N&W Cripple Creek Extension
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Sat Nov 27 21:49:15 EST 2010
Thanks for your excellent documentation on the branch (extension). Other than the bridge that I mentioned in another e-mail, is there anything identifiable in the satellite views or aeriel shots, ie., the turntable?
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>Subject: Re: N&W Cripple Creek Extension
>On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM, Jim wrote:
>> Did you notice two and possibly 3 switchbacks on the map? Now if we could
>> find N&W track charts for that time period they would fill in the rest of
>> the story.
>Did you say "track charts"? Go to
>http://www.brucebharper.info/nwrwy/CrippleCreek.html for 1927 track charts
>for the Ivanhoe to Speedwell portion of the North Carolina Branch, including
>the Norma Branch. Note the change of web address, I maxed out the space
>available to staff in the VT filebox system, so I moved to some server space
>I have where I host some other web sites.
>The track charts are probably second or third-generation copies of
>blueprints made in the early '90s when Grant Carpenter and I and some of the
>others in the Blacksburg bunch were chasing the last days of the North
>Carolina Branch and tracking some of the old branches after the line shut
>down. Someone had a contact in the N&W engineering department who had
>legitimate access to the charts to make a copy. Depending on what has been
>transferred to the historical society, the chart may be in a drawer
>somewhere in the archives. I tried to clean up the negative photocopy and
>convert it to a positive and sharpen it when I scanned the pages. I'll work
>on scanning the rest of the chart as I can.
>In the meantime, the track chart at Cripple Creek shows the short piece of
>track that leads to the turntable shown on Dr. Randolph Chitwood's map and
>the branch running behind the station. It also shows the Norma Branch
>climbing quite a bit, with some 16-degree curves in there, with the N&W
>portion ending just after crossing a 127-foot bridge, at an elevation of
>Grant and I did manage to make it up that way and I remember seeing the
>Raven Cliff furnace, but I don't remember going through Cripple Creek. I'll
>have to dig out my slides from our trips down that way to add to the site,
>to document the end of service on that line.
>I'm ready for a road trip.
>Bruce in Blacksburg
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