The History of CB&W - Final Chapter


Freight traffic decreased in the 50's and 60's with coal representing 35% of the tonnage moved. The bankrupt Kentucky Central Railroad was acquired in 1967. 190 miles of their trackage was abandoned leaving 370 miles of track to18 mines plus several successful railroad dependent industries. When the energy crisis of late 70's hit, the company met the increased demand for coal, and the commodity accounted for over 60% of the railroads total tonnage. Because of a decrease in traffic in the 80's, the CB&W abandoned several spurs to coal mines and closed the classification yard at Widen, West Virginia. Harking back to it's early days, the railroad recognized the need to become less dependent on coal, so the railroad focused on increasing it's container capability during the late 80's and early 90's. It built four intermodal yards and completed the container port at Arsenal Virginia in 1994. Gandy Dancers adjusted clearances on the mainline and on January 18, 1996 the first double stack container train ran between St. Louis and Phoebus. In 1996, coal represented 38% of the annual tonnage and containers 32%.


The Chesapeake Bay and Western Railroad moves into a new millennium, positioned to capitalize on it's link between America's heartland and the Atlantic. The equipment is modern, the people are well trained, the operations are fully automated and the mainline has clearance for double stack container trains from St. Louis to Arsenal.


Model Railroading Tips

Tools to Help You Apply a Small Drop of Glue

(Geoff Holman)

How many times have you needed to apply a very small amount of glue to parts that need repair or assembly on you HO Scale models?  We all have experienced the frustration of finding "the right" tool to help us with this task.  Recently, I came across a great tool that will help you with this task.  It's called "The Glue Looper," and it will allow you to put glue exactly where you need it.  It will fit in virtually any hobby knife handle that uses a flat clemping vise and is extremely easy to use.  Another cool thing, it's made in the USA.  Check out this short video and see for yourself.

The GlueLooper In Action

The Glue Looper Explained

Take it from me, I picked up a couple of them and they are well worth the money. Check it out!

Painting and Weathering Using Common Household Items

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Always on the lookout for cost effective ways to enhance their model railroad layouts, modelers continue to come up with unique methods for weathering. Painting Here’s a tip where Palmer Schatell describes one way he paints some components of his layout: When airbrushing HO [cars & engines], with a little hand molding, the soft cardboard rolls that toilet paper comes on fits into the cars and locomotive bodies and provides a way of holding these objects. I used the cap from a spray can fastened to the center of an inexpensive Lazy Susan to allow me to turn the bodies without having … [Read more...]

Model Railroad Clubs in Virginia

Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, INC.

(HO Scale) - Vienna, VA

Prince William County Model Railroad Club

(HO Scale) - Quantico, VA

Winchester Model Railroad Club

(HO Scale) - Winchester, VA

Lynchburg Area N-Scalers

(N Scale) - Lynchburg, VA

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Northern Virginia NTRAK

(N Scale) - Manassas, VA

Peninsula Model Railroad Club

(N Scale) - Newport News, VA

Tidewater Modular Railroad Club

(HO Scale) - Virginia Beach, VA

RR Friends (All Scales)
Fredericksburg, VA

Winchester Model Railroad Club

Recommended Vendors Railroad Travel, Hobby & Industry

The Train Station - When in Ohio, visit Columbus' premier all-scale railroad store. Ask for Mike Flick or his son, Marty and enjoy central Ohio's best in model railroading stock and supplies.

Ralph's Trains
- Ever sit at a rail crossing, counting cars and wondering how you could purchase life like railroad loads? Visit "Ralph's Trains" and see authentic flat bed loads in several scales.

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- Interested in HO scale engines and rolling stock. Contact Merle Morey.

Valley Railroad Model Trains - Hampton Roads area of Virginia (Newport News, Virginia Beach, Norfolk), Valley features HO, N, O and Z scale products for the rail enthusiast.

Dale's Trains - Visit Hampton Roads premier all-scale model railroad store.