The 1980s were the 'teenage years' for the
railway. During these years the railway paid off it's
original founders and began to develop from a more balanced financial position.
Some of the original entrepreneur members left and were replaced by members
looking in new directions to grow.
Trips on the Athens Sub-Division ( 5 Miles used 1981-1985 ? )
The 1980 Santa Claus Christmas trips were a transition between running on the old Monday Creek
Branchline and the 1981 season which would run on the Athens Sub-Division. The Monday Creek's Station
was used. Trains then backed across St.Rt. 691 and into the yard where they were switched off of the Branchline and onto the Athens Subdivision. See this rare operation in the following photos.
* Fireman Don Weatherby and Engineer
Bill Moorehead about to back out of the Station
* Santa Claus Special seen backing on Branchline toward the Mainline
* Train seen passing under Coaling Tipple , then crossing Bridge 63.0 on
the Athens Sub-Division Mainline
* Engine #33 seen at Glenn Ebon, which was as far South as trips ever went ( Milepost 66.6 )
* returning Train seen backing across the Hocking River Bridge 63.0, near Hocking College
* Brakeman Ross Ballard prepares to exit the Train and throw the switch
* Ross seen throwing the switch that would send the Train down the branchline and
towards the old Station site.
* returning Train seen just before the St.Rt. 691 crossing. Notice the old Hump
roadbed still in place at right.
* Karl Underwood watches the Train return to the Station
* Santa Claus waves as the Train's rear passes
* an unknown Trainman helps passengers from the Train
New Location for the Station
The 1981 season would use the Athens Sub-Division out of the current Station's site.
* In this Sept.1981 photo; notice no Station has been built yet.
Also notice that the HVSRy's two original, ex-Erie coaches are shown near their end
of active service as the three recently purchased ex-Rock Island cars had arrived.
* Train about ready to depart during the 1982 Santa Claus Christmas specials
( additional Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3 )
First Diesel Arrives
on the Railway - Dec. 12, 1981
* Steam Engine has just returned to Nelsonville with Flatcar
* a side view of flatcar with diesel on it
* then President Wayne Lutes begins to remove blocking
* looking up the ramp at the diesel ( today a site of a mobile home park )
* placing timber "rails" for the diesel to slide along the flatcar's deck
Additional Steam Engines Arrive - April 1982
The Ohio Power company donated 2 cars and 2 small steam locomotives to the HVSRy. The cars were the Dover Fort and the Oaklane which arrived in Nelsonville by rail. Steam engine #2 was a "thermos bottle" type also known as a fireless cooker. Only 0-6-0 steam engine #3 had a tender. Engine#3's tender arrived in Nelsonville by highway. Finally #3 & #2 arrived on flatcars. The ramp was again used to unload these locomotives.
* Looking up the ramp along side the "reach cars". Today the junk yard on the right is a mobile home park.
* Greased wooden planks made rails along the top of the flatcars.
* Retired C&O carman Don Ray checks the track's gauge as HV president Wayne Lutes, looks on.
* Once the blocking was removed the tank cars reached up and pulled #2 off of the flatcar.
* Then #3's flatcar was switched out and placed against the ramp. Note the track jacks used on the corners of the flatcar to keep the springs from compressing as the weight shifted, lowering the car's height.
* Steve secures the wooden rails as Wayne and Fred Stockdale look on.
* A lite rain begins to fall as #3 leaves the flatcar.
* Everything is towed towards the engine house. Notice the old roundhouse still standing on the right. The track hardware in the foreground is several switches salvaged from scrapping the old Monday Creek branchline. A milepost and two whistle posts are laying there too.
New Station is
built for the Railway
In mid 1982 the railway's current station was built. This station was designed by HVSRy founder ( 1 of 3 men) and Architect Ted Goodman. The Baird Foundation provided the funding and donated land for the project. The station's design was based on a similar turn-of-the-century Hocking Valley Station at Rising Sun Ohio. The trees needed for the exterior lumber were donated by local Attorney Mike Nolan. Hocking College's timber mill sawed the trees into the lumber. Contractor Denver Stump was hired for the building's construction.
* John McFadden prepares temporary electric for contractors.
* The new Station's
is ready - June 1982
* The rough framing is nearly complete - July 1982
* Looking at the interior restroom area during framing - Aug. 1982
* A view of the drywall being finished in the Lobby's Southeast corner
* During the construction of the new station, the combine car served as a temporary station.
* Train seen arriving &
setting at Nelsonville station
Interior Engine House
* Engine #33 under goes a boiler rebuild at the old engine house - Spring 1982
* Looking North inside the old engine house at parts from #33.
(Notice the old trackside sign from Kimberly and Car 11 setting on the adjacent track. )
* #33's air reservoirs and a 100ton jack as we look South towards the front doors.
* Arson destroyed the MofW motorcar shed, along with the motorcar and tool pushtruck at Nelsonville wye's West leg - June 1982
* Ed Dennis and
Dick Noble pause
trackwork to watch #7318 pass by at South end of
Nelsonville siding - June 1982 (motorcar visible in the photo was the one later
destroyed by fire)
* Its fluted side has just been removed (water leaks) and primer applied on 1 of 2 ex-C&O coaches, in middle of Nelsonville yard - Feb.1983
* Ed Dennis adzes ties to re-gauge crossover at Nelsonville - Early 1982
* Trackcrew rebuilds St. Rt. 691 crossing at Kimberly - May 15, 1982
LtoR are Art Markley, Don Ray and Ed Sullivan
LtoR are Ed Sullivan, Si DeBolt, Ed Dennis & Dick Noble
* HVSRy train at Kimberly on Athens Sub-Division (just West of St. Rt. 691 crossing) - June 1982
* 44 toner leads train past wye in Nelsonville OH - June 1982 (note ex-Erie coach)
* #7318 departs the station with the open-air car and an Erie coach - summer 1982
* mid-day #7318 pulls off the train and Kevin Roybotn rides #33 to take over the train - June 1982
* The signal department uses a freight car for storage - summer 1982
* Jay Boggs instructs John McFadden as they work on St. Rt. 691 crossing flashers - June 1982
* Fall 1982 - Alpha Ballard washes down a
ex-Rock Island coach for painting at the old engine house.
Scrapping of the Monday Creek
* Looking South at the former station site (Milepost 2) - Early 1983
* Looking East at former crossing of St. Rt. 33, just South of Nelsonville OH.
That's Rt.33 on the right. (about milepost 2.5)