N&W/CHW Elkton interchange and surrounding operations

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Thu Jul 18 23:47:14 EDT 2013


Thank you for that plethora of information. I'll be most certain to keep
this in mind now on my next visit through the area as well as in my
modelling efforts. One last question as I know today there are quite a few
industries between Shenandoah and Waynesboro now that were not there.
However has there always been a local that worked just between those two
points? Was it based out of Shenandoah or Waynesboro?

-Brandon Kaback

On Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:09 AM, NW Mailing List
<nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>wrote:

> Brandon,

> Cars destined for the CW are taken into Shenandoah by NS freights. The

> CW operates a couple of crews out of Harrisonburg to Shenandoah to pick up

> cars and return to Harrisonburg. The V92 is one train number. Yard crews

> in Shenandoah will cut the CW cars out of a train. The CW crews switch up

> their own trains mostly at the south end of the yard. Also crews will come

> over to take unit grain trains to Hburg and return empties to Shenandoah.

> Most of these unit train now come south from Hagerstown and return the same

> way. Of course there is always the rare train that arrives from Roanoke.

> There used to be a passing siding at Elkton on the west side of the

> main line. The north end of this siding was just south of MP H111 and

> continued south past MP112. At the south end, where it joined the main

> line, there was a crossover switch where the siding continued straight into

> what was called the "Storage Track". At the south end of the Storage Track

> was another crossover to the main line where the track also continued

> straight into the spur for Monger Coal Co.

> Before the grain business really boomed (because of large poultry

> industry in the Harrisonburg and surrounding areas) to large numbers of

> loads, there were only small numbers of misc. cars to be set off to the CW.

> We set these cars off on the storage track at Elkton. At that time the CW,

> being a "Short Line" only could come as far north on the N&W main as Elkton

> to pick up their cars. They could not go into Shenandoah. The CW would

> pick up their cars and set off cars for the N&W to pick up. Later, after

> the big grain boom, large blocks of cars were set off and picked up on the

> passing siding.

> Later the siding/storage track/Monger spur was taken up and only the

> "Bark Siding" (a short dead end siding on the east side of the track)

> remained. An agreement was made whereas the CW crews were allowed into

> Shenandoah Yard, but, could only handle their cars.


> Jimmy Lisle

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