Make a Suggestion

Please use the comments section below to make a suggestion on how to improve Appalachian Railroad Modeling or to let us know what you’d like to see. Thanks for helping to make this site better!

7 Responses to Make a Suggestion

  1. allen rueter says:

    How about section on Appalachian coal/coke routes (as in ops) to Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Chicago/NW Indiana.

    • Dan Bourque says:

      Allen, first, thanks for taking the time to make a suggestion! The midwest terminals are a bit outside the scope of the site, but they’re not out of the question, especially if the info adds value for coal modelers. I can only expand into areas where I have good information, and right now, I have very little on coal traffic in those areas

  2. John says:

    Not a reply, but rather another suggestion.

    I would like to see the West Virginia Northern under the Railroads dropdown. The WVN was a coal-only shortline in Preston County, WV, and it was in operation for exactly 100 years (up through 1999). The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad in Elkins, WV has restored one of the WVN 2-8-0’s I believe, but I would like to see some more photos of the earlier steam operation on WVN, if possible. There are some late (90’s) photos that were available on the web (I have captured those; they were originally posted at by a guy by the name of Matt Reese. Those have subsequently been removed and are no longer out there.).

    Although I lived within 25 miles of the WVN for 13 years, I never knew of its existence until after it was gone.

    • Dan Bourque says:

      John, I’m not familiar with the WVN, but it looks like a perfect little coal-hauling short line to add the site–thanks for sharing! The challenge I’ve got is I have no photos of the line, and it’s tough to start a page without at least one photo. Anyone got any photos of the WVN they’re willing to contribute to the site?

  3. Paul Schmidt says:

    I wonder if we could help Dan compile information for the other Appalachian shortline coal haulers, such as the Buffalo Creek & Gauley, Winifrede, and Kelley Creek & Northwestern, to name a few.

  4. Jonathan Spurlock says:

    Re; The Kanawha and West Virginia layout–

    Given that it lasted until 1990, that brings the line well into the Conrail era. I remember seeing a good deal of black-painted power at Diamond, WV (was there a small yard at that location?) plus an increasing number of blue diesels. GP9 #7117 was working at Belle, WV at the station one Saturday evening. I went train hunting after a National Guard drill and even got the chance to climb aboard 7117. This was in the fall of 1979, BTW,

    As far as rolling stock, don’t forget that some ex-EL, Reading, and PC hoppers were still on the rails before their date with the paint shop, as late as 1984. CR had parked long strings of hoppers on the line to/near Gauley Bridge, WV, very close to US 60. And there was hardly a place to pull over and shoot pictures!!!!!

    Dan has done a great job translating reality into railroad with this plan. If space were available, CR also had a few MofW cars (ex-PRR passenger car, don’t remember which kind) and a few other now long-forgotten items near downtown Charleston, which could make for conversations or even a work extra on the line–but probably not on this branch. Anyway, thanks again, Dan, and I hope you encourage many modelers to take a chance on a good idea like this one.

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