Here is Engine number 9 at Shell Creek during World War II. The 9 was bought to take over the passenger train when the first number 8 would not pull the new, heavier train. World War II brought new business to Tweetsie and revenues were solid.
This picture was made of one of the "labor trains" that ran from Cranberry to Bemberg three times a day to bring workers to the rayon plants. The rayon plants were vital facilities during the war years producing parachutes. The trains ran actually six times a day, around the clock, with the shifts. They were put on in early 1942 and taken off after V-J day. Gasoline and tires were rationed, so riding the train to work was very popular. Mr. Crumley had a regular job as passenger train conductor on the day shift trains.