branch line equipment

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Sat Apr 11 11:42:06 EDT 2009

The only ways to be positive of what equipment was used on a given
branch at a given time is to see a photograph, or talk to a
still-living member of the crew, or (the longest trail) try to find
documentation of assignment of cars and engines.
Fortunately for my modeling of the Valley Line there is a great book
with numerous photographs by Mason Cooper.
The Bachmann Spectrum HO combine seems to my myopic eyes to be an
excellent representation of the cars used with the mixed train 13/14
through much of the steam era.

Jeff Cornelius

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There's no mention of that branch in the revised
version of the N&W passenger service book, and the timetable listings
provide any insight beyond the cars most likely not being
N&W was fond of combines on their branch line trains, so one of those
would be a safe bet.  A train like that would almost certainly be the
primary delivery method for mail, so a combine or baggage/express car
of some
sort would be in the consist.  I don't see where any of the timetables
have make any indication as to which trains were mixed, so you can't
rule out
that possibility.  During t
he 1940's, the numbers of E's vs M's were
even, so both are good candidates.

Do you know what the route profile was like? 
If there were steep grades, an E2 is more likely, even on a short
Also, do you know what businesses were along the branch?  If traffic
light, it increases the odds of it being a mixed train.

Marty Flick


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Subject: branch line equipment


Saw reference on the modeling list to class E
being used for passenger service on the Bluestone branch.  Does
know what motive power and/or passenger cars was used on the
Northfork Branch
(Northfork to Crumpler).  I'd like this information from any time
but particularly interested in the 1940's through end of service.


Jim Cochran


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