Vol. 12, No. 1 January / February 1996  Issue Select 
Issue Details
Cover Title: Hagerstown, A Post-Merger report
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On the Cover: Norfolk and Western Railway's C30-7 No. 8082, the last member of the class, slows to a stop at MP H-40 at 9:29 am, March 14, 1995. More has changed here than the paint on the engine. The site was the former location of the N&W station at Berryville, VA, and the train, No. 460, is the last regular freight plying the traditional N&W Shenandoah-to-Hagerstown routing.
Articles In This Issue
Observation - James F. Brewer
Book Reviews / The Last Steam Railroad in America by O. Winston Link and Thomas Garver - James F. Brewer
Book Reviews / Norfolk Southern 1995 Review by Scott Lindsey - James F. Brewer
Mailbag - James F. Brewer
Changing Times at Hagerstown / N&W's Hagerstown District after the NS Merger - Mason Y. Cooper
  Photo Engineer Glen Mayes in the cab of SD45 No. 1799 prepares to receive orders from the operator at Hager Tower. The Train is leaving the ex-Western Maryland yard with an ever-shrinking block of cars since CSX is routing traffic via its own connecting lines to the south. The yard itself has become ensconced with weeds since the CSX merger and will soon have most of its tracks removed. In early 1986 Norfolk Southern will vacate the yard, switching to the limited servicing facilities at Vardo yard to the south. (MasonY. Cooper photo)
  Photo Engineer Robert Shomo gets a coal train underway at Shenandoah yard shortly before the NS merger. Coal traffic vacated the line in the 1970's due to the Penn Central's inability to handle the traffic north of Hagerstown. During its absence the traffic was routed east to Norfolk, then barged up the eastern seaboard. The former N&W freight house, from which this photographs was taken, has since been removed. (Mason Y. Cooper photograph)
  Photo The crew of train S41S, the Front Royal shifter, shoves a cut of cars for delivery to Woodmark Cabinets behind the station at Berryville, VA on a snowy February 20, 1983. the crew is working with SD40 No. 1615 and ran north after finishing work in the Avtex Fibers complex. The agency at Berryville was consolidated with Front Royal and the structure demolished on July 3, 1990. (Mason Y. Cooper photo)
  Photo Engineer Winston Burraker gets train HR-51 underway on December 9, 1983 south of Front Royal after making a tonnage reduction on the overload track. The wide right-of-way to the left of the locomotives marks the location of a former passing track, retired before the N&W/SR merger. This embankment will disappear on November 5, 1985 when the flooding Shenandoah River will scour away even this final trace. (Mason Y. Cooper photo)
  Photo A sad sight indeed: the end of the line for the passing siding at Rippon, WV. This view looks south towards the Virginia border, located at the trees in the background. The signals will be retired and moved about a mile to the north. The siding at Rippon featured a spring switch at the north end and was used for storage in the years prior to its retirement. Not too long after its removal, the addition of rerouted Southern Railway traffic brought more than one person to wish they had it back. (Mason Y. Cooper photo)
  Photo The diamond leading to the Hager engine terminal has been removed and little need remains for Hager tower. The interlocking has been made remote and will be controlled from the box in the background. One window shade is open on the opposite side of the structure allowing one to look inside and see the now idle Armstrong levers. Soon the structure will be razed in an effort to reduce property taxes. (Mason Y. Cooper photo)
  Photo The SD45 was among the most popular of all locomotives with Hagerstown District train service personnel. Big, powerful and smooth-riding, the engines were a big favorite until the need for improved fuel economy brought about their retirement. On July 3, 1985, SD45 1700 shares the engine track at Shenandoah, VA with a visiting Sperry Rail Service car. Those doorless boxcars in the background are known as "lime loaders" and will probably be loaded at Riverton Stone in Carso, VA (Mason Y. Cooper photo)
