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
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
coal 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
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
also ???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 9).
usual, closely reading the tt ???seems???
to answer a few questions while generating
even more.?? Such is the process called