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Photos from week 2 (?):
HO1: (24k) Hancock tower in Oct '92 in need of paint but at least in B&O colors. Apologies to Darren, but if God had wanted His chosen railroad to be modeled in N scale.............<g>
HO2: (18k) Hancock tower in Oct '95 finally painted in CSX colors.
E-7: (18k) After all the discussion about this car I find I had this photo all along. Part of the restaurant/gift shop at the Frostburg terminal of the Western Maryland Scenic Railway, Oct '92.
C-17: (24k) In the woods at Cherry Run, between the road crossing and Miller tower, Oct 95. Greg, got any of THOSE trucks?
Photos from week 3:
This week the Monogah division:
PLCRK1: (27k) Pleasant Creek viaduct between Grafton and Philippi on the Cowen sub. When you get a good angle and lighting, there's no train.
PLCRK2: (31k) Finally gave up and left the site. A few minutes later a train! Whip out a long lense but no time to get a good angle.
HAZAT1: (25k) Need a compact "large" industry? The Hazel Atlas Glass plant on the northwest outskirts of Grafton (actually Fetterman) on the line to Wheeling.
HAZAT2: (25k) Ditto
Photos from week 4:
TUNLTN-E: (20k) Tunnelton, WV, May 1991 looking east from the pedestrian overpass. See Robert's West End p139 taken one week earlier. Not only are the gons still there but so is the pickup.
TUNLTN-W: (17k) Same spot looking west in October. Note the photo in West End p 143. Not much vegetation could grow with all the coal smoke. I wallked the 3rd track roadbed as far as I could and could't see the tunnels, a few feet away.
TUNLTN-F: (17k) The Tunnelton freight station, Oct '95. Nice model, eh?
WVN: (25k) The West Virginia Northern was in operation as a tourist line in Oct., '95.
WESTEND2: (23k) The other side of the tunnels, West End. Wish I could turn back the clock and see the mines in that clearing.
Photos from week 5:
All these were taken in May 1991, I think.
TERRALT1: (23k) Terra Alta looking west from the station.
TERRALT2: (23k) The combo station. This was BEFORE the fire.
SALTLCK1: (14k) Salt Lick curve looking west
SALTLCK2: (19k) Salt Lick curve looking east
HOLE: (16k) Further east, top of the "hole". If looks could kill, the engineer's would, upon seeing the rental car and photographer on the grade. The next year all the access roads were chained off!
Photos from week 6:
This week's subject is Grafton. Most if not all shots were taken in October 1992. The pedestrian bridge was closed in '93 or '94 and the roundhouse was gone by Oct. '95.
GRAF-Q: (88k) A popular location, looking east from the ped bridge which crossed over the mains and the roundhouse roof. Engineering in the days before the attorneys took over.
GRAF-RH: (58k) The roundhouse and ped bridge looking south from the upper part of town.
GRAF-PED: (105k) The Pedestrian bridge
GRAF-D: (79k) Looking west at "D" tower at the west end of the yard.
GRAF-BR: (64k) Bridge street crosses the east end of the engine terminal and west end of the freight yard. This shot from the bridge looks west with "D" tower on the right and the ped bridge in the distance on the left. (ed. note: is it my imagination, a trick of the wind, or is there smoke from the ghost of an old EL over the tracks in the center of the picture?)
Photos from week 7:
This week's subject: the idyllic Magnolia Cutoff. Most of the photos were taken in May of 1991, which included a trip on the Capitol Ltd. between Cumberland and Martinsburg. The shots were taken from the dome car. They have since replaced the "single level" equipment with a dome, to all bi-level, so you don't get a view forward and aft.
CWALL-W: (66k) The Concrete Wall between the cutoff and Paw Paw from the Westbound Capitol.
CWALL-E: (90k) Same spot on foot looking east.
GRAHAM-W: (80k) Graham tunnel, west portal, and the Kessler bridge.
KESSLER: (74k) Same spot on foot looking east.
GRAHAM-E: (65k) I'm not sure which portal this is. I must be looking forward from the dome, but the shadows don't look right. The westbound came thru in the PM and the EB in the AM (I think) so........ too early for me to figure it out.
Photos from week 8:
This week's topic: Cumberland, Viaduct Jct to the Narrows. If you Jpeg viewer supports zooms and pans, be sure you see the whole image especially on the vertical formatted photos.
NARROWS1: (83k) The narrows from lover's leap.
NARROWS2: (101k) Same location, zoomed in
CEMENT: (76k) The Cumberland Cement facility "an industry you can model", located between ND tower and the Narrows.
NDTOWER: (68k) ND Tower at Viaduct Jct, looking west toward the narrows.
VIADUCT: (34k) A Train of empties has just passed the tower and is crossing Wills Creek, heading towards Grafton
Photos from week 9::
SPATCH1: (54k) Sandpatch, looking west from near the tunnel on an overcast day in May 1992
SPATCH2: (49k) Same day looking east from near the tower.
SPATCH3: (75k) A more crisp October 1995 view looking east.
SPATCH4: (70k) No railroad, but I couldn't resist this shot somewhere near Sandpatch in Oct 1995.
Photos from week 10:
BALTST: (84k) One of my favorite little bridges on the WM just north of Baltimore street and the WM station
VIADUCT2: (40k) Just west of Viaduct Jct, the viaduct crosses Wills creek. The brick building was the Queen City Brewery.
RIDGELY1: (83k) Just south of the WM station, the WM crossed the Potomac to Ridgely, WVA.
RIDGELY2: (88k) The auto bridge from Cumberland St. crosses the Potomac to Ridgely,
NARROWS3: (97k) At the northwest end of the Narrows; the former C&P Eckhart Branch bridge, which is now cut off by the highway, and the double truss WM bridge
Photos from week 11:
This week will be wood structures, next week brick structures, then I'll finish the "series" like it started, with coal mines.
HO3: (94k) HO tower at Hancock, again.
WTOWER: (81k) W (West Cumbo) tower.
SWANTON: (77k) The station at Swanton, MD on the 17 mile grade, a year or two before it was razed. Pretty close to that Webster Classics kit Henry?
ROWELS: (65k) The station at Rowesburg. The freight room is on the opposite side from Swanton and it had a gable roof.
WILLIAM1: (93k) This little shanty is on the WM on Williamsport hill near the town of Williamsport, MD
WILLIAM2: (80k) A little further up the hill, this must have been the Williamsport station?
Photos from week 12:
MLPARK: (67k) Mountain Lake Park tower, looking east, Oct 1995
TTSTA: (65k) Tunnelton passenger station, street side
M-K1: (58k) The "shrine", engine house at M&K junction. The diesels are on the M&K sub
M-K2: (71k) The northside of the engine house. I believe the track in the forground is the M&K sub
LOCPT-WH: (54k) The B&O warehouse at Locust Point in Baltimore
Next week I'll finish up with coal mines.
Photos from week 13:
This segment will conclude the "Series". I hope you all enjoyed the photos. These were all mines I stumbled upon between 1992 and 1995. I'll reference the 1954 Form 6 where applicable.
SENTINEL: (47k) Sentinel Mine on the Berryburg branch, a few hundred yards west of the US119 crossing.
CENTURY1: (53k) Century #1 on the Century branch of the Cowen sub, about 15 miles southwest of Philippi. Form 6 p 118
CENTURY2: (68k) Century #2 same area, a mile or two closer to Philippi
ROBINSON: (74k) Robinson Run mine on a spur between Lumberport and Shinnston. A large complex, I don't think it was extant in 1954.
CADDEL: (45k) This was at Caddel on the M&K branch. It could be Carolyn #3, Form 6 p105. Hilary, the reason I'm ruling out Nancy Jane is that it was not listed in the 1963 listing of mines.
ALBRIGHT: (66k) This was further up the M&K at Albright, near the power plant. It could be Deep Hollow mine. Form 6 p105
DOLA: (86k) This shot reminds me of the movie Patton. He tells his driver to make a detour because he can "smell" the battlefield the Carthaginians fought on. When I drove into this valley, I could almost smell the six mines in a little over a mile, and the EM1 rumbling down the single track main, back in the glory days. Form 6 p126
MINES: (81k) Key Map