The conventional thinking of the day was that the line would stay on the north side of the Patapsco River, nearer to Baltimore and therefore more likely cheaper to build. In anticipation of this, construction of several mills was begun before the track configuration was finalized. Big mistake!... Huge!
The textile mill at Oella had further complications due to a difference in elevation. A winch was employed to pull freight across the trestle and used to control its roll back down toward the mainline.
The textile mill at Daniels WAS on the correct side of the river, however we know from the photo on the very first entry of this blog, the location proved less than ideal due to the river's proximity on three sides.
These mills represented the largest customers on the Old Main Line, but accessibility and dependability were less than ideal initially, and only grew more troublesome with the advent of increased traffic and larger loads. Complicating things further, were the frequent mile-long coal trains that disrupted these unusual movements.
While these make for great Layout Design Elements and fun operating in 1:87, it was not good business for the B&O. There would be changes coming. But for now, we get back to more bench work with risers and sub-roadbed. See you Thursday.
BONUS: RHETORICAL QUESTION OF THE DAY...
Which TV character would have been best suited to explain to mill owners why the B&O chose to build across the river from them?
A) Cliff Claven from 'Cheers'
B) Ralph Kramden from 'The Honeymooners'
C) George Costanza from 'Seinfeld'
D) Arthur Fonzarelli from 'Happy Days'