Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Updates on JJ Young Jr's Flickr Page

If you haven't been over to JJ Young Jr.'s Flickr page lately, get on over there and check out all the NKP Wheeling District Steam action that's been uploaded over the last week or so.

There are some really fantastic views of the places I will be modeling and others I hope to one day given a larger basement! Sadly leaving comments have been disabled on his photos now, as it was nice to identify the places for other viewers. Many photos are from Martins Ferry/Terminal Junction, Mingo Junction, Dillonvale/Pine Valley Yard, Adena (wye bridge!), Kenwood, Warrenton, and Yorkville. Shoot me a email or message if you want to know where a certain photo was located.

One of my favorites so far is this view of Adena Yard. It looks to be a cool, rainy early/late winter day. The smoke and mist obscure even the hills that rise from the valley. The Maintenance building on the left doesn't yet have it's addition that possibly replaced the small train order office to the right. I've never seen a photo before of this building minus the office addition that will take up the spot where the truck is parked. The Safety sign hung on the side of the building is news to me as well. I knew of the "Thinking Prevents Accidents" sign propped up against the old depot as seen on my Blog Title Photo, but not this second sign.  I wonder what it says beyond the obvious "Safety" at the top?

Another favorite is the two photos of Berkshire 712 heading out westbound on a mine run. The first picture has the 712 crossing bridge 192.13 which happens to look like this today.

Toledo Division Bridge 192.13 Adena, OH 4-09-2014 Chris Ellis Photo
What's neat to me is that signal in the background, I didn't know there was one at that location. A closer read of the 1956 NKP Wheeling Division Timetable would've revealed it's existence on it's list of ABS signals. This makes two signals at either end of the Adena wye which will introduce me into the complex world of engineering a model railroad signaling system! Yay?

That second photo of Berkshire 712 is the going away shot from bridge 192.13 as it heads westbound into the Adena Tunnel. Cool stuff!

There are so many others I could mention but take a look and find your own favorites!

Also mixed into the middle of the most recent NKP stuff are some great photos on very late PRR/early Penn Central action on the Horseshoe Curve and other Pennsy areas.

Don't forget there's more NKP after the Pennsy photos!

Update 5/25: 6 more photos of NKP action posted sometime today. More shots in Yorkville at the Mill, Mingo Jct Yard taken from the P&WV bridge, the 943 probably at Dillonvale and a Berk getting orders at Warrenton


  1. WOW and WOW!! Thanks Chris for this treasure trove of photos. If I would have had access to photographs like these I would still be modeling 1957 in the very area you are currently modeling. I'm glad you have uncovered such a "gold mine" to aid you in your modeling AND I can still enjoy that era and area vicariously through your terrific railroad. Thanks again!

    1. Yes, certainly the jackpot of great W&LE area photos. There still a few more specific views I'm searching for, but I can't complain about what I've found so far! It might be greedy but I hope there still more to come.

    2. Spoke too soon, 6 more photos of NKP action posted sometime today. More shots at Yorkville at the Mill, Mingo taken from the P&WV bridge and a Berk getting orders at Warrenton.