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NS Delivers Rolling Stock to Bramwell


             Photos by Doug Wonders


If you've visited Bramwell, West Virginia in the last decade, you've no doubt noticed the rolling stock parked adjacent to replica depot.  One of the cars parked there is a former N&W heavyweight pullman converted to a dining car for use in maintenance of way service.  The car, NW 501427, was eventually retired by Norfolk Southern and donated to the Town of Bramwell.  On Tuesday, February 21, 1995 the car was delivered to Bramwell by NS GP40 #1382 and RP-E4U #9727 (nee N&W GP18 925 - now NS 927)  In addition to the diner, N&W caboose 555049 was dropped at the Route 120 grade crossing in Coopers.  It was later relocated to the nearby ball field of the Pinnacle Little League where it remains on static display today.  Fortunately Doug Wonders was in position to document the delivery on film, which was one of the last moves over the Bluestone Branch west of Coopers. 


Appreciation is extended to Mr. Wonders for allowing me to share his unique images and a piece of Bluestone Branch history. 


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