|Moving Coal via On18|
I used this name at first as a joke. To my surprise I found that there had been a “Laurel Hill Valley Coal & Coke Company” in Pennsylvania.
I’ve managed to narrow down the location of the Hill Valley Coke Company to the area of the Deep River Coal Field in North Carolina. The area along the Deep River, which forms the border of Chatham and Lee County and Randolph county In North Carolina was a major coal-producing area between the Revolutionary War and the Great Depression. It was called the Deep River Coal Field. The communities of Carbonton and Cumnock (formerly called Egypt in Lee County) originated with development of the coal mining industry. Much of the coal mined in the field during the Civil War was used to fuel Confederate operations. Frequent flooding from the Deep River and several accidents from gas explosions resulted in the mines closing in the 1940′s.
That’s the history. I’m modifying it just a bit by adding a mine that didn’t exist in the ‘real world’ but set in the same area. I’ll create a new town for that mine – again situated in the same general area as Carbonton and Cumnock. I had to come up with a reason for my narrow gauge railroad(s) and am at this point:
Lots of blanks to fill in but it’s a start.
I said – ‘railroad(s)’. The HVCC (shown in red here) is a VERY narrow gauge railroad having a 18″ gauge. It’s purpose is to bring coal from a mine (off the layout) to the Raw Coal Bin. The coal is processed and ends up in a Washed Coal Tipple which supplies a larry which in turn charges the ovens of the coke oven bank. The finished coke is then transported by the On30 Deep River RR to the LC&NRR at a distant point.
I show the LC&NRR coming into the area .. represented by some ties/and or roadbed. Something to the effect that it’s not finished yet. Could be abandoned track. The story being that the standard gage either had not been completed or that a bridge had washed out and not been replaced. In any case, gives reason for the On30 line still getting the coke.
|Re-working the track|
I was talking to my friend Gary Wise last night, pointing out what I was thinking about doing to the On18 track. We started tossing out ideas and this pretty much came up.