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Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:07 pm

This is the fictional operation of the real H&F, which discontinued operations in the 1950's.

The H&F railway was a small 83 mile long traction railroad located in central Maryland. It was created from smaller traction companies. The H&F interchanged with the Western Maryland railroad at Thurmont, MD and with the B&O in Frederick. The H&F was the last trolley line in the state of Maryland and the last train made its run in 1954. In this fictional take of the H&F, the line in busier than ever, but still retains its small fleet of wood and steel body trolleys,and second-hand bought/home-built freight motors. Some modern traction equipment are on the roster including LRVs and 2 Gensets. Today, the H&F has extensions to Gettysburg, Brunswick, Martinsburg, Gaithersburg, and possible extension to Baltimore. In Brunswick, Martinsburg, Gaithersburg, and Frederick the H&F interchanges with the Maryland & Northern.

Roster:
freight:

#1- heavy motor ex Capital Transit 017.
#2-Baldwin Steeplecab
#3-road built motor (built from W&OD boxcar)
#5-road built boxcab
2nd #1-2 GG-20B Genset
Passenger:

#171-steel body combine
#172-steel body combine
#50-ex CG&W
#160-161-Brill Combine
#200-210 Kawasaki LRV
#1895 F&M Heritage car
#1908 Hagerstown rwy Heritage car
#1909 Frederick rwy Heritage car
#1913 H&F 100 anniversary car

MoW:

#145-Line car
#146-snowplow
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:52 pm

The new H&F is owned by M&NTCo. The first new H&F trolley car will make its run on Friday.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:36 am

First Run (not revenue, MoW).

Car #145
Inspection run.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:28 pm

Today at 1:30, the first new H&F interurban will make its run from the Carbarn in Frederick, to the carbarn in Hagerstown. Car #171 will do the honors as first run. The first freight will leave M&N's Carroll Yard in frederick, bound for Thurmont this evening at 6:30.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:05 pm

Cars #146 and #145 to clear tracks of snow (in reality the snow melted days ago, but this isnt real so there still is snow :D ).
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:39 pm

Freight motor #2 to take FT-1 to Thurmont for interchange with the AW. Also to bring cars from last week down to Carroll Yard.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:07 pm

I know i already have been, but Im only posting thge freight, special runs, and MoW operations. If i did all of the interurban runs, i would need to post every 5 minutes :) So, all interurban and suburban trolley runs are more or less implied. The interurban/suburban trolleys run from 9:00am to 9:00pm on weekdays and 9:00am to 10:30pm on weekends. For those who want a schedule, please send me a PM.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:15 pm

LRV #200 has struck an 18-wheeler in Frederick earlier this afternoon. The driver was not injured, but the LRV's motorman has some minor injuries. The trailer was empty, but still caused a fair amount of damage to the LRV's frontend. The truck driver said he thought he cleared the crossover, but but couldn't see past his trailer that blocked his view from the LRV. Luckily, the collision happened at a slow speed, as the LRV was just departing from the station. #200 has a broken windshield and a broken coupler. The 18-wheelers trailer was minorly damaged. The accident has caused a major backup in town for motorists trying to get through the city. #200 will be pulled from service for repairs.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:57 pm

LRV #200 to return to service tomorrow. Motor #1, Line car #145, will pull a weed spraying train. This will go system wide to prevent weeds from growing over rails.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:03 pm

In a time where a lot of RRs are starting heritages, the H&F will join too. The H&F is sideling 4 Interurbans to make up a heritage. The trolleys wont be wearing a special paint job though, so it may be kind of hard to distinguish them. The 4 cars are representing 4 of the many trolley lines that eventually became the H&F. The selected roads are: Frederick & Middletown, Hagerstown Rwy, Frederick Rwy, and Washington, Frederick,& Gettysburg. Each car will be hand painted, with paint rollers, in the same fashion the original cars would have been painted, before spray guns. The first car will be # 1895, the F&M car. Followed by #1908 and #1909 (HgRY and FdRY). The H&F 1913, will be last. All cars are numbered for the years of chartering or merger. The H&F car is numbered for the date it was created, March 22, 1913. This will celebrate the H&F's 100th anniversary.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:26 pm

We have just bought 2 Brill combines. These will be #160 and 161.

