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Warren_Thompson
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A SWITCH ODDITY?
 
« on: Jun 3rd, 2008, 6:15pm »
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On p. 150 of Keenan'sCincinnati & Lake Erie Railroad, there's a nice photo of the Cumminsville freight terminal featuring three freight motors.  
 
In the foreground is a switch throw between the rails, rather than on either side of the outer rail. Was this a "traction" sort of thing?


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Walt_C
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 3rd, 2008, 8:27pm »
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That was probably a product of the limited space at the location of the switch points. Many traction company freight houses were built in close quarters-- much closer than "steam" railroad freight yards, so that "middle" switch throws were probably more common on traction properties than on steam railroad properties.-- I do note, however, that on Page 53 of the same book is a photo of a then brand new freight motor taken at Moraine, with a clearly visible switch throw in the "usual" side position in an area that looks equally as "close", so that the middle throw may have been unique to the Cumminsville location.

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Warren_Thompson
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on Jun 3rd, 2008, 8:27pm, Walt_C wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That was probably a product of the limited space at the location of the switch points. Many traction company freight houses were built in close quarters-- much closer than "steam" railroad freight yards, so that "middle" switch throws were probably more common on traction properties than on steam railroad properties.-- I do note, however, that on Page 53 of the same book is a photo of a then brand new freight motor taken at Moraine, with a clearly visible switch throw in the "usual" side position in an area that looks equally as "close", so that the middle throw may have been unique to the Cumminsville location.

 
You're on the mark. That "middle throw" at Cumminsville was necessitated by the switch's proximity to one of the three stub track leads at the freight house. At Moraine, per the photo of #603, there was more open space between the various tracks.
 
BTW both freight motors shown on p.53 apparently lived out their lives as
"backup" power on the Cumminsville-Mt. Healthy freight line. As I recall, neither was ever relettered for the C&LE.


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