better West End traffic (was: Cumberland to Grafton & Oakland MD)

Frederick Ripley

Thanks Jim - appreciate the good wishes!

As somebody noted on the list not long ago - Bruce Elliot I think it was - the traffic on the West End has improved CONSIDERABLY of late.  Much of the loaded coal had been going east via Fairmont and Sandpatch.
It now stays on the main line, with DPU locos both mid-train & rear.  Daily train totals would seem to be up to perhaps 10, which is double from a couple of years ago.

Fred R.

On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 3:22 PM James Mischke <jmischke@...> wrote:

If you think of it and it fits your presentation, note for your audience that the last spike and open for service are two different dates.

The former is one last hammer swing, the latter is regular service offered to the public.   

Examples:  Scheduled trains, and ticket sales to their passengers at faraway stations

Thank you for keeping B&O alive with the public.

I wish you and your audience an enjoyable, informative discussion.

The Oakland B&O Museum is pleased to present the nationally-acclaimed photographer of American railroads Dr. Frederick J. Ripley on their Speaker Series this month.  At 7:00 PM on Thursday,  June 17, at the Museum at 17 East Liberty Street in Oakland, Ripley will project and speak about some of his images from the famed former B&O “West End” from Cumberland, MD, to Grafton, WV, territory which he has been photographing for 30 years.  Included are looks inside many of the interlocking towers, now all closed and most torn down, when still in use, and lots of fascinating images of operations all along this ultra-rugged route set in some of the most striking mountain scenery in the eastern U.S.  

Ripley exhibits and speaks widely about railroads and his photographic work, and is particularly known for his colorful and dramatic 20” x 30” framed enlargements, some of which he will have on hand on June 17 in Oakland.   For an opportunity to see a complete exhibit of the photographer’s work, 27 of these large pieces, all accompanied by detailed captions and all for sale, are currently on display at the West Virginia Railroad Museum in Elkins, open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 30.

Don’t miss this compelling look at a great mountain railroad, held in a wonderful museum inside the route’s most distinctive depot!

7:00 PM on Thursday, June 17

Oakland B&O Museum

17 East Liberty Street

Oakland, MD 21550

Open Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 10:00 AM-3:00 PM; Sundays 12:00-3:00.

Phone:  301-334-3204



Photography by Dr. Frederick J. Ripley

PO Box 21491

Columbus, OH 43221-0491