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Wooden trestle near Lost Creek, WV
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Wooden trestle near Lost Creek, WV
 
« on: Aug 10th, 2013, 11:25pm »
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On a recent trip down I-79 I noticed a beautiful old wooden trestle located near Lost Creek, WV. It was about 200 yards east of the highway and was barely visible through the trees. It is visible on Google Earth but it appears there is no active right of way. It's rather hilly in this area and the track may enter tunnels at either end of the trestle. GE does not show and rail line there. My question is does anyone know what railroad this is/was? And is it still active today?
 


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Re: Wooden trestle near Lost Creek, WV
 
« Reply #1 on: Aug 11th, 2013, 10:26pm »
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Not a hundred percent sure, but my 1946 railroad atlas shows a B&O branch line in that area that ran from Clarksburg to Bendale.  At one time the branch continued on to Orlando Junction but that segment appeared to have been abandoned by 1946.
 
Hope that this helps.
 
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 11th, 2013, 10:46pm »
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Thank you for the info. I am researching this on Google Earth and that appears about right. Grafton, WV, a B&O facility, is not that far away. I would love to stomp around in the area of that old trestle someday. Bet there's lots of neat stuff to see.
 
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 12th, 2013, 12:14pm »
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wm1111 - Kevin - All  -  
 
You noted, "...Clarksburg to Bendale..."...
 
TRUE. The B & O System Folders report service on the branch, seems to me. In fact, there is a truly classic, and marvelous  
Photo which shows a train under steam, pulling a short train, and described as a "Mixed" (at least in post WWII publications).  
Likely the passenger tickets had to be offered for compliance with local PSC?
 
.............................Vern.....................
 


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« Reply #4 on: Aug 12th, 2013, 8:56pm »
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Vern;
 
The "mixed" consist seemed to be SOP in that part of the world.  In addition to the B&O, most of the post-war passenger traffic on the Western Maryland out of Elkins was mixed.  The exception being a couple of dailies between Elkins and Cumberland.  Actually, the mixed service continued for a time after dedicated passenger service on the WM ended.
 
Given the size of ridership, probably the only way to provide service, cover costs, and keep the PSC at bay back then.
 
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wm - All -  
 
With "Mixed Train" schedules (of sorts?). Seems to me, part of the longevity of the "Mixed" runs account it was helpful to  
re-position the line's own operating employees.
 
A truly notable example in the W P Daily, Local Oakland - Salt Lake City. Reports note it didn't get all that much ridership  
(in part account frequent GREYHOUND runs on nearby USH-40 (now IH-80). The train did have its company employees on  
board, traveling to and from work domiciles...
 
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 7th, 2013, 6:29am »
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The right of way through Lost Creek was CSXT's W.Va. & P. Subdivision. The tracks across the trestle were removed by a rail train during January 1998.

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