hutton_switch wrote:The CSX Pope's Creek branch is nowadays almost exclusively a coal line access to the PEPCO Chalk Point and the Morgantown Mirant power plants. I'm unaware of any other smaller customers, but will let others comment if they know of any.
There are a few customers on the Pope's Creek sub. There's a gravel pit just north of La Plata that receives trains three days a week, usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. This plant even has it's own switcher, a blue GP-7 or GP-9, with the name "Bardon" on the side.
There's also 84 Lumber in White Plains that receives infrequent shipments, Chopp Lumber in Waldorf that receives shipments (boxcars and center beam flatcars) usually twice a week. There are also unused sidings in Waldorf to a steel company and Chaney Enterprises, another gravel operation.
Finally, the connection to the now dormant U.S. Navy Railroad, running between White Plains and Indian Head, is still intact while the fate of this line is being decided.
The branch to Chalk Point, (known as the Herbert Subdivision) which utilizes a portion of the old Washington, Brandywine & Point Lookout Railroad right of way out of Brandywine, does not see any local service.
The local used to run twice a week, usually Tuesdays and Fridays. Recently though, we've seen local freight being handled in coal trains running to Morgantown.