How many here model after a real home town short line?

I model my home town short line of the Tallulah Falls Railroad. It operated from 1871 until 1961. It ran from Cornelia Georgia to Franklin North Carolina. It spanned 58 miles with 48 trestles. All the trestles were wood except the Tallulah lake trestle which was steel and concrete.  Here's one of the six hopper cars I built to haul stone from Rabun quarry.

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While l am incorporating aspects of NE Colorado's Great Western sugar beet road into my freelance effort, the nearby to my hometown short-lines both made the famous Beebe and Clegg book "Mixed Train Daily". They were the Louisville, New Albany, and Corydon, which had a brief reincarnation as a dinner train, after years of providing combine caboose passenger service, and the Frankfort and Cincinnati, "Bourbon Route", which climbed up out of Frankfort's deep Kentucky River valley to serve several bourbon distilleries, including a now abandoned stone castle, on its way to a junction with the L&N at Paris, KY.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

Hence my name, I model the Raritan River Railroad which ran from South Amboy to New Brunswick NJ. 1888 to 1980. I also model Rahway Valley, Morristown & Erie, and Black River & Western. (I haven't found M&E C424's yet but I have BRW 1202!)Image result for Raritan River SW900

- Joe

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters, Independent Hi-Railers Eastern Division,

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders, Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS,

METCA

 http://raritanriver-rr.com/

"You're too young to remember the Raritan River!" -Told to me by a man at a train show.

There were a lot of short line railroads in Pennsylvania that got bought up by either the Pennsylvania RR or Philadelphia & Reading Railways who later became known as the Reading Railroad in the 1920's. I try to model the Reading railroad; either Reading Lines(the freight side of Reading) or Reading Company(the passenger side of Reading). Also I have some freight cars in Reading & Northern RR from MTH.

Currently there is the Reading & Northern railroad that is operating out of an area near Allentown PA. It is a short line RR but has a lot of freight traffic between 2 major railroads(CSX & Norfolk Southern, if I am correct) in Pennsylvania and is looking to expand into passenger service near Reading & Hamburg PA. Reading & Northern also services the Prell shampoo factory near Mahopany PA.

I'm sure there are other states that had a lot of short line railroads but those are the ones I know of. I know that Georgia and North Carolina had some small railroads as well.

Lee Fritz

Philadelphia & Reading Railway, one of the first railroads in the USA, first to have a double track system in the USA.

I got the San Diego Imperial Valley Genset that was originally owned by Rail America which was what MTH's Model depicted. They were shortly sold to Genesee and Wyoming which made it look like a pumpkin.

I don't Model it that great because they run on the San Diego Trolley Lines at night when the Trolley is not in service and It depends on what goes down to the border because BNSF Brings it in and SDIV does drop off and pick up service for BNSF. I usually run freight cars I see in the SDIV yard next to the SDT yard and BNSF yard. I hope MTH does another run of the Genset I would love it's opposite number and color, their is only 2 Gensets on their roster.

I am not sure it qualifies as a shortline, but I model the Elmira Branch of the PRR. My Grandfather was a conductor on the line. He lived in Elmira close to the line. When it came time to go to work, he would run across the field to where the train was running. They would slow and he would jump on. 

Jim

 

Hauling Coal and Tourist to Sodus Point on the PRR-Elmira Branch

phillyreading posted:

There were a lot of short line railroads in Pennsylvania that got bought up by either the Pennsylvania RR or Philadelphia & Reading Railways who later became known as the Reading Railroad in the 1920's. I try to model the Reading railroad; either Reading Lines(the freight side of Reading) or Reading Company(the passenger side of Reading). Also I have some freight cars in Reading & Northern RR from MTH.

Currently there is the Reading & Northern railroad that is operating out of an area near Allentown PA. It is a short line RR but has a lot of freight traffic between 2 major railroads(CSX & Norfolk Southern, if I am correct) in Pennsylvania and is looking to expand into passenger service near Reading & Hamburg PA. Reading & Northern also services the Prell shampoo factory near Mahopany PA.

I'm sure there are other states that had a lot of short line railroads but those are the ones I know of. I know that Georgia and North Carolina had some small railroads as well.

Lee Fritz

I've ridden the Reading & Northern steam excursion from Port Clinton PA to Jim Thorpe PA. Great trip! They are adding a station in Muhlenberg Township as well. I believe they have about 370 miles of track. They haul a lot of anthracite coal. Of those I've met from the railroad, I can say they are great people.

I live near Colebrookdale Railroad based in Boyertown PA. Great short line with some motivated people. They're running a GP10. I want to have a GP9 customized to look like it soon.

I don't but I would like to model Butler, Pa., where I live, maybe back in the 1930s. four RRs served this small city and it had steel, RR car mfg, oil, glass, bricks & refractory,lime, and coal, and autos plus passengers. If you went back a little further you could stir in two interurbans in the soup. Not bad for a town with about 30 thousand people. Forgot agricultural products too.

