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Prototype Photo Album

Prototype Pictures along the W&N Branch

Trap Rock
In the Summer of 2007 a pair of "happy" engines switch Dyer Quarry at Trap Rock.

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Elverson
Elverson Depot track side.

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Elverson Freight House, I am standing on the location of the former main track.  The wye to the French Creek Branch is about 1/4 mile to the right.

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Coatesville

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Lukens Steel mill.  Y tower was to the right of this picture next to the tracks in the foreground.
Modena

A cut south of Modena, this is typical of the W&N right of way with close clearances and shallow ballast sections.

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An illustration of the hilly terrain.  The road pops out of the trees, down the hill, then an immediate crossing and the then the road resumes its path adjacent to the tracks.

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Cossart

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A coal dump at Cossart.

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Pocopson

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A coal dump at Pocopson with stone pilings.  This was a very typical arrangement.  There was a similar dump at Elveson across from the Depot.

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Montchanin

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Footings of the old water tower at Montchanin. The Rockland Branch ran on the near side of this tower.

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Winterthur
 
This was the station for the estate of the DuPont family, the original builders and owners of the W&N.  The station code for Winterthur was "DU".

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A dump for unloading coal from a car directly into a truck or wagon.

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The underpass at Winterthur, the DuPont estate is behind me and the depot is to the right.  The truck dump is on the other side of the main track to the right.

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Hagley
Mill building at the DuPont gunpowder works at the Hagley Museum.  A classic stone mill building.

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This structure was the gunpowder mill.  It was a 3 sided stone building that faced the river.  Inside was a set of millstones that ground and mixed the saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal into gunpowder.  The roof and side facing the river was wooden construction so if the gunpowder got to dry and exploded, it would blow up and out harmlessly towards the river.

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A whitewashed textile mill on the north bank of the Brandywine River.

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A classic stone mill building south of the Hagley museum.  The mill race runs on the left side of the building and then exits on this end of the building.

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