After the 1975 abandoment the track was left in all the way up west of the tunnel. It was left to serve a small coal strip mine here. When looking at a topographic map of the area, it is dotted with strip mines. A fella drove along the right-of-way west up to Deal some time ago. He spotted a truck scale and a Chessie System C&O coal car in the area. He wrote that trucks would haul coal from the mines and load the railcars. After the railroad stopped serving the mines, coal was still hauled out by truck for some time.
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