|Our first stop on day2 was Tunnelton, W.Virginia. No trains yet but a very nicely restored station and freight house. The line in the foreground was a branchline to a coal mine in Kingwood, now a dead end spur track
Day 2 - Following the Mountain Line, B&O's Famous "WEST END"
by Don Janes
|This empty coal train showed up just as we arrived in town. The weather wasn't ideal but at least we saw a train right away.
|The old Rowlesburg station and a B&O caboose are in the park. The station once stood to the left of where the photo was taken.
|This set of helpers came around the curve just as we parked the car. CSX uses almost all AC units on this line due to the steep grades.
|It was still overcast but not raining when this eastbound manifest showed up. The fall foliage was really great in this area. This part of the line once had three main tracks.
|Once the power was by us we raced up the tracks and climbed up the hill to get a shot of the helpers as they passed Cemetery Hill. The headstones add a nice touch to the photo. Some of the headstones here dated back to 1882.
|These three shots show just how steep Cranberry Grade is. The helpers cut off just past the overhead bridge.
|This is the old B&O station in Oakland, Md. It was in excellent shape.
|The vertical green lights meant our train was in the block so I stuck it out in the rain for a few more minutes. I'm not sure what the white light on top means.
|At this point the rain was coming down quite heavy but I decided to stay out and get the train passing in front of the station. Carl kept nice and dry under the platform roof.
|As the train passed, the signal turned red and we decided to head back west to Mance.