West Jefferson frt customers & RPO cars

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Fri May 29 10:44:51 EDT 2020

Thanks, Harry.  Always good to have more insight as to the Branch’s real situation.


Jim King



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Jim King:

I may have some insight for the three year sample of traffic.  The

statistics compiled by a group of "know-it-all" computer geeks apparently

failed to use the correct parameters (?) and the results made the

Abingdon Branch comparable to the Norfolk Division for traffic flow, so

N&W used hand-cranked figures -- fewer, but correct.  In reality, the

Abingdon Branch was hauling an average of  7 revenue cars per week.  The

real killer was the cost of bridge maintenance -- 101 bridges Abingdon

to West Jefferson and the majority were all timber.


One of the largest opponents of the abandonment was the elderly owner

of the West Jefferson newspaper.  Every October, N&W had operated an

excursion train to West Jefferson and she did not want to see it disappear.

At the end of the abandonment hearing one Friday, the ICC Commissioner

looking down at his itinerary asked her if she had any comments or questions.

No response.  He looked up and saw her nodding.    

                                                                           Harry Bundy



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