My contribution is titled:
"A Sunday morning at Antietam Station"
Sunday, July 8, 2018 I journeyed to Sharpsburg, MD. to donate my brother's HO scale equipment to the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum, which is housed in the former N&W "Antietam" station.
The museum has N,HO, and O layouts, and a good selection of prototype material.
The building itself dates from 1911, and despite 40 years of private owners, including a period of non-use, is pretty original inside. Of course the members are always balancing a lean budget against the buildings needs, currently a new roof.
I showed up at 9am, 2 hours earlier than my appointment with the HMRRM, to catch some NS action.
13R came south first, my excitement at bagging a Heritage unit was dampened when seeing the taped CR letters over the Reading herald, and the paint chips/burn marks on the unit.
16T, a Roanoke train, was northbound after 13R passed, and another northbound quickly followed.
After delivering the donation materials at 11am, and getting a brief tour of the station, I relocated to Mondell Rd., 1 mile west of Sharpsburg, as scanner chatter indicated something unusual.
Turned out to be a southbound grain extra with 2 helpers, likely bound for the Harrisonburg, VA. area where the helpers are used on a reverse movement. On this part of the old N&W "H" line, the sawtooth profile also give helpers a workout.
The specific chatter that tipped me off to helpers was when the head end crew called the rear end crew on this train, and asked for a speedometer reading.
Head end: "How fast we going back there?"
Rear end: "42mph"
Head end: " That's good, thank you"
If in the area, these locations are always great to check out NS action. www.antietamstation.com and facebook
All photos by Warren W. Jenkins