If you root through those stacks of books for sale in every train show, you will find there was an obscure rail line close to you, in most states. And l know of at least one no book has been written about that used to run behind my old house.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

Badge109 posted:
phillyreading posted:

There were a lot of short line railroads in Pennsylvania that got bought up by either the Pennsylvania RR or Philadelphia & Reading Railways who later became known as the Reading Railroad in the 1920's. I try to model the Reading railroad; either Reading Lines(the freight side of Reading) or Reading Company(the passenger side of Reading). Also I have some freight cars in Reading & Northern RR from MTH.

Currently there is the Reading & Northern railroad that is operating out of an area near Allentown PA. It is a short line RR but has a lot of freight traffic between 2 major railroads(CSX & Norfolk Southern, if I am correct) in Pennsylvania and is looking to expand into passenger service near Reading & Hamburg PA. Reading & Northern also services the Prell shampoo factory near Mahopany PA.

I'm sure there are other states that had a lot of short line railroads but those are the ones I know of. I know that Georgia and North Carolina had some small railroads as well.

Lee Fritz

I've ridden the Reading & Northern steam excursion from Port Clinton PA to Jim Thorpe PA. Great trip! They are adding a station in Muhlenberg Township as well. I believe they have about 370 miles of track. They haul a lot of anthracite coal. Of those I've met from the railroad, I can say they are great people.

I live near Colebrookdale Railroad based in Boyertown PA. Great short line with some motivated people. They're running a GP10. I want to have a GP9 customized to look like it soon.

The Reading & Northern which is the main part of the company hauls freight, not always coal because the demand for coal is way down. The Reading & Northern is a company that does a lot of short hauling for major railroads like Norfolk Southern. Have you ever heard of Mahoopany PA? That is where Prell shampoo is made and the R & N hauls the freight for them from their terminal to major railroads.

I know about the Muhlenberg Township train station near highway 61 and Bellevue Ave. The R & N already owns the track rights.

Lee Fritz

Philadelphia & Reading Railway, one of the first railroads in the USA, first to have a double track system in the USA.

jim pastorius posted:

I don't but I would like to model Butler, Pa., where I live, maybe back in the 1930s. four RRs served this small city and it had steel, RR car mfg, oil, glass, bricks & refractory,lime, and coal, and autos plus passengers. If you went back a little further you could stir in two interurbans in the soup. Not bad for a town with about 30 thousand people. Forgot agricultural products too.

I am not sure off hand what railroads ran in that area but Pennsylvania is considered the railroad capital of the US in the late 1800's because of all the short line railroads that used to run there.

Lee Fritz

Philadelphia & Reading Railway, one of the first railroads in the USA, first to have a double track system in the USA.

I have tried to capture scenes around Buffalo, NY. Bethlehem Steel was located just south of the city and served by the South Buffalo Railway, now part of the Genesee and Wyoming conglomerate, Buffalo and Pittsburg division. 

Barely visible on the bridge, the South Buffalo text can still be seen.

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Pete

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My model railroad theme is built on the former Buffalo Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway that served my home town of Rochester.  That line was later merged into the B&O.  I also draw inspiration from the former "Hojack Line" of the NYC that ran along the shore of lake Ontario.  I do enjoy r researching these roads and even discovering structures and industries along the former road beds

Along with NORTON and SCOTT R the layout I am working on will have some parts of Niagara Falls/Buffalo on it. Primarily the Buffalo Creek and South Buffalo. I will take a bit of latitude to put in places I remember from growing up there...........Paul

Rusty,

   The name I use (Pine Creek Railroad) is the original name of the WAG Wellsville, Addison & Galeton Railroad (Sole Leather Line) that ran thru our mountains, although my layouts are all child like wonderland, I use the Pine Creek Railroad name to identify my Christmas layouts, even have a Legacy Shay engine and skeleton logging cars, along with the Box cars and Logging Caboose for all to see.  I guess you could say I use my home town railroad as inspiration for the Christmas layouts.

PCRR/Dave

 

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colorado hirailer posted:

Kalmbach, l think, or somebody, used to put out maps of railroads in the US at certain times . I would like to have one for 1940.  Are such maps still available, from them or ?

I have a commercial Atlas from 1950. It only shows railroad lines as the interstates and big trucking companies had not been established as the major freight carriers yet. If you would like I can scan to a PDF a state or area you would be interested in. If you pick State it may be several let's as this book roughly 2 feet by 3 feet. 

Jim

 

Hauling Coal and Tourist to Sodus Point on the PRR-Elmira Branch

Yes I do the MA & PA railroad, it ran through the farms I grew up on. Very fond memories seeing and hearing it often. It's hard finding the few O gauge engines, rolling stock or buildings with the road name and locations. What joy it is to find those items like finding hidden treasure. 

 

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I'm not sure if what I model qualifies. It is definitely local, but only a small part of it could be called a short line. In reality, the Minnesota Commercial is a terminal or transfer railroad. It takes cars from the major railroads, and switches local industries, as well as moves cars between the BNSF, CP and UP.

The Commercial is responsible for switching the Hiawatha Milling District.

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The commercial in action at Hiawatha.

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