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Cumberland Northern LogoThe Cumberland Northern Railway main line runs from Hagerstown, Maryland to Knoxville, Tennessee. It also has a line that runs from Norfolk, Virginia to Harriman, Tennessee. Coal is the mainstay of the railroad, but a considerable amount of freight traffic is also moved. The main crossing point of all the lines is Salem, Virginia.

The line modeled represents a secondary, heavy duty main line that runs into the heart of the Appalachian coal region. It also serves a few towns that have agricultural, light manufacturing and warehousing industries. On-line connections are made with the Norfolk & Western, Clinchfield, and Louisville & Nashville railroads.

The layout is walkaround style, built in a fourteen by thirty-four foot area. It is in the transition era with both steam and diesel power used on trains. The Cumberland Northern main line moves three mine runs and a prep plant job, three locals, two coal trains each way, three freights each way, one transfer job and a passenger train that serves the main line and one branch. Helpers are required on most trains up short, steep grades. Two yard jobs and a local switch job complete the lineup. A standard (3x5) carcard and waybill system is used, with Digitrax UT-1 and UT-4 radio throttles that have a toggle switch for reversing and a large knob for speed control.

Superintendent Dave Vos
Division or Location: Appalachian coal region; Tug Fork Subdivision of the Iaeger Division
Interchange Railroads: Norfolk & Western, Louisville & Nashville, Clinchfield
Size of Railroad: 476 square feet
Scale: HO
Era: 1957
Control System: Digitrax
Scale Clock Speed: 5:1
Length of Session: Two 2 1/2 hour sessions, with a break for lunch, out
Number of Crew: 1 to 8
Train Control: Verbal Authority
Are Radios Required: No. Railroad is mostly yard limits. Current system is "Supervised Smoke Orders".
Listed Jobs: 4 mine runs, coal washer job, 3 locals, 4 mainline coal runs, 6 freights, transfer job, helpers, 2 yard jobs and a local switch job
Accessibility: Basement stairs, duckunder on two mine runs
Distance from hotel: 20 miles
Estimated travel time from hotel: 23 minutes
Web Site: No
Pets: None

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