complete Maintenance of Way Train
The often untold story of how railroaders have for years maintained the
tracks that trains run on is captured in the Rappahannock Railroad Museum's
Little Yellow Train. This has become the premier exhibit of the Museum. In this train, the Chapter has preserved a small collection
of track cars used in performing track maintenance between the 1930's and
1960's. These historic cars are used to offer rides through the Spotsylvania Business Park and along Deep Run Spur
to the active mainline on Saturday mornings from March 15th to the end of October. Winter excursions are also run when temperatures,
rail conditions, and crew availability permit. This educational excursion provides a glimpse into the life of the railworkers
in the mid 20th century.
of the Little Yellow Train in Action:
Run on July 21st
Extended Test on August
Down to the Main on September
Test-Run on October
Test-Run on September
Work Train on October
Inspection Train November
Two Train Test March
Flange Clearing May
Autumn Leaf Excursion October
Chapter members Mark Stuart, Bill Jerow, Loren Caddell, and Floyd
Swigget on B&O PCT-501 on February 24th, 2007, the first time
three cars have been on the same rail. These four as well as two other
members who have passed on are responsible for saving the C&O
B&O trackcars from being scrapped.
& Ohio RR
This is a former Chesapeake & Ohio Motor Car built by Fairmont
Railway Motors, Inc. This unit was donated
to the Chapter by CSX. It received a cosmetic restoration in 2005 and
was restored to operation at the end of 2008.
Here is a view of the Lister single-cylinder diesel engine in the motor
PCT-501 was built for the Baltimore & Ohio RR by Fairmont
Motors, Inc. 501 is a crew car, and its role in the M.O.W. trains was
transporting twenty tight-fitting crew members between work sites. This
car was donated to the
Museum by CSX and was completely restored in 2005.
New York Central Crane Car
The Museum acquired this Sylvester/Kalamazoo derrick car
in May of 2011 from an individual in Ohio. The museum was able to
completely restore the car and has been available once again for
lifting assignments since September 2011. The car is believed to have
come from the New York Central Railroad, however we are still looking
for more information on the car's history.
& Potomac 43
is a former Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac Motor
by the Northwestern Railroad Company. Motor
cars were used for power on M.O.W. trains and also track inspections.
This unit has a International Green Diamond six-cylinder, 214 cubic
inch engine, which provided more than enough power for these tasks.
What makes #43 unique is that both its axles are driven, where most
motorcars have only one powered axle. The
car is now completely restored and runs like a champ. It is hard to
believe the car once looked like this:
Here is a tool cart. This piece of equipment was used for transporting
tools and materials between work sites. This car was donated to the
Chapter by the Spotsylvania County Industrial Park, and was
cosmetically restored in 2005. The car is currently used as a display
piece, but is fully operational.
Have any information on these cars? The Chapter acquired these cars
with little history known about them. If you have any information on
these cars, we would be glad to hear from you. Use our contact form on
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