The irregular customer that the local serves is Allied Plywood. They are a small plywood distributorship located in a small industrial park in Waldorf. This industry may only receive two to three cars a month. On a normal day, the local will just run past this location without stopping.
The local serves two regular customers. As the local arrives in Charles County, it proceeds to the 84 Lumber yard just south of the limits of Waldorf in White Plains. The local will first pick up any empty box or center-beam cars and pull them on to the main. It will couple to the loaded cars and push them into the spur and drop them at the appropriate locations. After the switching of the lumber yard is complete the crew will perform some minor switching to arrange locomotives for switching at the other customers. This involves dropping one engine on to the spur of the lumber yard. The other engine will couple to the remaining cars and pull them forward. After they clear the switch, they will then push the cars and engine on to the lead and couple to the engine. They then pull forward, lock the switch to the lumber yard, and prepare to head north. The local now appears to be a push-pull train. After performing the required break test they proceed north into Waldorf for the other customers.
In Waldorf, MD, the local serves one customer along the Pika Drive Industrial Park. They are Chopp Lumber, a wholesale distributor of lumber to construction companies. This is an easy job to do because all it requires is pulling out the empties and pushing in the loads. The work men at Chopp prefer to have center-beam flats at the far end of the siding away from the main with box cars closer to the switch. The crew couples the cars together, performs the required FRA break test, and leaves northward for Benning Yard in DC.
Also operating from Indian Head, MD to White Plains, MD is the Route of the Blue Heron Dinner Train operated by the Northern Central Railway. Power for the train is a pair of former Cape Cod Railway FP10s. This train operates over the NAVY owned trackage. At present time, the IHC has shut down due to poor track conditions, and financial problems with its parent company, the Northern Central of New Freedom, PA.
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