Dry Fork Branch

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Wed Oct 5 23:12:23 EDT 2005

Tim and Gary,
Don't forget the occasional passenger detour over the Dry Fork Branch. The
last one I can think of was Amtrak's eastbound Mountaineer in, I believe,
July 1975. They would just hang a left turn at Cedar Bluff and head up the
CV to Bluefield, VA.

Also, if anybody runs MS Train Simulator, there is a excellent freeware
route that covers most of the Pokey (except for the CV Line) Division
available at Train-Sim.com. The developer of the route did an outstanding
job on it and it would rate right up with the best of the payware routes.

Allen Evans
Federal Way, WA

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>Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 09:05:25 -0400


>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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