|BSFSR 1982 to Present|
Extension of BSFSRY Excursion Line.
The ties have been transferred and the boom on the truck is stowed for travel.
Getting ready to head down the railroad! The truck's hi-rail wheels are lowered and the trailer connected.
Line Extension/Rehabilitation Progress as of April 2, 2006
River Curve is a located at the confluence of Roaring Paunch Creek and the South Fork of the Cumberland River. The passenger trains traverse a near horseshoe bend around the point of the mountain in a tight 22 degree curve before switching back onto the Mine 18 spur to Blue Heron.
In 1937, the mining company needed to build a one mile spur line from the K & T yard in Camargo to the new coal tipple and rail yard in Blue Heron. Just after the line leaves the K & T main, it needed to cross Roaring Paunch Creek. The mining company purchased a used bridge from the New York Central Railroad. However, since the line crosses the creek at an angle, the girders of the bridge needed to be offset. The newly purchased used bridge had the offset girders, however they were offset in the opposite direction. The bridge contractors merely assembled the main girders of the used bridge upside down with the ties and track on what had been the bottom of the bridge and the support piers on what had once been the top. The builder's plate is upside down in the middle of the bridge!
Yamacraw bridge is a five-arch hollow concrete bridge spanning the South Fork of the Cumberland River. Still in serviceable condition, long range plans call for relaying the rails over the bridge for Big South Fork Scenic Railway passengers to enjoy the view from atop the bridge. Possible future plans may also include a dinner train that would serve supper while parked on the bridge and watching the sunset over the river.
Mine #2 and river curve, which is a horseshoe curve, are the two tightest curves with a radius of 22 degrees for each curve.
One of the coal mining communities that has disappeared into history, along with the section of the K & T Rwy that served it, was named Oz. How do you get to Oz? Simple. It's halfway between Yamacraw and White Oak Junction just west of Rattlesnake Ridge!