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Old 01-05-2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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That is the gospel, Joe. Word of the last train operating was confirmed by a friend who spoke with the owner of the H&B. 12/28/12 was the last movement, bringing empty coal hoppers from Canadys to Hampton.

That brings an end to 111 years of operation for the H&B-- a rare example of what I call a "true original" in the shortline world: a line which never went through acquisition by a Class 1 before being spun off again to a shortline operator.

I saw this railroad many, many times over the years, yet still only have roster shots to show for it. I did once see their SW1000 returning from switching the lumber mill (now closed) in Hampton when I was younger, but that wasn't "cool enough" to shoot. I wanted a coal train. Yeah...
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