Big Stoney RR - Waitesville Incline

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Sun Jul 27 18:17:41 EDT 2014


I want to thank you for the references on the history of the N&W's Paint 
Bank branch and predecessor companies.  The article in the West Virginia 
History Journal was so long, however, that I had to put it aside until 
today, when I had some free time to peruse it.  It was most interesting!

I  long have had a question about the Tri State Lumber Co. operations in 
Johns Creek Valley served by the narrow gauge incline railway over Potts 
Mountain to Ray's Siding in Potts Creek Valley.  That is, how were the Shay 
locomotive(s), c. 4 miles of narrow gauge track, log cars, and a saw mill 
transported into the isolated Johns Creek Valley?

All historical accounts seem to dodge this matter, but maybe that is because 
there are no surviving records.

Do you, or anyone else, have any info on this?

Gordon Hamilton

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> On Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 6:43 AM, Our Fine Moderator wrote:
>> Moderator:
> My bad -- I was working across multiple machines and grabbed the wrong
> map. To make it easier, I've started a page on the Potts Valley Branch
> at
> where there is a link to
> the right topo map, plus a link to an article in the West Virginia
> History Journal that covers the branch and the inclined plane.
> Bruce in Blacksburg
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