W&LE Trackage Rights to Hagerstown

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W&LE Trackage Rights to Hagerstown

Post by Shortline614 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:13 am

I was looking at a map of the W&LE and noticed they had trackage rights over CSX to Hagerstown, Maryland. What is the purpose of these trackage rights, and how often does the W&LE use them?
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Re: W&LE Trackage Rights to Hagerstown

Post by lvrr325 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:50 pm

It replicates the end of the old Alphabet Route, where the W&LE and P&WV teamed up with Western Maryland and other roads to reach east coast destinations. It was used for grain trains and later some ore trains but may currently be dormant.

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Re: W&LE Trackage Rights to Hagerstown

Post by ShortlinesUSA » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:05 pm

The trackage rights were used for grain trains bound for Shenandoah, VA on the NS. The train symbol was Z416 on CSX. Loads were taken to Shenandoah, spotted, and the WLE power returned light to Connellsville. The trackage rights are still in existence, but not used.

The ore trains which ran to Sparrows Point briefly before the collapse of RG Steel in Baltimore in 2012 did not utilize the trackage rights. A CSX crew took the train east from Connellsville to Baltimore.
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Re: W&LE Trackage Rights to Hagerstown

Post by mmi16 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:21 pm

Connellsville - Hagerstown was my territory until I retired at the end of 2016.

If memory serves - the last time the WLE used their trackage rights was in late 2008 or in 2009.
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