  Photo The Front Royal shifter drills two tanks of sulfuric acid past the station in June of 1984. The broken pieces of asphalt on the embankment represents the remains of the passenger platform, no longer of any use except as fill. The Shifter alternately used four and six axle locomotives depending on availability and work to be performed. Several operating schemes were tried including operation from Shandoah and running a crew north by taxi. When Avtex Fibers closed in the late 1980's the train changed its symbol to V-79 and did local work between Front Royal and Hagerstown until consolidated with the contemporary trains #460/461. (Maxon Y. Cooper photo)
  Photo Engineer Bobby Dofflemyer on Extra 755 South makes a pickup of traffic from the overload track at Front Royal, VA. The shifter has gathered the bulk of these cars from Avtex Fibers which generated several millions of dollars in business for NS until its closure. In this photo, taken November 29, 1984, GP9 755 is backing over Luray Avenue at the site of N&W's first station at Front Royal. (Mason Y. Cooper photo)
And in a related development / Roanoke Passenger Station - Ron Davis
  Photo None, Roanoke passenger station after removal of the concourse. (Ron Davis photo)
Bramwell, West Virginia: The Railroad Connection / 1996 N&WHS Convention Preview - Staff Arrow
  Photo The Bramwell station on the Norfolk and Western Bluestone line once hosted a dozen trains a day. Regrettably, it was town down when it fell into disuse. The style was a common one in its day and locals hope for its reconstruction as the town comes back to life in an historic reincarnation. (Photo courtesy The Bramwell Aristocrat)
N&W Covered Hoppers in HO Scale - Wilson McClung
  Photo The N&W (ex-Wabash) PS-built 70-ton 2-bay covered hoper, class HC-51 (Photo courtesy Charles R. Yungkurth, Rail Data Services)
  Photo Fig.3: Left: N&W Greenville-built 70-ton 2-bay covered hopper class HC-5. Right: HC-5 model using Eastern Car Works kit. (N&W Ry Archival Collection, Va. Polytechnic Institute and State Univ Libraries and W. S. McClung photo)
  Photo Fig.4: Left: N&W (ex-Nickel Plate) ACF-built 70-ton 2-bay covered hopper class HC-37. RIght: HC-37 model using Eastern Car Works kit (Photo courtesy of American Railroad Photography and W. S. McClung photo)
  Photo Fig.5: Left: NUW (Ex-Nickel Plate) Greenville-built 70-ton-2-bay covered hopper class HC-38. Right: HC-38 model using Eastern Car Works kit (Photo courtesy of Charles R. Yungkurth, Rail Data Services and W. S. McClung photo)
  Photo Fig.6: Left: N*W (ex-Wabash) ACF-built 70-ton 2-bay covered hopper class HC-48A. Right: HC-48 model using Eastern Car Works kit (Frank Szachacz hoto, courtesy of H&M Productions and W. S. McClung photo)
  Drawing Fig. 1: General Arrangement Diagram for the ACF-buil6t 70-ton 2-bay covered hopper
  Drawing Fig. 2: General Arrangement Diagram for the Greenville-built 70-ton 2-bay covered hopper
Another Advertising Classic from the N&W Archives / The Direct Rail-Water Route - N&W Railway
Norfolk and Western Factoid - Staff Arrow
View from the Cab / The Yellow Ball Cap - Thomas D. Dressler
  Photo In a scene that brings the artwork that tops this column to life, your Vice President relaxes a few moments in the cab of 611 as passengers board at Portsmouth, Ohio for a run to the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. (Jim Detty photo)
  Photo A few seconds after this beautiful action view was taken at mile post N-651 1/2, the yellow ball cap of the pilot engineer flew out the window, only to be retrieved later and ceremoniously returned. (Gene Johnson photo)
The N&W Class H-11 Coal Car / New Bowser model about as good as it gets - John Snidow
  Photo The H-11a coal car in service in Bluevfield, WV (Jim Cochran photo)
  Drawing H11A Drawing (Drawing courtesy of Norfolk Southern Corporation)
N&W GP9 No.s 506-521 / Overland's brass "Redbird" has a crippled wing - George Hughes
Norfolk Southern RP-E4D ("Slug") - George Hughes
Current News - Robert G. Bowers
The Tennessean / The Princeton Shops - James Nichols
  Photo VGN 509 following overhaul at Princeton Shops, circa 1951 (Jim Nichols photo)
  Photo VGN Auxiliary Tender at Princeton Shops, circa 1950 (Jim Nichols photo)
  Photo Unidentified VGN MC at Princeton Shops, circa 1950 (Jim Nichols photo)
Roster of Sustaining Members - Staff Arrow
Vol. 12, No. 1 January / February 1996  Issue Select