N&W Electrification Photo
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Mon Jun 25 11:01:38 EDT 2018
Alex (or anyone else),
Did the original single-track main line up Mill Creek between Cooper and Ruth remain in place and in service between the time the Low-Grade Line was double tracked (1923) and construction of the new Elkhorn Tunnel (1948-1950)? I’ve seen photos showing that the original main line bridge over the Bluestone River was still in place around 1949. Whether it still had rail at that time I cannot tell.
John Garner, Newport VA
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Subject: RE: N&W Electrification Photo
The line to the right appears to be the Bluestone Low-Grade Line going into Cooper Tunnel and the line to the left is the original main line and siding going to Coopers, with the main line going to Ruth and the Elkhorn Tunnel and the siding continuing into the Bluestone Branch. The Bluestone Low-Grade Line was used as the westbound main and the original main line was used as the eastbound main until 1923 when the Low-grade line was double tracked to Ruth. That would place the photo just past Bluestone Junction.
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Subject: N&W Electrification Photo
This attached photo of the N&W electrification posted on Ebay raises
several questions such as (1) location? (2) why is there a whistle post
on the diverging line? (3) does the diverging line lead to a tunnel in
the distance? (4) what is the purpose of the guard rail adjacent to the
near running rail in the foreground of the diverging line? There
appears to be some mechanism on the opposite rail where one would expect
a derail to be located, but why have a guard rail opposite a derail?
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