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.
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Subject: Re: West Jefferson frt customers & RPO cars
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.
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