Thanks to Mike
Roderick, I have a 1948 and 1964 t/t to go with my
1970 and more recent copies. ??I???m a little fuzzy on
the code letters for each town???s name.?? Can???t find a
key to them anywhere in the 16 pages.?? From memory,
I know that W=water, Y=wye, C=coal and
X=agent/operator.?? There are also P, D and N.?? What
do these mean??? I???ve attached pages 8 and 9.?? The
???N??? is next to Asheville and does not appear on the
branch.?? The ???P??? is at Murphy Jct only.?? ???D??? appears
in many towns.
For years, I???ve
suspected that coal was available in Bryson because
the distance between Nantahala and Balsam was too
great and there was too much activity.?? That???s what
started this thread yesterday.?? The tt seems to
confirm my suspicion (???C??? is to the right of the
Bryson name) and that a turn was based out of Bryson
(trains 66/67).?? This turn was shortened to
Sylva-Addie in the 60s until cancelled around 1972.??
A Steve Patterson shot on RailPictures.net shows a
1966-ish Geep-powered local between Addie and Sylva
with a long train of mostly boxcars.?? There was a
LOT of industry in that stretch in post-War years,
primarily Mead Paper, furniture and lumber-related.??
There was no water available between Bryson and
Addie.?? Question now is where was coal loaded in
Bryson??? Did the coal trestle, thought to be ???only???
for the retail dealer, serve double duty??? It???s
close to the track and parallel but it seems too low
for shoveling.?? It was also close to water, likely
supplied by the town.
supply was for the yard engine only, usually 599.??
There was a small bin or shed next to the ???sand
house??? and water standpipe located on the bank
across from the station and below the bridge,
according to the engineer I rode with.?? The sand
house was still there when I started visiting in
1977 and the floor was covered in sand, likely from
spillage over the years.?? There was no coal
available for mainline trains, only water, located
across the river (most tank footers still remain).
In addition to the
Goose (trains 68/69), there was a turn that ran from
Asheville to Balsam (tr 70/71, 6 days a week).??
Nothing went ???over the mountain??? except the Goose
because it needed 2 engines to get up the mountain.??
I suspect the Bryson-Addie turn was a single 2-8-0
and based in Bryson where water, coal and wye were
available.?? This was the only activity on the line
on Sunday, from what I can deduce.?? Was the Balsam
turn also a single 2-8-0 (underpowered to go to
Addie and return with whatever the Bryson turn has
set off for it)??? If so, did the Goose (tr 69) bring
71???s cars down the mountain to Addie and back up the
mountain from Addie as Tr 68??? Forwarding cars to
Balsam and leaving them makes no sense unless the
thru train was forwarding them.?? It???s also possible
Tr 71 ran to Balsam to service the coaling ramp and
turn on the wye since there was nowhere to turn
around once it passed Canton.?? There was no customer
base between Hazelwood and Balsam.
???assuming??? this tt was issued in July because the
Murphy Branch passenger train had just been
cancelled (only freights are listed on pages 8 and
As usual, closely
reading the tt ???seems??? to answer a few questions
while generating even more.?? Such is the process