When I started this web site, approximately 2000,
I visited the Elizabeth Marine Ways and was given access to several
large cardboard boxes full of photographs, many of which are on this
web site. One of the photos in the boxes was of a model of the
Marine Ways but no one knew the story behind the photo, the Who,
Why, or Where so I thought I would never know about this model.
Fast forward to 2009 and I receive an email along with two photos
and more importantly the Who, Why and Where of the model of the
Elizabeth Marine Ways.
Tom Wilson, a former resident of Elizabeth who
lived on Blaine Hill until 1984 and now lives in Davenport, Fl.
had built the model in 1994 to be part of his model railroad
display. Tom's father had owned Tom Wilson Plumbing in
Elizabeth and worked for many years on the plumbing systems of Consol Coal's boats especially as related to the heating systems. In
addition to Tom's father his grandfather, uncle and two great uncles
all worked on the rivers and Tom built the model " to remember and
honor my family who worked and died on the river."
To view Tom's Web Site
about his model train layout click here: http://pwvrr.webs.com/
The model of the
Elizabeth Marine Ways
not shown on his site and contact information for Tom is not on the
The photos below are of the Elizabeth
Marine Ways during the mid 1980s. The photos were
taken by Tom Wilson to help him build his model.