Saturday, November 15, 2014

Remembering the CFRR

A little over a year ago, a couple of friends and I got together for the last official run of my previus layout, the Cherokee Foothills Railroad. The CFRR was a freelanced road running from Atlanta to Charlotte, following the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains through rural upstate South Carolina. It was a good little layout, but after four years and two moves, during which it'd taken a beating, the layout was definitly getting tired.

So, on November 9, 2013 me and three friends got together and ran the layout one last time. Motive power that night consisted of run-through Atlantic Coast Line FTs 309A-B leading a northbound high-priotirty mixed frieght transporting perishables. USRA 0-6-0 #487 hauled a local coal hauler while 2-6-0 #330 held down the local on the Clayton Branch.

A high-prioity mixed frieght hauling perishables from the south zips by with Atlantic Coast Line run-through power.
A railfan and his young son take advantage of their last opportunity to see fast freight on the CFRR.

Mogul #330, one of the last CFRR steamers still runningpauses at the Pratt's Hollow industrial area to pick up any remaining cars. This is a short branch line running from Westminster, SC to Clayton, GA
It wasn't a true operating session. Mostly we jsut watched the trains run round in circles whilst we chatted and enjoyed refreshmants. At this time, benwork for the Pittburgh Division was under contruction and the CFRR was increasingly in the way. But I ran the layout a few more times and used it occasionally for locomoitve testing until the main lines of the Pittsburgh Division were fully operational.

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