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Owner: Matt Adams

Routes: East Division: Brownsville, Pa. to Cumbo Yard, WVa. and Fairmont, WVa.
West Division: Brownsville, Pa to various mines.

System Map: 1997 System Map

History: In 1977, when P&LE was selling their 1/3 stake in the Monongahela Railway, Consol Coal Co. purchased it, rather than Conrail. Consol's President, J. M. Adams approached Chessie and Conrail with an offer they couldn't refuse -- to sell their 1/3 shares (this offer was never publicly released - Consol didn't want it to be). When Conrail and Chessie both sold, Consol decided to make the Monongahela a division of Consol, but opted not to change the name or any operating rules. Consol got a little money happy when Baily/Enlow Fork went over the 50 billion mark, and purchased about 8 extra miles south from AJ Tower and built a new yard where the Norfolk & Western (now NS) and a Monongahela subsidiary Cumbo Southern (CSXT) interchanged, and the named this yard Cumbo Yard. Since then, CR has sold their West Brownsville line to the Wheeling & Lake Erie and the Monongahela purchased 100% controlling stock in the dying P&LE in the early 1990s. 10% of stock in the Republic, California & Southern was purchased in 1978. President J. M. Adams of Consol transferred over to President of the MRY. In 1997, the lease of the Waynesburg Southern ended to the Monongahela, and Consol bought them. The WS remains their own road, but the MRY has control over it. The WS has their own power, a GP38-2 and a pair of former MRY S12s. In 1999, the Moose Valley and the Monongahela built a 20 mile connection from the MRY East Division at Millersburg to the Moose Valley's Potomac Subdivision, providing an easy way for Monongahela coal to get to the East. Power on the Monongahela now is a quintet of GP60s numbered 3795 to 3799. All but 3798, which is painted in honor of the Western Maryland Railway, have Canadian Safety Cabs. There are some heritage units, a pair of BL2s, GP7s, and FA1s (Executive service). The last two Monongahela RF16As (1205, 1216) have been located and talks are now underway to purchase these units as well.

Paint Schemes: The Monongahela has gone back to the paint from the days of the GP38s with an added step of security on the trucks. Black carbody, silver truck sideframes, white stripe on sides, logo/numbers on cab, the stripe makes a V on the front nose, with the "M" logo inside the V. There is no stripe on the rear hood. GP7 1500 has an experimental gray scheme.

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