Hew, now I need someone to paint an H15-44 & a few H16-44's for me in UP Armour Yellow/Black. Anyone recommend a custom painter??
- Brittain Terminal Track Arrangement circa 1930's
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- View of Brittain Rip Track and back of roundhouse
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- Circa 1930's Aerial View of Brittain Terminal
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Ninety-Seven On Nine, Ninety-Four On Eight... The Problem's Gone, Now Trains Aren't Late
"An attempt to put two long trains on two short tracks creates a problem! When both trains have over-lapping schedules, it's a dilemma!"
"For several years (AC&Y) Trains No. 97 and 94 had been competing for Tracks 8 and 9 at the Brittain classification yard. Prior to that time, when trains were shorter and schedules not so close, one track was used as both a departure track for one train and also as a receiving track for the other. This condition no longer exists. Previously, on many mornings, the eastbound train was ready to come into the yard before the westbound train was ready to depart. Ninety-Four (eastbound trains are even numbered and westbound are odd numbered) had to be held out before it could be handled.
Cars handled in the yard are as great as were handled in the past. The days when AC&Y handled blocks of cars with industrial coal are gone. A 70-car train today means 70 switches except for empties. Orders for empties mean switching of each car as customers require special sizes, capacities, heights and lengths. This increase in switching necessitates additional tracks or more time and more doubling together. It reached the point where further efficiency in car handling required physical improvements.
First, it was suggested that a new track be installed; but, costly heavy grading and culvert extensions ruled out this option. This summer (1956), at an estimated cost of $58,350, the two tracks are being extended easterly to permit assembling two trains each with 100 cars. When both extensions are complete, No. 97 can be built up on Track 9 while No. 8 is open to take care of (receive) No. 94 (inbound from Delphos).
- Brittain Extension - Sept. 1956 AC&Y NEWS
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Luke wrote:a substantial volume of merchandise traffic moved through the yard including intermodal (TOFC) business originated on the AC&Y at Brittain.... a little known fact.
Where did the AC&Y load this TOFC traffic? Did they have a ramp in the yard somewhere?
West End wrote:The ramp was at the east end of the yard on the north side. It is still there in the weeds.
Was this east of the N Canton Rd overpass, or more in the area of the abandoned industry west of the gravel company? I've been searching on both google maps & bing maps, but can't locate it via aerial photography. Thanks!
RRFoose wrote:Was this east of the N Canton Rd overpass, or more in the area of the abandoned industry west of the gravel company? I've been searching on both google maps & bing maps, but can't locate it via aerial photography. Thanks!
I answered my own question - I finally found it once I switched from Aerial view to Bird's Eye view in Bing Maps - it's located between the gravel company lead and the yard ladder, east of the abandoned industry spot.
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Luke wrote:Here's a photo of the TOFC loading ramp at the east end of Brittain yard (in its better days). The Society Archive, now donated to the University of Akron, contains an AFE file with excellent construction blueprints of the ramp... a modelers dream. REL
Thanks for Sharing that photo!!
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