The West Virginia Midland
by
Don Hensley
Part Three
West Virgina Midland 5
West Virginia Midland # 5 at Webster Springs, WV in October of 1913.
Photo by K. Schlatcher Sr./Don Hensley Collection
Brooks s/n 568 8/81 ; ex-Bradford Eldred & Cuba # 1

A 1926 ICC report describes the railroad in some detail:
" The West Virginia Midland had joint use of the station at Holly Jct. with the B&O.  The country traversed by this road is rugged and mountainous. From Holly Jct. the line follows the Elk and Holly Rivers on an ascending grade with excessive curvature until it reaches the summit beyond Diana. It then descends into the Elk River Valley and follows that stream to Webster Springs, population 1,000.   There is some farming along the river bottoms, but in general the adjacent country is well covered with timber. The principal products are timber and bituminous coal."

"The grading is light, averaging about 8,000 cubic yards per mile, of which 12% is loose rock and 32% is solid rock. The most important metal bridge is the crossing of the Elk River. The structure is 212 feet long and consists of three 70 foot through plate girder spans on three rock filled timber piers. The crossties in the main track averages 2,650 per mile and are of chestnut and oak. The rail in the main is principally 45 and 30 pounds new when laid. About one half is full earth surfaced, the remainder being ballast with broken stone."

"The carrier owns and uses 1 standard gauge and 3 narrow gauge steam locomotives, 129 narrow gauge freight train cars, 5 narrow gauge passenger train cars, and a narrow gauge business car classified as work equipment."

"The railroad acquired the following properties:
Holly Jct. to Holly built by the Holly Lumber Co. 1892-3 ; 5.0 miles
Holly to Hockmer built by the Holly River RR, 1897-98 ; 12.0 miles
Diana to Webster Springs by the HR&ARy , 1901-02 ; 12.5 miles
Marpleton to Moats by the Oak Run Lumber Co., ; 3.3 miles
Webster Springs to Breece 1906 ; 4.75 miles
Holly to the mouth of Long Run, 1910 ; 7.0 miles"

Roster
 
 No.        Type                Builder          Cyl/Drs.    Notes
1 Shay 
28 tons - 2 truck
Lima s/n 278 
2/24/1890
10x10" 
28"
Standard gauge 
Orig. Paint Rock Coal & Coke Co. # 1 
acquired in 1897 WVM # 1 , disposed by 1920
3 4-4-0 Pittsburg s/n 404 
2/17/80
12x18" 
44.5"
Orig. Pittsburg & Southern # 5 
WVM # 3 
disposed by 1919
5 (1st) 4-4-0 Brooks s/n 568 
8/11/81
12x18" 
43"
Orig. Bradford Eldred & Cuba # 1, 
to Bradford Bordell & Kinzua # 7, 
to Big Level & Kinzua # 7 
to WVM # 5
5 (2nd) shay 
36 tons-2 truck
Lima 2311 
4/22/10
10x10" 
29"
orig.Pardee & Curtin Lumber Co. # 9 
to Cherry & Hominy RR # 9 
to WVM # 9 (1st) 
to WVM # 5 (2nd)
6 shay 
25 tons - 2 truck
Lima 665 
9/20/01
8x12" 
26"
orig Heckmer & White # 2, Gillespie, WV 
to Oak Run Lbr. Co., Palmer, WV 
to WVM # 6
8 shay Lima 813 
7/28/03
9x8" 
26"
Orig. Bessemer Limestone Co., Youngstown, OH orig.38" gauge; rebuilt to 36" gauge 
to Grove Creek Lbr. Co., Ira, WV 
to Nuzuem Lbr. Co., Holly, WV 
to WVM # 8
9 (1st) shay 
36 tons-2 truck
Lima 2311 
4/22/10
10x10" 
29"
orig.Pardee & Curtin Lumber Co. # 9 
to Cherry & Hominy RR # 9 
to WVM # 9 (1st) 
to WVM # 5 (2nd)
9 (2nd) 2-6-0 Baldwin 5643 
5/1881
14x20" 
45"
Orig. Denver & Rio Grande # 150 "Ruxton" 
to Brandford Bordell & Kinzua # 10 ; 2/1892 
to Buffalo Bradford & kane # 10 ; 1904 
to Big Level & Kinzua # 10 ; 1905 
to Pittsburgh & Western  ; 1911 
to WVM # 9 ; 1919
10 4-6-0 Lima 1010 
7/1905
13x18" 
40"
Orig Holly River & Addison # 10 
scrapped 1942
11 2-8-0 Baldwin 19610 
10/01/1901
15x20" 
37"
Orig. Holsten Valley # 4 
to Farmville & Powhatan #4 
to Tidewater & Western # 4 
to Southern Iron & Equipment # 1406 
to  WMV 12/10/1919
12  shay 
36 ton - 
2 truck
Lima 2940 
10/20/1917
10x10" 
29"
Orig. Pardee & Curtin # 12 (Cherry & Hominy RR # 12) 
to WVM # 12 
to Ely-Thomas Lumber Co. # 5, Jetsville, WV 
to National RR Museum, Green Bay, WI
13 2-6-0 Porter 6192 
8/1919
12x18" ex-US Army 0-6-0 rebuilt to 2-6-0 
 
14 shay 
42 ton - 
2 truck 
Lima 3224 
7/8/23
10x12" 
29.5"
Ranwood Lumber Co. # 4, Pickens, WV 
Pardee & Curtin # 14(Cherry & Hominy RR # 14), Bergoo, WV
 
 
1 Baggage ACF 1902 25' wood
2 Combination ACF 1902 32' wood
3-5 Coach ACF 1902 32' wood
Holly Business Car 32' wood
1-59 log car Russell 1907-10 20' 15 ton
60-70 log car 1918 20' wood, 15 ton
101-102 flat car West Virginia Midland 1902 25' wood, 15 ton
151-152 caboose B&O 20' wood arch bar trucks
153 caboose WVM 1907 20' wood arch bar trucks
201-210  box car Allison Mfg. 1902 26' wood ,15 ton
250-293 gondola 22' wood, 15 ton
  Sources
The West Virginia Midland Story by William J. Oertly
The Log Train Volume 3, No.2, July 1985
 
ICC Valuation Report 6/30/1918
Various editions of the Official Guide of the Railways from 1897 to 1930
Various editions of the Official Equipment Registers from 1905-1929
Various Editions of the Poors Manuals of Railroads 1885 - 1932
ICC Valuation Docket # 874
ICC Finance Docket # 7750
ICC Finance Docket # 8396
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