Discussion in 'Carthage Subdivision' started by trainsignguy, Apr 3, 2010.
Date unknown...1920's or 1930's???
Thank you for posting the track schematic for Carthage.
Industry 1 is hard to read. Could you please confirm if it is the Arkansas Furniture Company?
Also, do you know the type of operation(s) at industry 2, B. E. Witherell?
Hope this helps.
Boy, the Carthage trackplan is a ready made layout--If you'd bend the open ends around to a hidden staging, then all you'd have to do is save up enough to buy the switches!
Industry #1 is Arkansas Fertilizer Co.
Keith is correct, industry #1 is Arkansas Fertilizer Co. Industry #2 is B.E. Witherell and cut off at the bottom of the industry page list is #72 Carthage Water and Electric Plant.
The Mopac junction on the left side of the sheet is actually a Mopac bridge over the Frisco and Spring River, located just north of the MNA depot. The Frisco runs along a bluff above the river at this scenic location. MNA uses a couple of miles of this track for car storage. Farther west the right of way is now a hiking/biking trail that will eventually end in Carl Junction.
Some of the trackage is still in and switched by the MNA. Location #36 is still very active. It is now an ADM flour mill. They receive several carloads of wheat every week. They occasionally ship flour by rail. I go to church with the manager of the mill and he said rail delivery is not consistent or fast enough to satisfy most of his customers. Watco was using one of the tracks for car repair service. Not sure they do this anymore. And many of the tracks are used for car storage by the MNA.
Sorry about the quality of these junction maps. They are photocopies of white on black drawings that I then scanned and reversed the images in photoshop to get a black on white image. My original copies were made in a rush as I only had a very limited time to copy what I could.
Hey Mark I just reread your post. Sorry, I have no idea what kind of industry B.E. Witherell was.
Dale, thanks for the schematic and additional information. Looks like another promising "Layout Design Element" for those who want one town and a LOT of switching.
From a 1976 Master Pool car listing, Carthage was the site of a Nabisco plant. So I can only assume that one of the local milling companies was purchased by Nabisco in later years.
Looking at the schematic, the McDaniel Milling Co. facility is what later became the Nabisco flour mill which is now owned by ADM.
Carthage has always had its fair share, if not more, of local industry. In the late '70s and early '80s, I remember that the locals would switch for several hours while in Carthage.
Does anyone have a list of trains that went through Carthage during the '70s up to the merger? It would be interesting to see how many daily trains there were in that time frame. I know that things changed drasticly after the "Big Nothing" takeover.
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