Allen Keller’s description of operations on Howard Zane’s Western Maryland Piermont Division begins in Hanover. This is an area on the layout that sees a lot of switching activity. Here, a Western Maryland 28-O 772 meets with an eastbound mix train. A Pittsburgh and Lake Erie gondola hooks up with Norfolk and Western hoppers and the switchers clear the yard.
On Track Number 4 an 1103 with an Eastbound Number 6 moves out. At Franklin, Eastbound Number 6 exits Hunter Tunnel to pick up two Baltimore and Ohio hoppers and then meets a Westbound Number 8 and heads behind the station at White Horse Junction. At Lime Junction Eastbound Number 6 picks up two Chesapeake & Ohio boxcars, the 3246 and 3279 to be set out at the Great Northern Tool Company.
After switching, the Eastbound Number 6 crosses a creek and heads on to Piermont. Piermont Yard was built at the turn of century by an older railroad and now suffers from overcrowded conditions. However, a new right-of-way to Baltimore will hopefully improve this yard’s situation.