Rail on the Pocahontas Div

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Fri Apr 14 11:52:15 EDT 2023

Thank you for all the responses to my question about rail weight for Boaz.
I didn't realize that track charts included this info. I am making progress
on my weeping willow, gluing on a single branch at a time each night. I'm
maybe 1/4 done. I have all the main branches completed and am adding the
drooping branches and leaves now. Regarding track, I bought code 83
Walthers (I mentioned this in a previous email) so may be starting to build
next weekend, once it arrives.

*Now does anyone have rail weight information about Auville yard? I am
specifically interested in the engine service area.*  Based on the email
replies, I'm expecting the two mainline tracks along the street should be
132 lb rail, and the yard tracks should be 100 lb?  If anyone has info, I
would really appreciate it.
Mike Rector

On Fri, Apr 14, 2023 at 11:28 AM NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org>

> Chris,
> I've heard mention of a 155lb test section on the Division, but never
> confirmed how much where.
> Aside from the mix of 130/131/132lb rail on the main and branch lines,
> track charts show the next size down as 100lb rail elsewhere on spurs, some
> branchline sidings and end of track, except for the occasional 85lb tail;
> but, nothing in between. Not on the charts, I checked on three steam-era
> customer spurs west of Bluefield. All were still in and had 100lb rail
> marked "1919 MARYLAND."
> The 100lb rail height measures 5-1/2" that PECO code 60 rail makes for a
> nice fit. I'm working a large stash of code 81 rail by Right-O-Way, but an
> excellent flex track option is the PECO code 83. It is spot-on for N&W
> heavy track, including crosstie profile, length and spacing.
> Harry,
> In addition to sections of 140lb rail on the eastbound main in Elkhorn
> Tunnel and at Powhatan, I noticed three short sections on the Buchanan
> Branch at Raitt, all located on curves.
> Grant Carpenter
> On 4/11/2023 8:20 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> Gentlemen,
> If I remember correctly, I think that there was a section of 155 lb rail
> on Buchanan Branch between Devon and Hurley.  It seems I stumbled onto it
> in the track chart one time when I was working “PD”.  I’m thinking it was
> less than 10 miles, maybe more like 5 miles.  Another interesting
> discussion—keep ‘em rolling.
> Thank Ya’n Out,
> Chris Dalton
> Bluefield, WV
> On Apr 11, 2023, at 8:58 PM, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List
> <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> -Dave: N&W had a 10-mile section of 155 lb. PS rail located on the Kenova
> District (I think, track chart not handy). It was removed in the late 1980s
> after the number-dummies concluded that the extra weight (and cost) didn't
> offer that much of a benefit.  Remember that 131 lb. rail had a major
> defect -- head and web separations.  By adding an extra lb. of steel at the
> head/web connection,  the now 132 lb. rail reduced the derailments
> especially on curves.  H. Bundy
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