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Old 10-24-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
Ken Lehman
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Default Aberdeen, Carolina & Western - West End Operation

I had a chance to visit the Aberdeen, Carolina & Western this past week. As has been reported on other forums, business on the Piedmont division (the segment between Charlotte and Star,NC) has increased by a good amount. This portion of the line is operated out of the town of Oakboro. Business had already increased when an ethanol transload opened in the town of Midland. The ethanol loads are received in interchange from the Winston-Salem Southbound at Norwood. More recently, inbound loads of feed components for the feed mills at Candor have added to the traffic. Norfolk Southern had been handing this traffic off to the ACWR at Gulf, but moved the interchange point to Charlotte.

For the first time in quite a while, regular traffic is moving over the line segment between Mt. Gilead and Star. Thatís the good news. The bad news (photographically speaking) is the way the line is operated out of Oakboro. During my several days of observation, it appears there are two daily crews. The morning crew works west to Charlotte and back, returning to Oakboro in late afternoon. So both directions are wrong for the light. An evening crew works east to Norwood and Star. So, unfortunately, some of the best shots on the line east of Oakboro are traversed at night.

Corrections and additions to this information are welcome.

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