. I

> think a fall trip or a trip after the leaves are down would be very

> beneficial. Traffic now is higher than it used to be (recently) as NS

> runs much of the Wolf Creek Branch coal and coal from the Williamson

> area down the Dry Fork Branch to Norton and connection to the

> ex-Southern lines going westward. This is predominantly power plant

> coal traffic.


> Note that the Archives will be open by appointment (email

> Gillum at nwhs.org) on the second Thursday-Friday- Saturday of each month.

> Jim Gillum can give you directions to the facility, which is near

> Shaffers Crossing.


> While at Roanoke, you must go to the link Museum in the old station.


> I will see what I can find in the older traffic charts that I have and

> the freight schedules.


> Gary Rolih

> Cincinnati, Ohio


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> I am a new member and plan to visit Roanoke next week and see if I can

> find the data I need, but your input would be very helpfull. I am

> trying to find a location to model. I now have focused my attention on

> the cut off between Iaeger, south east to the clinch valley district.

> The Dry fork branch. I plan to model operation's as close to the

> prototype as possible. I am working with some experienced operator's so

> I will have help evaluating the line. I have been unable to find out

> much about it.

> To keep it simple at first, what kind of traffic did the line see.

> Time can change but the 70's or early 80's info would be best.

> Thanks Tim


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