NEB&W Guide to the D&H's Steam-Era Operations

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Operations Table of Contents

Milk Trains

See this section.

Freight Trains


This report shows the proportional traffic between originating traffic, terminating traffic, local traffic and through traffic, because it gives these numbers in tons. The second to last column gives the total number of carloads (which is what is most important to modelers), and this figure can be divided by the proportions to get an idea of what went where. I find it most useful to further divide this number by either 365 to get the average daily traffic, or by 52 or even 12, to get a weekly or monthly figure, if the total is small. Thus 100 carloads is a lot, but it is only two cars a week on average.
And less you think the D&H had oil refineries on line, in some cases "originating on line" means it was pumped into a tank car from a barge or maybe even another none-railroad supply.




  • From the D&H's 1951 Traffic Report. (First column is inbound carloads, the second, outbound, the third, totals for the year.)



Traffic Report



Passenger Trains




  • 1945.



  • 1950.



Coal & Water Stops

  • The larger D&H Consolidations would roughly be the equivalent of other road's Mikados. And since we don't have any other data, we are using this for the similar passenger engines of 4-6-0's for the 1920's figures and 4-6-2's and I guess 4-8-4's for the '28 figures. (Hmmm, we have the Shakespeare notes where I think he notes water stops - I'm going to have to reexamine these books.)
    It does seem that it was a matter of tender size, of 6,000 gallons and 9 tons of coal for the light consols and 9,000 gallons and 14 tons of coal. But the D&H also showed that this was not a direct proportion, as the larger engines could and did pull more.
    (And it is interesting to note that the trip from Albany to Rouses Point took 19 hours 42 minutes (not counting any hold-over in Whitehall) and 12 hours and some minutes (I can't read the one digit as to "3" or "5") for a 191 mile trip, maybe an average of 10 to 15 mph (I don't have the calculator here.)
    Also see the Rutland's figures on water consumption.
  • Frequency of water and coal stops.



Signal Aspects

  • Signal aspects from the D&H's '48 Rulebook: