North Fork info

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Mon Oct 30 08:48:01 EDT 2017

Jim, thanks, North Fork area (Eckman to Crumpler) info is in fragments 
and I have continued to try to fill it in, but I can pull together 

Grant Carpenter

On 10/28/2017 2:55 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> Grant,
> Once again, terrific operational information for Maitland/Superior.  
> Would you have the same type knowledge for any of the mines "up North 
> Fork hollow"?  In particular I am most interested in Crumpler, 
> Greenbriar, McDowell and Indian Ridge.
> Thanks,
> Jim Cochran
> On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 11:59 AM, NW Mailing List 
> <nw-mailing-list at <mailto:nw-mailing-list at>> wrote:
>     Mr. Woods,
>     Huger Middle Track has been and appears to still be used as a
>     storage track. I'm not sure how this is currently worked, but
>     based on this and similar locations in the past, the track
>     arrangement suggests westbounds can set off empty hoppers by a
>     trailing-point move from the #2 (former westbound) main and
>     eastbounds can pick up loads by a trailing-point move from the #1
>     (former eastbound) main. The mine run can show up as just a light
>     engine and swap empties for loads between the middle track and
>     outlet track.
>     Ironically, this middle track used to have an unusually elaborate
>     arrangement on the west end and was kept busy serving three
>     adjacent tipples. I believe the one current tipple is referred to
>     as "Maitland" and is on the site of the former Lake Superior Coal
>     Co., Operation #3, next to the westbound main. The former Maitland
>     Colliery was on the same side just to the west past the next curve
>     and the former Lake Superior #4 was across from #3, next to the
>     eastbound main.
>     The middle track's west end had the usual crossover to the
>     westbound main, but had a double crossover to the eastbound main,
>     just west of the #4 outlet switch. Both Superior tipples only
>     shipped west (lake) coal, so the double crossover made it easy to
>     pull loads directly from #4 outlet across the eastbound main to
>     the westbound. The mine run could set them over into the middle
>     track along with loads from #3 for westbound River crews to pick
>     up on their return to Williamson. River crews could also pull
>     loads directly from the two Superior tipples if the middle track
>     was full or if a tipple might get blocked off.
>     Maitland loaded raw coal and when it shipped east to Bluestone,
>     the mine run would shove these "short" loads into the east end of
>     Huger for eastbound Elkhorn crews to pick up on their way back to
>     Bluefield. When the mine run worked out of Eckman, they could also
>     return with east loads for forwarding from Eckman Yard and free up
>     more capacity at Huger.
>     Westbound Elkhorn crews set off empties in Huger for the mine run
>     to deliver all three tipples.
>     When the lakes froze over, Superior stopped shipping and
>     stockpiled coal. The resulting capacity in the middle track was
>     used for storing coal from other tipples.
>     Grant Carpenter
>     On 10/18/2017 5:13 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
>>     Just west of Huger tunnel a center track comes off main #1 then
>>     connects to main #2 about 3,000’ to the west.  I find it unusual
>>     since it’s not connected to both mains at both ends like most of
>>     the center sidings.  Can anyone explain this arrangement and how
>>     the track is used?  Is it just a storage track?  The satellite
>>     image on google maps shows some hoppers parked there.
>>     Here's the satellite image that shows the track:
>> <>
>>     Carl Woods
>>     Richmond, VA
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