North Branch in WM days was one of the biggest suppliers of local traffic over the entire West Sub. The industries were worked by crews out of Ridgely Yard. There was a 5,499 passing/storage track just to the East that was named North Branch. This location right at the B159 milepost was the start of CTC West to Maryland Jct, and the start of train-orders East to Hagerstown. North Branch also had a connection with the B&O that was used as a emergency connection if a re-routing was necessary. It was taken out of through freight service on January 5, 1976., today North Branch is the only part of the WM's West Subdivision west of Big Pool Jct. that still has track. It's less than 1 mile of track, but its all that's left of the original "Cumberland Extension". It was originally left intact after abandonment as a through route to serve the Pittsburg Plate Glass Plant, Celanese, and Beatty Trucking are all now shut down and gone. The only present industry is Superfos located on a spur off western end of the track that usually has a covered hopper containing plastic pellets being unloaded. Today the track sees a engine and two cars maybe three times a month. The industry is usually worked out of Cumberland by the "peddler" crew or the grain train that goes to the South Branch Valley Railroad at Greenspring. It is believed that it is done during on a morning switch. Hopefully the coal burning AES Warrior Run Power Plant will switch from truck supplied coal to coal by rail or better, coal by the Western Maryland.
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