branch line equipment

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Wed Apr 29 23:02:24 EDT 2009

Notes on the Ms:

421 and 396 both wound up at Bristol. The 421 was maybe the last M on the
roster still with Stephenson Valve Gear. The 396 was not superheated (the
439 was) and was used occasionally on the Abingdon Branch, where it was
heartily disliked. The 439 was at Bluefield when I saw it, don't remember
the date.

By the time the 421 got to Bristol it had slipped a back-up eccentric, and
when pulling backwards only had three exhausts: chuff chuff chuff -----
chuff chuff chuff ----- chuff chuff chuff ----- . . . Don't remember which
side was lame.

Ed King
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>I understand only E2a's were used on the Bluestone passenger run, but an M

> (#421) was used on the Bluestone Shifter. E2a's were also used on the Tug

> and Dry Fork passenger runs, but M #396 or #439 was used on the North Fork

> Hollow passenger run. Equipment on the North Fork run was one coach and a

> baggage/coach. Two round trips a day (previously five), three on

> Saturday,

> they pulled up the branch to Crumpler, running around the train at Coach

> Siding and backed out. Kids rode to school in North Fork on a pass for $2

> a month. Towards the end anyway, the extent of mixed traffic was a 50-ton

> gon of sand every Monday to Cherokee that was shoved ahead of the engine.

> The crew worked out of Eckman where the equipment was serviced (including

> waste rubs every night). Between runs up the Hollow, the job worked

> Keystone with empties out of Byrd Yard (no pulling loads!). The run got

> pulled in 1950 when Eckman closed.


> Grant Carpenter


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>> Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 18:41:33 -0400

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>> Hi,

>> Saw reference on the modeling list to class E being used for passenger

> service on the Bluestone branch. Does anybody 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 period, but

> particularly interested in the 1940's through end of service.

>> Thanks,

>> Jim Cochran


>> dcochran116 at


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