Virtual Layout Tour
An OC&P Doodlebug pulls up to the shelter at Robertsdale. The two strings of freshly loaded coal hoppers wait to be switched to the yard in the background.
After the hoppers are moved to the yard for storage, they will be pulled across the scale on the left to be weighed before heading down the OC&P to Middletown.
A detailed look at the coke ovens just south of the Middletown Mine tipple.
An opposite view looking southbound toward Otter Creek. There’s plenty of coal ready to be hauled south.
North of Otter Creek, the branch continues up the mountain to Robertsdale, home of Middletown Mine. As noted on the Middletown page, the mine was relocated here for operational reasons. Two loaded coal trains now run daily from Robertsdale down the branchline to the new cogeneration plant at Middletown. Two empty trains also make the reverse trip. A Doodlebug even traverses this route, once in the morning to bring miners to Robertsdale, and once in the afternoon to take them home.
Robertsdale was named for its original designer, Bob Putt, but appropriately references the mining town on one of our favorite railroads, the East Broad Top Railroad. Woodvale is north of Robertsdale on the EBT, so that became the name of the logging camp immediately to the north.