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Making the Grade


Illustration by Otto M. Vondrak. Not all railroads and stations shown. Not an offi cial map. ©2015 White River Productions


2000 ft. 1500 ft. 1000 ft. 500 ft. MILES 100


CSXT/AMTK (BO)


90 80


CONNELLSVILLE Greene Jct.


Stewarton Ohio Pyle 0 5 MILES Bidwell Fairhope Confluence Roddy’s Hyndman Cooks Mills PENNSYLVANIA Frostburg MARYLAND


WASHINGTON Point of Rocks


BALTIMORE


AMTK - Amtrak BO - Baltimore & Ohio CSXT - CSX Transportation NW - Norfolk & Western WE - Wheeling & Lake Erie WM - Western Maryland WMSR - Western Maryland Scenic Railway SWP - Southwestern Pennsylvania


Ridgeley


WMSR (WM)


CUMBERLAND


Viaduct Jct. Mexico


CSXT/AMTK (BO)


10 15 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0


taled only half that number. In any event, in 1875, the P&C was leased to the Balti- more & Ohio for 50 years for what would be known as the Pittsburgh Division.


Thunder in the Alleghenies When it came to steam power, the


B&O worked as hard as any other rail- road to conquer the mountains. Early on, the B&O was using smaller 2-8-0s to pull freight over Sand Patch grade. With one pulling and two pushing, they made the crest with trains that weighed 2000 tons, not much by today’s standards. One of the superintendents of the line,


J.E. Muhlfield, introduced the Mallet type locomotive in 1904 in the form of a compound, articulated locomotive with an 0-6-6-0 wheel arrangement called “Old Maud.” However, because the en- gine had no front guiding wheels, it was tough on track at speed and served its remaining time as a pusher engine on the steep Allegheny grades. The popular Pacifics were also available as both lead and pusher engines, and B&O’s P-1 class handled everything that was thrown at them with aplomb. Even though the B&O desperately wanted new diesel power during World War II, the government nixed the idea, which led the railroad to settle on the next best thing in the form of handsome EM-1 2-8-8-4s. Simple engines by design, they checked in at 505 tons and were the biggest and the best the railroad could offer for the tough climb uphill.


31


CSXT/AMTK (BO)


Foley Glencoe


Rockwood Casselman Pinkerton Shoo Fly


Garrett Yoder


Salisbury Jct. Mine


Sand Patch Keystone


Philson Meyersdale Mance


CONNELLSVILLE


Stewarton


Confluence Bidwell Ohio Pyle


Pinkerton Rockwood Yoder Sand Patch SUMMIT 2258 ft. Mance Glencoe Foley


Hyndman Cooks Mills


CUMBERLAND


1.5%


Connellsville PITTSBURGH


Cumberland


0.8%


1.94%


0.81%


1.23%


P ENNS Y L VANI A MA R Y L AND


0.72%


0.77%


1.24%


1.59%


WM


CSXT (BO)


CSXT/AMTK (BO)


BO


CSXT (BO)


SWP (BO)


WM


WE (NW)


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