N&W J engines to Martinsburg, WV?

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Sat Jan 4 23:57:58 EST 2014

For how N&W moved it's passenger trains between Hagerstown and Shenandoah Jct when a derailment blocked the line: This did happen in the summer of 1959 if my memory is correct. A northbound freight derailed at Spielman's, between Antietam and Hagerstown. Trains 1 & 2 were rerouted via Martinsburg to Shenandoah Jct. However this was in the GP9 era. The southbound train would need to be hauled backwards thru Martinsburg to be correctly oriented to head south at Shenandoah Jct and visa versa for the nb train. My guess is B&O supplied power to do this. In those days they kept power at Martinsburg for helpers and for serving the cement plant branch, or it would have been close enough to call a crew from Brunswick.

In the early 1950's a Y6 on a southbound freight derailed in the curve at Grimes when the outside rail turned over. This was only about a mile south of Spielman. The engine came close to rolling over. In 1920 N&W train 1 derailed north of Antietam station account hitting a horse. Newspaper documention of the event mentions trains being rerouted thru Martinsburg via PRR and B&O.

The B&O connected with PRR (former CV) at two locations in Martinsburg: Cumbo, west of Martinsburg primarily for interchange of coal trains, and at the location in Martinsburg where the PRR line crossed over the B&O. There was also a wye at this location.

--Rick Morrison
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