Posted by: bgtwindad | August 31, 2010

First Train at Glover’s Bend

Dateline: August 31, 2010, Glover’s Bend, WV

Construction crews for the CH&FR reached a milestone in the recent expansion to Glover’s Bend today as a locomotive – none other than the famouse WM 761 from the museum at Chestnut Hill – and car made the first test runs on the new track near the town.

Company officials report that the rare steam locomotive was used for advanced track testing because the rigid suspension system common on steam locomotives is less forgiving of poor track work than the more flexible Diesel engines. Earlier runs with a company owned GP-40 confirmed that the track was safe for the steamer.

Officials indicate that it will be weeks or even months before the expansion reaches the town itself.

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