Freight motor #3 will be pulled from roster to get new electrical equipment.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:35 pm

In preparation of the coming snowstorm, #Snowplow #146 will be put on standby. A snow plow will be lease from the M&N, Russel Plow MoW 1002 will be used to clear snow drifts on the Frederick-Hagerstown line.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:07 pm

3 of the 4 cars have been painted. The final car (H&F 1913) is being painted. They will enter service on Friday, Mar. 22, 2013.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:55 pm

Yesterday was the H&F's 100th anniversary. The cars will be unveiled tomorrow, today the cars being cleaned up and getting paint touch up.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:43 pm

The Car Barn in Frederick has completed the 4 heritage cars that were supposed to be unveiled on March 22. The reason for the delay was actually due to a paint shortage. The painters had no gold leaf paint for the H&F Centennial car. Now that they are finished, they will be unveiled this Saturday and will enter interurban service next Monday. The cars will be assigned to their namesake lines, the F&M car (H&F 1895) will serve the towns of Myersville, Middletown, Boonsboro, and Braddock Heights. H&F 1908, the Frederick car, will serve the line from Frederick to Thurmont and Frederick to Brunswick. The Hagerstown car, H&F 1909, will serve the Hagerstown area, including Funkstown, Mt.Lena, Myersville and Middletown. The H&F 100 aniversary car will serve system wide.

In other news, the H&F has aquired rights to extend the Gaithersburg line to Rockville, MD. This will add another connection the M&N's commuter service as well as DC Metro. More Kawasaki LRVs have bee purchased for this extension and 3 more combines will built by the Frederick car shops.

A minor derailment occured this week. On Thursday, March 28, H&F 171 hit a loose railjoint just north of Middletown. There were no injuries to report, but 171 has sustained a broken leaf spring and damaged traction motors. The car was set back onto the rails and using the remaining motors, limped back to the Middletown station where a flatbed truck waited to take the car to the shops. H&F 50 will take over 171's duty for the next few weeks.

Freight service will be increased between the H&F and the M&N. A new furniture warehouse has opened in Frederick
and will have railservice from the H&F. This will add 2 more trains to our freight list. These will be pulled by our new GenSet locomotives, GG-20Bs #1 and #2, but cars will be switched by a M&N EL12SW light electric engine. The warehouse will open in 3 months.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:34 am

The heritage cars have been put into service.

FT is heading to AW interchange in Thurmont, pulled Motor #1
TF from last week is returning to Frederick behind #3
Genset #1 is taking a small freight from the Thomas English Muffin factory to the M&N interchange.
Genset #2 is streetrunning while switching for a few industries in Downtown Frederick.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:16 pm

FT is being pulled by Motor #2.
TF is returning with Motor #1.
New M&N Connection to Gaithersburg is undergoing construction.
Line cars #15 and #16 to Brunswick for fallen poles after a vehicle struck them.

M&N steam crane #1 and #2 is needed to help replace Rudy's Hollow bridge with a newer span.

From the carshops:
2 more LRVs have been purchased, one from SEPTA and one new from kawasaki.
Car #1913 is getting a new lightbulb.
Car #167 is getting new seats.
Car# 171 is getting a new control stand.
Motor #5 is getting new traction motors.
GG20B #1 and #2 is in the Mt.Clare shops.
M&N EL12SW #15 and 16 are under lease from M&N.
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:52 pm

(sound of wood creaking, flange squeal, and circuit breaker flips in background) "motor #1 calling dispatch."
"Go ahead #1."
"We have a bit of an incident here."
"what happened, where are you?"
"We are at the intersection of Market st. and Patrick st, running light from Thurmont. We didnt hit them, but there is an accident at the intersection that has traffic all tied up. Cars 170 and 1895 are here too, and cant get thru."
"Alright give me a few minutes, i need to figure out how to reroute all 3 of you around this."
"ok, #1 out."
"Car 170 here, I offloaded my passengers since i wasnt sure how long I'll be here."
"Car 1895 here, I did the same thing."
"Roger, I'll let you know the reroute, just sit tight."
"Will do, 170 out."
"Gotcha, 1895 out."
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:37 pm

"Alright, Im going to reroute you. #1, go back up Market, swing around on 5th, and you'll be set to go to the carbarn. #170, go down Market, then jefferson, and up Carroll and you're in the old barn. # 1895, back down Patrick, switch onto jefferson and basically follow 170."
"#1, roger."
"#170, roger."
"#1895, roger."
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Re: Hagerstown & Frederick Railway

Unread postby ES44AH » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:52 pm

All traffic has been halted on the Brunswick Branch due to a blown transformer. This has cause a blackout in the Brunswick-Jefferson area and has stranded 2 trolleys halfway between Brunswick and Jefferson. 2 buses have been sent to pick up the passengers and GG20B #1 will pick up the trolleys.
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